Quality of a brand seems to wax and wane, as noted in the recent/
ongoing discussion "What's The Drill".
I need recommendations for a new jigsaw to replace my 30 yr old
Craftsman. Moderate to thick cutting capacity without hesitation, at
least medium quality.... leaning toward higher end quality, but I
don't need a commercial saw.
Corded saws only: What brands and/or models might be performing the
best, these days?
You could buy a Skil and it would be much better than what you are
replacing, I had a Craftsman that would have been tha old had it not
pooped out 10`12 years ago.
I strongly recommend one that allows you to replace the blade in 2~3
seconds. The easier it is to replace the blade the more likely that you
will and that you will use the saw more often. I do not recomend one
that has a combination of turns and twists to remove the blade.
Look for one with a single lever release.
I personally have the German/AEG built Milwaukee, Bosch is good and
there is also the Festool. Festool was suppose to come out with the
same model that is used in Europe but for some reason or an other,
probably causes cancer in California, its arrival has been postponed in
Another thing to consider are the blades, IMHO the Bosch blades are the
best, many styles will make a remarkably smooth cut in hard woods.
I'll second that. The bosch blades are second to none.
I have a basic dewalt that Dewalt sent free for buying a Planer about 12
What I like,
having support behind the blade.
the sole rotates around to provide near zero clearance.
the orbital cut vs straight cut. Nice when your roughing. Nice to turn
off when your doing fine work.
Wish that it took the T type blades . It takes the U's
Speed control is good, the blower started out good but doesn't seem as
good now. So I would like one a little more powerful.
Do I wish I had keyless Blade change... yes and no. It's easy to change
the blade so I don't need it. But it would be nice.
I think that all jigsaws should include 2 shoes. One for rough work like
cutting through a roof. You don't want that shoe against your woodwork
I made a magnetic shoe , masonite , sheet magnets and a border, for
working with rough stuff. I just put it on to save my regular shoe.
Bosch has been the best for me down through the years. I would love to
have the new Festool, but there seems to have been a problem with UL
and/or the strobe light, which apparently could cause cause epileptic
seizures in those susceptible (and supposedly comes with a warning in
that regard in Europe).
I own and use a Bosch, and absent the Festool Carvex ever making it to
these shores, I would replace it with the same Bosch model were it lost.
A fourth and a story. I borrowed a buddy's 1587 to try out a few years
ago. When he loaned it to me, he said "I'm not doing you any favors,
you're going to have to buy one."
If only they would put a light on it! (I've got the 1590.) I'm
thinking about adding a light, but I haven't figured out how to do so
without drilling or duct taping something to it.
I picked up one of these at HF. I use it on my router. I just mounted a
small piece of metal that the rare earth magnet can stick to in the base
Looks like you can do the same on the shoe of your jig saw, out of the
way, or use another magnet attached to the shoe.
See the link. I can't find on their website, so I took a picture.
The base has a rare earth magnet, a laser pointer, a powerful led,
goosneck, small package.
Only like $3 or $4 from what I remember.
On 5/25/2012 12:27 AM, Puckdropper wrote:
Searching reviews is a good thing to do. When I bought mine, Bosch was
consistently rated at the top. I have the older version of what is now
a 1591EVSL and can highly recommend that. Features to look for are:
1. variable speed
2. tool-less blade changing
3. Roller behind the blade to support it for a straight (more
controlled), perpendicular cut
4. dust blower
5. Adjustable orbital action
6. LED worklight (if they have it)
You decide if you prefer a top-handle, or the barrel model. I prefer
the barrel, but that's just a personal thing. I like mine for rough
cutting lumber/plywood because it doesn't throw dust all over like a
circular saw would. But it cuts just as straight.
A handy reference is http://www.huntfamily.com/bosch_blades.htm
On 05/24/2012 01:22 PM, Sonny wrote:
There are three brands worth considering, IMO, Bosch, Bosch, and my
favorite, Bosch. I like the top handle, but the barrel grip is
Never tried a Festool, but they should be good for the money. Since
you are asking what is good, I'm sure you already know to avoid the
Amazon has the Bosch 1591, barrel grip, is $179, whereas the 1590, top
grip, is $203. I am more familiar with the top grip.
Local Home Depot has the 1590 for $179, also, but online sales only.
Maybe with the promotion (below), an additional discount is available.
For anyone else looking at a Bosch, I see Bosch has a promotion
ongoing for selected items. Here's a copy of their "Read More" from
the Home Depot listing:
Discount Details$20 off a $100 or $40 off $200 or more total purchase
of Select Bosch Tools/Accessories. Promo Code: Bosch
$20 off w/ the purchase of $100 - $199.99 and $40 off $200 or more of
Select Bosch Tools, Measuring Tools, and/or Accessories (ONLINE ONLY)
Valid 5/14 -6/23. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotion.
After shopping 2 hours online and then in the local stores, it has
been discovered the Bosch 1590EVSL and 1591EVSL has been
discontinued. Either of these tools on a store's/outlet's shelf is
apparently the only ones available. There are no back orders from
Bosch, according to Lowes phone call to Bosch, when trying to order
one for me.
I settled with the Bosch JS470E model and blades. I haven't tried it
yet, but it'll get a workout today on some custom headboards, for
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