Everything You Must Know Before Buying 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. There are a number of things that should be taken into mind regardless if you wish to buy your scroll saw or want to make an upgrade.
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. There are many scrollwork that just can’t be done with saws that need pinned blades. While the pinned blades have few benefits, they have one drawback and that is the fact that it is impossible to cut any detail inside since you need to drill a big hole to get the pin of the blade 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. Then after that, you have to remount it in holder.
Variable speed – many of the scroll saws do offer variable speed and you should have it in any saw you plan to buy no matter how much it cost. At time, you want to slow the blade’s speed to be able to cut slower while at times, you need to slow it to avoid the blade burning the wood edges as 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 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. It is because of the reason that vibration is eliminated by mounting the saw to a sturdy surface.
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. If you think that you will be working on bigger projects down the road, then consider the throat’s depth. It is because the smaller throats might inhibit you from swinging pieces while you are cutting.