The best scroll saws on the market are great for both beginning woodworkers and professionals. Here are our top 5 scroll saws of 2017 at a glance. Continue reading for details on each scroll saw.
BEST SCROLL SAWS 2017 REVIEWS
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Best Scroll Saw Reviews
- WEN 3920 16-Inch Two-Direction Variable Speed Scroll Saw
- DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw
- Shop Fox W1713 16-Inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw
- Rockwell RK7323 Blade Runner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw
- Delta Power Tools 40-694 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw
How to Choose a Scroll Saw
- What is Throat Depth and Why Does It Matter?
- What Material Will You Be Cutting with Your Scroll Saw?
- Tooled or Tool-Less Blade Changes: Which is Better?
- What About Blade Tensioning?
- Table Tilt: Will You Be Cutting Bevels?
- Is Blade Speed Important?
This WEN is Woodworking Bible’s number one scroll choice for beginning woodworkers and number one of the best scroll saws 2017. If you’re a professional woodworker, there are better saws on the market for you. This saw is absolutely the best in it’s price range and is great for the weekend woodworking hobbyist and the beginner. If you’re just starting out and you don’t want to invest a lot of money. This is the scroll saw you want to buy.
Even though this scroll saw is quite a bit cheaper than most scroll saws currently on the market, it’s a great size with a 16-inch throat depth and a 10-inch platform. Additional features include a cast-iron table with an on-board air pump and variable speed controls located towards the front of the saw.
Blades can be inserted in 2 separate directions. You can place them in the standard direction or at a 90-degree angle. This allows you to use this saw for ripping.
The table tilts up to 45 degrees to the left to help you make beveled cuts. This scroll saw can also cut material up to almost 2 inches thick.
It’s not the fastest saw on the market, but it’s extremely accurate being great for slow, steady cutting.
The Wen 3920 can take both pinned and pinless blades. Blade changing is not tool-free, but the wrench for blade changing is included and it is still a quick process.
WEN 3920 Pros
- Packs a punch for the price. Many users report this unit is just as precise as scroll saws 2 to 3 times the price.
- Great features for a saw in this price range: LED light, blower, and included extra blades.
- Cast iron base helps control vibration.
- Quick assembly: the unit arrives pretty much ready-to-go with only a few steps to set up.
WEN 3920 Cons
- The blades that come with the saw aren’t the best.
The moveable arm allows you swiftly move your projects both on and off of the surface.
This scroll saw has multiple features including an electronic variable speed setting, a flexible dust blower to help keep your workspace clear of debris and a lever which will allow you to adjust the tension of the blade.
This scroll saw is precise and also has a fast cutting speed greatly reducing the chance of burning your wood.
Dewalt DW788 Pros
- Unique double parallel arm creates much less vibration and noise than other scroll saws.
- Easy-change tool-less blade clamp makes blade changes quick and easy. Internal cuts are easy to start because the upper arm can be lifted up after the upper blade clamp is released. So it’s easy to feed the blade through a hole in the work.
- Cast iron, oversized table.
- Super smooth cuts. It cuts curves effortlessly.
Dewalt DW788 Cons
- If you’re doing fine work, you’ll find the holddown is too large, and an Allen wrench is needed for bevel adjustment.
This scroll saw for beginners is affordable and easy to use. This is one of the best scroll saws of 2017 and it’s extremely well-built for a scroll saw in this price range.
This scroll saw accepts both pinned and plain blades and it has a built-in gauge (located on the upper arm) which assists you in setting in the plain blades in to the saw.
The small dust blower is incredibly effective at keeping your workspace clean and free of debris.
The Shop Fox W1713 is sturdy enough that you can use it without bolting it down. It’s so well-built you don’t necessarily need to mount the saw to a workbench for use.
Shop Fox W1713 Pros
- Works with both pinned and plain blades.
- Rugged, cast-iron construction reduces vibration.
- The dust blower is small but does a great job.
Shop Fox W1713 Cons
- Motor is prone to overheating.
- Less powerful than comparable scroll saws.
Rockwell RK7323 Pros
- Built-in top handle for ultimate portability.
- Can use any T-shank jigsaw blade under 4-in. long.
- Capable of cutting miter angles, crosscutting and making rip cuts like a table saw.
- Tool-free chuck design makes changing blades easy.
Rockwell RK7323 Cons
- Plastic construction affects durability and precision.
Another one of the best scroll saws 2017, this is a scroll saw that’s been designed with the professional and advanced woodworking markets in mind.
This is a fast saw that’s found in many professional woodworking shops and wood training schools.
The 20” throat depth gives you extra space to cut through larger materials.
Delta Power Tools 40-694 Pros
- Dual parallel link arm design reduces vibration.
- Tool-free blade clamp for quick and easy blade changes.
- Very straightforward and easy to use. Great as a first scroll saw for children.
Delta Power Tools 40-69 Cons
- It can take awhile to get the blade tensioning correct on this unit.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST SCROLL SAW
The throat depth of the saw will affect the size of projects you can handle.
Throat depth is the distance from the blade to the very back or “throat” of the saw.
A larger throat depth will allow you to work on larger projects. Generally, a 16″ to 18″ is sufficient for most scroll saw projects. If you’re planning on working on large projects, you should consider a scroll saw with a 20″ depth or larger.
Also, check the table size of the scroll saw. Make sure it is large enough to accommodate your projects. You need to be able to freely spin the piece and have it supported while you’re cutting.
Most scroll saws can cut material up to 2″ to about 3.5″ thick. If you’re planning on cutting thick wood, make sure the scroll saw you choose will be able to cut it.
Different material requires different scroll saw blades. Most scroll saws come with a limited number of blades. Be sure that you will be able to get the appropriate blades that will fit your scroll saw. A saw that accepts pinless blades will give you a wider variety of blade choice. This is because pinned blades are thicker and won’t allow for cutting fine details.
Watch this video to learn more about choosing the right scroll saw blade:
When shopping for the best scroll saw, it’s important to know how the blade mounts.
Scrolling often requires frequent blade changes in order to start a new cut. Changing the blade out with tools is slower and can make your project more frustrating.
Tool-less blade changing is faster, but the mechanisms that hold the blade can sometimes strip out requiring a part change.
Consider the types of projects that you will be doing with the scroll saw when choosing between tooled or tool-less blade changing.
As you work on your scroll saw project, you will be adjusting the blade tension frequently. Some scrolls saws have levers, some have a cam, some have knobs at the back for tightening and loosening the blade tension. What’s important is the location of the tensioning lever or knob. It should be located in a convenient place and not on the back of the machine since you will be using it so often.
Scroll saws can have a right tilt, left tilt or right and left tilt. If you know you will be cutting your material at an angle, then you might want a scroll saw with a table that will tilt both to the right and to the left.
Accuracy is also important. If the scroll saw promises a 45 degree angle, it’s a good idea to check that the angle is accurate.
Different materials need different cutting speeds for a smooth and professional cut. Some materials will burn or melt if the blade is moving too fast. A scroll saw with a variety of speed settings will allow you to cut a wider variety of materials.
Check out this video for more info on choosing the best scroll saw: