Among the things that people wish to learn when starting their hobby or job with scrolling is what 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.
I will be discussing some of the most important aspects that can help you come up with an informed decision.
Blade holders and blade changing – the saw should be accepting the standard 5 inches pinless blades. It is because there are numerous scrollwork that could not be executed with pinned blades. Yes it is true that there are several benefits that can be acquired from pinned blades but like everything else, there’s a drawback to this and that is, it’s impossible to cut anything inside as it requires you to drill big hole before the pin of the blade gets through.
Not only that, you must find out the difficulty level of changing the blade and what tool is needed to do it. There are scroll saw projects that actually have hundreds of holes and what this mean is, you need to remove one end of your blade from the holder and then, thread it right through the wood. After that, you must 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 – vibration needs to be kept to the very least due to the fact that this is a big disturbance when performing cuts. There are saws that are vibrating more primarily because of its design. As a matter of fact, this is mostly because of the cost of the saw. Luckily, the amount of vibration created could be diminished by simply mounting the saw to the stand. Sturdily mounted saw and heavier saws are reducing vibration.
Size specifications – oftentimes, manufacturers are listing the maximum cutting thickness of saws they made. Since this is more than 2 inches, you can ignore this as you’ll likely never wish to cut anything thicker than that. The depth of throat is something that you have to consider if you think that you’ll be working on cutting larger projects in the future. It is because the smaller throats might inhibit you from swinging pieces while you are cutting.