My Black & Decker jigsaw works if I ease into a cut, but recently has start
ed to jam (and I hear the motor spin really fast and I hear gears slip) if
I try to cut too fast. As I release the trigger, it starts to move again i
f no force is applied to the cut. So, it works, but only if I bring it up
to full speed before starting a cut and avoid any sudden cuts or turns. Is
this something easily repairable, or time to buy a new one?
You don't say what model it is, so just taking a wild guess
at the problem I suspect the orbital action has become worn,
and is allowing the reciprocating motion to disengage when
the blade is forced backward.
I'm also going to guess that it is something not easily or
Note that B&D are on the lower end of the price and quality
spectrum. If you use a jigsaw frequently, you might want to
look at a higher-end model, like a Bosch.
(having said that, I recently repaired a 35 year old B&D jigsaw,
but I had to have a machinist friend make a part for me to do
so, which isn't an option most people have).
....or a Makita.
Make sure any jigsaw you purchase has a built-in sawdust blower.
Screw all the other features. I bought a DeWalt and it has NO blower.
I gotta lean over the top of the jigsaw to manually blow the sawdust
outta the way to see the cutting line! Totally infuriating. 8|
I kinda suspected that, but some blower has jes gotta be better than
no blower, at all. ;)
Here is the best reviews I've found:
Amazing! The Mafell can be had fer under $1K. ;)
I'd think the sawdust sucker on a (cue Leon) Festool would be a big
plus. I've thought about buying one a couple of times but every time
I use my Bosch, I decide there is no way I could justify replacing it.
Keep it. My old one died (needs a part that's no longer available)
after several decades and quite frankly compared to the old one the new
one is a piece of crap. I find that blade guides or no, half the time
it decides it's going to cut a bevel whether I want one or not. I
suspect that the quick change doesn't hold the blade as firmly as the
old screw-from-the-top clamp.
When I worked part time at Woodcraft, one of the power tool reps told me
to always buy a factory refurbished tool over a new one. His logic was
that when a tool was returned, the reason was often hard to determine.
So the repair crew went through and checked everything. A more thorough
testing than the new ones received.
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and
carrying a cross.
On Wed, 18 May 2016 22:17:25 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard
Or it could be a latent defect that got through test in the first
place and will again every time they do the same tests. I wouldn't
worry too much about it for tools but I'd never buy any refurb
I buy refurb electronics all of the time, and have for a lot of years.
Never had a single problem with any of the stuff I've bought. Often
times the refurb process is to simply replace the offending part with
brand new and make it available. Hardly any different from buying brand
new. Generally speaking they also upgrade any parts that have been
superseded by revisions or updates as well.
I've had Century-Link replace my DLS/wifi modem 3 times. The first
two shipped to me were refurbs, neither of which solved the problem.
**NOTE: Century-Link will ship nothing BUT refurbs. NO new modems
shipped to customers**
The third was also a refurb, which the C-L tech brought to my house.
He tried to tell me, "that's the way it is, sometimes". I told him I
was having none of it. I wanted it working right!
He finally relented and said we could try one more thing, but he'd hafta
go to the shop. Back in about 15 mins, he brought a BRAND NEW modem.
Same model as the previous three, but not a refurb. It worked!!
Problem solved. End of story. (which is true)
What were you saying about refurbs? ;)
Refurbed junk is still junk. Some stuff should never be sold, new or
refurbed - and if something has an intermittent problem it is very
likely the refurb process won;t find and fix the problem. A lot of
what is sold as refurb is just stuff that had damaged packaging or has
been dropped in shipping do the manufacturer will not puit on full
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