I recently came across a DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw for sale at Amazon.com. My love for tools kept me riveted on the page. This product looked absolutely fab! Would it make a good buy? I had to find out!
After looking into its features, I scrolled down to the reviews. Never buy a product without checking the reviews my Momma always told me (what she actually said was to ‘always get an opinion from someone who is already using the product.’) Anyhow, with the overall Amazon rating at 4.2 out of 5 and over 115 users rating it as a 5 star product, how could I miss out on taking a sneak peak at this beauty of a tool? I found a Customer Review by a Woodwurx from New England who is into the woodworker trade, specialising in hand crafted wood art. He rated the product with 5 stars and I thought his review was quite interesting and informative.
How it compares
He owns an Excalibur Scroll saw and compared the Dewalt DW788 to be very much like it for two reasons – its low vibration and its very smooth operation. Now I could see three reasons for this similarity, one being that the Dewalt DW788 is designed and manufactured by Sommerville Design, the company behind the making of the Excalibur Scroll saw. Second, both these tools are equipped with a parallel-link arm design which means that the upper and lower seesawing arms that hold the blade are very short. Both the arms are connected to a pivoting beam at the back of the tool. This means a vibration of lesser intensity which is a boon for intricate detailing. The third reason is handiness. Now a woodworker looking to craft a piece of wood requires different blades, which means that he will have to change those blades quickly and with ease. Like the Excalibur, the Dewalt DW788 has tool free blade clamps which means you only need a few seconds to change those blades.
Did he find any problems?
The only problem Woodwurx could find in the Dewalt DW788 was that the motor could not keep pace with his workload. He used it to cut wood of a thickness of around ¾ to 1½ inches. He admits though that the problem wasn’t that the tool could not handle the thickness of the wood; it was the constant use that it couldn’t handle. Now this was something that dampened my enthusiasm a bit and I had to take a second look at the specifications. What I found was that an Excalibur has a maximum cutting depth of 2 inches which is at par with the DW788. Where the maximum SPM for an Excalibur is 1650, the DW788 stands at an SPM of 1750. Both these tools are loaded with a 1.3 amp motor which is adequate for high performance jobs. With these specifications, it is difficult to understand why he would say that a DW788 was not able to perform like the Excalibur.
What i have to say
My personal opinion based on facts from the specifications of the product is that the DW788 is a must have tool. Its capabilities far outweigh any negative remarks that I could see. Definitely a great product.[clear]