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Nice for hobbyists
on November 1, 2008
I ordered the Proxxon scroll saw for light cutting and hobbyist work and Amazon had the cheapest price I could find.
It's extremely light, small, and makes the noise level is extremely low - all three are important for me because I live in a cramped apartment. It includes speed control and accepts common scroll saw blade heights, and adjusts for larger and shorter blades.
It's easy to operate, one button for on and off and a knob for speed control - however, I recommend purchasing a foot pedal to control the scroll saw as pressing the power button repeatedly while in the middle of working on a project can become irritating and it offers more control.
I should stress that the Proxxon scroll saw is meant for light projects, it cuts soft woods easily, and thin hard woods but don't expect it to slice through 2 inches of plywood. Actually, don't expect it to cut through plywood at all. It slices through balsa like butter, but even extremely thin slices of plywood, it struggles with.
The only complaint I have about the scroll saw (so far) are that the directions included with it are horrendous and look as if they were written by someone who barely understands English.
It took over an hour to decode the heinous instructions to assemble the saw for something that should have taken ten minutes at most.
The hardest part was inserting the scroll saw blade which isn't done the typical way as with the most scroll saws.
There is some vibration and it really should be mounted to a steady surface - which they provide mounting screws - but I really have nowhere to mount it, so as of now it wobbles a bit but it's not too much.
Overall, it's nice and does the job.