If you’ve spent any time at all working on woodworking projects, you’ve undoubtedly been introduced to the scroll saw. A scroll saw is a handy device for creating intricate cuts in wood and is indispensable for woodworkers who perform a variety of woodworking tasks. While scroll saws can be used for woodworking indoors, most do much better work outside. Indoor scroll saws use a blade that scrolls across a flat or horizontal piece of stock. They’re excellent for cutting light stock; however, if you want to cut thick boards or other large pieces, you’ll need to find a portable version of the scroll saw.
Why would anyone want to buy a scroll saw with an X-line? The main reason that an indoor scroll saw is used for this type of work is because of its narrow width. A horizontal scroll saw is unable to cut very far to the right or left of the board it’s cutting, unless the width is increased. An X-line saw is narrower than most other saws, which makes it much easier to create intricate cuts. It’s also easier to attach a scroll saw table to an indoor machine, as well as to attach various accessories, such as a scroll saw blade holder and the like.
Why would someone want to purchase a scroll saw with an X-line, anyway? An X-line saw works much like the more traditional vertical scroll saws that you can purchase for woodworking. Instead of slicing a strip of wood to the required width, the saw blade automatically slices a series of parallel cuts, each a few millimeters in width. Because these types of cuts are achieved at faster speeds than with regular saw blades, they’re ideal for a wide variety of woodworking applications. And because the material used in X-line scroll saws is usually a bit stronger than wood, the cuts are much more accurate, resulting in smoother wood and fewer cuts that need to be sanded or finished.
The biggest difference between a saw with an X-line design and the more common vertical models is the motor. Most scroll saws use a variable speed electric motor that allows them to switch between full automatic (self-propelled) and semi-automatic (using a foot pedal to control speed) operation. Variable speed machines have the advantage of being less expensive, but they also tend to be less powerful than their more powerful counterparts. However, a quality variable speed saw with a good warranty will result in many more years of use and more money saved on repairs.
How does a scroll saw XLS Plus work? Like most other scroll saws, a XLS works by rotating a two-chambered blade around two axes; a negative and a positive. The saw’s motor applies this pressure along the two axes to create smooth, accurate, and straight cuts. Each of the two scroll cutting directions requires a different timing strategy to ensure the best possible outcome.
One of these methods is known as Tension. A tension knob is installed to determine the amount of force needed to exert on the blade to cause it to rotate. Although the name says “tension”, it is not actually determining the amount of force. Instead, the tension knob is a setting for a particular type of blade, like a Miter Saw blade or a Table Saw blade. When the blade does start to rotate, the blade tension adjuster knob adjusts the tension so that the blade does not flip over.
Some scroll saws may have both tension and variable speed control. If your saw does not have this feature, you can simply place the scroll saw blade tension knob to the fully open position and hold the blade stationary while turning it in either direction to determine how much force required. In addition, some saws come with a third, internal speed adjustment. To use this feature, place the knobs for either tension or variable speed control to the fully open position, and then turn the handle in either direction to determine the force required to achieve the desired level of cutting speed. You can also select a motor with a higher initial speed than the one incorporated in the scroll saw itself.
One other way in which scroll saws perform is by “running a continuous belt” over the wood or metal that is to be cut. This method involves making certain that the wood or metal is placed on the moving belt at precisely the right angle, and then the cutting begins. Although the scroll saw itself rarely experiences any wear or tear, the belt may eventually begin to wear through and lose its efficiency. To combat this, scroll saws often include an automatic stop/pause system that allows the operator to momentarily halt the cutting process to allow the belt to catch up. This is especially useful for intricate patterns that require several passes over each piece of stock.