Tips Before Investing in Scroll Saws
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 – pinless blades have a standard 5 inches size and the saw should accept it. 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. Once done, you will need to remount it to the 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. 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. There are saws that are vibrating more primarily because of its design. Such feature has a tendency to be more dependent on the price of that saw. But don’t fret, mounting the saw to the stand can help in resolving this issue and proceed with your work without much troubles. It is because of the reason that vibration is eliminated by mounting the saw to a sturdy surface.
Size specifications – most of the time, manufacturers list the maximum cutting thickness of saws. And due to the fact that this is always thicker than 2 inches, simply ignore it as you don’t want to cut 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. Smaller throats are limiting the size of pieces that can be swung around while cutting.