I was looking for a 120v jigsaw in the $50 range. Local hardware store
recommended the Skil 4390-01 (Amazon page here:
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Any other ideas? Opinions on the Skil jigsaw?
What he said. I used a top of the line (consumer) Craftsman jigsaw
for 10 years or more until I got my hands on a pro-quality orbital
jigsaw. The difference is night and day. You'd think that as long as
the blade is held securely and made to go up and down in a sawing
motion, they'd all be the same. It just ain't so. There are two
kinds of jigsaws in the world. Pro-quality orbitals and junk. For
$50, you only get the latter, from any manufacturer.
"I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet." -
I picked up a Bosch on ebay for about $60. Got it from a pawn shop,
almost brand new, case and all.
Be patient, selective, use the automatic bid assistant and you will get
one and same some $$ at the same time.
I looked at that same Skil recently but decided to spend the extra money and
just got a Bosch 1591. Wow, I think I could write my name in plywood with
that baby, I didn't know a jigsaw could be that smooth. That old line about
only crying once when you pay for a good tool rather than crying every time
you try to use a cheap tool is now my official policy. ;^)
Second that. Forget the skil, ryobi, etc.... Buy stuff that'll remind you
why you spent the extra $$ every time you pick it up.
You'll be a lot less likely to throw the bosch in frustration too. See, it
saves you in repair costs too!
Anytime you need justification for tools, just post here.
"Skil" as a product line is designed as a consumer level entry line of
The lone exception is the "77" saw wich I think is being redesigned.
If you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed.
I would not buy any "Skil" product being offered today.
I got one of their circular saws not long ago and so far it has performed
just fine although I wouldn't expect it to last as long as a more expensive
brand/model. All I wanted it for was cutting up sheets of OSB, if I'd
needed a tool for a more serious job I'd have spent more. I believe Bosch
actually owns Skil these days, the low half of a high-low product range I
suppose, however much you want to spend they have something to sell you.
I've been meaning to get back to thank everyone for the excellent
info. So you're saying to get the Skil jigsaw, right? Just kidding--
pretty overwhelming endorsement for Bosch in this thread! They must be
doing something right.
Thanks again to all!
I have been using a Skil jigsaw for about 15 years now with great success,
paid about $150 for it, great tool. That being said the one you are looking
at is a good short term rough work tool, meaning it won't last long and will
be a pain to use. Spend the extra money and buy a Bosch you won,t regret it
I've been trying to kill my B&D saber saw for almost 30 years and the sucker
just won't die... they just don't make 'em like that any more..lol
I thought it was finally going to bite it when a friend borrowed it to cut holes
in 1 1/4" particle board for his bathroom floor, but it just did its' thing and
laughed at us..
I looked at some of the newer ones and though I'm sure they work better and have
more features, they're also a lot heavier... not a good thing for the stuff I do
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