I am currently in the market for a scroll saw and I am having a terrible time at choosing a saw. Before I ask which one should I buy I should break done what I am planning on using it for and inform you of one major set back.
Currently I am addicted to carving spoons and have been using a drawknife for removing the waste. I find this to be very time consuming, a lot of work especially on the harder/denser woods and very wasteful. So this would be number one use of the saw. Second, I would like to try to make a few bowls to match the salad spoon set that is current project. Third, the girlfriend buys cutouts/ornaments from Michael's all the time for her crafting needs. To which I keep saying to her "I can make that." Currently I do not have much of an interest in doing intarsia, but, you never know what the future holds.
The shop, is the number one issue I have. Living in small condo without a garage in Los Angeles does not afford me to have much space and I am currently using the water heater/storage closet on my balcony as my shop. My plan is to use a sturdy portable work table to place the saw on outside on the balcony when I am planning to use it and store it under my bench the rest of the time, so smaller is better.
Let us talk saws now. I am currently torn between the Dewalt 788 20in($493.97), the Excalibur 16in($579.99) and my Dad is telling me to buy the Hegner 14in or just nut up and buy the 18in ($885/$1300). The major difference in all of these saws is that the Dewalt's and Hegner's table pivots for angled cuts. Where as the Excalibur's head pivots for cutting angles. I have also read that the Excalibur is smoother than the Dewalt. I am leaning toward the Excalibur. However, I wanted to get your-all's thoughts and opinion on the subject.
What saw should I buy?