I was hoping for your recommendations.
I am in the market for a scroll saw to cut cast acrylic for
hydraulic press use, to cut intricate copper and silver designs to
sweat solder to a precious metal base, to cut 1/4" steel sheet to
make cutting dies to use in hydraulic press, (and so on) and
wondered if any of the group felt it was prudent to spend the money
to buy the best (Hegner, Hawk, Excallibur?) or whether a cheepo model
would likely do just as well. I have searched the archives and found
very little though I did find that John Burgess has made his own
from a sewing machine motor (I am not competent to make my own) and
that at least one of you previously spoke favorably about an
Excallibur scroll saw.
A few years ago I purchased a variable speed scroll saw (used) but
originally sold by Frye and Borel in Oakland. Manufacturer is not
identified on the saw. I purchased it through an ad in the SNAG
newsletter and paid about $150. I finally gave up trying to use it in
total frustration (as did my jewelry making friends after trying to
give it a go). I think the problem was one of tension (or improper
tension) of the blades but for the life of me no one I knew could
make it work. The blades broke about every 1/4 inch no matter what I
tried. I am ready emotionally and financially to try again and hoped
I could benefit from the experience of some of you.