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Product Review: It’s Good to Be King

King Industrial’s 16″ saw is our new workshop favorite

By the staff of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts

   Looking for a new tabletop saw? King Industrial’s new 16″ model is ideal when you want great performance but don’t have a lot of space. This solidly built saw is easy and intuitive to use, and has all the features and capabilities of bigger machines while fitting perfectly into a small shop.

   To test the saw, four staff members cut an assortment of projects using high-quality blades. From thin fretwork to thick compound cuts, and soft pine to thick, hard hickory, the saw cut everything, beautifully. Even the newest scroller turned out professional-looking projects. It is our new favorite saw. 

   Scott Phillips, the host of public television’s “The American Woodshop,” agrees, calling the saw “one of my favorite tools to work on. Over 40 years of scrolling experience makes me give this tool five stars. It’s a smooth-running and easy-to-use saw. My wife, Suzy, uses the saw a lot and she loves it, too.”

Saw Features

    The saw takes plain-end blades, held in place by thumb screws and adjusted by a quick tensioning lever. The knob at the back of the saw controls the arm height. The idea is that you set the arm height once and leave it alone, using the tensioning lever to tighten and release the blade. It’s a system you’ll recognize from the Excalibur and Seyco saws, and it works smoothly and easily. After just a few minutes of practice, we were able to change and tension blades in seconds.

    To make angled cuts the arm tilts, which we find much more intuitive than a tilting table. The tilt is controlled by a rack and pinion system and includes a spring-loaded pin that helps you lock in common angles (such as 45°) and easily restore the blade to vertical. The arm moved smoothly and, when checked with a digital gauge, appeared to set the angle accurately. The arm itself stays up when lifted, which makes feeding the blade from the top or bottom especially easy.

    The variable speed control and power switch are located on top of the arm. The dust cover on the power switch is a little stiff out of the box, but should soften with use. The blower works fine. Like most scrollers, we removed the hold-down arm before we started cutting.   

    The table is 12″ wide by 18 1/2″ deep and should easily accommodate all but the largest fretwork portraits or clocks. That said, we would have liked to see more table space in front of the blade to better balance large projects. And, speaking of the table, it is pierced to facilitate dust collection; more on that in a minute.

    This saw comes with small feet to make it easy to level on a benchtop, but we did not use them. It does not have a light. A stand is available separately. 

In Action

    This saw is a pleasure to use. It cuts smoothly, quickly, and effortlessly. The blade held its tension firmly, was easy to control, and if we drifted off course it was easy to bring the blade back to the line. As long as it’s clamped or bolted down, the saw has minimal vibration and runs smooth as silk. (A stand helps, too, if you have space for one.) This saw is so quiet that, until the board chattered, we didn’t realize a coworker was using it. We could—and did—use this saw all day.

    The only thing we didn’t love about this saw is its dust collection system, which consists of a plastic port sized for a standard shop vacuum or dust collection nozzle and a plastic sleeve attached under the holes in the table. The system doesn’t work very well and gets in the way of some saw functions. The holes clog. The vacuum sucks the wood tightly to the table. The plastic sleeve catches bits of wood, makes it harder to change blades, and makes top feeding the blade nearly impossible. The nozzle port keeps the saw arm from tilting all the way to the right, and we had to fumble past it to reach the bottom blade holder. We suggest removing the dust collection system; almost any shop fix (see page 12 for a new one) will do a better job.

    We love this saw, but you don’t have to take our word for it—head out to your nearest Woodcraft store and take the King saw for a test drive. Put it through its paces with your favorite blades, types of wood, and scrolling patterns. We think you’ll agree: it’s good to be King!

In the United States, King Industrial’s 16″ saw is available for $599.99 and a 30″ saw is $899.99, both from Woodcraft at 800-225-1153, The 16″ stand is $129.99. In Canada, the same saw is called the Excelsior and is available in three sizes: 16″ for $749.99, 21″ for $999.99, and 30″ for $1239.99. Visit to find a local dealer.

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