At $119 in 2011, Ryobi offers enough good features to make this tool a worthy buy for the occasional scroll saw user. Blade installation is made easier with tool-less wingnuts on the top and bottom mounts. It has a large throatplate insert which, when removed, makes it easier to look down into the dark lower blade mount area. The bottom blade wingnut is bright yellow like the top one, so it’s easy to find. That mounting screw was harder to manipulate by hand, though; there’s a metal flange on the side of the lower tool housing that gets in the way. But, you can reach past it well enough with the supplied T-wrench.
Pin-style blades, if you go that route, are also simple to install, fitting the pins over notches in the arm mounts.
The hold-down foot offers a wide stance that keeps your cutting path clearly visible, and a metal dust blower tube can be adjusted with a set screw if needed. Here again, the vac dust port is located in front, just where the hose will get in your way.
Dollar for dollar, I think Craftsman’s and Skil’s saws offer slightly better value than this Ryobi machine, given their additional features for the same price.