I am currently in the process of reviewing the new Jet scroll saw. I posted an initial reaction video the other day of that machine. I received several emails about the price. They noted the price of the Jet and said it was too high. It may not be cheap but the good news is that it's not built cheap. Quality usually does cost more. Is that quality worth the price? That depends on the buyer.
I would guess that most of us started with an entry level saw. I started with a Craftsman scroll saw I purchased at Sears many years ago. I enjoyed that machine and made many projects on it. I ended up giving it to another woodworker who I believe is still using it. I'm not one of those woodworkers who will tell you that you have to buy expensive tools or nothing at all.
I know scrollers who are using the Harbor Freight $99 scroll saw and are happily making projects. Would I recommend that machine? No probably not. The reason I would not recommend it is because the user experience is not great and it tends to turn people off from the hobby. I would tend to say that the $200 entry point is a little better number.
If you plan to use a scroll saw on the weekends to build projects for family and friends then you do not need a $1000 saw. That does not mean you should not buy a $1000 saw. If you have the available money and like to have the benefits of higher quality machines then that's okay by me.
If you are planing to make arts and crafts a side business and plan to cut even low end production work then the argument becomes better for buying a more expensive machine. You probably want to be in the $500 to $1000 dollar range.
If you are going to be a full time scroller eight hours a day then you need to buy the best machine you can. You will very quickly burn up a low end machine. Even a mid range machine will not last long at this volume. It's just a bad idea not to invest the money at this stage.
To get back to where I started with this conversation. Do I think the Jet scroll saw is overpriced. We have to give the machine some time in the field before we know what the service issues are. From what I have seen so far the answer is no. The price point is reasonable and comparable with other machines of this quality. I have many years of evaluating the fit and finish of machinery. The fit and finish of this machine looks fine and that's very good sign.
In the end you have to make the decision of how much investment to make in the hobby. The good news is that you have options.
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