9 Best Scroll Saws for Woodworking (2022 Review)

Updated: Feb 22



TOP THREE

1) Best Value DEWALT Scroll Saw

2) Best Budget Rikon Scroll Saw With Lamp

3) Best Quality Delta Scroll Saw


With the wide selection of scroll saws available out there, it can be hard to know what suits your needs. So I’ve collected together nine of the best scroll saws on the market for different levels of performance and price to help you make the best decision.


These were chosen from both some of the most reliable brands and some lesser-known brands with great prices.

Without further ado, let’s check them out.

1) Delta Scroll Saw 40-694 20 In. Variable Speed



Specs

  • 1.3-amp motor, 400 to 1,750 strokes per minute

  • 20-inch throat depth

  • ¾ stroke length

  • 16 x 24-inch table size

  • Table tilt adjustment from 0-45°

  • 70 pounds

  • Screw-down base

  • 5-year warranty

  • Dust Blower




The Delta Power Tools 40-694 is a solid well made scroll saw. It is a bit on the expensive side but the performance of the machine will last a lifetime. This is a great scroll saw for beginners all the way up to regular woodworkers. Delta has a great reputation in the woodworking business and this saw is no exception for their brand.


Positives

The Delta 40-694 has a parallel-arm design made with cast iron, reducing vibrations. In addition, it's got a good throat size for the price and a large table.


The power switch, speed dial, dust blower, and blade-tensioning lever are all placed on the front of the arm, making for easy and convenient access. In addition, both the tension lever and the blade release are well-designed for simple adjustment.


The arm lifts and locks when changing the blades, making the process simple and safe.


Negatives

There’s no vacuum port and no in-built light. This shouldn’t be expected but are nice features to have, so it’s disappointing that the Delta Scroll Saw doesn’t have them.


Also, the arm lock is useful but not as easy to use as it could be. This is because the pin to lock it is located on the back of the saw, out of arm’s reach.


Unfortunately, while the power switch is in a convenient place, it is also nearby other functions and so can be accidentally switched on and off.


Performance

The most powerful advantage of the Delta Scroll Saw is its performance. It has pinless blades that are great for fine detail work and moves at 400 to 1,750 strokes per minute. This should be enough to cut through both soft and hardwood.


Features

The 20-inch throat depth is quite good. Close to the typical maximum, which is about 22 inches.


The upper arm is designed to be lifted up for easier blade threading. This helps with fretting. Unfortunately, the lock for the upper arm is located on the back, which can be inconvenient.


The cast-iron table of the scroll saw is large at 16 by 24 inches. It can be tilted up to 45 degrees to the left or the right, making it easy to perform angle cuts.


There’s an easy-to-adjust speed dial located at the top of the arm, allowing you to choose between the entire 400-1,750 SPM range.


The blade tension adjustment lever also makes it easy to apply force while tightening the blade.




2) Excalibur 21" Scroll Saw with Foot Switch



Specs

  • 120-Volt 1.3-Amp motor providing 400 to 1400 strokes per minute

  • 21-inch throat capacity

  • Direct dust extraction hookup

  • Large 13-1/2" x 23-1/2″ table surface

  • Unique “tilting head” design tilts 30° left for 16″, 38° for 21″ and 45° right.

  • Quick-release blade clamps,

  • On-board cutting light

  • Quickly adjustable tension and speed controls

  • Upper and lower blade guard assembly prevent injury

Positives

The scroll saw has an innovative design and comes with quality construction. Pinless blades are standard on this model.


The powerful motor can handle many material grades without getting hung up or losing power. Suitable for both hardwoods and even soft metals.


The saw is highly functional and accurate in its cuts. The 21-inch machine is large and best suited for heavy-duty use in workshops.


The arm tilts instead of the table so that it can hit many different angles. Great for a wide range of projects.


Finally, the foot petal comes in very handy for accuracy when working long hours cutting intricate pieces.


Negatives

The main negatives are that the machine is made from sheet metal and doesn't have any cast iron components. As a result, it has less weight and a little more vibration.


Second, it’s a bit pricey for a hobbyist. That’s why the renewed model is helpful to keep the price within budget.


Performance

This is a top-quality power tool from a leading manufacturer. Of course, the performance is what you’d expect from such a model, effortlessly slicing through almost anything you can throw at it with a 21-inch depth.


Setting up the saw is relatively easy. It works with a pin-less blade between clamps, which are then tightened with lock knobs.


It starts up quickly and quietly and effortlessly cuts wood, metal, and plastic. Vibration is significantly reduced when the machine is screwed down to a table.


Features

The speed is selected using a knob depending on the material to be cut. This model has nice safety features, including a removable top and bottom wire guard.

There’s a segmented blower fitted under the table for cleaning off the sawdust, which grabs the debris and puts it into a dust bag.

The tilting head is one of its unique features, giving you a stable platform to work with as you saw at an angle. Most scroll saws tilt the table to get this function. The cutting table itself is made of thick, folded steel suitable for industrial use.


The upper and lower parallel arms are designed with industrial use in mind, keeping the blade straight and preventing any deflection.



3) DEWALT Scroll Saw, Variable-Speed, 1.3 Amp, 20"



Specs

  • 120V, 1.3 amp rating with 400-1,750 strokes per minute

  • 56 pounds

  • 20-inch arm length

  • 3-year limited warranty


Positives

The DW788 is a whole package scroll saw - it is relatively quiet, easy to work, and designed to meet the needs of both a beginner and a discerning woodworker.

It features a double parallel link arm that pivots from the back to the front of the saw, shortening the distance it needs to move. This results in reduced vibration, allowing you to work more accurately.

The throat depth is 20 inches and allows up to 2 inches deep cuts. The power switch, speed control, and tension level are all located on the upper arm within easy reach.

It provides a lot of options for its mid-range price point. In addition, the straightforward design means you won’t have to spend too much time fiddling.

Negatives

Unfortunately, it’s not the most robust scroll saw available and can’t power through everything. However, it’s still plenty powerful. There are just other options.


It also only accepts pinless (straight) blades. This may be a bit of a learning curve for some people, but it does have easy, tool-free blade changes.


Performance

Solid performance for a 20-inch scroll saw. The variable speed knob works well to adjust the speed from 400 up to 1750 strokes per minute for everything from delicate work to high-speed, difficult wood.


The oversized cast iron table is excellent support for the material. It bevels up to 45 degrees to the left or right, allowing you to create beveled edges.

Features

Changing the blades doesn’t require any special tools. You can use the blade clamp to change the edge in seconds.