Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
The Dewalt Scrollsaw is quiet, and has a very smooth cut.
18 June 2010
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: This is the only scroll saw I have ever had so I nothing to compare it to. When researching and looking over many others I don’t think I could have done any better in my choice.This is the only scroll saw that DeWalt makes and with one this good it’s all they need With a throat depth of 20”, it beats out most others on just that. It is heavy at 56 pounds! Very well built.The table tilts 45 degrees both left and right.
Excerpt: I received my Big Foot scroll saw lift arm today and installed it in under three minutes. You will need a Torx T-35 tool to get the existing bolts out. Also be sure to watch the installation video to get the parts in the right order. With as much scrolling as I do this will be a very useful add-on to save time and frustration when changing blades or putting the blade through a hole in the center of a large piece of work.
Summary: I had owned a scroll saw that was more frustration to use than a pleasure , soI began to scour the internet looking for a scroll saw that was low in vibration, easy to use and above all required little effort in changing blades. The result was my purchase of the DW788! This scroll saw is solidly built, smooth running with no vibration and has a quick change blade system that will bring a smile on any scroller's face. Good Job Dewalt!