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. 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.
In the next lines, I am going to discuss the most significant aspects that will help you to ensure that you’re doing things right.
Blade holders and blade changing – pinless blades have a standard 5 inches size and the saw should accept it. There are a lot of scrollwork that couldn’t be done with saws which have 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. 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. Sometimes, you might want to slow down the blade’s speed to cut slower and then, you want to slow it down to prevent its blade burn the wood edges while you cut.
Vibration – let’s face it, vibration is causing quite a huge distraction when you are cutting and therefore, it needs to kept to the bare minimum. Then again, some saws inherently vibrate mainly because of the 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 – the maximum cutting thickness of the saw is already listed by the manufacturers for customer reference. Since this is more than 2 inches, you can ignore this as you’ll likely never wish to cut anything thicker than that. The throat’s depth is one thing that you must not take for granted if you will be working on cutting bigger projects. It is because the smaller throats might inhibit you from swinging pieces while you are cutting.