One of the worst things that can happen while woodworking is fumbling a controlled cut. It can stop a project dead in its tracks, if not kill it entirely.
Whether you have a job to do or you’re a DIY enthusiast who needs to add a tool to your arsenal, you’ll need a quality scroll saw if you want to carry out precision woodwork.
Getting the best scroll saw available to you is the surest way to avoid these mistakes since scrolls saws aren’t made equal.
Since you’ve found yourself here, you probably want some suggestions or advice. We’ve gathered five of our favourite scroll saws that are available on the UK market.
They come in a variety of sizes and wattages, and we’ve ranked them in a list below. Each saw has been reviewed and we’ve also summarised them in pros and cons sections, so you can see what a saw has to offer at a glance.
If you want something more comprehensive, you can find our buyers’ guide below too. This not only rationalises our list ranking, but it explains what you should look for in every feature of the average scroll saw to find the quality ones.
In a Hurry?
A lot of you probably aren’t up for the long read, so we’ll leave this here. This is our favourite scroll saw out of your options on this page, so check it out and, if you like it, you can be on your way.
We liked the Einhell TH-SS 120W Scroll Saw, a relatively affordable saw that beginners and enthusiasts alike can get some good use out of.
It also has the adjustability features we all like to see in a scroll saw. See what we liked about it below:
- The Einhell is built on solid foundations, literally. It has a heavy, stable base that only gets more stable once you use its locking mechanism to secure it to your work surface, reducing vibrations and the chance of slippage.
- The TH-SS comes with two saws that can be swapped out easily and its worktable is adjustable to 45 degrees, making this a versatile option for precise cutting.
- When set at 45 degrees, this Einhell has a top cutting height of 20mm. At 90, it cuts up to 52mm.
Top 5 Best Scroll Saws
OUR TOP PICK
Our first and best scroll saw recommendation would be the Einhell TH-SS 120W Scroll Saw.
If you couldn’t tell by the name, Einhell is a German company that puts some of that celebrated German engineering into their products, and it shows.
Creating power tools and gardening equipment rather than fast cars, you can usually rely on Einhell to deliver as great a power tool as the TH-SS scroll saw.
Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up. The base of this Einhell saw is solid and can be fixed to your workbench so that it doesn’t move during operation, which is just what you want from any tool that can cut you.
Built into this solid and sturdy base is a connector for a dust extractor, and that’s where the downside of the Einhell comes in. If you have your own dust extractor adapter then you’re golden, otherwise, you’ll want one to avoid a mess that the chip blower will cause.
The port diameter is 36mm, which is fairly standard, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding compatible extractors.
On top of that sturdy base and the buttons and dials, you use to work the thing is a metal worktable. This can be adjusted to a maximum of 45 degrees.
Scroll saws are best at agile, precision woodcutting, so having the worktable itself be adjustable only adds to the cuts you can pull off with the TH-SS model. When at 45 degrees, its maximum cutting height is 20mm, while at 90 degrees it’ll cut up to 52mm.
Speaking of adjustability, the scroll saw comes with two blades that can be swapped out easily thanks to a quick-release system. The machine is also compatible with plain-ended or pinned blades.
Once you’ve chosen your blade and you’re working with the saw, you then have access to variable speeds so that you can pace your cuts and minimise the risk of fumbling a cut.
Because of the powerful motor this saw has, it’s capable of cutting through the hardest woods and even some of the more malleable metals, like aluminium.
For the features you’re getting with the Einhell, it’s a bargain and definitely the best option for those learning scroll sawing.
It’s also powerful enough that experienced DIY enthusiasts can add it to their toolset and get their money’s worth out of it.
- Is built into a stable base that can lock the power tool in place.
- Its metal worktable can adjust up to 45 degrees.
- Comes with two saws that can be swapped with a quick-release mechanism.
- Has a max. cutting height of 52mm at 90 degrees and 20mm at 45 degrees.
- A cost-efficient option for a powerful saw with a high skill ceiling.
- Lacks an accompanying dust extractor.
Our runner-up scroll saw is from Dremel, the power tool division of Bosch, and if our number one option didn’t quite meet your standards, this one might.
We chose the Dremel Moto-Saw MS20 70W Scroll/Fret Saw, a weaker saw than the Einhell but it wins out if you’re more interested in adjustability and comfort than raw power.
The reason we’ve specified that this compact Dremel model is both a scroll and fret saw is that it has a detachable fret saw that you can use as a handheld device.
For the experienced workman, this is invaluable in allowing you to have more cutting options when working wood and it allows you to have more control when executing them.
When the cutting starts, this scroll saw also has variable speeds from 1,500 to 2,250 RPM so you can pace your cuts and use the right speed for the project at hand.
The speeds are also handy in tackling the different materials you’re working with, whether that’s softwood, hardwood, or workable metals. These cutting options are only expanded with the five blades that come with this saw, along with a parallel guide and accompanying clamps to secure them.
The Dremel Moto-Saw isn’t just a smaller model, it’s also quieter than a lot of other scroll saws and vibrates much less.
This is because Dremel constructed this model to reduce vibrations so that you can work with for long periods without having trouble. This has the knock-on effect of quieting the saw down to just 88 decibels.
Because this Dremel model is so compact, it all comes in an easily manageable case that’s great for storage. It’s not the most powerful saw, as we’ve said, and we’d recommend it more for hobbyists and not for intense workshop use.
If you’re looking for a humbler saw that isn’t as powerful as the Einhell at number one, then this is the top option for you.
- A dual-function scroll saw with fret saw capabilities.
- Comes with five saws for wood and metal cutting.
- Variable cutting speeds from 1,500 to 2,250 RPM to match your current project.
- Reduced vibration and noise level at 88 dB.
- A compact saw that’s easy to store in the accompanying case.
A weaker saw ideal for hobbyists more than workshop use.
Next, we have the Record Power SS16V 75W Scroll Saw, a saw that has roughly the same wattage of the previous model in this list. It shares a lot of features found in both the Einhell and the Dremel saws we’ve covered so far.
The main work surface of the Record Power SS16V is the aluminium table. We all know aluminium is one of the lighter metals, so we know Record Power have tried shaving weight off of this saw, and it weighs in under 30 pounds.
The aluminium worktable also reduces the noise that this machine makes when vibrating. It tilts from 0 to 45 degrees so that bevel cuts are a possibility, and there’s very little risk of the device moving if you use its safety clamp to secure it to your workbench.
Once it is secured, you can swap blades around easily since they’re easily attached and detached at will. The saw can also accommodate pinned or unpinned blades, expanding the types of projects you can do with this device.
Speaking of this saw’s cutting action, it also runs at variable cutting speeds that allow you to cut softwood, hardwood, plastic, or metal depending on how fast you’re running the blade.
So, what does the Record Power SS16V have that we haven’t already seen yet? Quite like an anglerfish, the SS16V has a dangly light that protrudes over your work surface.
Whether you’re working later into the day or need absolute illumination, this flexible light can be manipulated to provide a level of visibility that the other saws above can’t match.
- Features an aluminium tilting table that can execute bevel cuts.
- Has variable speeds for cutting wood, plastics, or metal.
- Compatible with pinned and unpinned blades, which are all easy to attach/detach.
- Flexible work light provides additional visibility when woodcutting.
- Uses an on/off switch that automatically flips when power is cut, so using a foot pedal is not advised.
At our fourth spot, we have a product from a suitably named brand, the Lumberjack SS405 125W Bench Top Scroll Saw. Though the listing says 90W, the new saws they’re putting out register at 125W.
The base of this scroll saw is made from cast iron, so it’s naturally heavy and will sit firmly on your workspace. This reduces the likelihood that the device will move or jolt when the machine is in operation, which in turn reduces the chances of fumbling a cut or sustaining an injury.
As for the actual cutting action, this scroll saw can support both pinned and unpinned blades and has a variable blade speed of 550 to 1,650 RPM. This is less than some of the saws further up this list, but as long as you know which projects you can take on, you can get some good use out of this model.
It has the other features you’d want in a scroll saw like a tilting 45-degree worktable that encourages precision cutting for more precise, artisanal projects.
Like the previous scroll saw we covered, the Lumberjack SS405 has a large and flexible overhanging light that can illuminate wherever you point it. It’s larger than the light on the Record Power SS405, so this is the model for you if you want unmatched visibility.
- Sturdy cast iron base roots this saw to your work surface.
- Variable blade speeds from 550 RPM to 1650 RPM.
- Worktable tilts 45 degrees for agile cuts.
- Features a work light for advanced illumination.
- Only comes with one useable blade.
Last but not least is the FERM 120W Adjustable Fret Saw, another high wattage scroll and fret saw that’s great for the DIY enthusiast who wants more firepower.
It’s also a powerful option that’s quite easy to use, even for beginners, since it’s operated with a press and a release footswitch.
As you’d want in any scroll saw, this adjustable fret saw can tilt at 45 degrees to allow for bevel cuts. The worktable is also black, which makes working with certain materials easier as they contrast against the dark background so you can see them better.
The entire scroll saw is also made with vibration reduction in mind, which becomes more important when dealing with higher wattage saws like this.
The weaker vibrations allow you to perform precise cuts without being knocked off course, but the saw itself does rattle a lot when in operation. This mainly produces a noise that could best be described as annoying, so this isn’t the machine for anyone with misophonia.
The main draw of this saw option is its saw blades and the safety features built around them. For starters, the saw comes with three saw blades at 10, 15, and 25 TPI, perfect for tackling most cutting applications. You also get adapters for universal saw blades if you want more cutting options.
When changing these blades, a quick-release lever keeps your hands free so you can better control the workplace. There’s also a transparent protective cover on these blades, which should give peace of mind to some of the nervier woodworkers out there who want an extra degree of protection from potential injury.
- Adjustable 45-degree worktable allows you to cut bevels and other precise cuts.
- Reduced vibrations for optimal precision cutting.
- A quick-release lever allows you to change the many saw blades that work with this saw.
- Includes a transparent protective cover to keep the saw blade safe.
- The saw rattles, producing a lot of noise.
Best Scroll Saws Buying Guide
How to Grab the Best Scroll Saws
Whether you’re new or want to brush up on your knowledge, this buyers’ guide was written to be a small rundown of what you should look for in a good scroll saw.
Even if you don’t like our suggestions above, you can use these standards and apply them to other saw models, and hopefully find the right fit for you.
We’ve done this by separating what makes a good scroll saw into different sections based on their features, as you can see below.
Blade Power and Cutting Speed
The star of the show with any saw is the blade, so it’s no surprise that this will be the most important part to look at.
There are three main things to consider, the wattage of your scroll saw, the cutting speed, and, less important, if any blades come with the saw model.
Before making any purchasing decision, you should know the intended purpose of your saw. This will determine the wattage of the saw you get, as saws that run 70W or 90W aren’t up to some of the intensive challenges that a 120W monstrosity can handle.
The same principle applies to cutting speed. Faster cutting speeds are capable of biting through harder materials, so know which materials you want to work with.
Usually, it’ll be between softwood, hardwood, plastics, and workable metals. Plastics and acrylics demand a slower speed, as do some woods that are prone to friction burning.
If you’re smart, you’ll get a saw with a variable cutting speed as opposed to a saw that’s only capable of one, since you can do more with the former. Most scroll saws will lie somewhere, or cover a range somewhere, in between 500 RPM and 2,500 RPM.
Check if any blades come with your saw. That’s blades plural because obviously, the saw will come with at least one blade. Some scroll saws can come with as many as five replaceable blades.
Also, check if your saw can handle pinned or unpinned blades. Unpinned blades, or pinless blades, allow for inside cuts by threading into the wood. This makes pinless blades much better for detailed cutting work.
We briefly covered blade replacement above, but your saw should have an easy means of detaching and attaching blades.
You shouldn’t need to be an expert to know how to replace the saw before you’ve even started the work you actually wanted to do.
The other main adjustability feature that all of your scroll saw candidates should have is a tilting worktable. The common, and easiest, angle that these worktables can move to is 45 degrees, which allows for diagonal, bevel precision cuts. It’s these kinds of manoeuvres that scroll saws are made for.
Base and Vibration
The base of your saw should be sufficiently heavy and non-slip so that it sits firmly on your work surface. Many saws have clamps that help secure them to these surfaces, and we wouldn’t recommend you get a saw without one.
This also plays into how much the saw vibrates. Some saws have been constructed to specifically address vibration, but otherwise, a heavier, thicker-based scroll saw will absorb more of these vibrations and make for a smoother woodcutting experience.