A reliable used Delta scroll saw is essential in woodworking projects. With the scroll saw, you can make smooth curves and detailed cuts in wood without the use of a jig saw. There are many different brands of scroll saws, each one with its own unique features. A reliable used saw will last longer and perform better than a brand new scroll saw because of the material it is made of. Before you start shopping for a used saw, the following are tips that will help you find and choose the right saw. Read on.
First, ask yourself whether your saw needs a diamond blade or a two-speed blade. Diamond blades require two speeds to perform their job because of the increased distance they need to travel. Two speed saws are suitable for straight wood and other curved cuts. However, two speed saws are often noisy and difficult to use because of the large clearance distance required. If you do not need all of the extra features of a two speed saw, consider purchasing a used single speed scroll saw that can perform the same tasks as a two-speed saw but will not require the extra step to change the blade.
Second, find out what the different inch variable speed settings are. The higher the number, the faster the blade swings and the tighter the pattern will be. Many scroll saws come with a lower number of inches in the rear of the blade. These saws are intended for light duty woodworking because they are less expensive to buy. However, a higher number of inches in the rear of the blade provides more control and a uniform cut with a consistent diameter of the fan blade.
Next, measure the size of your wood cutting board and determine if you want to buy a mitered or offset scroll saw. Miter saws are easier to use because you have a greater range of depth to work with when using them. However, an offset machine gives you a greater level of control. You can adjust the angle of the blade at any point while the motor is operating to cut any size of wood. The disadvantage is that this type of saw must be used in a very close up manner, which may make it difficult to use for cutting larger pieces of wood.
Third, if you have access to some old woodworking user manuals, look for user manuals for scroll saws that are no longer manufactured or sold by the original manufacturer. These user manuals may provide specifications for the saw that were available years ago and are still available in some stores. If a user manual is available from a major supplier such as Home Depot or Lowes, these suppliers will generally accept vintage equipment that meets their standards. However, be sure to bring the saw to the store with your receipt so that the supplier can check to see if it is still under warranty.
Fourth, some scroll saws have a one-inch variable speed motor which allows it to be faster when cutting smaller pieces of wood and slower when cutting larger pieces of wood. The one-inch variable speed saws are much easier to use for home woodworking projects than are the traditional two or three-inch scroll saws. This saw is also easier to work with if the blade is dull. A one-inch variable speed saw is ideal for most home projects.
Fifth, check to see if the scroll saw comes with a manual. Most saws come with a manual that has a variety of sizes of blade and different cuts. Some saws will allow you to make small cuts on a flat surface while others will allow you to make larger cuts on an angle. A manual is generally packaged with the scroll saw and will include its parts, including the blade, motor, and blade.
Last but not least, check to see if the saw comes with a warranty. Many scroll saws sold online are new products that come with a limited warranty, usually for one year. You should be able to find a warranty that includes a lifetime limit on the blade and motor.