Best Power Scroll Saws in 2020



DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw - Yellow Review:


I have only used it for a couple of weeks but so far I love it. I built my own heavy duty wooden stand for it which works very well. It is made with 4x4s, 2x4s and 3/4 plywood top and 1/2 plywood bottom, all scraps from around the shop. Stand is very heavy to absorb vibrations from the saw. I used 12 inch drawer slides left over from another project and bought good lockable wheels at Lowes. You could probably land a helicopter on it but I am a retired engineer so I overbuild everything. I didn't like the DeWalt stand, looks top heavy and unwieldy, too tall and narrow. I am old and I like to sit if I can.

I use it in front of a big gulp dust collection hood next to it with the blower blowing dust into the big gulp so I capture most of the dust except what is underneath which I get with my vacuum. I am mostly concerned with dust that I would breath. My air quality meter is usually in the single digits when it is running. I have a large Oneida 3hp dust collector.

It only comes with two cheap blades so buy more and better. I am a beginner scroller but I am getting better quickly with this machine. I use a 4x4 block to hold up the arm when I change blades or do internals as you see in the pics. Maybe the more expensive saw like Henger is better but for now this is good. If I do a lot of scrolling then I could justify a Henger machine but I don't, I work for my enjoyment not for income.

For those who are beginners my best advice is get this saw and when you are learning use spiral blades and go slowly and stop when you start to go off line. I find if I do a little and stop, relax, then do some more and repeat, I get better results. I hope this helps folks.

I will update this in about six months if I am not as happy or I find other problems. These reviews help everyone and especially myself so I like to return the favor. Cheers.



WEN 3921 16-inch Two-Direction Variable Speed Scroll Saw Review:


I bought this saw a couple of weeks ago when it was on sale for 69$. It's a great product for it's price. You can see in the pictures a few of the things that I have cut using this saw. I am new to this hobby and these are my first cuts.

As this is a cheap device, it comes with its own flaws. First noticeable flaw is that the saw is without vibration upto medium speed and if you go to the high speed it wants to jump around. This maybe amplified by the fact that my table is not the most stable table. Another problem is that the original insert has giant gaps which makes cutting intricate details difficult and if you are not careful it can cause your narrow pieces to break. However, it was really easy to make a zero-clearance insert for it which I made from some leftover parts. It makes a huge difference as you can make your insert flush with the table. Also, the bottom blade holder is really not accessible which makes working with pinless blades really difficult. So, I removed the guard and made a little holder for its toolbox on a piece of plywood and screwed it to the casted body of the saw.

Some customers have complained about the blades slipping out of the holders no matter how much you tighten the holder. This is because the blades usually come with a slipper surface and covered with a layer of oil to protect them from rust. Just a little sanding of the end of the pinless blades help them to stay in the holders even with a very high tension.



Delta Power Tools 40-694 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw Review:


I was looking to replace my old Dewalt 20" scrollsaw. I had lost it several years ago and couldn't afford another, so I had been making do with various cheaper16" saws. None came close to the quality and ease of use of the Dewalt, so, when I came into the money, I came to Amazon for a replacement. This Delta saw was right next to the Dewalt and the price is $80 lower, so I took a look at it. The first thing I determined was that it is a parallel link design. I have vowed that I will never buy another parallel arm saw. What's the difference between parallel link and parallel arm? It's complicated, but parallel link has less vibration, all controls are right in front, and blades are easier and much quicker to move from hole to hole. Several commenters said that it was the same saw as the Dewalt, just with a different label, paint, and a lower price, so I thought I'd give it a try. It arrived yesterday.
When I opened the box and read the instructions, they said that the saw was fully assembled, except for the table. This was not true. The bevel guide and knob assembly was not attached, but packed separately, and there were no instructions as to how they went together. After reading other reviews where the writers complained that their knobs arrived broken., and remembering that my old Dewalt had also arrived with a broken knob (which the company quickly replaced) I realized that somebody must have decided that the knob was subject to damage in transit if it was attached before shipping, so they have taken to packing it unattached. It was a bit of a hassle figuring how to assemble, but there were only four parts to figure out, so it didn't take long. Better to take a bit longer to assemble than to have to wait a week for a replacement knob. Attaching table was easy, just slide it into place and fasten two bolts.
Once assembled, I could see that the Delta saw was not the same machine as the Dewalt. It is very similar, but there are some differences. First the table is round and wider than the Dewalt. The blade holders are almost identical and hold the blades quite firmly. One big difference is that there is a locking pin that holds the upper arm raised when moving or changing the blade. On my Dewalt, I had to either pay extra for a device to hold up the arm, or make some kind of block to hold up. The Delta also has a covered compartment for storing extra blades. What it looks like to me is that someone at Delta looked at the sales Dewalt was getting for their saw and said, " Okay, we can make one just as good, but with a few improvements, and sell it cheaper."
After one session using the Delta, I have to say that, so far, it is just as good as the Dewalt. If the prices were the same, I would have a hard time choosing between the two. Both machines are top of the line in the mid price range. I haven't used any of the thousand dollar price range machines, so I can't say anything about their quality, but, if you have been using an inexpensive 16" saw and are thinking of upgrading to something bigger, this would be an excellent choice. You will be amazed at how much easier this saw is to use.



Dremel MS20-01 Moto-Saw Variable Speed Compact Scroll Saw Kit Review:


I bought this saw in order to do light cutting work and help my son with his Pinewood Derby car. I was not expecting a professional quality saw so I was very happy with the quality and use of this product. It comes in a handy storage case and setup was quick and easy. I have only tried it as a mounted saw so far but it was able to cut through 1/2" bass wood smoothly and very fast. Using it on my son's thick Pinewood block was a little tougher and very slow going but it was able to make it through and the blade is still sharp and no lost teeth. My 7 year old son was able to use the saw with no trouble at all for larger straight cuts (since no real finger guards around the blade, he is not ready for anything more). The downsides to the saw is that there is no fencing/miter guard with it or listed as an accessory to buy even though it is in the book (though I understand this can be purchased from customer support), and the mounting clamps were not wide enough to fit on my table. I had to mount it on a countertop which caused more vibration than I would have liked so I will be looking for ways to reduce it. We also used the vacuum attachment option and hooked up my Dyson. It sucked up a good amount of the dust but was very loud (this is dependent on your vacuum). Overall, this is a great portable saw especially for people like me (in an apt) who do not have a dedicated workshop or place to keep it out. I will only be using it for occasional projects so for me it was the perfect option.



Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw with Steel Rip Fence, Miter Gauge, and 7 Accessories – RK7323 Review:


First let me say that now that I realize what an idiot I was this is an awesome saw. I say I was an idiot because I couldn't get it do rip cuts for the life of me. I am putting down laminate flooring and couldn't get the thing to make even cuts down the length of a board no matter how I lined up the guide. I even used a tape measure and measured from the guide to the blade and from the guide to the back end mount that goes in-between the kerf. Here's where I went wrong and hopefully I can save you some trouble. I bought another brand of t-shank blades specifically made for laminate flooring. They cut great, but...they are too thin so the kerf won't line up with the back end that mounts to the platform, its beveled where the kerf is suppose to meet it so if you use the Rockwell blades the board slides right through. Bottom line, if you are buying a different brand of blades for rip cuts, compare them to the width/kerf of the Rockwell wood cutting blade that comes with the saw. Now, that aside, thinner blades won't be an issue for any other type of cuts. My only real complaint is that I wish the miter block was longer and had less play in it; since I am putting down quarter-round trim a millimeter or two of play isn't going to make a difference, but if you need serious precision this won't cut it...pun intended! The rubber feet are reasonable effective and you can fairly easily push a board through with one hand use the other to keep the saw from sliding backwards; that's on concrete, on flooring it slides easily. I don't think it is the manual but there is a bracket that folds down from underneath the front that you can use to latch onto a workbench so it can't slide backwards. Since I am using it on the floor, I can't use it. The vacuum port isn't a catch call for sure but it helps quite a bit, so every few boards or after a long rip cut you'll have to detach the shop vac and do a little clean up. Don't hesitate, its a sturdy saw even though the base is all plastic its very durable. I'm no contractor and don't have any plans for heavy duty projects, for flooring it is fantastic; no need to run back and forth between outside and the room you are working int, just plop it down on the floor with a shop vac go to town! I'd definitely buy it again for what I am using it for and can't imagine it won't hold up to other light or medium duty projects.



Shop Fox W1713 16-Inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw Review:


I just received the Fox W1713, the saw was double boxed, however the outer box was mashed in and the inner box had holes punched in it from the inside out. I don't know where the holes came from as the saw was completely encased in unbroken/intact styrofoam. However, the box has been previously opened and retaped as there were 2 layers of tape on the saw box. After unpacking and looking everywhere, in BOTH boxes, I was unable to find any instructions on setup and/or adjustments, even though the label on the side of the saw, stated I needed to follow instructions in the operator/user manual! The unit does not look used or abused, just opened for whatever reason and user manual was gone.

----UPDATE----
I've been using this saw for a few days, I have found;
1. It cuts 1" green (very sappy) Southern Yellow Pine, Maple and Oak easily.
2. Does not vibrate as stated in other reviews, mine's not even bolted down on the work bench.
3. Easy blade changes
4. Makes very straight cuts and makes very tight rounded corners without having to make relief cuts.
5. Has sufficient power to cut hard woods running at any speed, it will lug slightly if you force the
saw to cut too fast for the blade speed, you can lug down just about any saw if it's fed too fast.
I could not have purchased a better saw for my use, I have a buddy using a more expensive saw than mine
and he is amazed by how well this scroll saw handles ANY cut he tried.
EXCELLENT SCROLL SAW



General International BT8007 16" 1.2A Variable Scroll Saw, Red, Black & Gray Review:


This tool did exactly what I needed it to do. I was making custom radio mounts for my Sons Boston Whaler. I t allows me to cut the plastic very precisely and easily to make the mounts for various radios to mount into his center console.

Very nice for a very reasonable price.



18" Variable Speed Scroll Saw with Stand Review:


Okay first of all, I run a small woodworking business call J Whaley Woodcrafts that specializes in small furniture and artwork made of wood. So I know a thing or two about scroll saws but unfortunately I cannot afford the Excalibur that I dream of.
With that said I've learned on a craftsman scroll saw as with all other Craftsman tools that have all been upgraded to Makita. Unfortunately the Makita scroll saw is not available to us here in the United States. So I had to choose another scroll saw for the business. With that said If you're looking at scroll saws on Amazon you may notice that every single one of them is the exact same design. From the Harbor Freight to the Wen to the shop Fox to every other scroll saw for under $150. The fact is they are all made in the exact same Factory in China and just have a different sticker slapped on them and then you pay for the sticker that you want when the scroll saw is not worth more than $75. Now if you look at the Porter-Cable scroll saw it looks absolutely nothing like the rest of them. That's because it's built in a different Factory in China made by Stanley Black & Decker. Stanley has truly upgraded their game in the past few years. The Stanley Tools you ca buy at Walmart or Amazon far surpass the tried-and-true Craftsman tools your grandfather would buy at Sears. Now I can go into the CEO of Sears and my personal thoughts on the company but that's a whole other novel in itself.
Now that I have digressed let me explain why this is a 3 star unit that can be turned into a 5 star unit. The power is there, it's actually a very good scroll saw. Here's the issue, the table which is made of cast aluminum is extremely rough and will bind your project. What I have done or I should say what I learned to do by a master artisan, is you need to sand it smooth the table with 400 grit sandpaper and a palm sander of your choice. Once you have sanded smooth the table, you need to cover it with a couple coats of Carnauba wax. Once that is done it is super smooth and your project will Glide over the surface. As far as the scroll saw being Square there are no issues whatsoever. You do have to finagle the stand a little bit when you were putting it together to make sure the saw is level but not to the point where it's really an issue.
As far as noise goes, let's be honest, all scroll saws other than the Dremel moto-saw are quiet. This one is no exception it runs very quiet. Now if you talk about smooth operations that's a different story. Most of your scroll saws with a cast iron table are pretty smooth. And even though this one has a cast aluminum table there's a lot of meat to it, and it was just as much as the cast iron table scroll saw. So in that respect this is actually a very smooth running tool. My workshop is not set up on concrete, it is set up on a raised deck. Even though it is set up on the raised deck this scroll saw past the nickel test. There have been some reviews that say this will not take smaller plain blades or circular blades. I do not know what they are talking about as that is the type of blades I use and I had no issues. Is the blade change is easy is an Excalibur, well let's be serious, of course not. However putting the pin in blades are very simple and putting the plain blades are as well simple ( you pop out the little plastic insert and in just te scroll saw to 45 degrees and bingo very simple).
If you cannot afford $600 for a DeWalt scroll saw which is the exact same one is the $430 Delta, once again you're paying for the pretty yellow paint and DeWalt sticker, this Porter-Cable scroll saw is the way to go. If you have a Lowe's in your area you can pick it up for $200 but if not here on Amazon $250 is extremely reasonable because it saves you gas money if you gotta drive more than say 75 miles to a Lowe's.
I've included a few pictures with my review to show you the before and after of the Polish table and the first piece of wood that I use the scroll saw on. Remember all tools are a learning curve whether you're a master or a beginner.
In conclusion, for 200 to $250 this scroll saw is the best on the market and you cannot go wrong...



SKIL 3335-07 16", Scroll Saw With Light Review:


Most time it runs like a sewing machine but on occasion it acts as if the motor is start/stopping. Unless something goes wrong later this is great. It does what I want it to do with less noise and vibration than I expected. It also arrived five days sooner than I expected.