Updated August 16, 2019 by Quincy Miller

The 10 Best Scroll Saws

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in May of 2018. Whereas a standard jigsaw is a bit too powerful for delicate cuts and a hand coping saw requires a lot of physical effort, a quality scroll saw will allow you to slice curves and intricate patterns into wood and other materials without fatiguing your arm. Although they are not quite as dangerous as some tools, you can still hurt yourself with one, so always take the proper safety precautions. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best scroll saw on Amazon.

10. Harbor Freight Tools Variable Speed

9. Shop Fox W1713

8. General International BT8007

7. Dremel Moto-Saw

6. Rockwell ShopSeries RK7315

5. Delta Power 40-694

4. Wen 3921

3. General International EX-16

2. Jet 727200K

1. DeWalt DW788

Special Honors

Hegner 22 The 22-inch throat on this model lets it accommodate boards of nearly any size, while its electronic variable-speed induction motor can handle thick materials with ease. It also boasts a Quicklock tension-release system to help with intricate inside cuts. shoppsday.com

King Industrial KXL-30 This unit has a convenient foot switch, so you can keep your hands available to maneuver the board. Its upper and lower parallel arms are extremely stout, so your blade shouldn't wander in the middle of a cut. performancetoolcenter.com

Editor's Notes

August 16, 2019:

Being able to see what you're working on is important, and several models (like the Wen 3921) have flexible LED lamps that allow you to illuminate your workspace. This is undoubtedly convenient, but you may find yourself spending a lot of time fiddling with the light, especially since they tend to cast relatively narrow beams. A unit with all-metal housing, like the Jet 727200K, may be a better choice in that regard, as they allow you to slap on multiple magnetic lights wherever you need them.

One recurring theme we noticed during the ranking process was the ease of changing blades. Many of the options listed here are fantastic as long as everything is working properly, but can become difficult once you need to change a blade. The DeWalt DW788 makes the process easy, which is a big reason why it earned the top spot.

Dust removal was another tricky subject. Many models come with blowers or vacuums to remove dirt and debris, but they're not always reliable, especially on budget models. It may be worth it to invest in a dust collection system, especially if you plan on doing a lot of woodworking. Not only will this help keep your shop or garage clean, but it will also allow you to see what you're doing at all times.


Quincy Miller
Last updated on August 16, 2019 by Quincy Miller

After getting his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Quincy Miller moved out to Los Angeles, where he soon found work as a copywriter and researcher, specializing in health and wellness topics for a major online media brand. Quincy is also knowledgeable about home improvement, as he’s had extensive experience with everything from insulation to power tools to emergency room trips, sometimes in that order. Sharing a home with three dogs and a couple of cats has forced Quincy to learn as much as he can about pet supplies, animal nutrition and, most importantly, the best ways to tackle the mountains of fur that accumulate in every corner of your home.


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