How to Buy Scroll Saws?
One of the things that you want to know before getting started with scrolling either as a job or hobby is the type of saw to get. No matter if you plan to buy your first scroll saw or wish to upgrade to a better model, there are several things that have to be taken into account.
In the next lines, I am going to discuss the most significant aspects that will help you to ensure that you’re doing things right.
Blade holders and blade changing – the saw should be accepting the standard 5 inches pinless blades. There are many scrollwork that just can’t be done with saws that need pinned blades. While pinned blades offer only handful of benefits, they only have one drawback and that’s the fact that it is impossible to cut anything inside because you have to drill a large hole in order to get the pin of blade through.
Not only that, you must find out the difficulty level of changing the blade and what tool is needed to do it. Some of the scroll saw projects have got hundreds of saw or in other words, it will be necessary to remove one end of the blade from the holder and thread it through the wood. Then after that, you have to remount it in holder.
Variable speed – most of the scroll saws are offering variable speed and you must have not get a problem in finding such feature regardless of the price. There are cases in which you want the speed of blade to cut slower while at some point, you want to slow it down to be able to avoid having the wood edges burnt while you are cutting.
Vibration – let’s face it, vibration is causing quite a huge distraction when you are cutting and therefore, it needs to kept to the bare minimum. There are some saws that vibrate more because of the design. As a matter of fact, this is mostly because of the cost of the saw. Fortunately, this issue can be easily dealt with by just mounting the saw to a stand. Sturdily mounted saw as well as heavier saws help in reducing vibration.
Size specifications – most of the time, manufacturers list the maximum cutting thickness of saws. And due to the fact that this is always thicker than 2 inches, simply ignore it as you don’t want to cut thicker than that. If you think that you will be working on bigger projects down the road, then consider the throat’s depth. Small throat limits the size of piece you could swing around while cutting.