DeWalt DW788 In-Depth Product Review

DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw

From one of the most recognizable hand and power tool manufacturers in the world, the DW788 is DeWalt’s attempt at making the best scroll saw for beginner handymen and professional users. In this review, we will take a good look at the DeWalt DW788–a robust scroll saw for even the most experienced DIYer. 


DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw

Spec Overview  

DeWalt products are built to last–and the DW788, despite being marketed as a scroll saw for the novice handymen, is no exception to this rule. What makes the DW788 a practical tool for beginners is the many different functionalities that this unit features which make for a relatively easy, quiet, and versatile operation.  

The DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw Review

Like its higher-end scroll saw brothers, the DW788 is very capable of making detailed and intricate cutouts on any number of projects. The DeWalt DW788 is a bundle of joy as far as scroll saws go. At the heart of this power, is a 1.3 amp motor that runs on 120 volts of power. The DW788’s performance to power configuration is designed to give you an efficiency rating that will keep your power bills down.  

DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw

The DeWalt DW788 is a multi-speed scroll saw which means that you can adjust the speed of the blade to meet the demands of the task at hand–  the cutout pattern and the material that you are working with will determine how fast you want the blade moving.. For instance, you can lower the speed when you are working with metal and you can up the speed when you are working with thin wood or paper. DeWalt DW788’s motor variable speed motor allows for convenient and precise adjustments. Adjusted speed ranges from 400 SPM to 1750 SPM. 

The DeWalt Scroll Saw features a throat depth of 20 inches–allowing cuts from ¾ inch to 2 inches.  

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The DeWalt DW788 features a solid overall design. This scroll saw unit features a double parallel-link arm that significantly reduces any vibration that naturally occurs when using a scroll saw. This parallel-link arm design is what gives the DW788 maximum stability.  The DW788 also sports an oversized iron-cast table that provides plenty of workspace for various projects.  

In terms of general layout, the DeWalt DW788 places the power switch, variable speed control, and tension lever at the front of the upper arm–conveniently keeping all the main controls within arm’s reach of the user. 

Another great feature of the DW788 is the flexible dust blower–as this allows the user to blow excess dust away from the workplace. This is especially important when it comes to providing the user with maximum clarity when making intricate cutouts.  

As a testament to the company’s intent to stand behind its product, the DeWalt DW788 comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee, a one-year service warranty, and a three-year limited warranty.  


The DeWalt DW788 doesn’t exactly come with a dirt-cheap price tag. But considering the top-quality built quality, robust functionality, and sheer performance on tap, the DW788 is money very well spent.  

In our time with the DW788, we can definitely recommend this scroll saw unit to both the novice handymen and the professional worker alike. It is not difficult to include the DeWalt DW788 in the shortlist of the best scroll saws, dollar-for-dollar, in the market right now. 


 The DeWalt DW788 is designed to work on a tabletop, but DeWalt also makes a 3 Leg Scroll-Saw Stand.  The DW7880 Scroll-Saw Stand can save your valuable worktop space in your garage or workshop.  Having a separate stand for your scroll saw helps make this scroll saw a more portable unit. 

DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw 

The DeWalt DW7881 Scroll Saw Work Light is a must-have accessory for the scroll saw.  The light has a flexible neck and attaches directly on the saw allowing you to get everything adjusted to just the right position to provide you with the light you need.  


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