With the exception of its off-white paint scheme, yellow knobs and a button in front that turns the worklight on and off separately from the motor switch, Shop Fox’s W1713 Scroll Saw bears a striking resemblance to Rikon’s 10-600VS. But, other points of departure include a table with a more triangular profile and the absence of Rikon’s power takeoff.
In overall testing, this saw performed similarly to the Rikon machine. The clear guard mounted crookedly on the hold-down foot’s post, which caused it to rest against the foot and rattle during the cutting test.
This machine features the same adapters as Rikon for holding plain-end blades on the arms, but I discovered on the second go-around that they are somewhat easier to install if you tilt the table to open up wider access to the saw’s lower arm. Still, it’s much easier to make repetitive inside cutouts when the bottom of the blade can remain fixed in the machine; that’s what the blade mounting systems on other saws offer.
Shop Fox sells the W1713 for slightly more than Rikon’s machine at $169.95, as of 2011.