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DeWalt 20'' VS Scroll Saw (DW788)

Item #
60180
Rating:
96% of 100
DeWalt 20'' VS Scroll Saw (DW788)
DeWalt 20'' VS Scroll Saw (DW788)
Features:
  • Double parallel-link arm design dramatically reduces vibration and noise, for extremely accurate cuts
  • Exclusive tool-free blade holders allow blade changes in seconds
  • On-off switch, electronic variable speed, flexible dust blower and blade-tensioning lever are all located on the front upper arm for added convenience
  • Arm design moves the tool's pivot points from the back of the saw to the front, shortening the arm movement for smoother, quieter operation
  • Arm lifts so blade can be easily threaded through the material for inside cuts
  • Unique arm design keeps the blade perpendicular to the work, dramatically reducing over- or under- cutting
  • Oversized, cast-iron table provides excellent material support and bevels 45° left and right
  • There is an additional $10 shipping charge for this item.
With the Rockler Protection Plan, you'll get accidental damage coverage immediately upon purchase of your tool. Plus, we will extend the manufacturer's warranty for your choice of an additional 1 or 2 years. We'll take care of all parts and labor for any repairs, with no deductibles and no hassles. If your tool can not be repaired, we'll gladly replace it. Available in the US only. Click here to learn more. Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 36 months
(1) DeWalt 20'' VS Scroll Saw (DW788)
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number DW788
Weight 66.0000
Tech Spec
  • Stroke Length 3/4''
  • Strokes Per Min. 400-1,750 spm
  • Depth of Cut 2''
  • Volts: 120
  • Accepts: 5" Unpinned Blade
Technical Documents
Amps 1.3
Maximum Depth of Cut 2"
4.8 / 5.0
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DeWalt 20" VS Scroll Saw
I traded a new Excaliber when it broke after just 5 uses. I went with the DeWalt and have loved it. The DeWalt is quieter, has less vibration, is better in every way I can see. Rockler went beyond the expected to help me out.
March 3, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
DeWalt 20'' VS Scroll Saw (DW788)
Excellent product, well made, and easy to setup. The staff at Rockler were wonderful to work with as usual. I also elected to purchase the additional coverage for the saw. After reviewing the material it appears to be a solid investment.

The saw itself is very stable and the stand really stabilized the entire unit. Very pleased with this purchase.
February 22, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Great saw , love working with it
January 13, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Merry Christmas to Me!!
What a great and dependable addition to my small space. An addition that adds a dimension for “Papa Projects”!
January 11, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Cuts very well. Very impressed and it is a real cut above the previous other brand I had for years. Deffenitely recommend.
January 11, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Upgraded from 40 year old Delta scroll saw.
I recently purchased the DeWalt 788. I upgraded from a 40 year old Delta scroll saw that I can no longer get parts for. The new Delta set up easily and cuts like a dream. I had only used the old saw as an accessory saw over the years, but with the new DeWalt I have already started doing some simple fret work and have bought Two books to broaden my scope. I’m still learning to Scroll but am enjoying the process. The blade changes and tensioning are so much simpler, along with the assortment of new scroll saw blades available, I am looking forward to many years of scrolling. I would recommend this saw.
January 5, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Replaced 45 yr old scroll saw
When I decided to replace my old saw I didn't hesitate to look at Dewalt brand because of it's quality. Now that I have put it together and used it several times I was not disappointed.
November 29, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Works great!
Excellent saw. Well worth the money. Bought four other lower priced saws before this one. Have not had any issues with this at all. Have used it for hours everyday for the last 3 weeks. Excellent quality and performance.
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November 22, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Good saw great service
The scroll saw is great. I'm very happy. The customer service at Rockler was even better. Great team they have there. Thanks
October 12, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
great scroll saw
September 29, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I had this scroll saw for several years and found it to be of best quality and used it extensively. However it was stolen from my workshop an I cannot get along without it so I am replacing it.
Jim R on Apr 30, 2018
To saw intricate designs in toys and decorations
Douglas B on Dec 31, 2016
I had this scroll saw for several years and found it to be of best quality and used it extensively. However it was stolen from my workshop an I cannot get along without it so I am replacing it.
Jim R on Apr 30, 2018
replacement
David H on Nov 21, 2017
To saw intricate designs in toys and decorations
Douglas B on Dec 31, 2016
Good quality Scroll Saw and it was offered at a good price with a good stand. I have been looking for a new scroll saw and couldn't pass up this deal.
Calvin H on Nov 25, 2016
Scroll work...
william H on Oct 29, 2016
needed a new scroll saw and I have always had great luck with DeWalt. Plus the size is right for a lot of the type projects I do!
Matthew S on Aug 6, 2016
Wanted a new jigsaw.
DICK O on Jul 24, 2016
GREAT DEAL, GREAT PRODUCT
ROB D on May 22, 2016
Seems a better buy. has more features than my other saw
Doug A on Apr 4, 2016
another great tool for the shop
Randy F on Mar 31, 2016
checked on a number of saws, this got far and away the best reviews. Pick the best you can afford--it'll only hurt once.
Robert P on Mar 23, 2016
looked up revewis and it looked like the best saw for the price, I previously owned a riyobi
Matthew O on Mar 8, 2016
I did a lot of research and this saw was the best for it's price range.
Jim H on Mar 8, 2016
have been very happy so far Great saw
Terrell W on Jan 21, 2016
Best scroll saw for the price and i like dewalt products for durability.
David W on Nov 25, 2015
The most for the money. Great saw.
MIKE on Jul 7, 2015
good price and free shipping
Tom H on Jun 21, 2015
replacement
David H on Nov 21, 2017
Good quality Scroll Saw and it was offered at a good price with a good stand. I have been looking for a new scroll saw and couldn't pass up this deal.
Calvin H on Nov 25, 2016
What is the most rpm. The saw runs?
A shopper on Aug 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 1750
CAN YOU USE THE ROUND WIRE BLADES ON THE DEWALT DW788 SCROLL SAW ?
BOB R on Jul 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, all I use is the spiral blades. Work real good for me.
Will this saw handle blades with pins and no pins?
John o on Aug 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It will not accept blades with pins
what about blade changing?
A shopper on May 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is a small thumb screw on both the top and bottom of the blade. So, the top screw is above the table, and the bottom screw is below the table. Both are easy to access. With a few blade changes, you almost don't even need to look at the bottom thumb screw - you can just feel it out pretty easily.
Dose it have a stand with it ?
Bill C on Nov 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, the stand is a separate item, DW7880. However, the saw and stand are often sold as a pair as a "sale" item.
dewalt 20" scroll saw --Will this scroll saw cut through 2 pieces of 22gauge mild steel glued together?
andine on Feb 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's all about the blade. With the right blade and care, the saw is certainly capable of doing the job.

I normally use Olson blades for woodworking, and their application chart shows several candidate blades for cutting metal. There are other quality blade suppliers, and it would be a good idea to research them and perhaps even call a technical service person to discuss your exact application.
Does this saw take spiral blades?
James M on Dec 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! And they work great. I use spiral blades for most of my work. I have found that the 5" Bosch blades as well as Olson work well.
i am from israel and here we have 220 volt, did this saw work at 220 or 120 like in usa?
haytam h on Nov 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No as far as I can tell the saw is only for 110v and you will need a step down strandformer. 10 amps is more than enough for the saw. Great saw and fun to use.
Will this saw be able to cut hardwood up to 1 1/2" thick?
Dave L on Apr 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Dave, suffice it to say you are asking if this saw will cut 1 1/2 inch thick piece of HARD wood. Such as Wingie Wood. Hardwood is not always hard nor is softwood always soft. However Wingie wood , always hard. And yes it will cut it right handley. The depth of cut is 2 inches. Now, you will need the proper blade and make sure all adjustments are correct. Do not force the cut let the machine and blade do the work. Stop now and then to remove the cuttings. The cuttings will clog up the curf. I have cut various woods from purple heart to ebony. Albeit not all that thick. On dark wood such as ebony I glue the pattern to the wood. Or for small parts I use stick on paper labels. Good luck, the Delta is a very fine machine and a very good price.
What size is the table and why would I choose this saw over the Delta 20"?
Dave W on Jul 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They consider the Dewalt to have a 20" table at it's longest dimension. The table as you probably saw is shaped sort of in a keyhole style.

As far as purchasing either machine, it is more of a personal preference. Decide what you are going to do with it, and compare the features of each. It is kind of like buying a car, some people swear by Ford and others by GM.

Having had other Dewalt tools it was a simple decision to buy DeWalt. One thing that you must consider, is the availability of parts and where can you get your machine serviced if you ever run into problems.

The other thing that sold me was that I was able to try the saw during a demo at Rockler.

I hope that helps!
Will the feet fit on a work bench that is 24" deep? Can anyone compare this to their experience with an Excalibur 16" scroll saw? Thanks...
Martha L R on Mar 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Total distance from the back edge of the back foot to the front edge of the front feet platform is 25.25". However, the front feet platform is curved out in the middle and the actual mounting holes are set back from that. 24" is enough distance to accommodate the front and back mounting bolt holes which are where the saw actually sits. Also take into account the body of the saw extends about 3/4" behind the rear mounting foot so if your bench is against a wall, that might put the front feet over the front edge. I've never owned an Excalibur but this saw is smooth, quiet, and efficient and the 20" depth permits working with larger items.