After stumbling last week through a simple curve in 1/2" plywood with my old POS
Black & Decker jigsaw, I decided to get some new blades. What do you know: the
universal type blades have become difficult to find (though not impossible). I
chose to use this fact as the excuse to upgrade: I picked up a new Bosch
1590EVSK today from the Borg for $169.
When I got it home, I sliced through some more of that same 1/2" plywood like it
wasn't there. So I picked up a 1.5" piece of red oak and sliced through that
like it was that thin plywood. WOW!
They say the only time you're happy with a cheap tool is the day you pay for it.
I think I'm going to be happy with this Bosch for a long time to come.
Good to know. I have a POS saw that is rearely used. Of course, that is
because it is a POS so I try to find other ways to do things. The Bosch is
on my "someday" list of things to aquire.
Good buy. After reading here all these stores about cheap tools, I decided this time
to skip the step of buying chip jig saw and bought Bosch right away. Just as they
say "thrifty person pays twice". :)
The second power tool I bought many years ago was a Bosch jigsaw--after
struggling with the $10 crap that my father tossed a couple of times a year
I spent what was then a ludicrous amount of money on it but I was sick of
struggling with those crummy toy saws. Turned out I didn't use it all that
much for a long time because at the time blades were hard to find, but it
cuts everything I throw at it up to the limits of its blade length and with
the right blades the quality of the cut is unbelievable.
Suggestion--get one pack of each kind of blade that looks like it _might_ be
useful to you and play with them--there's a wider variation in cutting
speed and quality of cut than you would expect if your experience has been
with other brands.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
Yep, one of the best tools I have. I'm not sure why it works so well, even
without the orbital motion turned on. The blades are better, but they don't
work near as well in the POS as in the Bosch. I put curves on the last foot
of some rafter tails made from rough 2" yaller pine..effortless!
Regarding jig saw comparisons:
Even though the picture is a Bosch 1590EVSK, the text considers
several others, including the Makita 4340FCT. Not sure I agree with
all reviewers comments but it's the best comparison I've seen so
BTW, Amazon gives the Makita 4340FCT more stars than the Bosch
1590EVSK. However, I've learned a long tiem ago that Amazon rankings
are a bit... well, inaccurate....
Um... I looked at the review by someone that does not have his facts
straight and noticed that he mentioned that the Milwaukee was made by Bosch.
That is wrong. The Milwaukee is German made by AEG. I wonder what else is
wrong with the review. LOL
I see you got the one with the "Really" quick blade change feature. You
should love it and I think you will find yourself using it more often in a
variety of applications since the blade changes out sooooo quickly and
Be sure to also use Bosch blades. Steer clear of DeWalt blades.
You may still be using a holdover of the technique that you used when
you were using a cheap saw. Cheap saws encourage you to push them.
Good saws work better if gently guided.
If you let the saw do the work, rather than push it through the work
too hard, you will get better results. Also, try using a blade with a
bit more set in it. I see lots of guys try to make cuts with fine
toothed, minimal set blades, when they would be better off with a few
less teeth, and a bit more set.
I would only use the Bosch blades and I would use either the second or
third position setting that controls the motion of the cut. I only
use the straight up and down setting when cutting metal.
Start the speed in the middle, or a bit to the slow side of the
middle, and adjust it to suit the feedback that you get from the
If you get in trouble on a curved cut, and it starts to bevel on you -
stop the saw and back up a little bit - restarting the cut in an area
where you were still cutting straight. Take the cut very slowly until
both sides of the blade are cutting the new line.
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.)
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)
Bosch makes a lot of different blades. Look closely at the selection. I had
to ask a salesperson at (the now defunct) WWW to clarify the differences.
One type of blade is a bit thicker than the rest and is made to specifically
combat this problem. Make sure you have the "thick kerf" blade. It's not
called that but they have a series if something like five icons on the
packaging that refer to speed of cut, smoothness of cut, material
Someone use mentioned technique. I agree. with the new blade you should
barely have to push.
I have the older Bosch. Even if it takes me 20 seconds rather than 2 to
change a blade, it's still a great tool.
On Sun, 13 Jun 2004 04:26:15 GMT, "Mortimer Schnerd, RN"
I don't know of any hand power tool that "improves" so much when going
from a cheap one (ala B&D) to a good one (like t he Bosch) as a jig
saw. The difference is amazing.
"How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for
those who are wise and of good will."
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