The Ryobi 16″ variable speed scroll saw is a nice little piece of equipment. If you are looking for an affordable and close to the best scroll saw that can handle up to 3/4” pine easily you should definitely take a look at the Ryobi Model SC164VS. Although it can handle bigger pieces of wood it is really ideal working with the lighter woods. You can really get a nice tight turning radius with just a little practice.
This variable speed scroll saw is comfortable to handle and is lightweight if you need to use it as a portable saw. It only ways 28 lbs so its very easy to carry. You can bolt it down to your work table or just clamp it down if you are on the move. The owners manual covers in detail how you should do either of these things.
The Ryobi brand is one of the popular power tool manufacturers and they won’t let you down with the 16″ variable speed scroll saw. It runs smoothly, nearly vibration-free and it comes with an easily adjustable blade tensioning device. The speed is variable from 400-1600 SPM for use in a variety of materials. A nice feature is the toolless blade change uses pin and plain-end blades. The base is constructed from cast iron and it comes standard with the AccuClear sawdust blower so that you can see your cutting line easily.
The Ryobi 16″ variable speed scroll saw runs on 120V AC at 1.2 amps. The blade length is 5″ with a throat size of 16″. As I mentioned earlier it only weighs in at 28 lbs. If you ant to reduce noise and vibration you may wish to place a foam pad or piece of carpet between the saw base and the workbench. This works perfectly.
I have found that the best place to purchase the Ryobi 16″ Variable Speed Scroll Saw is at Home Depot. They have the best prices and of course are very reliable and have great support.