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Amazon.com Review
When it comes to cutting intricate curves, DeWalt's 20-inch scroll saw delivers precision operation quietly and easily. In fact, everything about the saw is designed for convenience. The on/off switch and speed control, as well as the flexible dust-blowing arm, sit on the upper portion of the front arm, inches away from where you're working, so you don't have to reach around the tool to make adjustments. The wide, teardrop-shaped cast-iron table provides plenty of support for materials and bevels 45 degrees each way, great for tackling tricky inlays and shadow boxes. DeWalt placed the pivot points right up front, rather than in the back, which seems to reduce blade vibration. As with many DeWalt saws, this scroll saw doesn't require tools to change the cutting blades, which means it takes you less time and effort to make those drop-in cuts. --Justin Paul
Product Description
Features: Double parallel-link arm design dramatically reduces vibration and noise, for extremely accurate cuts. * Exclusive tool-free blade clamps allow blade changes in seconds. * On-off switch, electronic variable speed, flexible dust blower and blade-tensioning lever are all located on the front upper arm for added convenience. * Arm design pivots from the back of the saw to the front, shortening the arm movement for smoother, quieter operation. * Arm lifts so blade can be easily threaded through the material for inside cuts. * Unique arm design keeps the blade perpendicular to the work, dramatically reducing over or under cutting. * Oversized, cast-iron table provides excellent material support and bevels 45-degree left and right. Specifications: * Amps: 1.3 Amps * Strokes/Min: 400-1,750 spm * Stroke Length: 3/4" * Depth Of Cut (inches): 2"Includes: Hex wrench * BladesNote:Light & Stand sold separately

Product Reviews



Great designed saw, January 21, 2000
Reviewer: "woodwurx"
The DeWalt saw is designed and manufactured by Sommervile Design in Canada. They make the Excaliber Scroll saw. The Dewalt Saw is very much like the excaliber in that it has very low vibration and having a very smooth operation. I had a dewalt but had to move up to the excaliber because of the work i produced, unless you use a scroll saw for 6 - 12 hours per day, buy this saw. The only problem I had was the motor could not take the beating i gave it, i cut 3/4 to 1 1/2 thickness wood all the time, althought the saw handled that thickness with ease, it could not keep my pace. If your a hobbiest cutting moderately its a GREAT saw. It has a quick release for the blade and you can change blades in seconds, the blade tension is right there in front, the top arm lifts for getting work on and off the table. Fairly quiet operation. Don't waste your money on the light, its not bright at all and does not help. Assembly is a snap upon getting the saw, just put the table on and your ready to go. I have used everything out there, besides the Excaliber, the dewalt is the next best thing. Whats nice about the dewalt, it has the same design as the excaliber in that like other saws that have the full top and lower arms that ofcourse move up and down, the dewalt like the excaliber has only tips of the arms move, the tips that move are only about 4" long, less moving thus less vibration. Inside the top and bottom arms there is a flat rod that move back and forth that moves the tips up and down. When you get your new dewalt and you see how smooth, quiet, and just about no vibration, imagine a saw twice to 3 times better that the dewalt and you have the Excaliber. I think one of the reasons why the Excaliber can take what i dish out is that it is belt driven, this ofcouse increases the power and the strain on the motor, if the dewalt goes belt driven I'll get another one. 
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Great Saw, Great Price, December 8, 2000
Reviewer: Byard M. Miller "Habitat volunteer"

I scroll saw wooden trivets from 3/4" red oak. In 2000 I made almost 1,000. I spend a lot of time at my saw. All of the cuts I make are inside cuts so ease of blade changing is very important. I have owned a Hegner and two Excaliburs before buying the DeWalt in December 1999. The DeWalt costs 1/3 what the Hegner and Excalibur cost. Hegner is by far the hardest of the three brands to change blades and customer support is poor. DeWalt worked with Somerville Designs (the maker of the Excalibur) to design the DeWalt saw. The Excaliburs I have, one 20" and one 30" saw were good but required routine oiling replacement of the many sleeve bearings. Customer support through Seyco was excellant. When the Excaliburs were getting to the point that repairs were going to cost what a new DeWalt cost I decided to try the DeWalt. I have found the saw to be every bit as good as the Excalibur. All of the sleeve bearings in the Excalibur have been replaced with roller bearings which do not require any maintenance. The blade holders are a much better design, they have required no maintenance during the year of use. The Excalibur blade holders would need to be rebuilt and replaced several times a year. The Excalibur tables were made from aluminum and remained slippery, an important feature for a scroll saw. The DeWalt uses a cast table and the surface wears away around the blade hole causing work to drag on the table. DeWalt says this is caused by the red oak which I don't believe. The table requires constant waxing to keep the surface slippery. This is the only draw-back I have found to this saw. If you go to a wood show or fair and see the Hegner or RBI saws demonstrated, consider the price before you buy. I can tell you from experience that the DeWalt is superior to either of these and it costs 1/3 as much! I like the DeWalt saw so much I just ordered a second one because I cannot afford to have my saw down even for a week.
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Blade change, March 15, 2006
Reviewer: C. Meyer "Dutch"

This is a bum saw to change blades. Apparently, there was a misdesign in a "wedge" inside that keeps the arms too far apart and therefore, the blade is "too short". There is about 1/8 of an inch on each end to fasten to. There should be 3/8's or so. The earlier model Type 1 is very good in this regard. But this later model, the Type 2, is no good. DeWalt admits there is a "slight problem" with blade change but so far, no cure. We are stuck with it.
Other than the blade change problem, I really like the machine and it runs circles around all other scroll saws I have had or still have.... once the blade is changed. It takes quite a bit of time and patience to change a blade.
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Nice saw, March 15, 2006
Reviewer: Alton Stubblefield

I have not used this saw much, but I really like it thus far. The blade changing is very easy and it runs very smooth. The variable speed works very well. I accidently ordered 2 of these saws and both had shipped before I noticed it. I sent one back and Amazon took care of everything. Thanks Amazon
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Dewalt DW788 Scroll Saw, March 7, 2006
Reviewer: S. Emerson

Recieved my new saw in a short time. Saw worked wonderfully for me. Only minor problem I can find is the need for a better system of attaching the blades in the saw. I had some trouble with the blade slipping from under the set screw fastener.
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Great! Until you need service!, February 24, 2006
Reviewer: The Temp (OHIO)
Yes its a great saw. However if anything goes wrong don't hold your breath hopeing Dewalt will honor the warranty. Now I just have a great looking yellow sculpture. If there is one iota of moisture in the shop (above 75%) don't count on this machine working past a few months!
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     I worked in construction for 38  years installing Linoleum Floors, Formica Counter Tops, Ceramic Tile and lots and lots of Carpenter Work.  Now that I have put in my time at the trades I am selling tools because I believe after all the years using them, I am qualified to guide you in finding the right tool for the job.  -  Just for fun here's a picture of a couple of my trucks from my Floor Covering business, also a picture of my garage and my little dog called Marbles.  -  I will post notes here and there throughout the web site on tools and things that I think are important and/or solve problems, based on my experience.  -  When I was young it seemed impossible to finish a job successfully because there would be a part that just couldn't be done.  Later I discovered that when you have all the tools for the job the most difficult project goes smoothly.  -  Also lets face it, having a good set of tools is one of life's greatest pleasures.  Not only that but it is a great boost to your ego when you receive complements a job you have done.
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