It'll do you if you want to thrash your way through a relatively rough cut.
If you are looking for a "good" jig saw that will produce good results and
have convenient features, you want to look at the latest Bosch and or
Milwaukee saws with the lever action blade release.
You seriously need to be looking in the $150-$200 range to get a saw that
you will enjoy using and give you nice results.
I bought my older Swiss made Bosch on E-bay for $70. I was trading up
from a B&D that I had grown to hate. It bounced and jounced, never cut
clean, cut straight whem I wanted a curve, cut crooked when I wanted
it straight, etc., etc. It also had a little thumbscrew to hold the
blade in that, if I wasn't on my toes, would smash my thumb if I held
it in the wrong place. The Bosch is like a surgical instrument
compared to the B&D. It is a pleasure to use and is one of my favorite
tools. If and when this saw ever needs to be replaced, it will
definitely be with another Bosch.
Hate to say it considering your budget, but I agree with the other
replies. I upgraded from a B&D to a Bosch jigsaw, and the difference
is really amazing. Not just a "Chevy to BMW" type comparison - more
like a "Model T to BMW" comparison. The cheaper saws will cut wood,
but they're really different tools than the nice ones.
That said, you don't have to spend $150 on the newest bosch
(1590/1591). You can probably find one of their older ones (1584 or
1587) for significantly less. These don't have exactly the same
features as the 1590 (toolless blade change etc), but they're still
head and shoulders above the cheap saws in terms of quality and
performance. Try searching ebay for 'bosch (1584,1587)'. Based on
completed auctions, it looks like you should be able to get one for
less than $70 including shipping.
Hope this helps!
I second the advise on the Bosch.
One thing that I have always found to be true is that everyone
has their own opinion about every kind of tool and who makes
the best, but almost without exception, Bosch is considered
the king of Jig Saws.
There is a good reason for that.
I bought a Makita 4324 in December. I chose the Makita because it's
smaller than the Milwaukee and Bosch. It's light, smooth and
comfortable to use. Never had a problem with other Makita products.
I have power tools built by Milwaukee, Porter Cable along with other
brands. You get what you pay for.
I have to agree with the Bosch recommendation, too. Bosch was the first maker
to introduce the roller guide to support the blade from deflecting backwards
during the cut. Every brand has that feature now, even the cheapos, but the
quality and tolerances don't compare to the better brands. Although the "pro"
saws are a bit heavier when you heft them, that's actually a benefit because
the extra weight helps by reducing kick back, resulting in easier handling
and a much smoother cut (the same applies for a circular saw).
Having both "D" handle and "barrel" style jigsaws, I'd recommend the "barrel"
style. I think it offers better "feel" and control with that configuration.
And I highly recommend the Bosch blades too, regardless which saw you get.
I've found none better.
On Sat, 12 Jan 2008 05:55:12 GMT, "toolman946 via CraftKB.com"
Make that two of us. Mine is a top handle and I wish I had purchased
the barrel grip.
I'll also add that I didn't use my Craftsman saw much, because the
A GOOD jigsaw is a very handy tool. I would never use the cheapie
for anything I could do with round blades. Since I can depend on the
Bosch cutting squarely and reliably, it becomes the preferred tool on
a regular basis.
I used the Bosch jigsaw and a speed square to cut 3/4" prefinished oak
flooring on my recent floor install. The jigsaw was quieter, it
didn't wreck the finish, I could use the same tool for many different
cuts (crosscut, rip, combo, notch, scribed, taper...) , and I could
use it in the work area without it creating mountains of dust
everywhere. My "bench" was an overturned milk crate. <G>
I find that I don't have much trouble grasping a D-handle saw by the
barrel. This was more convenient on my old one, which had a slide
switch instead of a trigger that had to be latched, but can be done on
the new one.
If someone wanted to take a chance on a newcomer, the Triton
(Australian company) that Sears is currently selling as their
"Craftsman Professional" has a removable D handle and some other
"innovative" features that seem from what I've read to for the most
part actually be useful. I've not used it so can't say how well it
For years I used the cheapest jig saws - once building a fence with a
pineapple desgn cut out of the pickets - lots of work.
Then, I finally got myself one of those barrel jig saws ($169.00) -
viva la difference! It was a Dewalt with one failing - the cast
footpad! But did it ever slice through wod! It would cut through 2 x 4
material with ease. It had several settings selected by means of two
levers (to this day I can't tell you what they were actually for!
I also bought a "better" sears model (#?? $40) at their outlet store
or closeout bin - I'm a frequent "closeout/returns shopper) and found
it as powerful as the DeWalt.
I've still got the older jig saws and they all work, but I've no
reason to pick any of them up. As my SEARS is miles away at teh
moment, I can't share the model number - likely its been re-issued as
something with a "laser" anyway and discontinued otherwise. And the
Dewalt was discontinued in favor of a model with a pressed steel base
that will not fit the model I bought!
At any rate, spend a bit more or try the discontinued/returns/closeout
bins and get some ass (higher amp rating a significant clue) in your
jig saw and you will not regret the purchase.
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