Scroll Saw DW788 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Scroll Saw DW788

DeWalt - Scroll Saw DW788

The 20-in. scroll saw from DeWalt features quick blade changing and a flexible dust blower to keep the table clean during use.

$600 (As of 6/1/2005)

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Editor Choice-Best Overall

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 DeWalt made excellent cuts and scored well in all areas. In fact, it came away with the author's choice for Best Overall.

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Editor Test Results:

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

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer DeWalt
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-433-9258
Stroke Length 13/16 in.
Strokes Per Minute 400-1750, variable
Blade Type Plain end
Stand Optional
Table Tilt 45° left, 45° right

Purchased the saw for my wife's hobby room. The large work surface allows her to work on a wide range of products. Variable speed on the saw blade and wrenchless blade release makes the work go fast. All around excellent saw for the serious hobbyist


Excellent machine. No vibration, good lineage, good throat depth, reasonable price. You will spend well over $1000 to find a better machine. I had the opportunity to try several other brands, the DeWalt was the best in the price range.Can be used bolted to a bench, but the metal stand is better, you can put it in the corner when you don't need it. Light is a good option. Built in dust blower is a nice addition.

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