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Delta 40-540 Scroll Saw Obsolete After 20 Years

Lee Ohmart
I purchased a Delta 40-540 scroll saw from a friend a couple of years back and just had a project come up that it would be suited for making small parts. After printing a manual and servicing it, I found it worked nicely with the blade it had on it which was for thin stock. My project called for 1 inch stock so I attempted to install the proper blade. In the process of tensioning, part of the assembly broke. (part # 1343632) A search of the web revealed that this part is not available anywhere. This machine is only 20m years old. Anybody else have this problem? Are there any manufacturers out there who support their machines with parts better than this or are they all in on the "Planned Obsolescence" game?

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