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Pégas Scroll Band Saw. 14 Inch:
The Pégas Scroll Band Saw is a precision machine using Pégas Scroll Band saw blades, the finest and most accurate blades ever produced.
This unique and innovative concept is intended for informed users, from hobbyists to skilled professionals.
The Pégas Scroll Band Saw was developed in Switzerland and made in Taiwan to Pégas pecifications and quality requirements.
Pégas Scroll Band Saw Features
The Pégas Scroll Band Saw Comes With:
NOTE: The Pégas Scroll Band Saw sold in North America does not include the LED light mentioned in the owner’s manual.
Learn About the Pégas Precision Guide System:
The Pégas Precision Guide System allows you to use Band saw blades as small as a #5 scroll saw blade (1mm or 1/32” wide).
The guide system supports the bearings that support the blades.
Each pair of bearings (one on top and one on the bottom) feature slots precision machined to match the width and optimal depth for each blade size.
The slots are deep enough to support the blade without damaging the alternating set on the blades.
When you change blade sizes, you must change the bearings. You cannot use the Pégas Band Saw Blades on any other saw.
The precision guide system allows you to cut complex shapes and tight circles in wood up to 6” (150mm).
blades? Yes, we have them. Here‘s helpful info below.
The floor footprint is 21″ x 27″, and the table is 41″ off the ground. The manual suggests a space of 28″ x 32″ to be able to use the saw comfortably.
2 year parts warranty.
Service directly from the manufacturer via their office in New Jersey, USA. Need support on the saw? We’ll provide you with contact information to speak to trained service staff who also has the support of a highly trained technician. From time to time a part will need servicing beyond what we can help with by phone and sending parts. In those cases, we’ll arrange for the saw to be sent to New Jersey.
Featured positive reviews:
Amazing! 11/19/2019 By Lori Corbett When I first heard of this type of saw, I was skeptical, but very curious. I’m so happy “curious” won. This amazing saw is able to make extremely intricate cuts, even on thick wood. Because of the small blade size, it is imperative that you let the saw do the work, and don’t try to force it. The dual speed is a good option to have available, too. I cut on high speed, and trust me the cuts are clean (none of those bandsaw ripples), and didn’t burn the wood like the smaller tabletop saws tend to do.
This is worth every penny. Easy to set up, though a tiny bit fussy with the blade adjustment (but that could be user caused ðŸ˜‰). Very sturdy construction. I think this will last a good long time.
Happy Customers 03/18/2020 By Jim Hiser It took me a year to finally buy this saw. I can say I am very pleased with this saw and how it preforms. It has a slight learning curve. It is Very accurate from thin to thick wood. I cut carving blanks and with this saw I can cut them out in less time than before. The only complaint is the manual could be better but a quick online search I found a video by Bob Duncan on setting the saw up. This is a welcome addition to my shop.
Great quality 12/13/2019 By Dwayne Superior quality, easy assembly and set up. This machine makes cutting fun again. The time I save using this machine helps me get back to carving
1000% recommend this machine for anyone whoâ€ looking for an amazing Band saw
VERY Happy; Room for CPI 08/18/2022 By Michael Chamberlain Extremely happy with this bandsaw! but, room for improvement. Had all details ready to provide (6787 chars), but review only allows 1000 chars. Please let me know if I can somehow provide all my feedback for you in some way? email? may be helpful to you moving forward with production and distribution? Unable to include much at all in this review.
CPI:1. No Stand Assembly Guide at all; referenced (“Follow the instructions on both annexed sheets”, p5). Did find this, helping some: https://youtu.be/qbqpbqZGIco
Table alignment stop nut is wrong size?
Stand Parts List turned and stapled wrong way in book (needs to be flipped).
Larger blade came installed, but smaller Table insert came installed (might reverse that in shipping?).
Setup does not desc how to actually remove and install small circular table insert.
Grammer in Setup Instructions really needs to be improved.
Update Instructions: Light not included On/Off switch different.
Love This Saw 03/25/2023 By Dave W I stopped making intarsia pieces a few years ago because cutting on a scroll saw was hurting my hands. Cutting on this saw is a breeze in comparison. No more need to constantly hold down the piece so it doesn’t snap up and down. I also found that because of the constant downward motion of the blade, it doesn’t require as much adhesive to hold paper patterns to the work. And every piece is cut very square. I estimate I cut pieces in 10 hours that would have taken 50 hours using the scroll saw. I debated long about buying this or a “regular” Band saw (I would also like to resaw). Now I realize they’re two different tools. you’re not going to cut intarsia pieces well on a regular Band saw and you’re not going to resaw on this one. Getting back to intarsia was more important to me so I chose this and glad I did. Now I’ll be saving for a regular Band saw.
disappointed 03/13/2020 By Charlie Arnold Package arrived on time and undamaged. All components loose, not tightened. Stand works and fits. But. blade will not track, spent more time reinstalling blade than sawing. Set blade to track mid wheel, as instructed. (not on back quarter as shown in photo below). It seems blade will “work harden” if left riding heavily on the bearing guide. Latch for upper wheel cover interferes with upper bearing height adjustment. (removed offending little angle parts and replaced with a good rubber Band.) No door interlock on either wheel cover as note in specs. Soft start is nice.I trust when I return from holiday 3/28 you will have some solution to the tracking. I have adjusted to track mid wheel, sometimes stays put, sometime jumps off. Can not “back out” of a cut. Best regards, Charlie Arnold Our response Hi Charlie, we’ll be happy to walk you through any challenges. Please contact our office, and we’ll arrange a time for someone to walk you through some adjustments. You may also want to refer to the video by Jeff Vollmer hosted on our product listing for the bandsaw to see some tips on setting up and adjusting the saw.
Surprised. 01/03/2020 By Dean Irving Have two issues. First, the instructions need a lot of improvement. Only instructions to assemble the stand is are “Follow the instructions on both annexed sheets.” Didn’t have any instructions other than a “stand diagram.” Second, and more troubling issue, was the Pegas popped the circuit breaker every time it was turned on. My regular bandsaw and dust collector ran no problem. Called my electrician and he agreed it was the zPegas. Opened up the box on top of the motor where the power cord went into and saw clamp connectors. Cut those off, replaced with wire nuts and voila, no more circuit breaker pops. May want to make a note in case you get calls about circuit breaker popping; simple fix vs paying to ship back. Our response Hi Mr. Irving, thanks for your feedback. This was the only instance we have heard after 2 years of supplying the bandsaw. Thanks for sharing. We are working on an upgraded owner’s manual as well.
Can I live up to the saw? 09/09/2022 By Steve’s Weaver I am just beginning to use my new Pegas scroll bandsaw but I can already see the new horizons that I might attempt with this saw. I haven’t used the 9 blade yet but the 12 has Allowed me to cut closer and tighter than anything I would have attempted with my Rikon bandsaw. I never thought I had a chance of owning a Pegas but my really nice wife surprised me for my birthday. Hopefully my projects live up to the saw. I am really impressed with the components of the saw and dealing with Bear Woods was flawless.
Wonderful Pegas Bandsaw! 10/24/2022 By Randy Vaughn-Dotta I recently ordered the Pegas Scroll Bandsaw with extra blades and roller guides. Everything arrived promptly, safely and with no damage.
Lifting the heavy saw out of the box and onto the stand is best done with 2 persons.
My very first project was a crowd pleaser with family and friends. Can’t wait to get back out to the garage to make more intricate cuts and Christmas gifts.
Great Bandsaw 11/17/2020 By David Giles I upgraded from a 19″ Grizzly bandsaw. Oh what a difference! This little BS is everything that you pay for. Fit and finish are great. Bolts fit exactly. It is heavier than it looks. Toss the bearing guards to access the bearings. Immediately made bandsaw boxes from 4.5″ maple. For the first time. Cuts smooth and precise. I am in love.
happy customer 02/26/2022 By James Carey Excellent Product. able to cut sharp curves without breakage. Smooth cuts, very little sanding. Great for making bandsaw boxes up to 5 inches thick. Small kerf space between drawers and shell of box Not for straight cuts-have another Band saw w/fence for this purpose. If you are into making bandsaw boxes ,this is the tool for you
Excellent Quality 11/28/2019 By Michael Murray This Band Saw is a one of a kind tool! The tight turns I can make with this makes box making a joy. I have been using the #9 blade, but will be ordering a #5 for some small ring boxes. The design and build of this saw is solid. If you try this saw in person you will be purchasing it.
Very pleased 06/16/2022 By Jim Love the saw. Instructions for assembly could be better. It helped that I have a bandsaw and therefore was familiar with the parts. Shipping and packaging was very good. Have always been pleased with your company and would recommend to anyone. Thanks for being a great company.
happy customer 04/14/2021 By Terez Hjetland I ordered the Pegas scroll bandsaw. Before I ordered it I talked to customer service and they answered all my questions. The order was placed and it came a few days later. Couldn’t be happier with the scroll bandsaw and customer service.
Cutting Away 03/13/2020 By Carol Leavy Been playing with my new toy, (scroll saw on steroids). There was a very small learning curve and I was off to the wood. Impressed with the cutting capabilities of the saw. It will do what I need it to do. As they say: “This will cut.”
Satisfied and excited 06/14/2020 By Anthony Only recently received my Pegas scroll-Band saw and haven’t had the opportunity to assemble yet. Excited to try it out.
Love the Pegas 10/07/2022 By Judy Buxton Although I love the Pegas it did not come with instructions to put together the stand (what they call annex one).
happy 06/18/2022 By Ricky Durrant saw works great need a little more set up instructions as far as tension
very pleased 01/20/2020 By Ronald Munden I have not used it much yet, but it appears to be a quality product.
The Band saw ships with the #12 installed. It goes in the left groove in the top bearing and the right groove in the bottom bearing. To use the #9 blade, remove and flip the so the other blades will go in the other machined slots.
Learn Band Saw setup with Jeff Vollmer. Jeff is a world-renowned author and annual instructor on making bandsaw boxes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.
Learn How to Set Up The Bandsaw when it arrives at your door.
Shipping Comes directly from our New Jersey Warehouse. Shipping is by pallet with a liftgate service that lowers the pallet at your front door. You may need some assistance to transport the saw to your workshop. We have sold dozens of saws and are only hearing goodness about the shipping service.
Scroll Saw Vs Band Saw Vs Jigsaw
There are three main types of saws that are commonly used for woodworking projects: the scroll saw, Band saw, and jigsaw. Each type of saw has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to choose the right one for your project. Here’s a quick overview of each type of saw and when you should use it.
When it comes to woodworking, there are three main types of saws that you will need to choose from – scroll saws, Band saws and jigsaws. Each one has its own unique set of features and benefits that make it ideal for different projects. Here is a quick guide to help you decide which one is right for your next project:
Scroll Saws: Scroll saws are great for making intricate cuts in wood. They have a thin blade that can easily maneuver around tight corners and curves. This makes them perfect for creating detailed patterns and designs.
Band Saws: Band saws are ideal for cutting larger pieces of wood. They have a wider blade that can quickly cut through thicker boards. This makes them perfect for rough cuts or when you need to make straight, clean cuts.
Jigsaws: Jigsaws are versatile saws that can be used for both small and large projects. They have a medium-sized blade that can handle a variety of materials including wood, plastic, metal and more.
Scroll Saw Vs Jigsaw
When it comes to woodworking, two of the most commonly used power tools are the scroll saw and the jigsaw. Both of these tools can be used to make intricate cuts in wood, but they each have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. So, which one is right for your next project?
Scroll Saws: Advantages: 1. The blade on a scroll saw is much thinner than the blade on a jigsaw, so it can make much more precise cuts.
Scroll saws are better suited for making curved or circular cuts. 3. Scroll saws are typically smaller and lighter weight than jigsaws, so they’re easier to maneuver and control. Disadvantages:
Scroll saws can be more difficult to use on thicker pieces of wood or lumber. 2. Because the blade is thinner, it can break more easily if you’re not careful. Jigsaws: Advantages:
1)The Jigsaw has a very powerful motor that makes it easy to cut through even the toughest materials including metal plastic 2) A Jigsaw can make both straight curved cuts 3) You can change the blades quickly easily on a Jigsaw 4) They are relatively inexpensive compared to other power tools 5) They are small lightweight which makes them easy to handle
Band Saw Vs Scroll Saw
When it comes to woodworking, two of the most popular tools used are the Band saw and scroll saw. Both have their own unique benefits that make them ideal for different projects. So, which one should you use?
Here is a comparison of the two types of saws to help you decide: Band Saws:.Ideal for cutting curves and irregular shapes.
-The blade on a Band saw can be turned at an angle, making it easier to cut complex shapesCan be used to rip lumber into thinner piecesFaster cutting speed than a scroll saw.
Scroll Saws:.Precise cuts are possible with a scroll saw due to the slow speed at which the blade movesThe thin blades used allow for intricate cuts in delicate materials.
-Less likely to cause damage to material being cut since there is less vibration than with a Band saw.
Disadvantages of Scroll Saw
While a scroll saw may be a handy tool for many woodworkers, it also has some disadvantages. One of the biggest disadvantages is that scroll saws can be very dangerous. The blades are very sharp and can easily cause serious injury if not used properly.
Additionally, the blades can break easily, which can also lead to injuries. Another disadvantage of scroll saws is that they can be quite loud. This can be a problem for people who are trying to work in a quiet environment or who have sensitive hearing.
Additionally, the vibration from the scroll saw can be quite strong, which can make it difficult to hold onto the piece of wood you are working on. Finally, scroll saws tend to be more expensive than other types of saws. This is because they require special blades and motors that are designed specifically for use with a scroll saw.
If you are just starting out in woodworking, you may want to consider investing in a cheaper saw until you are more experienced and confident with using a scroll saw.
Band Saw Vs Table Saw
Are you a woodworker? Do you like to do your own home renovations? If so, then you know there are different types of saws that are designed for different projects.
Two popular choices among woodworkers are Band saws and table saws. So, which one should you use for your next project? Band Saws:
-are best for making curved or irregular cuts.can cut through thicker pieces of wood than a table saw.are typically more expensive than a table saw
Table Saws:.are better for making precise, straight cuts – can’t cut through as thick of material as a Band saw – are usually less expensive than Band saws When deciding which type of saw to use for your next project, think about the type of cuts you need to make. If you need to make curved or irregular cuts, then a Band saw is the best choice. However, if you need to make straight cuts, then a table saw would be the better option.
Keep in mind that table saws can’t cut through as thick of material as Band saws can, so if your project requires cutting through thick pieces of wood, then a bandsaw is the way to go.
Scroll Saw Vs Band Saw Reddit
Looking for a new saw to add to your workshop? Trying to decide between a scroll saw and a Band saw? Here’s a quick rundown of the differences between these two popular types of saws to help you make your decision.
A scroll saw is a small, handheld power tool that is typically used for making intricate cuts in wood. Scroll saws have very thin blades that can make very tight turns, so they’re ideal for detailed work. Band saws, on the other hand, have much wider blades and are better suited for making straight cuts in larger pieces of wood.
Scroll saws are generally more expensive than Band saws, but they offer more precision and control. If you’re looking for a versatile tool that can handle both small and large projects, then a scroll saw is probably the right choice for you. However, if you only need asaw for making straight cuts, then a Band saw will be more than sufficient and will likely save you some money.
Bandsaw Vs Jigsaw Reddit
If you’re in the market for a new power tool, you may be wondering whether a bandsaw or jigsaw is the right choice for your needs. Both tools have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to understand the difference between them before making a decision. A bandsaw is a powerful tool that can cut through thick materials like wood and metal.
However, it can be difficult to control, so it’s not the best choice for delicate work. A jigsaw, on the other hand, is much easier to control and can be used for more precise cuts. It’s also less likely to damage your material if you make a mistake.
So, which one should you choose? If you need a powerful tool for cutting thick materials, go with a bandsaw. If you need something more precise and easy to control, go with a jigsaw.
Harbor Freight Scroll Saw
If you’re looking for a scroll saw, Harbor Freight is a great option. They offer a variety of scroll saws at different price points, so you can find one that fits your budget. And because they’re a well-known brand, you can be confident that their products are high quality.
So what should you look for in a scroll saw? First, consider the size of the projects you’ll be working on. If you only need to make small cuts, then a smaller scroll saw will suffice.
But if you plan on tackling larger projects, then you’ll need a more powerful scroll saw that can handle the bigger pieces of wood. Another important factor to consider is the blade. Scroll saw blades come in different sizes and tooth configurations.
The size of the blade will determine how thick of material it can cut through, so choose accordingly. And as for the tooth configuration, there are two main types: skip tooth and regular tooth. Skip tooth blades are designed for faster cutting, while regular tooth blades are better suited for making precise cuts.
Finally, think about any other features that might be important to you. Some scroll saws come with built-in dust collection systems to keep your work area clean. Others have LED lights to help illuminate your workpiece.
And some even come with built-in storage compartments to keep all yourscroll saw accessories organized and within reach. No matter what your needs are, Harbor Freight has a scroll saw that’s perfect for you. So head on over to their website and check out their selection today!
Scroll Saw Advantages And Disadvantages
When it comes to woodworking, one of the most versatile tools that you can have in your shop is a scroll saw. Scroll saws can be used for a variety of different projects, from Intarsia to marquetry and everything in between. But like any tool, there are both advantages and disadvantages to using a scroll saw.
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the pros and cons of scroll saws so that you can decide if this tool is right for your woodworking needs. Advantages: 1. Precise Cuts: One of the biggest advantages of using a scroll saw is that it allows you to make very precise cuts.
This is because the blade on a scroll saw is much thinner than the blades on other types of saws, which means that it can make tighter turns. This makes it ideal for cutting intricate designs or patterns. 2. Versatile: As we mentioned before, scroll saws are incredibly versatile tools.
Not only can they be used for Intarsia and marquetry, but they can also be used for fretwork, puzzle making, and even some light carpentry work like cutting dovetail joints. 3. Safe: Another big advantage of scroll saws is that they are relatively safe to use compared to other power tools.
When it comes to woodworking, there are three main types of saws that you can use: scroll saws, Band saws, and jigsaws. So, which one should you use for your project? Scroll Saws: Scroll saws are great for making precise cuts in thin pieces of wood.
They’re also relatively quiet and easy to use. Band Saws: Band saws are ideal for cutting larger pieces of wood quickly and easily. They can be a bit noisy, but they’re still fairly easy to use.
Jigsaws: Jigsaws are the most versatile type of saw since they can be used for both precision cuts and larger cuts. However, they can be a bit tricky to control and may require some practice before you get the hang of them.
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Scroll Saw Vs Band Saw
It can sometimes be hard to decide which specialty saw to buy when it comes to scroll saws or Band saws. Why do I need a scroll saw? Why do I need a Band saw? What are they used for? We will show you exactly what tool will perform the best based on your woodworking project your working on.
What is the difference between a Band saw and a scroll saw? What’s the difference?
Well, good thing you came to. These questions will be answered and hopefully, with some education, you’ll feel more confident when shopping for your next purchase.
However, we try to stay mindful of your budget as much as possible, so our recommendations will FOCUS on quality and economy.
Both Band and scroll saws can be used for a variety of purposes. If you require precise cuts, scroll saws are more suitable than Band saws. A scroll saw is the best choice if you are working on a precise project. Band saws are ideal for creating gentle curved cuts in furniture or prepping your wood for forming dishes. They create intricate curves, enough of a curve to form a circle but not so much that it creates an angle that causes you to have to spend a lot of time sanding. A scroll saw is the best choice if you need tight curves.
Accuracy And Speed
Both power saws can be used with equal speed and accuracy. However, scroll saws do have a slightly higher level of accuracy and precision simply because you can use it with both hands. The Band saw, on the other hand is more precise and can be used with both hands to cut thicker material faster than a scroll saw.
When To Use A Scroll Saw
A scroll saw would be considered a specialty saw to me more than a bandsaw. The scroll saw has a wide range of capabilities, but where this saw really shines is with clean and intricate cuts.
Scroll saws are common in serious woodworker workshops. If you have ever taken a woodshop class, chances are you’ve used one.
Many times a scroll saw is what is used to create those cool jigsaw puzzles, and small sculptures you see in craft stores. Scroll saws aren’t just for intricate crafts.
Scroll saws are handy enough to allow you to make any precise cut with extreme accuracy. And the great thing about how scroll saws cut, is you rarely have to sand because the cut is so clean.
Many scroll saws have the ability to use a scroll saw foot pedal to operate the motor, allowing your hands to freely handle the material. This is particularly important for small cuts that require precision accuracy.
When To Use A Band Saw
Band saws, another specialty saw, are usually purchased by serious woodworkers or hobbyists.
Band saws are extremely versatile, and can handle most common and special cuts. Because Band saws are vertically adjustable, you have the option to cut much larger materials than you do with typical saws.
The Band saw is not as precise as a scroll saw in cutting intricate patterns but it does have a wide range of widths and tooth styles that allow for some variation.
The greatest advantage of a Band saw is the speed and accuracy at which you can cut materials. The Band saw is ideal for cutting large quantities of material at irregular angles or in specific patterns.
A jigsaw can be used to cut angles or patterns in wood. However, a bandsaw allows you to use your hands for more control and precision.
Showdown: Scroll Saw Vs Band Saw
DeWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 51 Cm Variable-Speed Scroll Saw
You rarely go wrong with a DeWALT tool. The DW788 20in Variable-Speed Scroll Saw is certainly no exception.
This scroll saw is ideal for both beginners and professionals. It can be used to create unique trim pieces or custom jigsaw puzzles.
Check out some of the key features below.
- Double parallel-link arm design significantly reduces vibration and noise to ensure precise cuts
- Exclusive scroll saw blades clamps allow blade changes in seconds
- Front upper arm has an on-off switch, an electronic variable speed, flexible and dust blower, as well as a blade-tensioning lever
- Arm design pivots from back of the saw to front, shortening the arm movement for smoother, quieter operation
- Arm lifts allow for easy threading of the blade through the material to make inside cuts
Shop Fox W1706 36 Cm Bandsaw With Cast Iron Wheels
Shop Fox offers a wide range of tools that can be used for all kinds of applications. Shop Fox is an excellent option for people who don’t have unlimited funds (I know I don’t).
The Shop Fox W1706 36 cm Bandsaw features a powerful 1-horsepower, single-phase motor that operates at 1,725 revolutions per minute (RPM).
Cast iron is used for the frame, wheels, and table. The cabinet can also be used as storage. Believe that cleanliness is next to Godliness, the 10 cm dust port can be connected to a dust collection system to help keep your workshop clean.
Below are some technical specifications.
- Motor: 1 HP, TEFC, 110V/220V, single-phase, 1,725 RPM, Amps: 14 @ 110V, 7 @ 220V
- Blade size: 93-
- Cutting capacity (throat): 13-
- Cast iron blade wheels, frame and table.
Scroll Saw Vs Band Saw On A Budget
Shop Fox W1713 41 Cm Variable Speed Scroll Saw
Are you looking for a scrollsaw on a tight budget? Shop Fox comes through again with a scroll saw that is heavy on performance, and light on the wallet.
Although the Shop Fox scroll saw is economic, it has many of the most sought after features such as, variable speed control, extra cutting capacity and cast iron construction.
- Variable speed motor
- Cast iron table
- Gooseneck worklight
- Dust blower and 1-1/10 cm dust port
- Shop Fox Scroll Saw allows you to cut angles of 0-45 degrees with the table tilt mechanism.
- The table lock knob and tilt scale are used to tilt the table for horizontal angle cuts.
Ryobi 2.5-Amp Band Saw
It is extremely difficult to find a Band saw on a budget. However, the Ryobi 2.5-Amp Band Saw may just be the solution for the economic Band saw buyer.
The Ryobi 2.5 Amp Band Saw is designed for a variety of woodworking applications. The blade tracking window, rack and pinion blade support adjustment mechanism are included. Ryobi Bandsaws are equipped with a dust collection port and lower vibration than other bandsaws.
These are the key features that you get with the Ryobi economic Band saw.
- Induction motor with 2.5 amp power
- 9 in. throat capacity and 3-1/2 in. Cutting capacity height to allow for versatility
- RapidSet blade tensioning system
- Blade-tracking sight window for greater accuracy
- Cabinet access is possible without the use of tools
Summary: Scroll Saw vs Band Saw
- Scroll saws are ideal for small and intricate woodworking projects.
- Band saws will increase productivity as theyre designed to give the user full control of the materials.
- Scroll saws can be very affordable and are a great tool to craft.
- Band saws can be expensive, but if you shop smartly enough, you will always find a great deal.
What Is A Scroll Saw – Why you should get one
So what is a scroll saw? I didn’t understand the usefulness of one when I first got introduced to it. Was it just a weak Band saw? Well, definitely not. A scroll saw has many unique uses that the Band saw doesn’t have. After learning more about the scroll saw I figured I had to have one for doing my more detailed woodworking and that it would be a great addition to my toolset.
A scroll saw is an electrically powered saw used to cut detailed and intricate cuts in wood. Due to the small size of the saw blades, a scroll saw can cut curves and turns better than most saws. Scroll saws are mainly used as a hobby saw for woodworkers.
The fact is, a scroll saw has many unique uses as a result of how it is designed. So let’s get into what a scroll saw is, what you can use it for and why I think you should get one.
What is a scroll saw?
The main unique feature of a scroll saw is the ability to do such fine and detailed cuts. You can cut 90-degree angles and make unique patterns throughout the wood. The fine blades and cuts make sanding after sawing almost unnecessary. The scroll saw opens up a whole new category of woodworking, where we can make unique objects that would be a lot harder to make if we did not have one.
A scroll saw uses small saw blades that go in an up and down movement to cut the wood. This means that it is designed to cut fairly thin pieces of wood. The thinner the piece of wood, the easier it is to saw. A scroll saw can be compared to a handheld coping saw, which also makes tiny detailed cuts into the wood.
What Is A Scroll Saw Used For?
A scroll saw is used for woodworking, woodcraft, fretwork, pendant making, puzzle making, wood art, intarsia woodwork, inlay woodwork, marquetry, toys, games, and generally any detailed work with wood.
Cons Of A Scroll Saw
How Much Does a Scroll Saw Cost?
The cheapest scroll saws start at a price of 120, a mid-range scroll saw costs about 500, and an expensive high-end scroll saw can be bought at anywhere from 1000 to 2,500.
Cheap Scroll Saw
The image above will take you to a good and cheap entry-level scroll saw. This is a perfectly good scroll saw, it is set up for a pin-end blade but you can get an adaptor to make it hold plane end saw blades.
The cheap scrolls saws are great as entry-level saws. I started out with a scroll saw that cost about 150 and it did me well for a long time. But of course, if you are buying a cheap scroll saw you are sacrificing something. Cheap scroll saws usually vibrate more, are less convenient, uses a pin-end blade, and are just less efficient and durable. If you have never owned a scroll saw and you just want to get started with sawing some cool patterns and detailed woodwork, I would recommend going for a cheap one like the one above.
Mid-range Scroll Saw
Most people and woodworkers should go for a mid-range scroll saw. If you are going to use your scroll saw frequently and want to have a smooth experience while doing it, it could be a good idea to just go for the mid-range saw instead of the inexpensive ones. A mid-range scroll saw is a saw that will do you good for many years. The quality, ease of use, and pure enjoyment of using a mid-range scroll saw compared to a cheap one make the investment worth it. The pros of going with a mid-range saw are that it will have most of the things you can ask for like, adjustable speeds, low vibration, powerful motor, and longer durability. It is just all in all a more thought-out and finished product.
High-end Scroll Saw
When talking about high-end scroll saw, one brand comes to mind, and that is a Hegner Scroll Saw. Hegner is a Germany Produced high-end quality scroll saw. You can do almost anything with a Hegner Scroll saw, you can do metal work, easily cut beautiful and detailed patterns in wood, and even cut 3″ pieces of dense wood. Hegner has it all and that also reflects in the price
A Hegner Scroll Saw might cost anywhere from 1000 to 2500 depending on what model you choose.
Saw Blades: Pin-end vs Plain end
Pin-end scroll saw blades have a T-Shaped hook on both ends of the blade. The blade hooks into a metal grove on the top and bottom and is then tensioned. Because of the T-shape of the blade, you need to drill a bigger hole in the wood when making pierce cuts.
Plain-end scroll saw blades are just flat on both ends. The blades are attached to the saw by clamping each end and then tensioning them. I recommend using plain end blades if it is possible, but some cheap to mid-range scroll saws do not support plain end blades originally so you might have to get an adaptor.
Making Pierce Cuts with a Scroll Saw
A huge advantage with scroll saws is the ability to remove the blade and start the cut from the inside of a hole. This is called a pierce cut. A pierce cut is useful when making patterns that need voids in the middle of the wood.
When doing a pierce cut it is best to use a plain end blade since this can be inserted into smaller holes, and will therefore be more versatile than the pin end blades. To make a pierce cut with a scroll saw, drill a hole in the wood, detach the saw blade, insert the blade through the hole, attach the blade and start cutting from the inside.
Scroll Saw VS Band Saw
A scroll saw is very different from a Band saw. A scroll saw is designed to cut small pieces of wood, make delicate and detailed cuts, and saws in an up and down movement. A Band saw is designed to saw anything from small patterns in the wood to milling huge logs, the Band saw blade runs in a circular movement. Band saws are generally more heavy-duty and powerful than scroll saws. The Band saw blades are thicker and wider, and runs on two wheels that form an oblong shape. The Band saw only saws in one direction in this circular motion which means that the parts of the blade are only in contact with wood some of the time. If you are going to saw bigger pieces of wood ( 3″), need to saw quick cuts, and don’t care too much about the fine detail, then I would recommend going for a Band saw. A Band saw can not do piercing cuts without an entry cut. Scroll saws are less powerful than Band saws. The blades are smaller, they can be as little as 1/25-inch ( 1mm) thick. The scroll saw saws in an up and down pattern, approximately the same movement as when you are using a handsaw.
What Is The Thickest Piece of Wood You Can Cut With A Scroll Saw?
The thickest piece of wood you can cut with a scroll saw will be about 3″ ( 7-8 cm). Scroll saw’s are not designed to cut thick pieces of wood so it will be challenging. It also depends if you are sawing cross-grain and on how dense the wood is.
When cutting thick wood with scroll saws the wood has a tendency to burn because of the heat caused by friction between the wood and the blade. Since the scroll saw blade travels up and down and not in a circular pattern, the blade will constantly be in contact with the wood and result in burn marks if you push too hard.
Is a Scroll Saw Safe?
A scroll saw is one of the safest saws on the market. You have to be really unlucky or reckless to properly cut yourselves with one. Because of the tiny saw blade, the tiny teeth of the blade and because the blade moves in such small movements it will be next to impossible to get a proper cut from it.
But even though it is a relatively safe saw to use, you have to take proper precautions. Saw blades can snap, and wood pieces can come flying at you. So use eye protection and the recommended safety gear.
Is a Scroll Saw Worth it?
A scroll saw is worth getting for people who have a need to do more fine and detailed woodworking. If you have a Band saw and are constantly annoyed over the fact that it can not cut tight enough corners, the scroll saw is for you!
A scroll saw is definitely worth it if you want to do more artsy woodwork, but if you are mainly doing construction woodwork and usually work with big pieces of wood then you probably have no need for a scroll saw. I have never regretted buying a scroll saw and it has always been put to good use.
Is It Hard To Use A Scroll Saw?
Scroll saws are simple to use but hard to master. You can easily start using the scroll saw when it comes out of the package without much research or practice. But if you want to create beautifully detailed patterns with high accuracy, you will need substantial practice.
The simplicity of use also comes down to the quality of the scroll saw. A cheap scroll saw with cheap blades will be harder and more “wonky” to use than a high-end scroll saw with good blades. But freight not, anyone can easily learn how to use a scroll saw.
Use A Footswitch With Your Scroll Saw
Using a footswitch to control the scroll saw makes sawing so much simpler. It gives you the ability to keep both hands on the table sawing without having to use a hand to press the power button. Footswitches sometimes come with the saw. But usually, you have to buy them separately
Scroll saws are great little devices that open up a whole new category of woodworking. They are fairly cheap to get started and fairly easy to start using. I think that everyone that does detailed woodwork and woodworking art should have one in their tool repertoire.
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