One of the most important factors when it comes to choosing the best speed for scroll saw is the distance of the scroll saw blade from your start up motor. This will make a big difference in the overall efficiency of your scroll saw. A very popular type of scroll saw is a reciprocating saw that cuts wood along both edges. The saw is stationary and the blade is moved either clockwise or counterclockwise in accordance with the scroll. If you want to use your scroll saw at its maximum efficiency, you need to take the time to measure the distance between the start up the motor and the cutting edge of the scroll saw blade.
To find the distance between the motor and the edge of the scroll saw blade, set the motor to self-oscillation. This option is available in many scroll saw models. To perform this test, make certain the cut switch is set to self-oscillation. Set the scroll saw to parallel mode. The depth of the scroll should be set to zero in order to eliminate all vibrations.
Start by making two cuts with the scroll saw positioned flatly and parallel above the wood. Use a piece of wood as a guide to ensure the layout of the scroll saw blade as you cut. After the first cut, slide the scroll vertically toward the opening until the blade engages the wood. Stop about one inch before the end of the blade. This will position the scroll firmly in position. You can now tighten the set screws using the included torque driver.
Now, it is time to set the speed for scroll saw patterns you are going to use. Most scroll saws come with one or more speed selections. If you have an older saw that doesn’t automatically recognize the scroll pattern you are using, set the speed to zero. If you have a modern unit, select the appropriate speed setting and set the scroll lever to its fully responsive position. Set the scroll saw’s teeth properly to match the wood thickness. Some scroll saw models may have different spacing between the teeth than the standard model, but this spacing should be fine.
Now, with the new scroll saw at the desired speeds, you can run the blade without engaging the wood. In order to determine the best speed for this cut, you need to observe how the tooth faces are oriented along the scroll saw blade. The best rule of thumb is that the tooth face should be slightly slanted down and toward the direction of rotation.
Set the depth of the scroll using a piece of chalk to determine the depth of each tooth. Set the level to the maximum depth possible. With the teeth centered and aligned, snap the saw blade right to the end of the scroll. The teeth will now engage the wood as you operate the machine.
Some scroll saws come with an automatic depth release system. This feature allows the scroll to be loaded and engaged without disengaging the blade. In most cases, this best speed for scroll saw comes from the depth release. However, some models come equipped with a button or dial to initiate depth release. Set the depth release lever in the fully-automatic position and apply pressure on both sides of the button to move it to the fully-automatic position. Release the scroll at the desired speed using the appropriate mechanism on the scroll.
Once the scroll is in the fully-automatic mode, it is time to move it into the manual mode. Set the scroll saw to its best speed for this cut by moving the gear lever to its full engagement position. Apply pressure on both sides of the scroll with your finger in order to disengage the teeth. Set the scroll saw to its normal speed for this cut and then return it to the manual mode. You can now perform any other cutting tasks such as crosscutting, ripping, or detailed work.