Merry x-mas to me! I spent some x-mas money on myself and bought a much
needed new jigsaw. This should hold me until I can buy my dream bandsaw. I
bought the Bosch 1590 to replace my crappy Skil saw that would never cut at
90o consistently. I bought the Bosch after reading a review in Woodworkers
Journal (June 2005), they gave it their highest marks just below the
Festool. Anyway, I tried it today and Wow!! Huge improvement over my piece
of crap Skil saw. One day I will get that bandsaw, <Sigh>...
(Featuring a NEW look)
Compared to the Skil, the Bosch 1590 IS a bandsaw.
("Runs like a sewing machine. Cuts like a chainsaw.")
Tom Watson - WoodDorker
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)
I enjoy mine, except for the trigger lock. I hate those on a jig saw.
Ask my left hand why. He still has all 5 digits, but they're more
Tom in KY, would you prefer Olympic style scoring? 8.5, 9.0, 9.0,
10.0. The 8.5 is low for buying something you _needed_ for Christmas.
Congrats! I made the same jump about 8 months ago, and couldn't agree
more - what a difference! My recent pleasantly surprising discovery is
that this jigsaw, with the Bosch Progressor Wood blade, can cut acrylic
sheets (ie plexiglass) with almost no chipping - wow!
got the same one too, and i replaced my dewalt, that I could never to cut at
right angles. love it.
then went on to get the circular saw from bosch, to replace the old chepo
skillsaw. cant believe the distance. Have come to the conclusion that i
will never buy "inexpensive" tools, because in the long run they just turn
out to be "cheap".
Here's a fact you probably don't want to know. The Chinese can make
bearings, or most anything else, as well as anyone. The reason you see so
much Chinese crap in this country is that that's what the importer is
buying. If he buys quality, the big profit margin shrinks. Crap is more
profitable. Lots of American made crap too if that's what you want. Here and
in China, you get what you pay for.
Yes, they can!
Nowhere is China's ability to operate at either end of the quality
scale demonstrated better than the in the bicycle industry.
China can export the most god-awful crap in the world to be sold for
$39 in the kid's bike department at Wal-Mart. Think of the wholesale
price for that complete bike, after shipping, taxes, local assembly,
and everybody's profits! <G>
On the other hand, from different factories, they are exporting
high-end, full-suspension mountain frames designed in the USA by
companies like Specialized, along with high-quality titanium and
carbon fiber road bikes. Some of these frames can command thousands
of dollars. That's for the frame ONLY, with the purchaser or shop
installing some of the best Italian, Canadian, French, American, and
Japanese components available.
Chinese made parts even up in competitions that even non-riders have
heard of, like the Tour de France, and the Olympics.
One of my favorite bikes is a fantastic mountain bike with a Chinese
frame (Giant), Italian fork (Marzocchi), American rear shock (Fox),
French wheels (Mavic), German tires (Continental), Japanese and
Canadian drive train (Shimano / Raceface), American stem and seat post
(Thompson), American brakes (Hayes), and an Italian saddle (Selle de
Italia). Many people have no idea it's a Chinese frame, and many of
the parts where I listed the origin are probably manufactured in China
or include Chinese made parts.
On the other hand, stores are flooded with poor quality, knock-off
auto parts from China. Wal-Mart seems to have found the magic formula
for finding cheap, poor quality Chinese goods of every category.
It's all in what the product manager specifies...
I also have it. It's a revelation after using a POS B&D and even a
much cheaper and older Bosch. Although I bought it as a GST 135BCE and
it's made in Switzerland, AFAIK, it's identical to the 1590,
Cheap tools can be just fine, the real trick is to know when to spend
on a decent one, and when cheapies will be perfectly adequate. For
instance, I have 5 right-angle disk grinders; 1 good, 1 chiwanese
cheapie and 3 cheaper models got from garage sales for about $5 each.
I cannot tell the difference between any of them. It's a real bonus
not having to stop halfway and mess about changing disks, etc
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