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The1Chief
May 5 , 2007
Best I have ever owned
This is my 3rd scrollsaw and by far the best. Incidentaly--the sears scrollsaw blades are the best price performance scrollsaw blades I can find--way to go. Chief
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ScrollSawQueen
Apr 15 , 2011
DW788

I'm familiar with the DW788 and have always thought them to be a good investment for a scrollsaw. However, now that they are made in Taiwan & China I find that the quality has been reduced. The blade hole doesn't match up properly but after alittle use and a couple of blades the hole is open enough to use properly Obviously the table is made of some cheap soft metal. The same problem with the tension cam. (Very soft metal used...wouldn't surprise me if it was lead.) After 1 months use the inner teeth are already wearing down. I anticipate it having to be replaced in less than 90 days. This is a very common problem with the new models. I purchased the 5yr. extended warranty simply because I expect to run into problems.....like I said it's now made outside of Canada. The saw I have from 2001 is still working like the day I got it. It was made in Canada but after 2006 they outsourced to China. Considering the chepaer way it is made these days I think the price at Sears is very high.....but Sears is right down the street from me.....so any problems with the saw and I take a short trip as opposed to HUGE shipping charges if purchased over the internet and anything happens. Also...when buying this saw from Sears....GO INTO THE STORE and order it. If you order at Sears.com they will charge you shipping....if you order from the store...there is FREE shipping right to the door. You would think that Sears would treat ALL customers exactly the same but apparently that's not true anymore.

 

qpt

Spring, TX

Aug 18 , 2014
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Great Saw

I have had my DW788 for about a year. I have used it to cut about two hundred Christmas ornaments out of a wide variety of 1/4 hardwoods. I have cut stacks of four at a time but have done most of the cutting with one ornament at a time. I have used Pegas, Flying Dutchman, Olson and Craftsman blades on size 2 through 9. Being a cheapskate I built my own stand and attached a cheap led light. I use a foot switch to operate the saw, which is in turn connected to Niles current sensing outlet. I have shop-vac connected to the outlet so that it powers on when I depress the foot switch. I have been very pleased with the results. The saw operates smoothly and makes clean cuts. I cannot say that there has been a single issue related to the saw in the time I have owned it. I was previously using a Delta 40-540. The Delta was approximately ten years old and showing signs of wear. The improvement in cut quality of the Dewalt is amazing. Whether I am making inside cuts or cutting the final product from the blank, the results are perfect. This saw is without questions one of the best tool purchase I have made.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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MeganRader

Charleston, South Carolina

Apr 4 , 2012
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Quiet, easy to use

I have over 20 years experience as a carpenter. After using many different brands of scroll saws, this particular one was the most quiet while also easy to use, I have even let my 11 year old "try" and he had ease just playing with a scrap piece of wood. I highly recommend this saw for the price, ease of assembly and use, as well as being an extremely quiet saw.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ScrollSawQueen

Warner Robins, GA

Apr 15 , 2011
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DW788

I'm familiar with the DW788 and have always thought them to be a good investment for a scrollsaw. However, now that they are made in Taiwan & China I find that the quality has been reduced. The blade hole doesn't match up properly but after alittle use and a couple of blades the hole is open enough to use properly Obviously the table is made of some cheap soft metal. The same problem with the tension cam. (Very soft metal used...wouldn't surprise me if it was lead.) After 1 months use the inner teeth are already wearing down. I anticipate it having to be replaced in less than 90 days. This is a very common problem with the new models. I purchased the 5yr. extended warranty simply because I expect to run into problems.....like I said it's now made outside of Canada. The saw I have from 2001 is still working like the day I got it. It was made in Canada but after 2006 they outsourced to China. Considering the chepaer way it is made these days I think the price at Sears is very high.....but Sears is right down the street from me.....so any problems with the saw and I take a short trip as opposed to HUGE shipping charges if purchased over the internet and anything happens. Also...when buying this saw from Sears....GO INTO THE STORE and order it. If you order at Sears.com they will charge you shipping....if you order from the store...there is FREE shipping right to the door. You would think that Sears would treat ALL customers exactly the same but apparently that's not true anymore.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Gutkowski

Manchester, CT

Mar 27 , 2011
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Variable Speed Scroll Saw (DW788)

I am a beginning scroller. I read a number of product reviews in wood magazines and saw several of the models I was interested in demonstrated (and tried them too). I was interested in ease of use and dependability. The Dewalt has lived up to my expectations in every way. Set up was easy, and blade changing simple. Cuts are smooth. There are better, and more expensive, saws out there, but for the money, the DeWalt is a GREAT deal.


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TheTradesman

Modesto, CA

Sep 1 , 2010
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A Professional Saw For Very Intricate Fretwork

I received a Dremel Scroll Saw for Christmas one year and after a year of long and intense session's of Scroll Saw Fretwork, the Dremel decided to shut down on me. I needed a professional saw that could handle hours upon hours of detailed cutting. I did not want another scroll saw that failed to survive the demand of constant pressure on the motor and other moving components.

I came across an advertisement that offered a DeWalt 20" DW788. After reading the specifications on this model and noticing that the design looked aggressive and well planned out, I figured I had to own one.

I love the quick disconnect blade system. You will find a simple thumb-screw blade clamp below the left-right tilting table and another one above the table just a few inches away from the lever action blade tensioner.

I also love how the DeWalt DW788 has a built in air bellows that pumps a guided stream of air into the cutting path of the blade to help you keep saw dust away from your view of the cutting line. The motor is whisper quiet and this makes for a more peaceful cutting experience. I've built a multitude fretwork projects on this machine and it still humm's along quietly and dependabley.

I mainly use the DW788 Scroll Saw for building very detailed fretwork clocks. This saw is definintely well suited to heavy duty use and can produce craft pieces that can be considered works of art that can easily become family heirlooms!

You can't go wrong with this DW788 Scroll Saw...just take a peek at the work I've produced with one!

 

 

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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handyman2722

Kansas City, MO

Jun 18 , 2010
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The Dewalt Scrollsaw is quiet, and has a very smooth cut.

I have had a couple of scrollsaws before this one, but this one is the best. The blade changes are fast and easy.  Once you get use to the saw and the blade tension it is a dream for a good wood worker.  However, I would not recommend this to a person just starting out on a scroll saw, this is for people with experience.  It has a very fine cut and you need to know what you are doing. I don't think there is a better saw on the market right now.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Pal1

central, Ohio

Nov 2 , 2007
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Great Saw!

This is my 3rd saw and I am well pleased, It out performs all the rest that I had. The only thing that I don't like is that it has no dust collector, But other than that I have no complains. I have read that some people have trouble with blades breaking, I have had no problems with that, My favorite blades are the Olson 5r.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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mrscrollsaw

, Scranton PA

Jun 22 , 2007
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best out of 5

If you are looking for a scrollsaw and you can look over the little bit higher price then the little ones then this is the best scrollsaw for you this is my 5th scrollsaw (all 4 were different) and I will if needed keep getting the same one it makes scrolling so much ez er nicer/better cuts.gett the wood on and off is so ez its a sin. little vibes the ONLY thing you need to watch is how you put the blade on but if it breaks on you just call them they replace it FREE. If you have it then I know you will but if you don't then get it and have fun and stay safe.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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The1Chief

, Kentucky

May 5 , 2007
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Best I have ever owned

This is my 3rd scrollsaw and by far the best. Incidentaly--the sears scrollsaw blades are the best price performance scrollsaw blades I can find--way to go. Chief

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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