The Dremel Moto-Saw offers a compact and easy solution for making detailed cuts in a variety of materials including wood, plastic, laminates and metal. This portable, precision-sawing tool is easy to store, set-up, and operate and features a tool-free mechanism for quick blade changes. An auto-tensioning feature keeps the blade taut and ready to cut so you donât have to make blade adjustments and its slim, ergonomic handle with comfort grip provides control in any cutting position. The Moto-Saw functions as a stationary scroll saw yet it can be removed from its base to become a portable motorized coping-saw.
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91%of customersrecommend this product29 of 32reviews
Rating Breakdown35 reviews
91%of customersrecommend this product29 of 32reviews
I've been searching for a starter scroll saw for months now, and I figured I'd go with this one since the price was reasonable, and the reviews were decent compared to others that are out there. So far I'm very pleased with it! I've never used a scroll saw before (never really used any electric woodworking tool), but this was very simple to use. I was able to cutout my projects right away without any problems. I used poplar wood, which I would recommend starting with, and made a few small cutouts of toys that I had in mind. There were a few times that I thought I was putting too much pressure and was afraid the blade would snap since they're very thin, but it held up without a problem. I tried using a 2" piece of oak, and it did cut it, but I wouldn't recommend it for small detailed pieces. I think it would be fine when I make blocks and other straight pieces. It also has a hook-up for a vacuum which comes in handy, so you don't have saw dust and small jagged pieces of wood falling on the floor. Be sure to buy some safety goggles and ear plugs!
Pros: Durable, Strong Suction, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight
I had been holding off on purchasing a scroll saw due to work space constraints. I saw this tool and had to have it! It does exactly what I need it to do, cuts nice and is easy to use. Then it all stores in a compact storage case out of the way, love it! Only gripe is I wish they would have included a miter gauge with the saw, that is the only reason why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
I was very impressed with this little saw. Setting it up on a table is quick and easy and it provides a good solid hold. Note: The widest width the securing clamps will allow is about 3.5" and they need to go into/under the table 2.5" - see the photo. The saw attaches to the base very securely with no wiggle/play at all. Note: The guide knobs that hold the saw to the base are plastic - see the photo. They look strong and it would probably take some very improper care/use to damage them, but if they wear or snap over time the blade would wobble in the base. The 9' cord allows you to set it up almost anywhere without requiring an extension. The blades are easy to attached and centered well with the guidelines on the base. The head has a little up and down play to accommodate the work piece, but the blade stays put with constant tension. The hold-down foot is easily adjustable and really keeps good pressure on your work piece. The maximum height clearance for a workpiece is 2 1/8". The distance/clearance between the blade and the back arm is 10.5" - for most work that should be fine, but it may limit some larger projects. I've used the scroll saw on plywood up to 3/4" thick and was very impressed with the cutting. I was able to easily make accurate cuts both straight and following a curved pattern and was pleasantly surprised that this had the power to cut such tight curves. It has adjustable speed settings; however, anything below the highest setting is pretty useless. Even the instructions recommend the highest setting for everything but plastic. I've used it as a coping saw for some 1.5" PVC and it cut through just fine. The only limitation I found with the saw is that you can't tilt the base so you can't do any angled cuts. Overall, I am very impressed and would recommend this to anyone who needs a scroll saw but doesn't want a larger one constantly taking up space on the workbench. If this is your first scroll saw keep in mind that good scroll saw cutting takes practice/time to develop with any saw.
First let me say that if you are the type that is always in a hurry (as am I sometimes), this tool is probably not for you. This saw cannot be rushed or the results will be poor. The maximum speed at which you feed work in has to match the saws cutting capability and only practice will make those two match. Be patient and everything will work fine. First of all I suggest you open the case and take a photo of the contents without the packing material and manual. This way you can see how it goes back in the case, because for several minutes I struggled to figure out this "puzzle". Keep a printout of the photo in the case. One of the things I noticed was that the insertion of a new blade was very difficult and frustrating if I followed exactly the instructions in the manual. I found it much easier if you fully raise the hold-down foot first to the position shown in the manual's diagrams. A simple omission made a big difference. Much easier. By the way, you raise the hold-down foot by pushing down on the release "button" (toward the work surface) while pulling up on the plastic foot (or metal loop at the top). I found no instructions in the manual explaining this procedure. Everything else worked fine according to the manual. Just remember to move the work slowly. One last thing: The blades supplied are very difficult to identify by appearance. There were no markings and the manual did not state which ones are included. However it does have this information on the original packaging cover. I still could not fully identify the blades so I went online to see the blades available by the Dremel part number found on the packaging cover. Then I matched the tooth count to the blades included. In order to identify them I have attached a modified chart of the Speed Settings found in the manual that has the number of teeth per inch. All of my complaints are really with the manual, thus I am taking away no rating stars from the product itself.
The Dremel Moto-Saw is a great addition to my shop! No more having to lug my large scroll saw when I need a quick scroll cut in my projects. It clamps easily to my outdoor workbench and cuts curves in ¼” and ¾” plywood easily.
One of the best feature though, is its ability of the saw to be removed from the base to allow powered cove cuts. You will no longer have to use your hand-powered coping saw to cut copes on your molding. One drawback of this is the need to clamp your molding down when you cut it. I found that it is near impossible to ct a close cope without the piece being clamped down, due to the saw’s quick reciprocating motion.
Another great feature is that when you are finished the whole saw fits into a small suitcase-style box for transportation. One drawback, though, is that this saw can NOT use the standard-size 5” scroll saw blade. It requires the Dremel brand 4” scroll saw blades. This almost made me rate it a 4, but its overall usefulness overcame this small flaw and I rated it a 5.
Pros: Powerful, Easy to Use, All In One, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, easy to transport
Cons: only uses dremel brand blades
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Easily clamps to outside workbench!
Easily cuts curves and patterns in 3/4" ply
Smooth cuts on softwood and hardwood
It is easily removed from base to cut a cope
I recommend that you clamp the molding to cut the cope!
I use this saw for small projects around the house. I have various wood working hobbies and this has come in handy more than once.
I have found that the smaller the blades, the less straight the saw will cut, no mater what I do. another down side is that to get straighter cuts or if you need a miter cut, you have to purchase an optional miter gauge. this is the only reason I have it 4 stars in stead of 5.
like all dremel tools, it is a little noisy and changing the small blades were a little tricky, but not an inconvenience. but you can change the spped of the saw. and mounting it to a work surface was quick and east to take it down.
Product comes in a nice sturdy case for storage while not in use. also came with a vacuum attachment.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting, Compact
The Dremel Moto-Saw can be very useful for cutting out shapes such as letters, hearts, etc.,.in lighter materials. It came with pictures of crafts projects that can be made with the saw, such as puzzles, wall art, a derby car and holiday decorations. Included were blades for cutting wood, plastic and metal, and a side cutting blade, for longer peices. It also inclued a manual with recommendations for speed settings and maximun thickness of each kind of material used. Pictured is a straight cut through .25 inch plywood. It does not cut quickly, but the speed would work well in cutting out fine details. The tool is built well, snaps securely in the base and can be clamped onto almost any table. The clamps were included. It also comes with an adaptor to attach to a vacuum cleaner hose for dust. The Moto-Saw can also be hand held. I would recommend this tool for crafts but not so much for household projects.
Pros: Easy to Use, All In One, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
Packaging: typical plastic moulded carry case. Case clips have come off twice already.
Assembly: The saw is pretty much already assembled, the steps to clamp the base are simple and straightforward. Attaching one of the supplied blades is very easy and needs no tools at all. A quick release lever doing the tensioning. Inserting the tool into the base requires it to be tilted slightly forward instead of going in vertically as shown in the manual. Once in, it clicks in securely.
Cable length: good.
Blades: The saw comes with 10 3.8” blades including one that is twisted 90° so that long cuts can be made sideways.
Operation: The manual indicates the speeds to use for various materials. The speeds are 1 through 6 but they recommend using speed 6 for everything except plastic for which speed 4 is recommended, so I am not sure why we would ever need the lower speeds.
This saw is for very thin material only, it is not a jig saw, it will not cut 1-½” pine. Its for thin plywood and soft wood up to ¾” thick. It does not cut ¾” hardwood. The motor draws just 0.6 A so it is only about a 72 Watt motor.
The unit is light enough to use freehand in its second mode and I was able to cut some thin material holding the saw in one hand with ease.
The on/off switch cannot be operated like a trigger when in freehand mode as one would expect. You need a second hand to switch it on or off. I think a trigger switch that can be locked ON would be much more practical.
I tried to cut a 2” diameter hole in some plywood. It is close to impossible to do so because there is no way to alter the direction of the blade. A manual coping saw allows one to point the cutting edge in any of 360° - but with this saw it is fixed. One could change to the sideways blade for doing the far and near side of the hole and switch a normal blade to be pointing backwards for the last of the ‘4’ sides of the hole, but changing the blade four times to cut a circle is simply ridiculous. It was quite fiddly getting the blade inserted through the plywood even though this is really easy when not trying to thread it through a pilot hole. I gave up and used my manual coping saw which did the job much quicker. Dremel really need to make the installed blade so that it can be rotated along the blade’s axis to be any use at cutting a circular hole from a large sheet of material.
Overall: This seems good enough for fine scroll and coping saw work on small pieces of material. Do not plan on using it to cut holes (any shape) from the sides of a large sheet of material, or anything thicker than ½”.
Saw satisfies the needs I got it for. Would have been more useful if it had a mitre gauge, which the container was obviously built for. Was disappointed to find that I could not even get one for extra cost at this time! The design of the on/off switch is a little awkward and hard to operate then it is mounted on the table.
The Dremel Moto-Saw MS20-01 is quite a unique tool for a variety of applications. I noticed some shortcommings about the availability of blades, if your store does not stock it, go to Home Depot online and order them. The biggest problem was that the Miter Gauge was not included in the original package. Call Dremel direct at 1-800-437-3635 and they will send you the gauge. It's an optional item. It cost me $7.30, includes shipping, and you get it within a few days. My opinion is Home Depot Should Stock these items and make it easier on the customers.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, Long-Lasting
It works well for my purpose; accurately cutting thin plywood and balsa when I'm building my model boats. Cuts thin brass sheet and tubing well, too. Not entirely dust free, but the vacuum attachment does pick up 90% of the dust. I trust the brand to perform well, up to it's reputation.