Top Scroll Saw Reviews

by Tested_to_Destruction

A scroll saw is a useful and well used woodworker tool. The five best scroll saws, reviewed and compared.

Another well used woodworking tool is the scroll saw. Great for when a jigsaw is too big or cuts too wide, they're a great power tool and deliver precision close cut results on the smaller detailed projects that are often part of a woodworkers day.

They're also handy for crafters and a much favored model is the Dremel scroll saw type model. Compact, well designed and great for intricate creativity and perfect results. The rest are the bolt down designs, or at least the type that require a surface area in which to use them.

Below are the five best scroll saws. Each one consistently makes the best seller lists in the category and is superb value for money - plus they're well received by previous customers and are all highly rated.

DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw

This is the best selling pro scroll saw and it's a high-end power tool. Blade changes are a snap, as is the initial assembly. Variable speed adjustment, less vibration and noise and superior precision all mark this one out as an awesome woodworkers tool - definitely worth every cent.

All the controls are incredibly user friendly, it's got all the bells and whistles you'll ever need in an industry standard workshop. The design of the parallel link arm is sophisticated, switching speeds is a snap and the directional dust blower is highly effective and promotes efficient output. It's powered by an ample 1.3 amp motor, which runs between 400 and 1750 spm and the price includes a hex wrench plus blades. If you want a Porsche in your workshop - rather than a Prius - the Dewalt is the best model to invest in by a long mile.

DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw

The dependable DEWALT 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw is designed to help you create accurate, detailed workpieces with ease. Its user-friendly configuration with easy-to ...

Only $537.99

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Skil 3335-02 120-Volt Scroll Saw

This is a Skil scroll saw and will stand you less than 150 bucks for a good quality power tool that delivers the goods. It's pretty simple to set up out the box and comes with two wrenches and two 5" blades. The motor is 1.2 amps, which puts out between 500 and 1700 rpm - ample enough. The throat is 16", which gives decent results on thicker projects.

It tilts 45º and the table surface is pretty decent at 16 x 10". There's an on-board light and dust blower though you're probably better using a separate dust collector. Variable speed, blade switching is a breeze and the whole set up does feel reliable and solid. A nicely put together entry level scroll saw. Nothing to get excited about but more than enough for those with a home workshop or hobby enthusiasts.

Skil 3335-02 120-Volt Scroll Saw

Includes 16-in Scroll Saw with Light - 3335-01-RT

Only $241.73

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Proxxon 37090 DSH/E Scroll Saw

This is a mid-priced scroll saw and is a good quality model for hobbyists, toy make, small detailed work and more. In short - it's a pretty adequate all-rounder. It comes with the usual features you can expect from a model of this price - precision quality cuts, low vibration, not overly noisy. User friendly, easy to set up and the dust hoover works pretty good.

It's also able to make a nice job of alternative stock, such as plastics, leather and foam. A 45º angle tilt, a wrench key (included) makes blade changes a simple task and good depth to the throat (15 3/4) are all key factors with this decent enough, well put together woodworking power tool. Good discount, free shipping.

Proxxon 37090 DSH/E Scroll Saw

Clean, accurate cuts without the need for finishing. This is the perfect machine for tool and die making, model building, toy repairs, puzzle sawing, architectural work, ...

Only $354.64

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Rockwell RK7315 16-Inch Scroll Saw

If you want to buy a cheap scroll saw to get started with - this is the best choice in the budget price range. It's fairly lightweight as scroll saws go and nothing about it is difficult to work or set up. You get a variable bevel, up to a 45º angle and reasonably good dust remover. The motor is 1.2 amps and it delivers a nicely rounded 500 to 1700 rpm's.

Included in the price are a pair of blades,holder, guard and a hex wrench. The variable speed control does its job, responsive and easy to control - and it does a surprisingly good job on 3/4" ply, plexiglass and similar. That suggests it's probably a good all rounder - more so if you add a few personal adjustments once you've got it out the box. A decent enough saw for the price, recommended if you're looking to spend less rather than more.

Rockwell RK7315 16-Inch Scroll Saw

Shop series. Variable speed and a 4/5'' stroke ensure clean accurate cuts while the 0 to 45 bevelling table lets you make more specialized cuts. Also equipped with a dust port ...

$103.66  $99.82

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Dremel 300-1/24 300 Series Variable-Speed Rotary Tool Kit

This is as good as it gets when it comes to a mini scroll saw - the Dremel. Strictly speaking, this little powerhouse performs across a broad range of tasks and if you want super-fine precision, simply purchase the appropriate cutting-tool accessory kit. The Dremel does a bit of everything and as it's performance as a mini scroll saw is impressive enough.

It's lightweight and surprisingly capable and the price includes a multitude of attachments, some of which are useful for detailed cutting tasks. What's more, some of the other attachments are related - you can sand down and buff the pieces as they're cut, or line them up and put them through the next stage once you're done with cutting and shaping. It's a super little power tool, worth buying over the more powerful version as this one is both cheaper and just as flexible. Top mini-power tool, performs a variety of tasks and more than affordable. Great craft tool.

Dremel 300-1/24 300 Series Variable-Speed Rotary Tool Kit

Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit, Variable Speed - 5,000-35,000 RPM, Includes: Case, 24 Accessories & Circle Cutter Attachment.

Only $87.79

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Updated: 03/01/2012, Tested_to_Destruction
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