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

Having researched scroll saws extensively, I decided to do a review on the Dewalt DW788 scroll saw.


This scroll saw has been around for a while and has established a decent name for itself mostly due to the power of the brand of the manufacturer.







Dewalt is a household name in the power tool industry and is known for making quality tools, and when it comes to the DW788 scroll saw, it is no different. This mainly due to the innovative features of this scroll saw and the quality build.


 Looking at the Dewalt DW788 you will find some exciting features:


As with any tool, it must be reliable and accurate. It is no different with the Dewalt Dw788. This machine delivers very well on this front by reducing the vibration while in operation. This is made possible by the scroll saw’s double parallel-link arm design.


This design allows the arm to pivot from the back to the front of the saw. By doing this, it shortens the distance the arm needs to move which results in smoother, quieter saw operation.


With less vibration, precise cuts are made with ease. The saw’s design help reduce the likelihood of over or under cutting by keeping the blade at a 90-degree angle to whatever you are working on. Dewalt has added to the DW788‘s intuitive design by including conveniently situated controls. Located on the front arm, the scroll saw’s speed control, on/off switch and the blade-tensioning lever are all within easy reach.The front arm also has a flexible dust blower to ensure your workspace is also evident to work on.


The Dewalt DW788 has a dependable 1.3 Amp motor which delivers variable stroke lengths from 3/4 inch and up to 2 inches. With the Dw788′s electronic variable speed control, you can utilize speeds ranging from 400 to 1750 strokes per minute. This means improved monitoring and cleaner, smoother results.


TheDewalt DW788 has an exclusive blade changing system changes blades in seconds.This is possible through Dewalts’ Exclusive tool-free blade clamps. This means that you do not have waste valuable time changing blades to work with different types of materials but rather spend that time focusing on your job.


Having researched feedback from purchasers of the Dewalt DW788, I came across a few things, some positive some negative, that should be noted:Dewalt DW788: Positive Feedback

The cast iron table is large and smooth which allows for more major projects



The blade change system will work well for those that do a lot of fretwork and need to change blades often


One of the best scroll saws available in its price range Dewalt DW788: Negative Feedback


The scroll saw is a little heavy so it won’t be that easy to move around the shop. However, the weight it also one of its strengths


The saw seems to be a little underpowered when it comes to larger stock


The price is a bit high but the quality is much better than the cheaper scroll saws available



A reviewer on described the Dewalt DW788 as :“It works flawlessly.    The best tool I’ve ever owned.” and another reviewer described it as “This is a great saw. I highly recommend it. I don’t think you will be sorry.”


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