What’s the first thing you think of when you think of buying the cheapest scroll saw in the world? Most would immediately think of the Sears Vector. If for no other reason, this is the one that everyone thinks of because it’s cheap and it’s available at almost any department store. It’s also available online, but that’s another story. I’m going to talk about some other scroll saws that are cheaper than the Sears.
The first one is the Bosch Warhammer 200mm scroll saw. This saw has twin scroll blades that cut out to 200mm when turned on. These are not your ordinary garden shears either. These blades spin at an amazing rate, cutting out to even a quarter of an inch per second. This is great for tough and thick woods. Another awesome feature is the ability to adjust the depth of the blade so that you can cut smaller or thicker boards without cutting yourself on the arm or leg.
The next saw is the Yamaha Vado. These scroll saws are similar to the Bosch Warhammer in many ways. They have twin beveled cuts and the ability to change the depth of the beveled cuts. They also have a handy feature that allows you to change the angle of the blade so you can cut different things and get more precise cuts.
The next scroll saws is from Rugged Industrial and it is called the Ruggedcast Iron. It features cast iron construction and is very durable. What makes this saw so great is that it cuts both wood and metal at forty-five degrees, with accurate cuts all the way through. You also have the option of adjusting the depth of the bevels so they cut all different types of wood, which is great for a serious woodworker.
The last two saws on the list are from Latitude Digital and Rapid River. The first one is an improvement over the previous model with ten speeds, and a much better option when it comes to price. It has a nice function where you can control how light or heavy the stroke is. Also, it has a handy function where the motor only starts when you lift your finger. This prevents you from having to load the scroll saw while your hand is full of wood and other materials that could slow you down.
The last option we will discuss is the Speed Stack Tensioner. This tension runs on either a six or seven-speed scroll saw and comes with a removable coil spring system that relieves the tension when it gets too hard. It does this by running counter-clockwise and clockwise to help relieve any wear and tear on the scroll saw. It is easy to remove and change out depending on what type of scroll saw you are using. The tensioner has a variable spm option as well, which allows you to vary the amount of pressure you apply to the saw.
In all of our previous articles we have mentioned a couple of scroll saws that we consider the best scroll saws. They are the Black and Decker Rockwell Speed Multi-axis saw and the Bosch Multi-axis Saw. These are the only two machines on the market that come in both a consumer and professional grade version. The other options are not as high end, and if you’re only doing small projects then you probably won’t need a top of the line machine. A good general purpose scroll saw can get the job done for you at a very reasonable cost.
A scroll saw works by making very thin, even strips of wood by compressing a series of sheets of wood together with a spiral action. Because the scroll saws blades are so thin you can get them to cut through virtually anything including sheet wood and plastic. The main problem with these machines is that they tend to be heavy and thus can take up a lot of space.