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 – the saw must accept the standard 5 inches pinless blades. There are many scrollwork that just can’t be done with saws that need 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. Some of the scroll saw projects have got hundreds of saw or in other words, it will be necessary to remove one end of the blade from the holder and thread it through the wood. Then after that, you have to remount it in 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 – 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. This feature has a tendency to dependent on the price of the saw bought. Luckily, the amount of vibration created could be diminished by simply mounting the saw to the stand. Sturdily mounted saw as well as heavier saws help in reducing vibration.
Size specifications – most of the time, manufacturers list the maximum cutting thickness of saws. 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. Smaller throats are limiting the size of pieces that can be swung around while cutting.