|Review by tmiller||posted 05-03-2009 10:47 AM||2558 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I have only had this saw for a few weeks but I have put it to pretty heavy use in that time building a couple Adirondack chairs and a few jigs. I am very glad I own this saw. It is worlds apart from most introductory jig saws (Black&Decker, Skill, Craftsman, Chicago…) I am not trying to be snooty but I have owned these and I am glad I upgraded. From where I stand here are the saws pros and cons.
-Quick-Change blade clamp allows fast blade changes – no tools required. Once you understand how this system works it is simple and fast. There is no way a blade is going to slip out on this saw.
-Quick-Tilt base can be adjusted with built-in wrench. This makes getting the blade at a 90 degrees a cinch. It also has a blade guide that surrounds the blade on 3 sides (not just a wheel).
-Good variable speed trigger and the saw feels natural in your hand.
-Bigger base. Just makes it that much easier to run the saw.
-Powerful. Cuts through 2×4 type material with ease.
-Really clean cuts. This might just be a blade thing but there is virtually no tear out on the top or bottom of the material.
-Heavier. Might be just that my others were light and less powerful.
-Saws dust tends to be thrown in to your face. Although down cutting blades takes care of this problem. Bosch t-shank #T101BR
-Little pricey but you get what you pay for.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend. For the type of woodworking I do it is just nice knowing I am not going to have to fuss with a difficult poor cutting jig saw.