Shop Fox W1872 Scroll Saw Review (2024)

Updated 9/14/2023

I’ve been working in the woodshop for years, and I have to say that the Shop Fox W1872 scroll saw is a great addition to any workshop.

This saw has many features that make it ideal for anyone who enjoys working with wood.

The first thing I noticed about this scroll saw is that it comes with a stand.

This is a great feature because you don’t have to worry about finding a place to put it on your workbench.

The stand also has wheels, so you can easily move it around the workshop.

Another feature that I really like is the dust blower. This helps to keep the work area clean and free of sawdust.

The Shop Fox W1872 scroll saw also comes with variable speed control. This is a great feature because it allows you to adjust the speed of the blade according to the type of wood you’re working with.

Let’s take a closer look!

Shop Fox W1872 16″ VS Scroll Saw with Foot Switch, LED, Miter Gauge, Rotary Shaft
  • Motor: 1/6 HP, 120V, 0.6A
  • Variable speed motor
  • Blade speed: 550-1600 SPM
  • Max cutting thickness: 2-1/4″
  • Max. Cutting width: 16″

Who is Shop Fox made by?

Shop Fox is a brand of woodworking and metalworking machinery and tools. It is owned and distributed by Woodstock International, Inc. Woodstock International has been in business since 1989 and, in addition to Shop Fox, they also have another brand named Grizzly. Both brands are well-known in the industry for offering a range of quality equipment for woodworkers and metalworkers.

Shop Fox W1872 Features

  • 1/6 HP, 0.6 Amp, 120V, Single-phase, 60HZ
  • No-load speed: 550-1600 SPM
  • Maximum cutting thickness: 2 inches, Maximum cutting width: 16 inches
  • Blade stroke: 3/4 inch
  • Variable speed motor cast iron table and a gooseneck work light
  • Dust blower and 1-1/4 inch dust port

What We Liked

For those wondering what it is like to work with a great scroll saw, then you have to wonder no more by purchasing this particular unit.

It has 1/6 HP, 1.2 Amp, 120V, and a single-phase experience at 60HZ. This is one of the best combinations of specifications that you can get right now without spending too much.

It was also made with high-quality materials so that you can rely on this machine with no issues down the road.

You no longer have to get worked up over terrible machines since this model did a lot of things right.

It has no load speed, so you can pick a range of between 550 strokes per minute and 1600 strokes per minute.

Depending on what you are cutting, you will require a lot of space, so you have a maximum cutting thickness of 2 inches and a maximum cutting width of 16 inches.

Both measurements are enough to ensure you have a great time with all the required precision.

You will also not have to put your work at risk by working with a machine that does not give you the intricate design abilities you need.

This scroll saw has a blade stroke of ¾ inch, and you can easily replace it without spending too much time.

This means that you are not going to be losing your focus while you are doing your work.

There are a lot of things that you can do with the amount of time that you usually use to change the blades of your scroll saw.

The variable-speed motor, cast iron table, and gooseneck work light were all made of high-quality and imported materials, so you will not have any issues with the durability of the entire machine.

What We Don’t Like

The blade change can be fast for people who are used to the unique design of the Shop Fox scroll saws.

Many things are going on with changing the blade you are using, and it also requires patience.

You will probably have to adjust to changing the blade for this scroll saw since it may feel a lot slower if you are already too used to how standard scroll saws work.

Our Verdict

Overall, I’m very impressed with the Shop Fox W1872 scroll saw. It’s a great addition to any woodshop.

The Shop Fox W1872 gets four stars out of five from my team and me.

It is one of the highest-quality scroll saws you can get for its price, and you will not be able to beat it with any other scroll saws within its price range.

There are also a lot of things that you are going to be able to benefit from in the long run since it has a lot of functionalities in store for you.

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