Model DW788 - DeWALT 20" Heavy Duty Variable Speed Scroll Saw. 1.3 Amp, 400-1750 strokes per minute, 20" throat. The oversize cast iron table tilts 45° left and right and has a capacity of 2" thick...
- Up-front controls
- Tool-free blade change system
- Single lever tensioning
- Upper arm that lifts out of the way for threading blades through pre-drilled holes make this a truly user friendly scroll saw
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DeWalt 20" Scroll Saw
I was hoping this would be the last scroll saw I'd ever need to buy, but I'm afraid not. First, what I do like about it: The size- 20" is liberal and sizeable enough for all my needs. The motor- I can cut anything from 1/40" veneer to 2" thick hardwoods like Ebony and Pink Ivory. It's DeWalt- I usually am very satisfied like I am with my sliding compound miter saw and new biscuit joiner. Next, what is a disappointment, to me anyway: The holddown- it's almost totally useless as others have said. The design is extremely poor, shakes itself loose almost constantly, and I find the wood slapping over and over on the table while I fumble to shut it off. Poor design and implementation. The blade change system- was hoping this would be simple to use and better than other systems I've used or seen. Instead it's every bit as frustrating as any I've used and the tool offers no assistance at all. A typical arrangement where a wing nut tightens the blade once you find the slot and the stop inside, but even on top of the table where you can see it, getting it exactly right is an effort. Trying to make the connection underneath the table with less visibility to me is a nightmare, especially with today's super-fine blades for intricate work. If you're cutting something with lots of inside cuts that require a drill hole and a blade feed-through, good luck. I believe the company recommends tilting the table to secure the blade underneath, but for me it didn't help at all. I've always loved making projects with the scroll saw, but this particular one has taken most of the fun out of it for me. I rarely use it, and find myself avoiding it. I know that there are other scroll saws that cost a lot more, but investing $550+ for an occasional-use machine should be enough to at least cover the basics, like blade changes and hold-downs! Especially coming from a great company like DeWalt with a long history of great tools, but unfortunately this isn't one of them for me. I dreamed about this saw and bought it as soon as it came out- I would not buy another one and could not in good conscience recommend it to someone else, based on my issues , disappointment, and frustration with it. I hoped and wish it were otherwise. Bob Joyce thejoysofwood.com
Great Design..Horrible Quality
This saw has a great design, big table and easy blade change. I have had this saw for two years, gone through two motors. Can't afford that! Use saw about 1 hour a day.
dw 788 scroll saw
This is great tool that needs two changes. The on off switch wears out quickly. The unit does not come with an auto-arm lift attachment. I purchased one from a wood working magazine that has been working perfectly for years. Would highly advise selling the unit with this attachment. Sell this unit with a foot switch to save the unit on-off switch.
great saw for the price
love this saw,but i miss my old Delta.Only thing i found not so great is the hold down,it dos not hold the wood down where it should.Over all it is a nice saw
This is a fine product
I replaced a hitachi 16-inch with this dewalt. The Dewalt is QUIET! zero vibration unless it's run at full speed - 1400 rpm, then slight vibration. Solid machine. My local Woodcraft gave me a great deal with the stand and saw. I improved results immediately since there was no vibration, the blade tension stays where I set it and the table opening is minimal to reduce tear-out. A pleasure to use.
Great, solid and well thought-out scroll
This scroll saw is used primarily for Intarsia type projects and is a significant improvement over my old 1952 Craftsman saw. I also purchased the work light and find it very useful.
A heavy hitter in scrollsaws
I primarly use this unit for hobby woodworking building craft boxes & scrollwork. This is my second scrollsaw and this model is much superior than the entry level saw I had been using. It is relatively quiet, very low vibration, adequate blower & all adjustments within reach. The design is similar to more expensive Henger & Excalibur units. My two concerns are the light attachment that came with my unit, even with it tightened still would work it's way loose. Nothing that a couple washers didn't fix. The second was just annoying, my first unit had a faulty on/off switch, but Woodcraft was quick to send a replacement and accept the return. Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase and my experience with Woodcraft customer service.
Great saw compared to the Delta 16" I have. Easy blade change, large deck Controls up front. If you can afford this scroll saw BUY IT!