The words “hand me the Dremel” call to mind a compact rotary tool. But after spending some quality time with Dremel’s 18″ Scroll Station, that’s not necessarily the case anymore. The Scroll Station is a full-featured benchtop scroll saw with plenty of power. Read on past the jump to find out about our experiences with it with lots of pictures to boot.
The Dremel Scroll Station is heavy — 49 pounds to be exact. Once freed from the cardboard, the Dremel’s top handle made it much simpler to haul around. It’s still heavy, but as we found out later, that works to its advantage.
The first thing we noticed was that the power switch and variable speed control are located right on top of the upper arm. This is good for two reasons: you don’t have to reach behind or around anything to power the saw down in an emergency, and it”s simple to see how fast you have the saw set and to adjust it as needed.
The blade tension adjustment is also located on the upper arm. It’s a simple flip lever that keeps tension to the blade once it’s inserted in the key slot. Through many adjustments and blade types, we never encountered any issue using it.
The blade slot accommodates both easy-pin-type blades and plain-end flat blades, so you’re not tied down to any specific blade type. We always opted for easy-pins because we’ve just had better luck with them. But it’s nice to know you have other options. To secure a blade in the slot, just give the adjustment knob about a full turn.
One of our favorite features was the large cast iron table. It’s a sturdy support that provides crazy stability for larger projects. The big blue knob attached to it controls the adjustable bevel; the table has a bevel capacity of 45 degrees left and 5 degrees right with detents every 15 degrees.
There are also mounting holes located on the bottom of the steel base — two on the left and one on the right. We didn’t use them, but it was good to know they were there in case we wanted to hard-mount the saw.
There’s a flexible dust blower located on the right side of the upper arm. It looks like the tail on the queen from “Alien,” but did keep the cutting line clear of sawdust.
The unit comes out of the box pretty much ready to go so we plugged it in and put it to use right away.
Read on to page two for our in use experiences.