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Gourd Saws, Mini Jigsaws and Scroll Saws, Transformers, Saw Blades and Accessories

Microlux ~ Proxxon ~ Minicraft ~ The Gourd Saw

Microlux Gourd Saw & Mini Jigsaw, The Gourd Saw, Minicraft & Proxxon mini Jig Saws are perfect for wood workers, crafters & gourd artists. The Mini Jig Saws shown in the photo below are from top to bottom: Proxxon, The Gourd Saw & Microlux.

The Proxxon STS 12/E Jig Saw is a workhorse & the most versatile mini jig saw on the market & will satisfy most of your needs. It's ideal for woodworking & gourd crafting & will be the saw you use for the majority of your gourd art work. It works better on heavier & thicker materials than the Microlux gourd & other mini jig saws. 

The Proxxon STS 12/E Jig Saw is one of the best mini jig saws on the market & it is the saw that has been the top rated mini jig saw by woodworkers & gourd artists alike. When used with the 5 amp transformer it has more than enough power to carve even the thickest gourd.

PX38530 Proxxon Super Jigsaw SS 115/E is a great choice if you want the benefit of a built in transformer. It's a great saw & plugs directly into your household outlet. It comes with a flat base plate but does have a round base plate. 

The Gourd Saw made for The Caning Shop is slightly bigger than the Microlux but smaller & more light weight than the Proxxon. It uses the same blades as the Proxxon so you have more versatility than the Microlux mini saws because the GourdComparison of gourd saw, Proxxon mini jig saw and Microlux. Saw will cut through thicker gourds. This Gourd Saw is perfect for almost any project but because the blades are thicker it will not do as good a job on fine detail work like the Microlux. It is made in China. Microlux Gourd Cross Cut Saw & the Microlux Jig/Scroll Saw are the greatest mini (I call them "Skinny Minnie" because they are so small & lightweight) saw to do very fine detail work. 

Microlux mini saws are ideal for doing filigree & other fine cutting that you can't do with the Proxxon & the Gourd Saw. They are considered light duty saws & NOT appropriate for general cutting on thicker gourds. It is made specifically for work on thinner gourds. The blades are smaller & finer than those used on the Proxxon.  With the new Diamond Grinder blade it will do more general cuts faster & more efficiently than the regular coarse/fine blades. These blades are not intended for fine detail work. These saws are not (& should not be used to) intended to cut thicker gourds. These are both made in Germany.

Comparison of Mini Jigsaws & Blades

The Microlux is considered a light duty jig saw; the Gourd Saw which is slightly larger than theComparison of Proxxon mini jig saw and Microlux gourd saw. Microlux is considered medium duty jig saw; The Proxxon is a heavy-duty jig saw & will cut through thicker wood & gourds. Like the saw, the blades for the Microlux are considerably smaller (as seen in the photo on the right) than the blades used by the Proxxon & the Gourd Saw. The Microlux blades are NOT intended to cut through thicker gourds or wood.  

The photo on the right shows you the differences in size of the Proxxon & Microlux mini jig saws. As you can see the Proxxon is not only a heavy-duty saw, it is also larger & heavier. The Microlux is the smallest & lightest of the three but also takes a much smaller blade than the Proxxon & the Gourd Saw. The Minicraft is a comparable size to the Proxxon. The Gourd Saw is in between the Proxxon/Minicraft & the Microlux but it takes the same blades as the Proxxon/Minicraft

The Microlux is suitable for work on thin wood, gourds & other materials with a max. cutting thickness of 9/32 inches. The blades are shorter than those for the Proxxon & Gourd Saw & thinner making it more maneuverable for very fine detail cuts that cannot be achieved by the larger Proxxon blades making this an ideal saw for very fine detail work you cannot achieve with the larger saws/blades.

The Proxxon & Gourd Saws are suitable for cutting wood up to 10 mm (3/8"), non-ferrous metals up to 2.5 mm (3/32"), sheet metal up to 3.0 mm (1/8"). The blades for the Proxxon, Minicraft & the Gourd Saw areComparison of Micrlux blades and blades that fit Proxxon, Gourd saw and Minicraft. interchangeable, thicker & more durable than the blades intended for use with Microlux saws.

The photo on the left is a comparison of the Saw blades used with the Proxxon, Minicraft & Gourd Saw (the blade shown on the top). The bottom two photos are the blades used with the Microlux Gourd/Cross cut saw & Jig/Scroll Saw. The bottom photo is the diamond grinding blade.

As you can see from the photo the Microlux blades are considerably smaller & more "delicate" by comparison to the Proxxon/Minicraft blade & they will not work on the Proxxon, Minicraft or Gourd Saw. While the Microlux diamond grinding blade is sturdier than the regular Microlux blades it is still too small & delicate to work on the other saws.

Microlux blades WILL NOT fit on Proxxon, Minicraft or Gourd Saw products.

Using a Proxxon Transformer with the Gourd Saw or Microlux Tools

It is not uncommon for the receptacle holes of a new Proxxon transformer (or new Microlux tool prongs) to be very stiff for plugging in a Gourd Saw or  Microlux tools. The Gourd Saw & Microlux actually uses the same specification plug as the Proxxon tools, but obviously from different manufacturers.

The best way I have found to "break in" the receptacles to smoothly accept the plug is to place a drop of oil, such as 3-in-one oil, into the holes & work the plug in & out several times. It may at first take a good amount of pressure & some wiggling around to make the initial connection but the receptacle will significantly loosen up right away.

Tips for Using Mini Saws

I learned the hard way on hubbies scroll saw never to rush...you go through a lot of blades that way & boy did I!  If you have not used a mini saw before use the same principle. Don't rush & you won't break as many blades. The key is to let the saw do the work & don't force it.

Don't start turning the blade until the blade is inserted in the gourd, wood or other material. Make sure you have the base plate pressed firmly against the surface before you begin cutting. This will also help prevent breakage.

Microlux Mini Gourd/Cross Saw

I have discontinued the sale of Microlux mini saws & blades. The importer, MicroMark, undercuts their dealers & we just cannot compete with them. So, like many other dealers, we have opted to stop selling Microlux tools.

Minicraft Jigsaw

Limited Warranty - All Minicraft consumer power tools will be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of Two Years from the date of purchase. Defective tools are to be returned to The General Store for replacement or repair. Please refer to my guarantee page for information regarding warranty claims. This Limited Warranty does not apply to accessory items such as circular saw blades, drill bits, jigsaw blades, router bits, sanding discs, grinding wheels & other related items. Damage to the product resulting from tampering, accident, abuse, negligence, unauthorized repairs or alterations, unapproved attachments or other causes unrelated to problems with material or workmanship are not covered by this warranty.

MINICRAFT WILL DROP-SHIP DIRECTLY FROM THE DISTRIBUTOR

Item Description Order
Minicraft jigsaw.

#MB552 Minicraft Precision Jigsaw

This is a favorite among gourd artists

A perfect tool for cutting intricate shapes, small radii, gourd work & scroll work. Many people have found that the Minicraft performs better than the Proxxon because the smaller design & easier handling. This jigsaw is manufactured in England. 

If you order this along with the Proxxon Transformer both will ship together directly from the distributor. 

Features:

  • Compact lightweight design for easy handling & work in tight areas
  • Adjustable shoe for cutting angles (45 degrees - 90 degrees) & shoe size is 1-3/4" x 2 1/2" (same as the Proxxon listed below.
  • Powerful 100W motor for greater cutting capacity & efficiency
  • Positive blade lock for extra precision
  • Hexagonal key & holder for added convenience
  • Comes complete with 2 blades
  • Includes Proxxon transformer adaptor (Proxxon transformer listed below)
  • Voltage 0 - 18 V DC
  • Power:  equipped with 12-18 volt 5 pole motor with a power usage of 100 watts (same as the Proxxon listed below)
  • Cutting performance: 0-4,000/min & a cutting stroke of 9 mm
  • Cutting capacity:  wood - 10mm; softwood - 20mm; plastic - 5 mm; ferrous metal - 1.25 mm; non-ferrous metals - 3mm
  • Cable length 1.8 m
  • Weight 1 lb. 3 oz. (same weight as the Proxxon listed below)
  • Allen wrench (key) holder is on the cord so you don't lose it
  • Accommodates the Proxxon & Minicraft blades listed below.

NOTICE: This saw requires a transformer. It works with either the 5 amp transformer (the most powerful, & the most popular) or the smaller 2 amp transformer.

MSRP: $75.00

OUR PRICE: $64.95

 

   
Minicraft jig saw.
Proxxon HD 5 amp transformer.

#MB552S Minicraft Precision Jig Saw & Proxxon Transformer

The Set Includes:

  • Minicraft Jigsaw
  • Proxxon 5 amp transformer

This set price is only available online.

MSRP: $162.95 (PLUS SHIPPING)

OUR PRICE: $162.95

Includes SHIPPING within the Continental USA


OVERSTOCK SALE ON PROXXON TOOLS

I over ordered some of the Proxxon tools for our last show. As a result I am temporarily reducing prices on these items until I get our inventory down to what I normally keep on hand.

Check out these items in the Clearance Center: Proxxon Jig Saw STS 12/E, Footswitch & Heavy-Duty Transformer. The overstock prices are limited to the number of items listed in the Clearance Center.

So, I have added these items (temporarily) to the Clearance Center. They will be removed as soon as the stock level returns to our normal level.

You must order these from the Clearance Center in order to receive the Overstock Price.

Proxxon Price Increase

July 1st marked a price increase on all Proxxon Tools. Prices below reflect the updated prices. There are still some remaining overstock inventory in the Clearance Center at the old prices.

Proxxon - The Workhorse for Most of Your Needs!

Item Description Order
Proxxon STS12E Jigsaw.

#PX28534 Proxxon Jigsaw STS 12/E 12 Volts

BEST SELLER

The Proxxon STS 12/E is one of the best mini jigsaw's on the market. It is the most versatile because it handles most jobs. It comes with both a flat base plate & a ball base plate for curved surfaces such as gourds. It also comes with a coarse blade, a fine blade, a hex key with which to change blades & booklet.

This is truly the workhorse of mini jigsaws. The Proxxon is the jigsaw that you will use MOST of the time. It will cut through wood, gourds of every thickness & a variety of other materials. Gourd artists will find this is the saw they will use for the majority of their cutting.

This jigsaw contains a flat & round base plate. The 'flat' base plate provides the most stability & is most useful on flat surfaces; The round base plate is more maneuverable, allowing the clearest view when making intricate cuts or cutting tight curves. The base plates are attached with a single Phillips head screw; thus changing from one to the other is a simple matter.

The saw is a lightweight, powerful machine & ideal for curved cuts in wood up to 10 mm (3/8"), non-ferrous metals up to 2.5 mm (3/32"), sheet metal up to 3.0 mm (1/8"). Its light weight makes it easy to handle & allows for precise control of the cutting action. Two year manufacturer's warranty. Manufactured in Germany.

Features:

  • Housing made of fiberglass reinforced nylon.
  • Ball foot plate attachment for cuts on rounded surfaces and clean interior cuts. Ideal for cutting gourds.
  • Two Blades (1 fine & 1 coarse)
  • Separate on/off switch and speed control dial for perfect speed every time.
  • Variable speed from 2,000 - 5,000 strokes/min. (Maximum power input: 100 watts.)
    Quietness and effortless, vibration-free drive via the special permanent magnet motor.
  • Low voltage for optimal safety.

Specifications: 

  • Weight approximately 1 pound & 3 ounces
  • 7 1/2" long, 2" wide, & 3 1/2" high.
  • Foot Plate Size: 2-1/2" x 1-3/4" (63mm x 44mm)
  • Handle Size: 2" Square (50mm)
  • Cord type: Coil
  • Voltage: 12V DC

Cutting Capacity:

  • Wood: 3/8" (10mm)
  • Circuit Board: 1/8" (3mm)
  • Non-Ferrous Metal: 3/32" (2.5mm)
  • Plastic: 1/8" (3mm)
  • Stroke: 1/4" (6mm)

NOTICE:  REQUIRES: a Micromot transformer of at least 1.0A. See Micromot NG 2/S and NG 5/E transformers below.

MSRP: $106.00

OUR PRICE: $77.00 

This can be ordered in the Clearance Center while supplies last
   
Proxxon Super Jigsaw.

This jigsaw does NOT require a transformer

PX38530 Proxxon Super Jigsaw STS/E

THIS DROP SHIPS DIRECTLY FROM THE DISTRIBUTOR

Plugs directly into household outlet, no transformer needed

Contains:

  • PX38530 Super Jigsaw STS/E
  • Miter Guide
  • Two Blades (1 fine & 1 coarse)
  • Heavy-Duty Carry & Storage Case
  • Owners Manual

This is what everybody has been asking for. It's a great saw & plugs directly into your household outlet. It comes with a flat base plate but does have a round base plate.

Specifications:

  • Die-cast aluminum head
  • Adjustable shoe for 45 degree miter cuts
  • Variable speed control
  • Cutting capacity: Wood up to 3/4"
  • Non-ferrous metal 1/8"
  • The unit is variable speed between 2,000-4,200 strokes/min.
  • Maximum power is 1/8hp (100 watts) Size: 8"L x 2"W x 4"H.
  • Weight: 2 lbs.

NOTICE:  This saw does NOT require a transformer.

MSRP: $195.00 (PLUS SHIPPING)

OUR PRICE: $150.00

Includes SHIPPING within the Continental USA

   
Proxxon Footswitch.

#PX38700 Foot Switch

This attachment frees your hands for easy on/off operation. I wouldn't be without this tool. It makes life so much easier when you are using these power tools. It frees up your hands so you can concentrate on the carving & not worrying about using the on/off switch. I use this for my mini jig saws as well as my power carvers. It can be used for all machines with a maximum power consumption of 5/8 hp (500 W). Ideal for both portable & stationary machines. The switch has a housing of fiberglass-reinforced NYLON. The connecting cord is 3 ft. 21" in (250 cm) length & the output cord is 19.5" (50 cm). Ideal for both portable & stationary machines. If you are working with my 12 V hand-held machines, the Footswitch FS connects directly into the transformer.

MSRP: $27.00

OUR PRICE: $25.95 

This can be ordered in the Clearance Center while supplies last
   
#PX38706 MICROMOT AC Adaptor NG 2/S.

#PX38706 MICROMOT AC Adaptor NG 2/S

Features:

  • NORYL casing (heat resistant - a necessity for transformer enclosures)
  • Very compact design
  • Red LED indicates readiness for use.
  • A PTC (positive temperature coefficient) element guarantees protection against overload, the plugged in tool will not restart automatically. After cooling down, the AC wall plug should briefly be unplugged to reset the adapter.
  • Modern design with holes for storing bits.
  • Foldable tool rest provides a secure place for keeping the MICROMOT tool ready for use.
  • Capacity 2.0A at 16 Volt open circuit - and 12 Volt under load = 24VA (DC).
  • Two year warranty

Technical Specifications:

  • Capacity - 2.0 Amps
  • Output - 24VA (DC)
  • Cord type - Straight
  • Voltage - 110-120V AC, 60Mhz
  • Weight - 2.63 lbs.

MSRP: $41.00

OUR PRICE: $35.50 

   
Proxxon HD 5 amp Transformer

#PX38704 MICROMOT AC Adaptor NG 5/E

Features:

  • NORYL casing (heat resistant - a necessity for transformer enclosures)
  • Very compact design
  • Red LED indicates readiness for use.
  • Thyristor electronic control (with feedback) allows for optimum tool speed and high torque at low speeds.
  • A PTC (positive temperature coefficient) element guarantees protection against overload, the plugged in tool will not restart automatically. After cooling down, the AC wall plug should briefly be unplugged to reset the adapter.
  • Modern design with storage holes for insert bits and cutters with shafts of 3/32" and 7/64" (2.35 and 3 mm).
  • Foldable tool rest provides a secure place for keeping the MICROMOT tool ready for use.
  • Three polarized sockets for Micromot 12v tools, so that three different tools can be plugged in at a time. In addition the unit features one pair of sockets for standard banana plugs with 5/32" diameter (4 mm diameter).
  • Capacity 5.0A at 16 Volt open circuit - and 12 Volt under load = 60VA (DC).
  • Two year warranty

Technical Specifications:

  • Capacity - 5.0 Amps
  • Output - 60VA (DC)
  • Cord type - Straight
  • Voltage - 110-120V AC, 60Mhz
  • Weight - 6 lbs.

MSRP: $92.50

OUR PRICE: $81.50 

This can be ordered in the Clearance Center while supplies last

Proxxon Jig Saw Kits Available Only Online

THESE KITS WILL BE DROP SHIPPED DIRECTLY FROM THE DISTRIBUTOR

Limited Warranty - All Proxxon consumer power tools will be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of Two Years from the date of purchase. Defective tools are to be returned to The General Store for replacement or repair. Please refer to my guarantee page for information regarding warranty claims. This Limited Warranty does not apply to accessory items such as circular saw blades, drill bits, jigsaw blades, router bits, sanding discs, grinding wheels & other related items. Damage to the product resulting from tampering, accident, abuse, negligence, unauthorized repairs or alterations, unapproved attachments or other causes unrelated to problems with material or workmanship are not covered by this warranty. 

Item Description Order
Proxxon Jigsaw Kit PX27502.

Proxxon Jigsaw Kit PX27502.

#27502 Proxxon Jigsaw Kit - 2 amp Transformer

AVAILABLE ONLY ONLINE 

Contains:

  • 28534 Proxxon Jigsaw STS 12/E - comes with two blades (1 fine & 1 coarse)
  • Ball Shoe Attachment
  • Owners manual
  • 38706 HD Transformer NG 2/E
  • 38700 Foot switch
  • 2 Packs of Extra Jigsaw Blades - Coarse & Fine

Features: This kit contain everything you need to cut gourds, wood & other materials. The kit comes with two types of shoe attachments: The flat shoe attachment allows for more stability; the ball shoe attachment allows for more maneuverability when cutting the neck of the gourd or making intricate cuts & tight curves. The shoe can easily be changed by removing the screw on the bottom of the shoe.

The jigsaw is ideal for cutting gourds. Cutting capacity: Wood up to 3/8", Non-ferrous metal 3/32" The unit is variable speed between 2,000-5,000 strokes/min.

The transformer NG 2/S is powerful enough to handle most of your gourd needs.

MSRP: $202.80 (PLUS SHIPPING)

OUR PRICE: $155.50

Includes SHIPPING within the Continental USA

   
Proxxon Jigsaw Kit PX27503.

 

Proxxon Jigsaw Kit PX27503.

#27503 Proxxon Deluxe Jigsaw Kit - 5 amp Transformer

AVAILABLE ONLY ONLINE

BEST SELLER!

Contains:

  • 28534 Proxxon Jigsaw STS 12/E - comes with two blades (1 fine & 1 coarse)
  • Ball Shoe Attachment
  • Owners manual
  • 38704 HD Transformer NG 5/E
  • 38700 Footswitch
  • 2 Packs of Extra Jigsaw Blades - Coarse & Fine

Features: Same features as above except it contains the NG 5/E transformer

MSRP: $259.80 (PLUS SHIPPING)

OUR PRICE: $200.50

Includes SHIPPING within the Continental USA


Mini Tool Adaptor Cords

Item Description Click on the "Add to Cart" button or the arrow to the right of the button to choose an option

Adaptor Cord PXMB1810.

Adaptor Cord PXMB1810.

#PXMB1810 ADAPTOR CORD

Minicraft

This will allow you to use Proxxon 12 volt tools, Microlux & the Gourd Saw or Gourd Drill with a Minicraft transformer.

PRICE: $4.95

DISCONTINUED - ONLY 1 LEFT

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Adaptor Cord PXMB1811.

#PXMB1811 ADAPTOR CORD

Proxxon

This will allow you to use Minicraft tools, the Gourd Saw or Gourd Drill with a Proxxon transformer.

NOTE: Sometimes the Proxxon will grip a pin as you unplug the tool, leaving a pin in the hole & ruining the cord. I recommend plugging the adaptor cord in permanently into the transformer & then plugging the tool directly into the cord.

PRICE: $4.95


Blades for Proxxon, Minicraft & Gourd Saw

NOTE: These are replacement blades for the Proxxon, Minicraft & The Gourd Saw. The will fit and work on all of these brands of mini saws. They will not fit the Microlux brand of mini saws.

Please see the photo above to see how these blades compared to the Microlux blades

 
Item Description Click on the "Add to Cart" button or the arrow to the right of the button to choose an option
Proxxon Coarse blades.

Proxxon Coarse blades.

PX28054 - Proxxon Coarse Blades

(Pkg. of 2)

Standard Steel Blade for Proxxon Jig Saw. For cutting hard & soft wood, fiberglass-reinforced materials & various soft plastics (These blades are not recommended for cutting metal). Teeth are alternately set & sharpened. Pitch: 1/16 inch. Thickness 1/64 inch. Length: 2-1/4 inch. Package of 2 blades.  These are interchangeable with the Proxxon, Minicraft & the Gourd Saw brands.

MSRP: $8.15

OUR PRICE: $5.44 

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Proxxon Fine blades.

PX28056 - Proxxon Fine Blades

(Pkg. of 2)

High Speed Steel Blade for Proxxon Jig Saw. For cutting metals, especially aluminum & softer alloys, fiberglass, Plexiglas & insulating materials. Teeth are alternately set & sharpened. Pitch: 3/64 inch. Thickness 1/64 inch. Length: 2-1/4 inch. Package of 2 blades.  These are interchangeable with the Proxxon, Minicraft & the Gourd Saw brands.

 

MSRP:  $9.50

OUR PRICE:  $6.00 

   
Minicraft and Proxxon blades.

PXMB1750 - Minicraft Coarse Blades

(Pkg. of 4)

MB1750 Jigsaw Blades for gourds, wood & plastics (these blades are not recommended for cutting metal).  These are coarser than the Proxxon brand & cut faster. These are interchangeable with the Proxxon, Minicraft & the Gourd Saw brands.

MSRP: $5.95

OUR PRICE: $5.75

Type
 

PXMB1751 - Minicraft Fine Blades

(Pkg. of 3)

MB1751 Jigsaw Blades for gourds & metals.  These are equivalent to the Proxxon fine.

These are interchangeable with the Proxxon, Minicraft & the Gourd Saw brands.

MSRP: $5.95

OUR PRICE: $5.75