I'm a homeowner who will give light to moderate use of a jigsaw. Which
would you suggest as the best one for such use? Can I get by with a
$49 Skil at HD, or should I go with something at $100+?
<< Can I get by with a $49 Skil at HD, or should I go with something at $100+?
Skil is said be Bosch's El Cheapo line, so it may be the best bet. After you've
mastered the techniques for the tool, a Porter-Cable, Bosch or other top of the
line will be an advantage for you. Then send the Skil off to your local auction
house with no regrets. HTH
Bosch makes high quality jigsaws (about $160) and I recommend these.
On the low end I recommend Grizzly G8994 which is about $60, modeled
after the Bosch, variable speed, orbital action, beveling footplate,
chip blower (no dust collection). Check out Amazon rather than Home
I used to use cheap tools just like many people. Last year I became introduced
to the Bosch 1590EVSK (for $169 at Home Depot) and I will never go back to the
crappy tools. I HAD NO IDEA. This Bosch is a delight to use, as opposed to the
cheap POS Black and Deckers I had owned in the past. Accept no substitute.
Lowes is having a 20% off sale right now on all "power tools". That should
bring the cost down to about $135.
Do yourself a favor... don't buy the cheap crap. The only time you're happy
with it is when you pay for it. You'll end up cursing it every time you use it.
Buy quality the first time and be done with it. We're not talking about 16"
Second that! I bought a Skil belt sander and it took Skil SIX MONTHS
to get a replacement switch to the repair shop! Repair shop was in a
tools sales store and owner commented "That's why we don't carry
On Thu, 16 Dec 2004 17:25:55 GMT, "Mortimer Schnerd, RN"
Check out the saws at KMART.
It's a "house brand", blue housing.
Made in China... ( most power tools are )
It sells for $19.95
and it may be one of the smoothest running,
straightest cutting saber-saws I've ever owned.
It should be perfect for average homeowner projects.
I know the feeling... I am still using my 30+ year old Craftsman
jigsaw that I bought on sale for $29 (regularly $49) when I was a kid.
More generally, I am constantly torn about how much to spend on each
tool. On the one hand, there are those that say buy the best both for
quality of the job and longevity of the tool.
On the other hand, I have had pretty good experiences with cheaper
tools... For example, I just bought a Ryobi 18v combo set with drill,
mini-circular saw, reciprocating saw, hand vac, flashlight, charger,
and 2 batteries for $135. Even more importantly, the compatible
accessories are cheap (e.g., $39 for 2 batteries which is less than
half the price of one Bosch battery, $39 for dremmel-like tool).
Still not sure where to play on the price/brand/quality curve...
On 12/20/2004 1:47 PM US(ET), blueman took fingers to keys, and typed
tool on the job everyday, or by "everyday jobs", do you mean the small,
occasional homeowner uses for the tool?
If you are a contractor and use the tool daily, get the best, most
expensive, tool for the job. You can even write it off for tax purposes.
If you are just a homeowner and want a tool that can do a small job,
maybe once every 4 or 5 years, buy the economical one.
I'm a homeowner, and have used my Makita recip a couple of times in the
past few years to cut a stud or two and have had no problems yet, but I
am using Milwaukee blades in it, so I can't give a reliable opinion on
After reading much good advice from this group (thank you), I went the
cheap route and purchased a GMC jigsaw from Lowes for $11.50. It did
the job I needed it for this weekend, and I'm interested to test it out
over the coming months. Having no DeWalt, Ryobi, Craftsman, etc. to
compare it to, I will say it operated smoothly, provided a decent range
of variable speeds, and cut right through the 3/4" board as needed (as
all jigsaws should).
Thanks again for the helpful input!
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