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. 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 – pinless blades have a standard 5 inches size and the saw should accept it. It is because there are numerous scrollwork that could not be executed with 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.
Apart from that, it is essential that you learn how difficult or easy it is to change the blade and what tool is needed to get it done. There are scroll saw projects that have hundreds of holes and what is meant by this is, you should remove one end of the blade from the holder and thread it through the wood. After that, you must 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 – vibration needs to be kept to the very least due to the fact that this is a big disturbance when performing cuts. 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 as well as heavier saws help in reducing vibration.
Size specifications – most of the time, manufacturers list the maximum cutting thickness of saws. Because this is more than 2 inches always, you can just ignore this as you will likely never want to cut anything that’s thicker than that. If you think that you will be working on bigger projects down the road, then consider the throat’s depth. Smaller throats are limiting the size of pieces that can be swung around while cutting.