It is getting time to replace the old jig saw. I am looking for one that
will take straight shank blades, t shanks are great and have several
advantages over the straight, but I can't get the blade I need in t shank (I
also have a large stock of straight shank blades in the proper size and
configuration). I have looked at the Bosh, PC, Milwaukee and even some of
the lower end units and all seem to be going to t shank. Any advice on
upper end saws that use straight shank blades. T-shanks are not a thing I
want to use at this time, tried one of the new saws (a Hitachi (sp) and it
would not hold the straight shank blades).
I don't know what you call the style it is a narrow blade with a very wide
kerf. Good for making very sharp turns, but I need the extra wide kerf
(about 3/16 inch) on the blade which none of the T-shaft blades I have seen
No link to the blades, they were and maybe still are sold by VA. I found
them by accident in a close out sale and bought a case of them,and have
since been able to buy another half case. Case are a gross of blade packages
of either 2 or 5 blades to the package. I have never seen them accept at
the one store and always on close out. Down side to the blades is that they
only last about 15 min of cutting, the heat build up is out of sight. and
they dull real quick, a lot of tear out on the cut using hard maple. I did
do a rough check on the kerf and a 3/16 dowel will not go into the kerf but
a 1/8 dowel is very lose in it so it is some where in between.
Is there some reason you need a wide kerf? They make "scroll saw"
blades for jig saws, I have some marketed by Craftsman (don't know who
makes them), 12 tpi, 3" length, .165" wide, .06" kerf, retail $4 (Sears
Milwaukee makes a narrow blade that works OK for scrolling, but is a
rough cut: 4" long, 6 tpi, .25" wide, .075 kerf (Mil. #48-42-5010).
Both are T shanks.
These are just the blades I have on hand. Bosch tends to have the best
selection, and their CS is good: have you given them a call to ask if
they have the type of blade you're looking for? I would be surprised to
find that VA made a blade that Bosch didn't.
I mention this because the best jig saws out there now are pretty much
all T shank, they aren't that expensive and will serve well in so many
Mainly the craftsman, b&d, inexpensive ones, no guide wheel behind the
They are sufficient when you haven't used a "proper" :) jigsaw, but once you
use a higher end bosch or equivalent you will never pick up an old one. Even
in an emergency you'll say "I could just cut it now with this old Craftsman,
but I think I'll wait till tomorrow and do it with my new Bosch"
There are lots of saws around that use the older style blade. It is obvious
by the availability of replacements. That may well be the best recourse for
the OP. Have his present saw rebuilt or find a used one in good shape.
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