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DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw

Product Description

Style:Scroll saw

The dependable DEWALT 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw is designed to help you create accurate, detailed workpieces with ease. Its user-friendly configuration with easy-to-access controls, reduced-vibration design, and variable-speed performance allow for incredible precision. For added convenience and durability, an integrated cast-iron table provides material support, and a flexible dust blower helps keep your work area pristine.

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20-Inch Variable-Speed
Scroll Saw
At a Glance:

  • Unique arm design for reduced vibration and quieter operation
  • Electronic variable-speed control for application-specific performance
  • Dependable 1.3 amp motor delivers 400 spm to 1,750 spm
  • Convenient access to controls on front, upper arm
  • Three-year limited warranty, one-year free service, and 90-day money-back guarantee
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DEWALT 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw

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DEWALT 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw

The saw’s adjustable cast-iron table provides ideal support for projects.
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Unique Arm Design forAccurate Cuts
A scroll saw needs to perform both reliably and accurately, whether you’re crafting custom jigsaw puzzles or designing unique trim pieces. This DEWALT scroll saw’s double parallel-link arm design helps it deliver on both fronts by reducing vibration. The specially designed arm pivots from the back of the saw to the front, shortening the distance that the arm needs to move and allowing for smoother, quieter saw operation. With less vibration, you can produce accurate cuts with ease.This unique arm design also works to keep the saw’s blade perpendicular to whatever you’re working on, reducing the chance of over cutting or under cutting.

Easy to Handle with Variable-Speed Control
Adding to the saw’s intuitive, design are convenient controls engineered by DEWALT to keep your workflow smooth. The saw’s on-off switch, speed control, and blade-tensioning lever are all located within easy reach on the front, upper arm. The saw’s flexible dust blower is also located on this portion of the arm so it can easily be directed where you need it, keeping your work surface clear of unwanted debris.

The scroll saw’s electronic variable-speed control allows you to make quick, accurate adjustments and utilize speeds ranging from 400 to 1,750 strokes per minute. The saw relies on a dependable 1.3 Amp motor for the power you need and delivers a variable stroke length between 3/4 inch and up to 2 inches deep. This application-specific performance translates to improved control and cleaner results.

Save Time with Tool-Free Blade Changes and Adjustable Table
Whether you’re working with a variety of specialty materials or you’re simply ready for a more aggressive cut, the DEWALT exclusive, tool-free blade clamps allow you to complete blade changes in just seconds. And the arm is easy to lift, making it easy to thread the blade through materials when making inside cuts.

Weighing 56 pounds, this scroll saw has a heavy-duty feel yet is small enough to move around the shop easily. The saw’s oversized, cast-iron table provides excellent support no matter what you’re working on, and the table bevels 45 degrees to the left and 45 degrees to the right for added versatility.

This 20-inch variable-speed scroll saw comes with a DEWALT warranty package that includes a three-year limited warranty, a one-year free service contract, and a 90-day money-back guarantee.

What’s in the Box
DEWALT 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw, hex wrench, and blades.

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Product Information

Style:Scroll saw

Technical Details

Part Number DW788
Item Weight 65.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 29.5 x 19.5 x 12.1 inches
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Item model number DW788
Color Yellow
Style Scroll saw
Power Source corded-electric
Item Package Quantity 1
Measurement System Inch
Included Components Hex Wrench, Blades
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description 3 Year Limited Warranty

Technical Specification

Warranty [pdf ]

Additional Information

ASIN B000022313
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 369 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Best Sellers Rank #14,546 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#3 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Saws > Scroll Saws
Shipping Weight 65.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First Available November 8, 1999

Warranty & Support

Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF ]


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A Customer

This review is from: DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)

The DeWalt saw is designed and manufactured by Sommervile Design in Canada. They make the Excaliber Scroll saw. The Dewalt Saw is very much like the excaliber in that it has very low vibration and having a very smooth operation. I had a dewalt but had to move up to the excaliber because of the work i produced, unless you use a scroll saw for 6 – 12 hours per day, buy this saw. The only problem I had was the motor could not take the beating i gave it, i cut 3/4 to 1 1/2 thickness wood all the time, althought the saw handled that thickness with ease, it could not keep my pace. If your a hobbiest cutting moderately its a GREAT saw. It has a quick release for the blade and you can change blades in seconds, the blade tension is right there in front, the top arm lifts for getting work on and off the table. Fairly quiet operation. Don’t waste your money on the light, its not bright at all and does not help. Assembly is a snap upon getting the saw, just put the table on and your ready to go. I have used everything out there, besides the Excaliber, the dewalt is the next best thing. Whats nice about the dewalt, it has the same design as the excaliber in that like other saws that have the full top and lower arms that ofcourse move up and down, the dewalt like the excaliber has only tips of the arms move, the tips that move are only about 4″ long, less moving thus less vibration. Inside the top and bottom arms there is a flat rod that move back and forth that moves the tips up and down. When you get your new dewalt and you see how smooth, quiet, and just about no vibration, imagine a saw twice to 3 times better that the dewalt and you have the Excaliber. I think one of the reasons why the Excaliber can take what i dish out is that it is belt driven, this ofcouse increases the power and the strain on the motor, if the dewalt goes belt driven I’ll get another one.


This *WAS* a good saw – when it was made in Canada…, November 6, 2006


J. Bailey

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This review is from: DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)

Sometime in the recent past, DeWalt moved the manufacturing for this saw from Canada to Asia. I recently ordered the saw for my father, and the one he got (and TWO replacements) all had problems due to poor quality control or manufacturing or both. I am a woodworker and own and have used many quality DeWalt tools over the years, so I was surprised at these problems.

There are two bolts which hold the table in place, and on ALL THREE SAWS the bolt holes were apparently drilled off-center and mis-aligned, causing the blade to hit the side of the table slot (on the same side all 3 times). We spoke to the scroll saw manager at DeWalt and he was very aware of the problem but didn’t offer to do anything to fix it other than return our money. (He even admitted to have several saws in his office that had been returned from customers with this problem.) He said he had “reported the issue to management” multiple times but nothing had been done for several months. Apparently this affects a large portion of the new saws coming from the new manufacturing facility in Asia. Buyer BEWARE.

I am not totally surprised at the fact that DeWalt is having the manufacturing problem. I *am* surprised that they are doing little or nothing to fix it. At the very least I suggested that they put a quality check in place at the factory to check for this problem before they shipped out the saw and reject the ones with the problem. They have NOT done this, but instead tell their support people to ask the customer to “drill out the holes to allow the bolts to move over”. Not on a brand new $500 saw thank you! We even asked the product manager if he could have someone in his distribution center open a box to check a saw for us and ship us a known good one; but he declined saying “he didn’t have anyone who could do that”. DeWalt is a better company than this and they shouldn’t be allowing this kind of poor quality.

UPDATE: Several months later after I wrote this review, we decided to give this saw one more chance and ordered a FOURTH one. Luckily this was was finally correct, and my father is very happy with it. The saw lives up to its original reputation. No vibration, precise clean cuts, etc. Now if you can get a good one in LESS THAN FOUR TRYs!!!





woody564 says:

The important thing to remember about this review is that it was written before Dewalt decided to save money and moved manufacturing to China. Back in 2000 this saw was made in Canada and quality control NOT cost was the driving factor. Check out the recent comments on all power tools you are interested in but make sure they are written about what is currently in the stores not outdated like this one.





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