Check out this live video from the Iowa Scroll Saw and Woodworking Show in August 2018. We used water to demonstrate the decreased vibration. 2 Excalibur Saws Side By Side. Watch!
These new “Blade Clamps / Blade Chuck Heads” were developed in Switzerland by Pégas in association with the HEIG engineering school in Yverdon. The studies and tests demonstrated that the weight of scroll saw chuck heads has a direct correlation with the service life and the vibrations of the machine.
These new heads, manufactured with aeronautical aluminum for, strength, durability and resilience. They are 40 % lighter than the original heads on Excalibur type saws. Vibration will be reduced, while at the same time better protecting the mechanical parts and linkages of the scroll saw. As you can see, they are clearly more compact than original heads and even easier to use.
Faster Blade Changing. You can see the top of the blade! Dramatic improvements to ease of use and blade clamping. The Original Model includes a built-in tension-adjustment lever to make adding tension to your blades easier. Users also love being able to see the top of the blade when feeding. And with the tension lever you don't have to reach beyond your chuck to adjust tension on your blades.
Fast, Easy Assembly: See links in the table below for how to install by Steve Good of Scrollsaw Workshop, or scroll down to a photo description from Charles Dearing, and a video review by Miter Mike - Michael Anthony Murray. (Shown on a DeWalt with the original model that includes the tension lever.
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Pegas Heads -- 03/25/2018 replaced my original Excalibur blade holding heads with the Pegas ones. Very quick and easy to install. The Pegas heads are less cumbersome and a bit easier to use than the original items. The Pegas heads also seem to tighten the blade to the correct tension when flipping the tension lever. My original excalibur heads didn't seem to tension enough. I was always tightening the tension knob at the back of the machine by about 1/8th to a 1/4 of a turn to get the blade tight enough. I don't have to do this with the Pegas heads, just flip the lever and cut. This makes the whole process a lot quicker, particularly with internal cuts where the blade is constantly being installed etc. Good quality item and well made. -- Rodney Trezise
WOW, what an upgrade! -- 03/01/2018 My new 16" Excelsior ran like a Porsche, now it runs like a kitten! And you can clearly see the blade at the top of the clamp... -- Ken Meilleur
Very Useful -- 02/15/2018 The set came packaged really and it was simple to install. I have only used the new clamps for a couple of hour but they do seem to be a little easier to use for my arthritic hands. Like Steve Good said I don't see a noticeable difference in vibration. Overall I am happy with the clamps early on. -- Kenneth Muzylowsky
I would give it 6 stars if I could-- 01/15/2019 Review contents: Installed on my saw was very quick and easy. I would give it 6 stars if I could. I thought I had a new saw. What I like most is the ease of changing blades. I can see the top of the blade to clamp it. To say that it is the best thing since sliced bread and bottled beer is an understatement. Would I recommend it to other scrollers? yes-- Freeman Pascal