Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hummingbird Art Scroll Saw Pattern.

This hummingbird art piece is 10.5" X 7". 

$3 PDF Catalog Update:

I am working on the $3 PDF Catalog update this week. I hope to have it updated before the weekend. I will let you know in the daily newsletter when it is ready to download. You can see more details on the $3 PDF catalog in my eStore.

Buying Used Scroll Saws:

No links are included for the used saws.

Buying used tools can be a great way to build out your workshop. It can also be a good way to throw away money if you don't do your homework.

The Craigslist ad above is for a used DeWalt DW788 Type 1 scroll saw. They are asking $525. Is this a good deal? Let's start out with finding out what this saw and stand sells for new. On Amazon, a new DeWalt DW788 with stand goes for $550.13

The used saw in the ad is a Type 1. There is a belief that the Type 1 saw has better resale value than the newer Type 2 saws. At one point that was probably true. The problem is that the Type 1 saws are many years old. I would prefer a new Type 2 over a very old Type 1 unless it had very few hours of use and I got a good price.

Of course, the person selling the saw above may only be asking $525 and you may get the saw considerably cheaper. If you know the facts before you give them a call you may get a better deal. If not then you can walk away.

Let's say you give the person a call and they say you can buy it for $375. At that price, you may decide to go take a look at the saw. What do you look for?

Before you even get in the car, research the address. Use Google maps and street view to look at the address. With Google street-view you can see the house and neighborhood before heading that way. Make sure you feel safe.

Once you are in front of the saw, look at the general condition. I'm talking about the outward appearance. Are all the parts with the saw? Is the table covered in rust? Check that all the bolts are in place. Does it come with any accessories? (Light, foot switch, extra blades etc..) Ask when they last replaced the thumb screws and set screws. General questions like "Why are you selling it?" can sometimes give you information that helps.<