The Best Scroll Saw Parts And Features For You
Why? Well, being familiar with the scroll saw parts will let you buy the best saw your budget will allow. Let’s face it, everyone would like to get a $1000 saw for $200. Then reality sets in and you know that’s not going to happen. However, if you do your homework and research you can get the best bang for your buck.
Scroll saws will vary in size and shape as well as price. Still, there are some scroll saw parts that will be similar on all saws. Being familiar with these parts will help you decide which features you want and what price range you need to shop in.
Let’s start with blade holders. Blade holders are probably the most important scroll saw parts. They determine what kind of work you will be able to do. There are two types of blade holders, pinned and plain. It is generally considered that the plain (or pinless) blades are your best option. Some saws will accommodate either.
The reason that plain blades are considered better is if you are doing intricate fretwork, you need to drill small holes to thread the blade through. Pinned blades won’t fit through those small holes. Some companies do offer scroll saw replacement blade holders so you can switch back and forth.
In either case, what you want to look for is a tool-less blade holder. That means that you can change blades without using tools. Having to grab a tool every time you need to change a blade is a real pain. Tool-less is the way to go.
Also, right up front and accessible is where you want the on-off switch to be. If you want to turn your saw off in a hurry, you don’t want to have to look for the switch. A lot of scrollers will use a foot switch instead. Step on it and your saw turn on, remove your foot and it stops. Very handy.
There are different types of scroll sawing and with each one, you will want to use a different speed. You want your speed controls right there in front of you as well. A variable speed saw is a must-have option or you will be limited in the types of work that you can do.
The table on your saw should be large enough to support your work comfortably. Preferably it will be cast and machined flat. It should also be heavy enough that it won’t warp or bend under extended wear and use. You need to give some thought to the type of scrolling you plan to do.
The hold-down device should be made so that you have good visibility of the line that you are cutting. A lot of people think that it gets in the way, but use it until you get comfortable with your saw. Then if you want to try working without it, try it.
The dust blower system should produce enough air to keep the cutting line visible. Also, it should be adjustable as well for cutting different thicknesses of wood. A vacuum attachment is a nice feature as well. Scroll saws produce a lot of very fine sawdust.
If there is no vacuum port, try putting a fan at 90 degrees to one side of you and let it blow across the table of the saw. This works well. The main thing here is that you don’t want to be breathing all that fine sawdust. A little bit is one thing but a lot, over a long period do time, will take its toll.