This is a comment I made re blades a short while ago it may be of use to you.xiphidius":2hsxe36p said:Question before purchase surrounding blades....
A very informative, balanced, helpful and interesting post if I may say so.AES":3svn2efr said:I got a new "proper" scroll saw for my b'day a couple of years back, and unlike buyers in the UK, I had the chance to try both the Hegner 2 and the Pegas/Excalibur saws side by side for quite a long time (well more than 30 mins each).
I entirely agree that the Hegner is definitely of R-R in terms of build and materials quality, and it "felt" even better than the Excali, but I settled in the end for the Excali, which as someone said above (was it scrimper, who definitely knows 'is onions) is not quite as good as the Hegner but still very well made indeed - perhaps the Cadillac v R-R comment is about right.
The reason why I chose the Excali is it that it is, for me, easier and more convenient to use than the Hegner - especially because of the tilting head feature, as opposed to the tilting table of the Hegner (and almost all other designs too BTW).
When I posted all about that a while back (link to my OP follows) a lot of people here responded that they made nil or very few angled cuts anyway, so that feature wasn't important to them.
Fair enough, but since I've had the Excali, I've found myself using it in preference to my little band saw for angled cuts, simply because it's so convenient and accurate compared to my band saw's tilting table - and I'm talking here about loads of jobs that wouldn't normally be considered scroll saw work at all. Subject to blade, which has been well covered above, it will cut just about anything up to about one and a half inches thick.
The other thing is that spares for Excali saws are very reasonably priced (NO, I didn't need to buy spares because something broke, I just bought some recommended spares, as per the Manual, on a "just in case" basis). And they really were "sensible, pocket money" prices too.
Since I bought my Excali, Axminster tools in the UK have apparently done a deal with General International (who make the Excali) whereby what looks to be exactly the same as my Excali saw is now available under Axi's own label in the UK at a somewhat lower price than the original Excali that I bought. As I say, I haven't seen the "Axi Excali" saw in the flesh, but from several posts and pix here it seems that the Excali version is to all intents and purposes exactly the same in terms of materials, build quality, and design as my "original Excali".
So in short, Hegner's are "probably" the absolute R-R of saws, but are IMHO somewhat old-fashioned in design compared to a more modern design of the Excali - especially the tilting head aspect, which again IMHO, you should not dismiss as unimportant. And Excali spares are sensibly priced too, AND it seems that you can now buy "exactly the same" machine in UK at a lower price than the original Excali that I bought. So something to think about there?
I’m thinking of getting a scroll Scrimper, and wondered what thickness I could cut on one, could I cut 12 mm plywood or stack cut two pieces of 12 mm plywood many thanks, I think you are great with the help you give to us beginners.Have been a scroll saw user for 30 years and own 3 scroll saws inc a Hegner which I purchased in 1999.
So here is my take on your predicament if it's any help to you.
Build quality of Hegner is about as good as it gets, reliability is also about as good as it gets but as sunny bob mentions if you do have a problem (highly unlikely) spare part prices are horrendous.
My Hegner Multicut 2s variable has been brilliant, it's had regular and extended use for 17 years and hase been used also by 2 clumsy grandchildren (9 and 13) only thing that has caused trouble was the simple on/off switch which cost 75pence (not a Hegner part).
My essentials for buying a saw for serious fretwork/scroll work are below.
1]Quick release blade
2]Quick release tension lever
Depends what you are planning to do with the saw but if it's fretwork with internal cutting the 1 and 2 are essential 3 is extremely useful for delicate work or when a beginner and 4 results in a quieter more vibration free experience, plus induction motors are extremely reliable.
Not a fan of the multicut 1 TBH but I appreciate the 2s range do cost a heck of a lot more. have you looked at the Axminster AWFS18 which seems to be a clone Hegner copy and has most of the 4 mentioned points apart from the quick release blade clamp but I understand the Hegner one can be purchased and used with it. It's also about £300 cheaper than the equivalent Hegner model. http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-tr ... saw-501201