Wednesday 11 July 2018
The scrollsaw is a much valued tool in any workshop. The cutting depth ranges from 1-50mm and it cuts many different materials with lots of blades available. The scrollsaw creates both intricate and chunkier works of art.
Our first impression of the saw is that it is solidly constructed and all controls are clearly visible. The table is a good size and easily adjustable to 45 degrees on both sides using the table lock button. When placing the table back to 0 it clicked into the correct position. We then checked to see if the blade was at 90 degrees to the table and it was bang on; this can be troublesome on some machines where you think it's set correctly and as soon as you tighten the nut, it moves a degree or two off.
To change the blade the table has to be set at 45 degrees to the right to enable access to the release peg screw. This could become quite tiresome if regularly changing the blade during a project. We also noticed there was a slight time delay when starting up before the machine leapt into action. Due to this, we would recommend starting at a low speed before building up to the required speed.
During our testing we decided to attach a pattern to a piece of 19mm pine to see if the machine could follow a pattern accurately, and it was totally fine. The quick release lever was fast and simple to use, and a real advantage when making the inner cuts.
It looks like Scheppach have thought of almost everything. The 405 has excellent features, including variable speed with a smooth cutting action. The quick blade release is essential for most scrollers. All this comes as standard, and at half the price of some other scrollsaws on the market, the Deco 405 is great value for money for beginners.