Today, we’ve written a detailed Pegas scroll saw review for you!
Scroll saws can really take your woodworking to the next level, especially if you’re ready to start making more ornate and decorated wooden pieces. These tools need to be precise, easy to work with, and durable.
The Pegas scroll saw is the first saw of its line, though it’s manufactured in the same facility that produces the Excalibur scroll saw. It shouldn’t be a surprise that this saw has seen impressive reviews, but does it really live up to the hype?
We’ve taken a closer look at the Pegas scroll saw, from its angled cutting options to the innovative chuck and new dust collection system. This Pegas scroll saw review will look at the pros and cons of this saw and give a total review of its effectiveness.
That way you have everything you need to know before you decide whether the Pegas Scroll Saw is a good fit for you.
What You'll Learn...
To start with, let’s consider each of the Pegas Saw’s features individually. The parts might be less than the whole, but each component can add or detract from a great scroll saw design.
Pegas Scroll Saw Arm Lift
The arm lift isn’t a new innovation, it’s been included in a lot of the best scroll saw designs for the last several years. But just because it isn’t new doesn’t mean that it’s not a nice feature to have.
There are still plenty of scroll saws that do not come with this innovation, making them more difficult to use.
The lift system is easy and relatively smooth to operate. The mechanism doesn’t tend to get caught while you’re moving between the up position and working position, making it much easier to use.
Being able to lift the cutting arm also makes it much easier to change out blades while you’re working. That means you’ll be spending a lot less time changing blades and a lot more time working on your scroll saw projects.
It will also make it easier to pull out the little pieces if your saw blade breaks in a bad place or at a bad moment. You’ll be able to see the area you’re working with, so you’re a lot less likely to hurt yourself on a broken piece of saw blade.
The arm lift can also make it a lot easier to thread your blade through the tight spaces of your project, making it that much easier to cut out interior sections of wood.
You’ll also be able to use a smaller drill bit to create your initial hole since you’ll have more precision threading the blade.
21” Table Design
The larger table on the Pegas Scroll Saw is another relatively common feature for high-end scroll saws, but it still makes an important difference in performance. The larger work surface gives you more space to maneuver your projects.
That larger table also helps you keep slabs of wood steady. Detailed work is no problem when you have more room to move with precision.
We also appreciated that this table is more durable than some alternative brands of scroll saws. The metal won’t rust, unlike a lot of scroll saw tables, which means less maintenance time.
The larger table size also has another huge advantage, it cuts down on vibration from the saw.
One of this saw’s best features is that it has a very low vibration rate and is not very loud. Vibration is one of the main causes of hand and arm fatigue while you’re using a scroll saw. Minimizing that vibration lets you work for longer, with fewer aftereffects.
It does mean that you’ll need to have a reasonable amount of space set aside for this scroll saw, though. Overall we think it’s worth the extra space, you get enough use out of the saw to justify the size of its work station.
Of course, the saw can only be as stable as the table or counter it’s mounted on. We recommend making sure you also have a sturdy surface that doesn’t shake or you may get more vibration from the scroll saw itself, as well as the instability of the table.
The table alone isn’t all that reduces the vibration. The Pegas scroll saw’s arm design, modern profile, and efficient power system all help to minimize that vibration. Well, designed to, anyway…
Still, any way you slice it, a smaller table is always going to increase the vibration of the scroll saw.
Angled Cutting Arm Options
Sometimes you need to get a better view of your project while you’re cutting, or you need a different kind of cut in the first place.
We appreciated that this scroll saw came set up for perfectly vertical cutting right out of the box. That means a lot less set up if you’re looking for a basic cut to start with.
But the cutting arm also gives you the option of tilting the blade by moving the arm up to 45 degrees in either direction. That mobility can be a real blessing when you’re looking at cutting fine details because it makes seeing your project that much easier.
You can even plan on using the angled cutting to get a slightly different appearance on your project.
Moving the arm into an angled position is simple. The mechanisms for shifting the arm and locking it in place, like the lift system, are well-designed and durable. They are designed to last without getting stuck or needing significant maintenance.
You also have several different angle options, so you won’t need to make a more aggressive cut adjustment unless you need it.
Built-In Scroll Saw Dust Collection System
This is one area where the Pegas Saw clearly has good intentions… but the performance doesn’t quite live up to the expectations. A dust collection system right next to your cutting area sounds like a fantastic addition to a standard scroll saw.
Unfortunately, the execution of this tool leaves a lot to be desired.
The dust hood ends up next to the blade a little too often, sometimes getting directly in the way of your cutting area. Not only does that mean that the dust hood gets cut along with your project, but it also rattles and makes a lot of noise.
In addition to being just straight-up louder than necessary, the dust hood can also add a lot of vibration to the scroll saw when it isn’t working properly.
Those are all problems that happen when the dust hood isn’t properly aligned (which can happen just from normal use), but what about when it is properly aligned and working normally?
Well, it’s not much better. The dust collection system needs to be emptied more often than it’s really worth. There just isn’t enough space for the sawdust to collect, and the tubing also clogs relatively frequently.
The dust collection system is also so close to your work area that it’s common for small splinters to break off and also clog in the dust system, requiring you to clear it before it will start working properly again.
It’s pretty easy to see why most woodworkers don’t bother with this feature, and many remove the dust hood altogether. Getting rid of the dust hood and not using the dust collection system lets the rest of the saw work better.
Removing the hood is pretty easy, so we can’t say that the dust collection system is much of a downside. It’s a nice concept, but the Pegas Saw clearly needed a little more testing before making the dust collection system a core part of the design.
Minimal Setup Required
Another feature of the Pegas Scroll Saw is the minimal setup. It’s impressive packaging (including bolting some of the most important bits to a plywood board instead of using regular packing) also helps make sure your saw arrives in one piece.
Since most of the saw is assembled when it arrives, and there isn’t much risk of damage to the equipment, it’s easy to get everything set up.
Pegas Blade Chuck
The Pegas Blade chuck is probably the single most important feature of this saw. It’s a serious improvement over most of the other blade attachment options in that it holds the blade more secures and gives you a huge range of saw blade options.
The Pegas blade is also a security improvement since you’re less like to have the blade slip out of the chuck.
The chuck is easy to use and gives you a lot of control. It’s also long-lasting and durable, so you’ll be able to make more projects before you need a replacement
By itself, this upgrade is about a $90 value. Plus, since this whole system is designed to work with that chuck it’s even more effective than using the same chuck as an upgrade on another scroll saw.
Overall Performance Review
There isn’t a lot to complain about with this saw. Getting it out of the box when it first arrives is fairly simple. Some of the hardware is stabled or screwed to the plyboard included with the saw, so you will need a screwdriver and a few minutes to unpack everything.
Most of the scroll saw arrives pre-assembled, so once everything is out of the packaging it won’t take very long to get the saw up and running. You’ll be able to use it the same day if you want to.
We’ve already mentioned the problems with the dust collection system. You’re welcome to try it for yourself, but we just don’t think that the benefits of that feature outweigh the serious drawbacks to using it.
We’d recommend running the saw as normal to see if the dust collection hood touches the blade. If it doesn’t, you’re probably good to go. Otherwise, you’re probably better off removing the hood from the dust collection system.
The cutting action itself is where this saw really impressed us. While it’s still important to make sure you’re choosing the right blade for your project, and that you’re changing out blades regularly, the saw handles a lot of the extra work for you.
The soft-start on this system also makes working with the Pegas Scroll saw a lot easier. No more accidental cuts when your saw kicks on, you’ll have the power you need, but also the control.
The included blades are a little harder to access. Sometimes the adhesive that’s used to attach the blades to the table is a little stronger than it needs to be. That can make removing the blades more difficult.
Fortunately, replacement blades are cheap, and you don’t have to worry about using the included blades if you have a few on hand.
Depending on the blade you use, you can also get some impressively smooth cuts from this scroll saw. That cuts down on the finishing work you’ll need to do at the end.
We didn’t have any problems with this saw or a reason to contact customer service, but it’s worth noting that the customer service behind the saw itself tends to be pretty great. Your individual retailer may vary, but if you’re contacting the manufacturer for any reason, you’re in good hands.
At the end of the day, the Pegas scroll saw performs exactly like you’d expect from the high-quality design, good components, and great reputation.
While the chuck might be the single most important improvement on the design, it’s low-vibration and quieter operation both work to make it a more effective scroll saw.
Wrapping it Up
We’ve gone over the features of the saw as well as it’s overall performance, but is it worth the price tag?
Overall, the Pegas scroll saw is a high performing power tool that makes it much easier to do detail work without sacrificing the power you need to cut out larger sections on the interior of your projects.
There was clearly a lot of attention to detail in the design, though the dust collection system just wasn’t a very successful addition.
With everything combined, the Pegas Scroll Saw is definitely worth the price and we’d recommend it to anyone serious about adding a great scroll saw to their woodworking shop.
Great customer service and good product packaging just make this scroll saw an even better addition.
We hope you got something useful from our Pegas scroll saw review today! Until next time, keep on sawin’!