A scroll saw is a necessity for any craftsperson that is looking to input complex designs and shapes in their projects.
There are a number of scroll saws available, and it can be difficult to narrow down a particular model that aligns with what you’re both needing and looking for.
What exactly is a scroll saw? A scroll saw is a particular type of saw that is used to cut intricate shapes and curved lines into materials, and is a saw known for its’ finesse and accuracy more so than its’ power.
If you’re short on time, I’ve compiled a list of the 7 best scroll saws we’re looking at today for your convenience:
- DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw
- WEN 3921 Scroll Saw
- Rockwell Bladerunner X2 Tabletop Saw
- Dremel MS20-01 Scroll Saw
- Shop Fox W1713 Scroll Saw
- Delta Power Tools 40-964 Scroll Saw
- Porter-Cable PCB375SS Scroll Saw
Thankfully for you, I’ve made that a lot easier – with a compiled list of the 7 best scroll saws currently available throughout the industry.
I’ve done my best to list the seven best scroll saws currently available to the public.
As everyone has different needs and uses for their scroll saws – this list is diverse in order to align with exactly what you’re looking for, with all price points considered.
I’ve noted what I think is the best feature in each scroll saw (and if you don’t agree, let me know in the comments), as well as some background information for you to decide what’s best.
With that, let’s get started with our first scroll saw.
DeWalt are a manufacturer of power tools which need no introduction.
Quality can always be assured with a DeWalt product, and there’s no different expectations with the DW788 Scroll Saw.
Below, we’ll have a glance over the quality in both the features and specs department.
- 20” throat size provides extra room for larger pieces of wood
- Variable speed trigger allows for an SPM of 400-1750
- Parallel link arm design reduces distance which minimizes total vibration
- Numbered blade tension knob provides clarity when tightening/loosening blades
- Tool-less blade changes for hassle-free blade swaps
DeWalt have added a few extras, so out of the box you’ll receive:
- 1 x DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw
- 1 x Hex Wrench
- 2 x Blades
My Favorite Feature: Parallel Linked Arm
- Reduces distance and vibration when making cuts due to the design
The arm design on the DW788 is a parallel link arm, which is often seen as superior to alternative linking arms due to the reduced vibration and added versatility they provide when cutting.
The arm on this model is no different. Pivoting from the back of the scroll saw to the front, this shortens the amount of distance the arm can cover.
The result of this? Reduced vibration, resulting in a cleaner cut for you.
Vibration is an inconvenience when using this particular saw, so for the arm to reduce the vibration which gives you more quality in your work, that’s a bonus in my books.
Do you agree with this?
WEN have manufactured power tools since 1957, and have an impressive list of tools available across their wide range.
The WEN 3921 Scroll Saw is an updated version of the well-liked WEN 3920 Scroll Saw.
The main differences between the two? This 3921 model includes a tool-less blade change feature, whereas the 3920 will need an additional accessory in order to swap and replace blades.
A closer look into the 3921 model showcases the following features/specs:
- Cast Iron table with 16” throat size
- Accepts blades in two directions, 90°and standard
- Variable speed of 550 – 1650 SPM
- Tool-less blade changes with thumb screw
- Inclusive dust port, blower and light for increased visibility and cleaner workspace
- 1 x WEN 3921 Scroll Saw
My Favorite Feature: Tool-less Blade Holder
- Change blades without any additional tools, such as hex or allen keys
In my eyes, it’s simply much more convenient to have blade clamps on power tools that are tool-less, as it can become an inconvenience as time passes on.
WEN acknowledge this, and you can swap your blades at will without the need for a hex key or any additional tool.
Instead, you’ll be unscrewing a thumb screw to replace your blades – which is a lot more simple, don’t you agree?
This unique blade holder also serves another purpose, which is the acceptance of both pinned and pinless blades – which provides almost limitless options in regards to the blades you can attach.
As well as this, you’ll no longer be confined to the 16” throat of the scroll saw – as you can pop the pins out of its’ front holder and turn the blade to a 90° angle.
Unlike the other models on this list, the Rockwell Bladerunner X2 is not just a scroll saw – but many types of saw in one.
The Rockwell Bladerunner combines a table saw, jigsaw, scroll and mitre saw all in the one compact design – it’s as simple as changing the blades for your desired cut.
The only thing to be said about this model is the accuracy. As scroll saws are used for their finesse (and you’ll get an accurate cut with this model), you may want to look at a scroll saw only model for intricate designs, for that little bit extra in the accuracy department.
- Compact and portable at 15 lbs
- Tool-less blade changes, with interchanges in less than 3 seconds.
- Stroke length of ¾”, also includes four blades for separate applications
- Inclusive dust port for cleaner workspace
- No load speed of 3,000 RPM
- 1 x Rockwell Bladerunner X2 Tabletop Saw
- 5 x Blades for separate applications
My Favorite Feature: 4 In 1 Tabletop Saw
- Rockwell combines four saws in one – choose the appropriate blade and cut from: jigsaw, mitre, table and scroll saw
This is a no brainer, and if you’re looking at a diverse range of saws in the one, affordable package – then this is definitely for you.
With four saws in the one, you can interchange between them with a quick change of the tool-less blade, in under three seconds.
It’s a portable model, that is relatively light when compared to other versions of mitre, jig, table or scroll saw – which definitely means Rockwell is a few steps ahead of the opposition with their innovation.
Dremel provide an array of tools designed for both the hobbyist and the professional contractor.
The Dremel MS20-01 is a scroll and coping saw in the one – featuring quite a handy design with the detachable coping function.
It’s best described as a perfect saw for those who are beginning their trade, and don’t need the extra bells and whistles that can be found on alternative scroll saws.
The other specs and features are listed below.
- 10 ½” throat size
- 1500 – 2500 SPM Variable speed trigger function allows users to have complete control over pace of work
- Plastic and aluminium build provides a lightweight and portable tool at 4.7lbs
- Dust port attachment allows for vacuum to be fitted for easy dust removal
- Clamp base allows for tool to be attached to most flat surfaces – which increases portability for those who require it
- 1 x Dremel MS20-01 Scroll Saw
- 1 x Side cutting blade
- 4 x Wood & plastic blades
- 4 x Fine wood blades
- 1 x Metal blade
- 2 x Attachments (one vacuum adapter)
- 1 x Hard case
My Favorite Feature: Auto-Tensioning Quick Change
- Model automatically adjusts tension of blade for convenience
Dremel have designed the MS20-01 to automatically adjust the tension of the blade, which not only reduces vibration that results in a cleaner cut, but also protects the blade from bending and breaking, increasing its’ longevity.
As tension heavily dictates the cut a blade makes, and it’s a pleasure to have such a good feature designed into a scroll saw, especially if you’re still learning the ropes.
Shop Fox manufacturers many products and power tools designed for the workshop, and the W1713 scroll saw is a quality product for a very affordable price.
- Cast iron table with a 16” throat size
- ¾” stroke length
- Table tilt mechanism allows for angled cuts, up to 45°
- Additional attachments for increased visibility and cleaner work – gooseneck work light and dust port and blower
- Accepts both pinned and unpinned blades, giving you more versatility regarding your cuts
- 1 x Shop Fox W1713 Scroll Saw
My Favorite Feature: Variable Speed Trigger
- Control the speed of your work with the variable speed trigger of 550-1650 SPM
With 1.2 amp motor and a no load speed of 550-1650 SPM, you’re able to get a fair bit of power out of this little scroll saw – even when its’ focus is upon the accuracy more so than brute strength.
The variable speed trigger allows the user to control all aspects of speed, and when paired with the table tilt feature – you’re able to cut into those shapes and lines that aren’t possible with other scroll saws on the market.
This scroll saw is another well-made model for all experience levels, and is at a very affordable price for such a quality product.
The Delta Power Tools 40-694 Scroll Saw is model that is built purely for those cuts you’d be using a scroll saw for.
It’s loaded with many additional and assisting features that will in no doubt help your quality of work improve, and also make your projects a lot easier moving forward.
With that being said, let’s look into those features, and you can decide yourself.
- Electronic variable speed that can reach 400 – 1750 SPM
- Tool-less blade clamp for easy blade changes for convenience
- Left and right bevel, up to 45 °on each side, allowing for angled cuts to be made on the cast iron table
- On-tool blade storage – you’ll be able to keep all your accessories which fit here, meaning no more missing blades
- Adjustable dust hose for a cleaner workspace, also increasing your line of site
- 1 x Delta Power Tools 40-694 Scroll Saw
- 2 x straight blades
My Favorite Feature: Double Parallel Linked Arm
- Double parallel-link arm which reduces vibration, culminating in a smoother cut all round
I know what you’re thinking – he must be a big fan of the parallel linked arms!
Well, it’s true.
It’s no secret that these particular builds are quite superior to alternative arms on scroll saws, and there are a number of reasons for this. For one, vibration is heavily reduced, which you’ll see reflected in the quality of cuts you can make.
Secondly, when you’re adjusting blades or swapping them out – the upper arm will lift and lock into a raised position.
Pretty neat, isn’t it?
The last scroll saw we’re to review today, comes from Porter-Cable.
Porter-Cable is a subsidiary of the Stanley Black & Decker, which also owns the DeWalt brand.
Due to this, you know the quality which is expected from their power tools.
How does their scroll saw stack up, though? Let’s find out.
- Aluminum tabletop with an 18” throat size which allows bevel cutting up to 45° right and 15° left
- Variable speed function with 500 – 1500 SPM
- Tool-less blade holder which accepts both pinned and pinless blades, widening your scope of versatility in your work
- Built-in LED light and dust blower in convenient location, as well as dust port for vacuum connection
- Includes a durable stand, promoting ergonomic working with its’ stable operation height
- 1 x Porter-Cable PCB375SS Scroll Saw,
- 1 x Stand
- 1 x 5 inch pinned blade,
- 1 x Hex key
My Favorite Feature: Table Top Bevel Scale
- Table top bevel scale allows for accurate readings without having to look underneath or on the side of the saw
How convenient is this feature?
Where most scales are found in rather inconvenient places (especially when you’re cutting), the PCB375SS is a cut from the rest. With the table top scale, you’re provided with accurate readings when making bevel cuts – which is a lot more convenient in my eyes.
This is a patented design, so it’ll only be found on Porter-Cable saws.
The pure convenience this feature provides, by giving you an accurate reading of your cut will enhance anyone’s’ work, and is definitely a feature that should be looked into if you’re only starting your craft.
So there we are – seven of the best scroll saws that you can currently find, tailored for all users with affordable options across all price points.
The DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw is the pick of the bunch, with its’ parallel linked arm, additional features to promote accuracy within your work, and you know the quality within DeWalt’s products are second to none.
I would definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a new scroll saw.
There’s also the WEN 3291 which is a close second, and is brilliant value for money. For what you’re receiving, it should definitely be priced higher – but don’t let WEN know that! It’s an affordable scroll saw which caters for all experience levels.
If you’re a jack of all trades, master of none – you may want to look into a Rockwell Bladerunner X2 Tabletop Saw, which essentially combines four saws in the one. This is a great option if you’re not restricted to scroll saw cutting only.
So those are my thoughts upon these 7 scroll saws, yet I’d love to hear yours.
What do you think, is there a particular scroll saw you swear by, or maybe I’ve forgotten one?
Whatever that may be, leave your comments below.