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Shop Fox W1713 16-Inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw Review

Shop Fox W1713 16-Inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Shop Fox W1713 16-Inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw
8.75

Power

9/10

    Usability

    9/10

      Portability

      9/10

        Durability

        9/10

          Pros

          • Easy Blade Changes
          • heavy Duty Table
          • Versatile
          • Very Good Price

          Cons

          • Inconvenient Dust Collection Spot

          Introduction

          The Shop Fox line of tools has become the most popular line for Woodstock International.  The Shop Fox line of power tools has developed into one of the leading brands of wood and metalworking shop tools.  One of their latest entries to the market is the Shop Fox W1713 16-Inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw.  With a track record of producing quality, dependable tools, the Shop Fox W1713 is sure to be a hit with anyone that uses it.

          Best Features

          One of the best features of the Shop Fox W1713 is that it enables easy blade changes and adjustments.  With the no hassle tensioning adjustment knob, these tasks are accomplished with a few twists of the wrist.   An additional feature that really stands out to most scroll saw users is the price.

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          Another great feature is the gooseneck work light which great if your shop is not the brightest in the world.  The W1713 is a great saw with a price tag that easily fits into most budgets starting at $170.00.

          Advantages

          As with many Shop Fox tools, there are plenty of advantages to using this saw.  The heavy duty table can tilt 45 degrees to make angled cuts less challenging.  All controls are easily accessible, which include the variable speed control, power switch, as well as the tilt locking knob; making this saw safe as well as easy to use.  To help with controlling the work piece, this saw features a hold-down shoe.

          This shoe will keep the piece from being pulled up by the blade as it is in the up cycle.  It is also versatile as it can accept plain-end blades or pin blades.  Additionally, the 16-inch throat allows users to cut larger pieces without having to worry about running out of space.

          Disadvantages

          There are very limited downsides to this fine scroll saw.  The dust collection port is placed in an inconvenient spot.  Being right in front of the saw means that when attached to the collection hose, users will have to work around the annoying plastic snake while they are cutting.  The only other reported issue is that if the user tries to move the work piece faster than what the saw is set for, it will bog down considerably.  However, this fault is easily mitigated if users take their time while making cuts and not push the piece too fast.

          Best Suited For

          The Shop Fox W1713 from Woodstock International is a great saw that users can get at a great price.  It is very rugged, versatile, and dependable.  Being able to cut “green” wood up to 1-inch thick says a lot for the power this scroll saw has.  With all of these features, this saw is perfectly suited for both the professional all the beginner.

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          Its ease of use will ensure those that may not be very familiar with the workings of a scroll saw will not have many difficulties learning and the durability, powerfulness, and moderate weight makes it an ideal scroll saw for the professional that needs to move from site to site in order to get the job done.

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