Kicking off our best scroll saw reviews is a superb 20-incher from DeWalt coming in at a very keen price point for a professional-grade saw.
We tested the bare tool but you can choose from 3 other options:
– Scroll Saw and Stand
– Scroll Saw and Stand with Work Light
– Scroll Saw with Work Light
Think about the lighting in your workshop and whether or not you already have a serviceable stand and roll with the most appropriate bundle.
This scroll saw comes consistently well reviewed with just cause so we’ll outline the principal features before expanding on just where the DeWalt DW788 excels…
While the DW788 is not exactly cheap, we have to applaud the overall value of money considering the first-rate build quality and performance on tap. Not everyone is looking for the cheapest scroll saw but rather for the most effective one that’s built to last.
Due to its solid construction, the DeWalt is a scroll saw built for precision but also capable of taking some heavy punishment.
Like all DeWalt scroll saws, the parallel link system ensures you’ll get very little vibration when you’re working. It also serves to cut down considerably on noise. This is particularly handy if your workshop at home is close enough to the main house to disturb others. It should be noted that some users report a distinct increase in noise as you work the saw harder but this is to be expected really.
Whatever the application, it’s essential that your scroll saw is both accurate and dependable. With the ability to make tweaks where it counts and DeWalt’s build quality, top-notch motor and attention to detail, the DW788 won’t let you down.
With a hard-working 1.3-amp motor running on 120V, you’ll get all the performance at an efficiency rating that will keep your power bills down. The variable speed motor lets you make rapid adjustments from as little as 400 strokes-per-minute up to a maximum of 1750SPM.
The meaty cast iron table is equally flexible across applications. You can bevel 45 degrees to the right or left so you can work on a range of projects with full support.
A clean workshop is essential for safety and comfort both. The DeWalt comes packing a nifty dust blower so kiss goodbye to rogue debris queering the pitch.
With a professional power saw, ease of use should always come uppermost. The DW788 has all the controls nicely grouped on the upper arm. There’s an On/Off switch, lever for blade tensioning and speed control so DeWalt keeps things simple while giving you all the functionality you need. The dust blower is also located here so you can direct it wherever it’s most needed fuss-free.
Thinking of ease of use, blade changing couldn’t be simpler. You won’t need to reach for any tools thanks to the neat clamps so you can get straight back to your project without breaking your stride. The arm is equally easy to lift up simplifying the way you thread your blade through when carrying out inside cuts.
Pivoting forwards from the back of the saw, the arm needs to travel less distance. As well as keeping the noise down, this also lends to a much smoother operation. Again, DeWalt keeps the craftsman in mind at all times. Since this blade is designed to always stay perpendicular to the workpiece, there’s far less likelihood of either under cutting or over cutting. Precision rules with the DW788 scroll saw.
We’ll take a parting look at the advantages and drawbacks of this superb scroll saw so you can see clearly whether it deserves a place on your shortlist.