Top 5 Scroll Saw Problems – How to Improve


The scroll saw’s unparalleleded precision gives you full control over your creativity and designs. It has the ability to easily interchange blades and effectively cut wood, metal, glass or plastic.

The scroll saw is the best tool on any avid woodworker’s shop but it isn’t without its flaws. So what are the top 5 main scroll saws’ problems?

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1. Overheating Dilemmas

All electronic power tools sold today are plagued by overheating dilemmas. The scroll saw is no exception. So what causes your favorite tool to overheat? Overworking. Other factors causing this problem are blade dullness, blade choice and material thickness. Remedy the problem by using the right blade on the right surface. In the event of overheating, turn it off, unplug it and allow it to cool off. If the problem persists, contact the saw’s manufacturer.

2. Blown Fuses and Tripped Breakers

Your favorite tool uses electricity and is prone to blown fuses and tripped breakers. If this happens, have your fuse box checked immediately because such an occurrence will affect the saw’s functionality. Once the problem is solved, set a lower blade speed and keep increasing it slowly to your desired speed.

3. Table Vibrations

Physics dictates that for every force, there is an equal and opposite force. This holds true for scroll saws as well. Your scroll saw can cause the table to vibrate while working and sometimes the vibrations can be intense on the side of the table on which the saw is placed. Remedy this by choosing a very clean and level surface of the table. Better yet, get a C clamp to secure your saw to the working surface. This greatly reduces the vibrations. However, you can completely avoid this problem by buying a scroll saw with less vibrations right of the bat. It can be pricey but worth it.

4. Blade Tensions

Your saw might start cutting with less accuracy and precision. This could be a clear indication that blade needs to be tightened. Check the blades tension with your fingers to confirm this. Once you’ve established the cause, tighten it using the lever located at the end of the rod.

5. Twisted Blades

Sometimes cutting unfamiliar material can cause your blades to twist. As a result, making clean cuts becomes impossible. Using the right blade on the right surface prevents such occurrence.

Last Updated on September 25, 2018 by Tom Bradly

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Tom Bradly

My entrepreneurial journey started in 2006, when I dropped out of university. I wanted to work with my hands, to build things. Now I mix my background with computers with my first-hand experience with woodworking to provide insights into the tools I like best. I love everything about woodworking and have been building stuff for over 20 years of my life. I hope to pass some knowledge and expertise. See more at

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