DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw Review

DeWalt is a manufacturer of power tools which need no introduction.

Quality can always be assured with a DeWalt product, and the expectations are no different for the DW788 Scroll Saw.

What makes the DeWalt DW788 stand out from the others in its’ class? Simple.

It all comes down to the inclusive features DeWalt have added into this Scroll Saw, that makes this the perfect model for all experience levels. A bit short of time and can’t read the complete article? No problem.

Here’s a quick overview of the DeWalt DW788 scroll saw:

  • 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

Features & Specifications

The DW788 is one of the best in its’ class, and you only have to have a quick look online to see the demand for this scroll saw.

Naturally, there’s a reason as to why there is such a high demand for this model, and the reason echoes the previous statement I made earlier – this is perfect for all experience levels with its’ inclusive features.

Let’s run through the specifications of the DW788 first:


  • 1.3 Amp Motor
  • Table Size of 16” x 23-¾”
  • 20” Throat size
  • Weight of 56 lbs
  • Variable speed trigger of 400-1750 SPM
  • Stroke length of ¾” – 2”
  • Double parallel linked arm design
  • Tool-less blade changes
  • Blade tension Knob
  • Adjustable table

Blade Tension Knob

As the tension of the blade dictates in which way you’d like your wood cut, there can be a lot of guessing games when adjusting the knob/lever of a scroll saw to choose the adequate tension – especially when these aren’t numbered.

DeWalt have included a numbering system on the blade tension knob, which is located on the top-side of the parallel linked arm. This is in perfect position to adjust in respect to each of your projects.

As blades can break if they are too loose and too tight, it’s an important feature to include, and is as easy to adjust by a simple turn on the knob.

Flexible Dust Blower

One of the first features you’ll notice on the DW788 is the flexible dust blower.

Many scroll saws are equipped with this addition, which is crucial for removing dust and debris from your project a scroll saw can create when working.

Unlike most models, however, the DW788 has a flexible dust blower. This allows more movement and flexibility when blowing unwanted dust away from the shapes you’re cutting.

With such an intricate cutting machine, this is a necessary, (and very welcome) inclusive feature.

Cast Iron Table

No scroll saw is complete without a table, and the cast iron table on the DW788 will assist you with projects of most sizes.

With 20” of space to work within, it’s one of the more accommodating models of scroll saws available.

The cast iron table is completely adjustable, also. It bevels both left and right to 45°, which gives you extra versatility in cutting those complex shapes and lines.

The DW788 model sits on the lighter side of scroll saws, weighing only 56 lbs, making it perfect for portability if this is something you require for your work – or you simply want to rearrange your workshop.

What’s Included?

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

What Separates The DW788 From The Rest Of The Pack?

So we’ve had a look at some of the features of the DeWalt DW788, as well as the specs.

Yet there are three additional features which I’ve picked, that are of exceptional value in comparison to the competition.

Firstly, we’ll start with the arm itself.

Parallel Link Arm 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, too?

Variable Speed Trigger

It’s not only the blade tension and reduced vibration which dictate quality reflected in your work – yet also speed.

DeWalt have a very helpful knack of adding variable speed triggers to a majority of their power tools, and this scroll saw is no different.

The variable speed trigger is located on the front of the upper arm, and can reach a complete speed of 400-1750 SPM, which gives you optimal control over your cuts.

This addition not only enhances your quality, but also protects your blades – increasing the longevity of your accessories and reducing total spend over time.

Not bad when it’s put that way, is it?

Tool-less Blade Clamp

Gone are the inconvenient days where you’d have to use a hex key or some other tool just to swap between blades.

Like many of their power tools, DeWalt have included the tool-less blade feature on their scroll saw.

It’s a simple flick of the clamps’ lever which releases the blade, giving you the ability to replace that blade, in a matter of seconds.

It’s the little touches like this feature that DeWalt have added, which places the DW788 above the rest of the pack.

Final Thoughts

So we’ve had a look at all the specs and features of DeWalt’s DW788, and it’s easy to conclude – this is one of the standout models of scroll saw that you can currently find.

DeWalt produce reliable and durable products that are made for the long-run, and the DeWalt DW788 is no exception.

It’s built with all experience levels in mind, including additional features that assist in creating perfect and complex shapes you’d be looking for in a scroll saw.

I’d definitely recommend this if you’re looking for your first scroll saw, or for an upgrade on your current model.

You can’t go wrong.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, though.

Perhaps there’s a feature I missed? Or you’d like to share some tips?

Whatever that may be, leave your comments below.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

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