DEWALT DW788 comes with some pretty impressive features and specs. The noise and vibration reduction is courtesy of the Double parallel link arm design. The On/off switch, clever tool-free blade clamps, electronic variable speed control, blade-tensioning knob and the flexible dust blower are all located on the front end of the upper arm.
The unique Arm design helps you produce accurate designs, whether you’re designing unique craft pieces or crafting complex jigsaw puzzles. The arm is designed specially to pivot from back to the front of the saw, which shortens the distance the upper arm has to move, facilitating quieter, smoother saw operation. Les vibration also means more accurate cuts.
The design of the arm additionally helps to keep the blade perpendicular to the piece you’re working on ensuring that you don’t undercut or overcut. And if you want to make inside cuts, that’s fine too; simply lift the arm and thread the blade through the material you want to cut. On the other hand, the 16″x24″ Oversized, cast-iron table offers solid material support and it can be tilted 45 degrees left and right if you want to make angular cuts.
After assembling your unit, you will notice that most of the features and the overall design of this saw are quite intuitive. As already mentioned, all the important controls including the on/off switch, blade-tensioning lever, and speed control are located within reach at the front end of the upper arm. There is also a dust blower in the same position allowing you to direct it to work piece.
The variable speed control is a handy feature when you want to make swift, precise, adjustments; you can choose speeds from 400 to 1,750 SPM. The saw runs on a capable 120V AC, 1.3Amp motor to produce variable strokes ranging from 3/4” and up to 2” deep. This translates into better control and accurate, cleaner results.
The main reason why you will buy a scroll saw of any kind is to cut accurate lines, and if the blade can wonder, (which happens with a number of cheaper, low-end models), you need to forget about making precise, professional crafts. Plenty of room to maneuver your workpiece and the ability to adjust the speed when the blade is still running gives this machine an upper hand over its competitors.
While safety is not a major concern when it comes to scroll saws, DEWALT DW788 comes with a blade guard that prevents you from accidentally getting your fingers on the blade. The stainless steel guard also serves to steadily hold down your workpiece when making your cuts. I can confidently report that the DEWALT DW788 saw is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a durable, accurate, easy to use, and quality scroll saw.