|Item Weight||33.3 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.3 x 22.7 x 11.5 inches|
|Item model number||G0536|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
Grizzly G0536 Variable Speed Scroll Saw, 16-Inch
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- Cast iron base with rubber feet to dampen vibration tilts from 0-Degree to 45-Degree
- Maximum cutting height: 2 1/8-Inch @ 90-Degree 1-Inch @ 30-Degree
- Motor: 1/5 HP 110V single-phase variable speed
- Takes 5-Inch pin type blades
- Throat size: 16-Inch
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This 16" Variable Speed Scroll Saw features a cast iron table that tilts from 0-Degree to 45-Degree variable speed from 540 to 1885 SPM and built-in air nozzle to clear saw dust. Accepts 5" pin type blades and requires no tools for blade changes. FEATURES: Motor: 1/5 HP 110V single-phase 1.4 Amp 60 Hz variable speed Maximum cutting height: 2-1/8" @ 90-Degree 1" @ 45-Degree Cast iron base with rubber feet to dampen vibration Cast iron table tilts from 0-Degree to 45-Degree Throat size: 16" Takes 5" pin type blades Easy to adjust blade tension knob Built in air nozzle to clear sawdust Safety switch with key Clear plastic blade guard is easily adjustable No tools needed to change blade Approximate shipping weight is 35-Pound.
Top Customer Reviews
If you're looking for a "cheap beater" that you can use for roughing-out stuff, this is it. If you want something for fine scroll work, look elsewhere. I'm not complaining, but a Hawk costs $999 for a reason... what do you expect for $90?
What I like:
- The price. For $90 it's the cheapest one available.
- The weight - the whole assembly is solid cast iron. Nice, but doesn't compensate for the rest of the flaws.
- The clear plastic guard is actually designed pretty well and moves up, down, out of the way, fairly easily. Unfortunately, it introduces a lot of parallax which caused me to end up removing it to see what I was doing.
- The air nozzel is adequate, but the vibration from the machine causes the nozzel to move around a lot.
- The table is long length wise and will support wood nicely behind the blade...however, see what I dislike below.
What I dislike:
- The size of the table is too small width-wise. Little support to the left and right of the blade. There's also little support in front of the blade.
- The table is cast iron, however, it had the worst grinding I've ever seen. Deep circular gouges and very rough. Rough enough to leave scratches in soft woods.
- The plastic insert around the blade doesn't sit flush with the table and there are no set screws to adjust it. It also has an enormous L-shaped blade cutout. If you're scrolling a small piece, you tend to fall into the divot, then into the blade cutout. Annoying. So basically no support close to the blade.
- Lots of vibration. I mean , LOTS. I bolted it to a wooden pallet then clamped the pallet to my bench. It vibrated enough at high rpms to cause the bench to "walk".
- The vibration causes serious arm fatigue. That, coupled with the small amount of support in front of the blade, made me feel like I was wrestling the piece through the blade. I was exhausted after 30 mins of this...
- Blade tensioning is done with a tiny plastic turnscrew at the back of the machine which will chew the skin off your fingers before you get the blade tight enough. So you'll need your Channellocks to tension the blade.
- Pin type blades require a huge pilot hole, unsuitable for fine scrollwork.
- The motor comes out over one of the holes used to secure the base to a table. The half-circle cutout is also just too small to get a wrench in there. So you'll have a hard time locking down the right side of the base...
And, drumroll please, the hands down most annoying, irritating, frustrating feature of this machine:
The hallmark of a good scrollsaw is fast, toolless blade changes. This one says "no tools needed to change blade" - LIES.
You have to unscrew a metal plate on the side of the motor housing to change blades. This is the only way you can actually SEE the lower arm that holds the blade. You also need to get your fingers in there to help guide the blade and get it seated. This also exposes the lower arm, which, when turned on, is highly dangerous if left uncovered. This means you can't leave the plate off. SO, you must remove three screws, remove the plate, change the blade, and reattach the plate. If done for speed you might be able to do this in under 5 minutes...
So, if you want a cheap scrollsaw, that you'll never change the blade on, that you use for roughing out cuts, this might be good for you. However, I get the same results, faster, and better on my bandsaw... This scrollsaw now sits in a corner, unused. I'm saving up for the DeWalt or a Hawk.
Intarsia and segmentation on the other hand aren't so bad since you don't need to thread the blade through the workpiece all the time and can leave it tensioned. still there are better saws out there for not much more that will do both types of scrolling 10x better so my advice is to pass on this model.