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Eclipse Scrollsaw Indianola IA

The story of the Eclipse scrollsaw is a classic American tale. Like the Wright brothers who invented man’s first flying machine in their bike shop, Ernie Mellon designed and built the revolutionary Eclipse scrollsaw in his garage. What makes the Eclipse unique is the lack of pivoting arms or parallel links that give motion to the blade. Instead, it uses a revolutionary “oscillating-loop” drive mechanism.

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Eclipse Scrollsaw

Eclipse Scrollsaw

A revolutionary drive system gives you super-fast, super-smooth cutting.

by Dave Munkittrick and Patrick Spielman

The story of the Eclipse scrollsaw is a classic American tale. Like the Wright brothers who invented man’s first flying machine in their bike shop, Ernie Mellon designed and built the revolutionary Eclipse scrollsaw in his garage. What makes the Eclipse unique is the lack of pivoting arms or parallel links that give motion to the blade. Instead, it uses a revolutionary “oscillating-loop” drive mechanism (Fig. B, below). 

The Eclipse is a professional-quality saw that retails for about $1,500. That puts it in a class with other high-end saws from Excalibur, Hegner and RBI. 

- Oscillating-Loop Drive Advantages

The oscillating-loop drive mechanism in the Eclipse makes it unnecessary to have pivoting arms or parallel links to give motion to the blade. This unique drive gives the Eclipse many advantages:

- Low Vibration

With no moving arms and fewer moving parts, the oscillating-loop drive greatly reduces vibration (Photo 1).  

- On-the-Spot Vertical Blade Travel 

The oscillating-loop drive eliminates the back-and-forth blade motion found on parallel-arm and parallel-link saws. The Eclipse is the only scrollsaw on the market with true, on- the-spot, vertical blade travel. This is a plus when making tight cutting turns in delicate stock and for those perfect 90-degree inside corners needed in intarsia.

- Longer Blade Stroke

Most scrollsaws are forced to keep their blade stroke around 7/8 in. to control vibration and minimize the back-and-forth motion of the blade. The oscillating-loop drive frees the Eclipse from these constraints and allows a full 1-1/2 in. of blade travel. A longer stroke extends blade life because it distributes blade wear over a larger portion of the blade and also does a better job of eliminating sawdust from the kerf for a cooler cut. 

- Faster Cutting at a Slower Speed

The top speed of the Eclipse is 1,350 strokes per minute (spm) yet it cuts faster than scrollsaws running at 1,750 spm. That’s because the long blade stroke uses more of the blade in each stroke. The slower speed has a couple of other benefits: It reduces vibration and keeps your blades running cool for longer life.

Other Great Features

The Eclipse comes with a host of great features (Photo 2) including an adjustable but sturdy three-point stand. The blower is powered by a piston air pump designed to outlast a bellows blower (Fig. B). The 20-in.-deep throat allows large projects to be swung around the blade. A true, double trunnion and cradle table tilt mechanism, like on a bandsaw, locks solid and has a scale that’s readable from above the table.

Safety Features

The Eclipse is a very safe scrollsaw because there are no exposed moving parts, other than the blade and the blade holders, to pinch fingers or catch clothing. The biggest safety innova...

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