My beloved Dewalt scroll saw has forsaken me. It started making a knocking noise, and after trying to fix it yesterday for the entire 2 hours the babysitter was here, it still was making that sound and it sort of bumped a bit when it made the noise. I was trying out the different things the Dewalt rep had suggested might be the problem.
There is this L-shaped rod, that could be bumping this plate, so you can try to turn it once counterclockwise, and if that doesn’t work, try turning it once more, and if that doesn’t work, only once more, and if THAT doesn’t work, then you should turn it back to where you started and turn it clockwise this time up to 3 times. In between all these turns, you have to take apart the head assembly every time and put it back together every time to see if you fixed the knock.
Oh and there are four different sets of screws/bolts that need to be undone and they all take different screw driver bits or allen wrench sizes. The plus side is that I feel more comfortable dismantling my saw….
I bought it last year, and I bought it NEW. I was tired of waiting for one to show up on craigslist-my normal tool supplier. I needed to upgrade to a professional tool. I spend 1-2 hours on my scroll saw almost every single day of the week.
My warranty is up next week, so I had to get it into be fixed now. The nearest Dewalt service center is in Pittsburgh and about an hour away. I moped around the rest of the day Wednesday-half hoping it would fix itself if I ignored it a little, but alas, this morning, it was the same.
We packed up the saw and drove it to Pittsburgh almost first thing in the morning-not first thing, since I didn’t want to hit the traffic, but second or third thing anyway. We found the service center with no trouble, well the 31st Street Bridge was missing, but we took the 40th and found our way back thanks to my GPS.
I left my scroll saw there, and they’ll mail it back when they are done. Fortunately, I was really dreading another trip into the city next week.
But now, I am sad. There is a big empty space on my workbench.
And I’m without my big scroll saw FOR A WEEK OR TEN DAYS!!!!!! I do have my old one, but it’ll be tough going back.
What appliance or tool would leave you feeling lost and desperate if it broke?