DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp Variable-Speed Scroll Saw

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Jerry O'Rourke
Product Review By, Jerry O'Rourke.


DeWalt is a brand synonymous with reliable, high-caliber power tools favored by both professional tradesmen and D.I.Y aficionados.

But does DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp Variable-Speed Scroll Saw live up to the high standards that consumers and professionals have come to expect from the company?


1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw
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  • 1.3 Amp motor
  • 400 - 1,750 SPM
  • 20-inch throat depth
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Product Review


The DW788’s 1.3-Amp motor provides plenty of power to cut through a range of different materials easily, including hardwoods, plastics, and thin metal sheets, while its variable speed capability enables the operator to achieve an exceptional level of control and precision.

What’s more, is that the DW788 boasts a 20-inch throat depth, which exceeds the 16-18 inches typically offered by rival models, enhancing its versatility. In terms of performance, the DeWalt DW788 is a leader in its class, providing sufficient power and finesse for all levels of experience.


Packed with user-friendly features, the DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp Variable-Speed Scroll Saw offers extraordinary ergonomic design. For instance, the DW788’s ‘parallel linking arm’ significantly reduces vibrations, enabling the operator to achieve highly precise cuts.

Also, DeWalt has included tool-free blade change capability, a dust blower, and a blade guard to ensure the operator’s ease-of-use and protection. Moreover, its sizeable, cast-iron table offers ample workspace while minimizing vibrations for maximum user comfort.

Overall, the DW788 is ergonomically pleasing with features that make it easy-to-use and efficient in all manner of cutting tasks.


Compared to similarly equipped power saws from DeWalt’s rivals, the DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp Variable-Speed Scroll Saw is somewhat pricey. The hefty price tag might understandably be too much for those looking for a first power saw.

On the other hand, it arguably justifies its premium price tag through the DeWalt name alone, and as it packs enough punch to handle the most demanding of tasks, it is an ideal choice for experienced tradespeople looking to upgrade tools.

DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp Variable-Speed Scroll Saw- Pro’s vs cons


  • Powerful 1.3-Amp motor
  • Impressive variable cutting speed ranging from 400 – 1,750 SPM
  • 20-inch throat depth
  • Reduced vibrations via its parallel linking arm feature
  • Convenient tool-free blade changing
  • Handy dust blower to clear debris from work spaces
  • Protective blade guard
  • Large cast-iron table for ample work space and reduced vibrations
  • Overall high-quality feel typical of DeWalt’s products


  • Significantly pricier than rival brands’ offerings
  • Spare blades (included) feel cheap and lacking in quality

Features & Specifications

  • Weight56 lbs
  • Height29.5″
  • Length19.5″
  • Width21.1″
  • Power SourceElectric Powered


The DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp Variable-Speed Scroll Saw is a class-leading power tool. It is suitable for those seeking a solution for D.I.Y. projects or professionals looking for a durable, versatile scroll saw with the longevity expected from a DeWalt product in this price bracket.

While the DW788’s price tag may be off-putting to some, it offers a level of performance and usability that justifies its retail price, which is typically a little north of $400 range.

Its most impressive features include its variable cutting speed, 20-inch throat depth, and vibration-reducing parallel linking arm. These features alone make it an investment worth considering for those in the market for a professional-standard scroll saw.

Certainly, DeWalt’s DW788 doesn’t come cheap, but its build quality, abundant power, and ergonomic design mean it’s unlikely to disappoint even the most discerning craftsmen. Just be sure to splash out on some better quality spare blades too.


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