Scroll Saw 40-680 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Scroll Saw 40-680

Delta - Scroll Saw 40-680

Delta’s 20-in. scroll saw features wrench-free blade changing and built-in dust collection.

$480 (As of 6/1/2005)

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Editor's Review: Choosing and Using a Scroll Saw

by Paul Schürch

review date: June 1, 2005

With the average woodworker in mind, the author tested five midrange scroll saws with throat depths between 18 in. and 22 in. He put the machines through a variety of tasks, and all made acceptable cuts. The author evaluated the saws in four areas: ease of tensioning and changing the blade, ability to change speeds quickly, stroke length (longer is better), and stability of the table and upper arm. The Delta made excellent cuts and scored well in all areas except ease of changing speed, which was fair.

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Editor Test Results:

Blade Changing Very Good
Access to Controls Very Good
Stability Excelllent
Speed Changing Fair
Smoothness of Cut Excellent

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Delta
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-223-7278
Stroke Length 7/8 in.
Strokes Per Minute 400-2,000, 6 speed
Blade Type Plain End
Stand Included and Necessary
Table Tilt 45° left, 15° right

My opinion of the Delta 40-680 is, overall very good. My one main complaint is that there are quite a few moving parts and right from the very first couple of months of using it, parts started to break and fall apart. This went on for quite awhile and, it got to the point where, every time I turned it on, I thought to myself "what's going to happen this time." It was just one thing after another. I put the problem down to the parts being made from inferior materials. I have started to find too that parts are becoming more and more harder to get. (One outlet I rang recently to order a particular part stated that they have been waiting 11 months for other parts for these machines) They just can't get them. I had to get a certain part made especially for me by a toolmaker in order to complete a project which I was working on and which a customer was waiting for. Even as I write and submit this review, I am waiting for parts which I ordered several weeks ago - still waiting.

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