Bosch 1590 jigsaw

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Well I have had a B&D jigsaw for about 20 years. It works so "good" that I probably haven't had it out for 4 or 5 years. While I read all the nice comments about the Bosch jigsaw here, my expectations weren't real high given my jigsaw experience. Today I picked up the Bosch 1590 top handle at the Lowes 20% off sale and tried it out when I got it home. So that's what a jigsaw is supposed to work like!! I can now understand how you can actually use one for serious work.
Dave Hall
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When I was a kid my dad had one of those tan plastic $20 B&D jigsaws, it would barely cut anything. 15 years ago I needed a jigsaw for a project. I got my hands on a Bosch and could not believe the differance! Greg
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David Hall wrote:

I think the usage/discovery of a "good" portable jig saw is one of those defining moments that each and every wooddorker eventually finds himself enjoying. If you review some of the ancient text you'll find story upon story of almost everyone's revelations with this thing.
UA100, who went from a Black and Decker (POS Model) to a Black and Decker (Professional Model (when it actually meant something)) and now own the Bosch...
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"The" Bosch ? You mean a particular model ?
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GregP wrote:

Yeah. The blue and silver one. Came in a white case.
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wrote:

I guess that it's not the one that came with a "free" orbital sander at HD back 2-3 weeks ago.
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Nope. Got it at Nue's in the late 90's.
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you got a case with yours?
I modified an old makita cordless drill case for mine. one of the old metal rounded corner makita drill cases. from about 1985 or so...
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Yah! It's all white and metal. It was their anniversary that years so it's got all that onnit also. I really wanted to take out and bash it against a pile of gravel to see if I could beat the "I'm a newbie" look out of it. I do that when I get a new hard hat also. I hate showing up on site with a shiny hat.
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I figgered they would have an anniversary about every year or so. ;~)
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Hi, my Bosch jigsaw came in a very nice white metal case, wife tried to swipe it to keep her sewing stuff in it, that she carries with her. Seems most of the cases are plastic.
Tony

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The main feature in a quality jigsaw is the small backup wheel behind the blade, the orbital action, and the general tolerances in the mechanism. Also the blade retention system makes life easier. Set-screws are horrible, bayonet mounts do the job.
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snipped-for-privacy@cs.com says...

Same as me. They don't work very well, but the #@!$% thing just wouldn't break. I hated to replace it when I needed the money for tools I didn't have :-).

I bought my Bosch a year or so ago. Your reaction was the same as mine. Especially the quality of cut with those Progressor blades. What a difference!
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Yeah, mine wouldn't break either....might be because I hated it so much I just didn't use it. Hard to break 'em if you don't use 'em and just can't bring yourself to throw it against the nearest block wall a few times.
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David Hall wrote:

Hey, at least you can break a B&D by throwing it at a wall. I kind of wish my Bosch would break so that I'd have an excuse to get a new one with a tilting shoe, quick blade release, and dust blower. But I don't think I want to replace the wall that badly (I suspect the wall would break before the saw).

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I am afraid that you will need to perhaps throw gasoline on it and lighter up to destroy that saw... ;~)
The quick blade change is a blessing for those that change blades or actually wear blades out.
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Leon wrote:

I'm forever misplacing that long thin screwdriver--if I had to change blades more often I might have more luck keeping track of it. Trouble is that the only time I need to change blades usually is going from wood to metal or putting a scroll blade in, and I don't have to do that change very often.
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IMHO your saw has a better blade change setup than the next generation, the one with the combination lock style knob that you spin a few times. But the latest and greatest is super. My Milwaulee has the lever release and it is wonderful.
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Aint that the truth. I've had the 1590 (previously had the 1587) for about 4 months now. Huge improvement over the 1587. The 1587 blade ejection system was horrible and found it to be a major reason NOT to own the 1587. The 1587 had plenty of power but...yep, the blade ejector just sucked.
The only thing I don't like about the 1590 is the bottom plate anti scuff dealybobber doesn't fit tight and falls off. I remedied that by sticking some 2 sided tape to it to hold it in place. SH

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snipped-for-privacy@cs.com (David Hall) wrote:

Upon some suggestions from The Wrecking Crew of a cpl of years back, I bought a Milwaukee jigsaw. I just love it...BUT.. I use my buddy's Bosch barrel grip when I need to do something that requires the utmost of control. I do not think you can get that kind of control from a top grip...Bosch or Milwaukee..... which makes me think I need a Bosch barrel grip...yes, that's it...I NEED one of those....
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