There’s a great discussion on the Bonny Doon Message board for the
new saw: http://www.bonnydoonengineering.com Under: ‘Demo-ing The New
Concept Saw at Rio’s Catalog in Motion in Tucson’
The electronic Foredom-type foot control is great! I had been
worried that it might be rather like patting my stomach and
rubbing my head to operate the saw with a treadle or pedal.
Also, this makes it much more compact, which is good for my
crowded little studio. I found it very intuitive to use, once
I un-learned a few habits from 35 years using a jewelers' saw.
I really like having the control with my foot, and being able
to speed up and slow down easily, while having both hands free
to control the metal---though it hardly is necessary to use
both hands, since there is a wonderful hold-down foot. It
really only requires a couple of fingers to guide the
metal---no more tired left hand holding the metal down. All
the women who came through the Rio Catalog in Motion in Tucson
felt very comfortable with the saw, typically exclaiming,
"It's like a sewing machine!"
Indeed, I like the way I can start smoothly and slowly, and
then speed up ---unlike the scroll saw that I have which has
two speeds, controlled by a button in the back, turns on with
a scream, shake, rattle and roar, and requires nerves of steel
to hold the metal down and keep it under control.
I am amazed at the quality of the cut it makes. It runs so
true, that it feels like I've already filed it! We tried 24
gauge sterling, 18 gauge bronze, 20 gauge copper, 1/16" tool
steel, and 1/4" plexiglas. 1/0 saw blades seemed to work well
for all of them! We also did some sawing with 4/0 blades---no
I usually use a spiral wax blade to saw 1/4" plexi for matrix
dies, but the 1/0 jewelers saw blade cut through beautifully,
without gumming up, or getting stuck. It left a smooth,
vertical cut that did not need filing! wow!
I think I'm in love.
Sounds pretty fantastic, and a lot more advanced than the Cuti Pi
machine i.e. self lubricating blade (for extended life), foredoom
foot control, and what sounds like extremely smooth metal control.
Taylor in Toronto