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  1. #1
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    Default Triton Scroll Saw

    Greetings all.

    What's the go with Triton scroll saws? Are they just a yellow GMC or are they better than that.

    There's one on ebay the moment for $200. Is it worth it or not?

    Thanks, Kev

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    Hi Kev,
    It depends what you want to do with it. If you are satisfied with using pined blades it's OK but if you want to do fine fret work with pin-less blades, forget it. There was supposed to be an adaptor for it but they went belly up before anyone saw it and all the ones I have been able to lay my hands on don't work. I use my hand fretsaw to finish off the bits where there isn't enough room to drill a hole big enough for a pined blade.
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    Hugh

    Enough is enough, more than enough is too much.

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    Thanks for the reply Hugh.

    I'm planning on making a few wooden clock mechanisms. I'm pretty sure there won't be any need to do really fine fretwork like you do.

    Is the Triton reliable? Are they noisy? Do they vibrate too much?

    Are they equal in quality/features as say the Sheppach or the others in this price range?

    In your opinion is it worth spending 2 1/2 times more on say the Leda?

    Thanks , Kev

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    Hi,
    I'm afraid I have no experience with any other scroll saw. I got a fret work set when I was 14 and thought I would be able to get back into it when I bought the Triton. I had kept my hand in with a few overlays and decorative pieces over the years and have done some small protects since going powered.
    The Triton is definitely a cut or two above GMC.
    Regards
    Hugh

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    I also have not had experience with the Leda or Sheppach. But you really do need a saw that accepts pinless baldes. Otherwise you will only have it for a short while and wish you had. We are pretty deprived here when it comes to decent saws and it my opinion it comes down to the Hegner, Trupro (also called the Hegner look alike) and the Excalibur. Of these the Trupro (or similar brand) is probably the cheapest. I have had one now for almost 3 years and can swear by it, particularly if vibration is an issue. I honestly don't think you would get a smoother saw.

    Noel

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    Thanks again for the advice.

    I've read a couple of comparisons and have heard how good the Hegner, Trupro and Excalibur are. As much as I would like to have one of these the price is just too restrictive.

    Noel you're probably right about me wishing I had bought a better quality saw. I've wasted money in the past by trying to do things cheaply.

    I guess I'll just have to wait

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    You mentioned building clock mechanisms....I have made a couple (see my album) and although it would have been possible with a cheaper saw, it certainly wouldn't have been pleasant. I had a Delta before the Trupro and it was quite a good saw for a C frame. If you could get your hands on a decent second had Delta it would probably do the job for you. They take pinless blades and have a fantastic quick release system. As far as I know you can not get them new in Australia anymore and parts are hard to get so you would probably want to keep that in mind.

    My personal opinion (but I'm biased. lol) is wait till you can get the Trupro.

    Noel

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    First Look at the Triton 16″ Scrollsaw (updated) Stu's Shed

    He comments at the bottom

    Hi Tom,
    This saw was covered again in later posts, and the simple result was that I sold it in preference for the $40 GMC scrollsaw I also had – the cheap’n'nasty GMC is a much better scrollsaw.
    Doesn’t say much for this one – I didn’t keep it even though it was free.

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    I'm convinced - I'll save up for a Trupro

    Thanks Lawrst, I should have thought to check Stu's Shed.

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