The Dewalt DW788 20 in. Variable-Speed Scroll Saw has a double parallel-link arm design dramatically reduces vibration and noise for extremely accurate cuts. The on-off switch, electronic variable speed, flexible dust blower and blade-tensioning lever are all located on the front upper arm. The arm design pivots from the back of the saw to the front, shortening the arm movement for smoother, quieter operation, and lifts so blade can be easily threaded through the material for inside cuts. The exclusive tool-free blade clamps allow blade changes in seconds. The DW788 includes saw, hex wrench and blades.
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94%of customersrecommend this product34 of 36reviews
Rating Breakdown38 reviews
94%of customersrecommend this product34 of 36reviews
I've been waiting for sale on DeWALT scroll saw. It was a good chance to buy it. But I didn't know there were lots of dust. I don't like to wear a mask while scrollsawing. So, I made this. Now, I'm really satisfied with it. Next time, I'm going to post some pictures again that it is 99.9% dust freee.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
Ordered online; great price; shipped (free!!!) to house; EASY set-up; super quality; and the thing works so well I never want to leave the shop! Which is a problem cuz a guy's gotta eat, go to work and other stuff. Thanks Home Depot!! and Dewalt!
Super easy to set up and get going. I took many people's advice and purchased Flying Dutchman blades and have been very happy with the overall quality of the saw and the cutting performance. Places where improvements need to be made are in the guide. I am constantly fighting with it as it doesnt stay in one place, plus it is too far away from the blade to hold the material down sufficiently. I put the guide in a vice and bent it considerably and now it rest on either side of the blade and that has helped a bit but it still moves around. I used a rockwell saw in the past and the guide was much more rugged and came right down tight to the blade. Point number 2: The blower does a great job of keeping the cutting area free of sawdust... until you cut really slowly which you need to do for some things. At slow speeds the blower doesnt work well at all. The other thing you need to fight with is the blade attachment screws. As you tighten them the blade tends to rotate with the screw... you really need to pay attention to get the blade straight up and down. My other suggestion would be to get TWO lights for the saw... one one either side of the blade. Otherwise you get an annoying strobe effect as the blade goes up and down. Make sure you bolt the saw down to a solid workbench or table to reduce vibration. Overall though, I am happy with the saw.
Pros: Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy
Cons: poor guide design
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Good view of where the guide is now
2 lights are a must, after 2 weeks finish is already wearing off table around blade
I had won a perfect score, two first places, and two second place ribbons in a local woodworking contest over the last 5 years, without my Dewalt scrollsaw. Scrolling over 15 years and after 4 other scroll saws, I see now that I should have purchased this scroll saw 5 years ago. There is much less vibration and of course, it has a deeper throat. Maybe, I could have placed all perfect scores. Thanks for a very good product.
Pros: Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, looks good too
Easy to set up with no complications. All was aligned well. I can't say enough about the tool-free blade clamps. No more fussing about looking for the proper tool. Easy upper and lower threading based on the project you are working on.
The most clunky feature is the table tilt. It's not as smooth to adjust as I would think or hope but you can get it where you need.
As a beginner, I am no longer frustrated by the short-comings of the equipment. Scroll sawing is now as fun as I hoped it would be.
I had an inexpensive scrollsaw before and the vibration was so great I could not even use it. After reading many reviews I decided to purchase the Dewalt. I am extremely pleased with it. I gave it 4 stars and not 5 because I think tilting the table could be a smother operation. Other than that nice machine.
This is a quiet, sturdy, and overall fantastic scroll saw. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is there is a few things I would change. It needs a light on the blower arm, a vacuum port, and the arm lift should stay up by itself. Other than those issues you can't go wrong with this one.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Quiet
I love my new Dewalt DW788 scroll saw. The vibration that is mentioned in reviews on other saws doesn't exist with this one. I bought the stand for saw from dewalt also and it fits like a glove. I look forward to lots of hours scrolling with my new dewalt, it is a pleasure to operate. I would like to express my thanks for the super fast shipping also. All this and I saved over $100.00 . Wow
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Review 10 for 20 in. Variable-Speed Scroll Saw
Age Range:65 or over
Good Saw BUT
PostedJuly 19, 2013
I got this saw a year ago and had no problem with it and easy to use. I loved using it but about a month ago the speed control went out of control and then it wouldn't turn on. I took it into a Dewalt repair man and he told me that it needed a new motor and a new circuit board. Thank goodness it was under warranty but don't know yet if I have to pay for labor. It would cost me $300 for the motor and $80 for the circuit board. Has anyone had this trouble?
I use this product to cut cling-mounted rubber stamps. I am so impressed with this saw! I run it for hours at a time and it just keeps going. The blades are easy to change and it is very sturdy. It was a great purchase!
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting
Quality material, but I had difficulty lining up the blade in the hole of the table. The blade was off to the right side when I installed the table and put in a blade. Calls were made to 3 De Walt service places. Adjusting the blade using the two places where it is attached to the arm helped some. But then was advised to loosen the table and "force" it down where needed to line up the blade. That was difficult but worked. But then the first adjustment put the blade too far to the left and had to be "unadjusted."
Heavy duty. Excellent quality. The tilt angle gauge could be better but was almost dead-on when I used my digital angle gauge to verify the manual setting. Easy blade changes. Very impressed with how well the saw can scroll through some very tight curves. Smooth cuts too. I especially like the blade tension/release feature.
Very good features the blade holders being tool less is very nice and very quick. The fact that the upper arm rises so the blade can be threaded through holes from the top is another big plus. Little to no vibration, quiet operation, large table, bottom blade holder very easy to get to and use without even looking at it, and the dust blower works very well. One suggestion due to the weight of this saw the delivery person had a hard time with it and dropped it on my porch (no damage done) if shipped in two packages with the table in the second box handling would be much easier for shipper and customer. The table is not attached and has to be put on by customer any way. All and all it is a joy to work with and I can’t imagine ever going back to the $99.00 saw I had been using. Well worth the price if you are going to use it regularly or if the price is of no concern and you can afford it for occasional use go for it. Can’t say enough about this saw other than you need to use it to realize the quality.
Purchased online, hassle free. Comes assembled, with exception of blade and table, that too was hassle free. The saw is very quiet, and no vibration. The on-off switch and speed adjustment are within easy reach. It is what you would expect for the price. Very pleased!
Very nice saw for beginners to intermediate users. I got it within 3 days of ordering. Assembly is very simple and quick. In fact the saw already comes pre-assembled, all you have to do is fasten the table onto it. Blade changes are quick once you get used to it (I recommend Flying Dutchman scroll reverse blades). FYI if you get the saw and you turn it on and you hear a rattling sound, it's because of the finger guard. Just loosen it and take it off with the provided allen wrench then the rattling will be gone.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
I've had this DeWalt scrollsaw to about 12 years now and it was today that it had to go into the shop for the first time. Not bad huh? I believe the switch has finally gave up. I'd buy another if I had to.