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Scroll saw

Postby MY63 » 13 Aug 2019, 10:33

I visited the local Axminster saw the other day to buy a palm router (Makita) which is great. I watched a brief demo of a scroll saw and I have to admit I was tempted to buy the £80 version. The assistant put me off by trying to convince me I needed the £400.
Last time I thought about buying one of these I bought a used bandsaw which is great and I use it lots already but I think these corners are a little tight even for the thinner blade.

ImageIMG_0485_1 by my0771, on Flickr

When the outer leather cover is moulded over the card it looks like this

ImageIMG_0502_1 by my0771, on Flickr

So my question is are these like the bandsaw and suitable for buying second hand and if so can anyone advise on which are the best to buy used.
Oh and of course if anyone knows of one laying in the corner of a workshop somewhere that I can buy that would be great.
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Re: Scroll saw

Postby StevieB » 13 Aug 2019, 13:57

Well you will not be able to do piercing cuts on a bandsaw, so no - a bandsaw couldn't cut the rose you show. If you want edges as rough as that ie you are putting it under leather so a smooth edge is not critical, then I would say any scroll saw would be fine. Really cheap ones come with pinned blades and are a faff, as well as limiting the size of piercing cut you can do. Most fine blades are pinless so go for this as a minimum would be my suggestion. As you want to trial one, ebay will be fine. There are the usual Chiwanese clones to the same shape/spec but in different colours and with different badges at the bottom of the range. The Rolls-Royce is the Hegner, but Eclipse saws get a good write-up and the Axminster's are a copy of these. One left field option is a 'diamond' brand scroll saw - bit of a marmite machine, some people love them, some don't. I am in the latter camp and sold mine but each to their own. Quality blades make all the difference, ans as with most things - you get better with practice, you get expert with LOTS of practice!
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Re: Scroll saw

Postby Woodbloke » 13 Aug 2019, 16:11

If anyone's interested, over on UKWorkshop someone is selling a top of the range Hegner scroll saw (virtually new) for half-price...a mere £600 - Rob
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Re: Scroll saw

Postby Andyp » 13 Aug 2019, 16:44

I have the basic single speed Hegner which still comes out for the odd job or two. I always underestimate how quickly the blades need replacing. They go dull very quickly. Even good blades are quite cheap but they do need replacing often. IME.
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Re: Scroll saw

Postby Woodbloke » 13 Aug 2019, 18:11

Andyp wrote:I have the basic single speed Hegner which still comes out for the odd job or two. I always underestimate how quickly the blades need replacing. They go dull very quickly. Even good blades are quite cheap but they do need replacing often. IME.

I must say I was tempted for all of 5 seconds Andy but I'd never use it much and it's a fairly big bit of kit...'tis a bargain though if you're on the look out for one - Rob
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Re: Scroll saw

Postby MY63 » 14 Aug 2019, 21:43

Thanks StevieB I appreciate the information I cant find any Eclipse saws for sale currently The Axminster at £149 takes pinless blades.
@woodbloke £600 is way outside my budget but hopefully someone else will snap it up.
There are a number of Hegner's on ebay for around £240 but they look like they have had a hard life.
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