Actually, it's unproven yet that such is the case. In years past, he's
used three iterations of barrel grip Bosches, but the single instance
of the new Bosch in the 2005 season (Episode 1708) was too fleeting
(at least to my eye) to categorically assert whether it was a 1590 or
1591. The fronts of both saws are indistinguishable from one another
and the front is all one could see in that episode.
Now if someone happened to see him using the saw by watching the shop
shots during filming and would let me know which it was, I'd be happy
to back away from my assessment.
I agree. That barrel grip saw is incredible. You can make an easy S
cut in a 2x10 and be pretty much square along the cut edge.
If you have doubts, go to amazon.com and read the reviews.
I really took advantage of the angle cuts you are able to do with it.
Also, you can adjust the speed, the blower, and the aggressiveness of
the cut (how much it moves forward each stroke).
Holding it by the motor gives you much better control with no carpal
tunnel moves of the wrist.
Maybe the 1590's size would be an advantage - with the extra weight and
just the "substantial-ness" of the tool, as well as how smooth it runs
and cuts, it doesn't jump around or require as much guidance as my old
B&D did. You don't need to push down on it or anything, just kind of
direct where you want it to go, and it does so smoothly and without
I'd reconsider, and at least try the 1590 (or 1591) if you can.
I went back to Lowe's today and played with the 1590 and, in spite of
its mass, it has more features that I really like than anything else
out there. I am going to save the gift cards for another day, though.
I ordered the Bosch online tonight for $133 including shipping. Lowe's
price was $169 plus tax.
It's more important with jigsaws though.
A cheap drill still drills holes, it just doesn't have the same
reliability or battery life. A good jigsaw though is a whole different
tool. I can look at the edge _afterwards_ and tell which jigsaw I used
(cheap B&D or Bosch barrel body)
The pattern seems to be: Guy with Black and Decker/Skill jigsaw reads this
group. Goes out and buys a Bosch. Proclaims that it is the best saw in the
world. I have a Hitachi. I too upgraded from a B@D. The Hitachi is a huge
step up in performance. Is the Bosch better? Who's to say, the guy that
previously owned a B@D and upgraded to the Bosch?
You make an excellent point. I think many of us start with B&D POS jigsaws out
of ignorance. I read about the Bosch initially in (I think) FWW. They haven't
steered me wrong yet.
I could not believe the difference in the two saws. As for other high end
jigsaws, who knows? FWW?
For the most part, you get what you pay for. So, decide the
features/quality you want and what you can justify paying. Then the most
important thing is how a tool feels to you.
If the Hitachi feels good, buy it. I have never seen it, but am willing to
bet that the people who own it like it.
It may not be as good as the Bosch, but is probably cheaper; so it
represents an equal value.
I got home today and the power tool fairy had arrived with the new
Bosch 1590. I needn't have worried about the size of the saw.
I didn't even change clothes before loading a blade and cutting out a
couple of pieces for an Adirondack chair. I wish I didn't have to go
to a meeting at church tonight or I would finish the rest of the cuts.
This thing is amazing.
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