Updated: November 2017
Scroll Saw Reviews:Scroll saws are bench mounted tools that make precise cuts in wood, plastic or metal. When working on detailed crafts or making freehand cuts, the scroll saw is the best tool for the job. The majority of scroll saws can cut stock up to 2" thick but are meant for small projects like intricate crafts. 15 to 18 inch models are standard for scroll saws and their size is measured by the distance between its body and blade. Once you have decided on the size of the scroll saw, then consider the features offered. A worklight mounted on the saw will help reduce eye strain by illuminating your work piece. Having a blower mounted near the blade will prevent sawdust from gathering on wood so you can follow the cut lines easier. Variable speed controls let you adjust the speed of the blade so you can cut your material correctly. For bevel and compound cuts, a tilting table is priceless - especially for cuts in one pass. Tool free blade change features are important as well so you can limit downtown and increase productivity. To make the saw easier to use consider a work hold-down (doubles as a blade guard).
Buying Guide - Beyond the saw features and size, the blade is very critical to any scroll saw. Blades are rated by the number of teeth they have per inch (tpi). For smoother finishes, get a blade with a higher tpi. There are blades specific to cutting metal, plastic or wood so be sure to inquire what the blade works best on. Scroll saw enthusiasts should visit Scrollsawer.com and look into Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine. The issues are great for beginner or experts and offer tips and techniques on various woodworking projects. The message board section of the site is loaded with information and resources for beginner scroll sawers, tools and blades, finishing, and a general FAQ area. For free scroll saw patterns, signup online at the site with your email address. You can download your own scroll saw patterns that are free and printable. There is a gallery as well with the latest scroll saw art that visitors have uploaded to the site for viewing. Scroll saw projects with intricate designs and plans are entered into contests on the site, so if you enjoy scroll sawing, consider putting your works on display. You can see all types of scroll saws in action at your local Home Depot or Lowes home improvement stores. The top brand names for scroll saws are Delta, Tradesman, Dremel, Dewalt, Hegner, Grizzly, Ryobi, Makita, and Excalibur. They range in price from $100-$500. Scrolls saw reviews - We found an excellent article done by Popular Mechanics which tested 6 top models head to head. Also, Woodworker.com, Plansnow.com, and Onlinetoolreviews.com offer up in depth reviews on particular scroll saw models. Save yourself some driving around and buy online - we recommend Amazon.com if they carry the model you want. You can browse the up-to-date list of best-selling scroll saws here.