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Makita 4351FCT Whatajigsaw!!

Makita 4351FCT Whatajigsaw!!

04-05-2009 10:28 PM by matt garcia | 12 comments »

I know there are a lot of Bosch lovers out there, but I took a chance on this jigsaw and man did it pay off! The website indicated it was 40% less vibration than other brands. When I received it, and chucked up one of the new Starrett Dual-Cut blades and turned it on, you could barely feel any vibration. What a huge improvement over the POS Craftsman jigsaw I received as a gift a few years ago. This saw, in unison with the new Starrett blade yielded splinter free cuts on 3/4” oak ...

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A quality Jigsaw

A quality Jigsaw

10-13-2010 11:10 AM by DoctorDan | 10 comments »

Earlier this year I purchased a Makita 4351FCT Jigsaw from Sydney Tools. Official Stats: Length of Stroke 26mm, Max. Cutting Capacity 135mm (wood) & 10mm (steel), Angle cutting -45-45. Continuous Rating Input 720W, Strokes per Minute 800-2,800, and Weight 2.4kg. I needed a tool to make some curved cuts and also rough cuts in a safer manner than using a circular saw on a non-flat slabs. A bow-saw is romantic but I’d have to build it, and I was in a hurry. A bandsaw would be great,...

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Best Jigsaw I've used

Best Jigsaw I've used

12-31-2011 11:56 PM by Eric_S | 10 comments »

I’ve used 4 different jigsaws over the last few years, most recently though a $30 black and decker one that had lots of vibration and couldn’t cut a straight line for the life of it. I got tired of that and decided with my L-shaped closet shelfing I would use a jigsaw to cut it, so I’d need a quality one. I purchased this from Home depot for $130. It includes one blade that looks like 8 tpi or so, a case, and an allen wrench for adjusting the angle. I picked up some 10 ...

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Great saw for a big box store

Great saw for a big box store

12-11-2008 09:39 PM by DannyBoy | 9 comments »

I know, we all give the big box stores crap for having shoddy this, that, and the other. But let’s face it, we nearly all shop there. Lowes has always been a good place and I continue to love buying from there. I was lucky enough to get offered a bit of a shopping spree from my father for my birthday (a bit belated) and Lowes was just down the street. For the past 6 months I had been cursing myself for spending $30 on a crappy Black your Decker saw that was mostly plastic. I boug...

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Good Jig Saw Great Price

Good Jig Saw Great Price

10-16-2011 12:39 AM by patcollins | 8 comments »

Another reconditioned tool from Direct Tools factory outlet in Hagarstown MD. This one looked brand new except for the RECOND branded into the housing. This is a standard orbital jig saw with adjustable blade angle, adjustable shoe angle, adjustable orbital motion. adjustable locking speed, and a max speed limiter on the trigger. It has plenty of control and power and far more adjustements than I will ever need. I can’t really see myself needing the adjustable blade angle or the a...

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Quality saw, worth the investment

Quality saw, worth the investment

05-03-2009 10:47 AM by tmiller | 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. PROS:-Quick-Change blade clamp allows fast blade changes – no tools required. O...

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In Search of a Plumb Cut

In Search of a Plumb Cut

02-29-2008 05:17 PM by deadhead | 6 comments »

I recently had a couple of projects that required some curve cuts in both 4/4 oak and 8 ft. 2×12 pine. I don’t own a bandsaw ( bandsaws, horses, and teen agers all make me nervous) no problem , I had my trusty Skil jigsaw.Forget it! What was supposed to be a perfectly plumb 90 degree cut ended up as a 45 degree edge. I think the blade was trying to run away from the wood. So…, off to Home Depot. I was mentally prepared to spend a few bucks and get the best jigsaw available. I...

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I can't believe its not butter

I can't believe its not butter

05-28-2009 08:05 AM by Webb | 6 comments »

From what I can see, the mechanics of this jigsaw appear identical to the corded version (the DW331K). Wow – this saw really surprised me. I wound up doing a lot of carpentry recently (cabinets in the garage made out of 2×4’s and plywood) and my B&D drill died. For my anniversary, the loml bought me a DeWalt 18v drill/impact driver combination kit which started me looking for a way to score another battery. Since I had a “lowest price I could find” B&D I t...

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Is bad

Is bad

02-26-2008 04:39 AM by SteveOO | 5 comments »

I had a cheaper version of this saw and the quick release clamp broke. I figured I had bought all these stupid blades to fit the quick clamp so I bought another B/D of higher quality (the one being reviewed here) so I wouldn’t have this problem…..wrong. The new one broke the same way (quick clamp) so I stumbled upon this site trying to find a replacement for the broken quick clamp. You can find them for about $3…........................+$12 shipping. arrghhh

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Great little product

Great little product

03-23-2008 05:33 AM by Woodshopfreak | 5 comments »

This is the jig saw that I got about three years ago. It is a great little saw, and cuts like you wouldn’t belive. There is a few things that I love about this saw, first, the fact that it has dust collection is a big plus in my book. There is a little shroud, if I am saying that correctly that captures a decent amount of dust, and there is a blower on the other side to push it to the shroud. Another cool feature is the quick disconect blade thingy. It is really simple ot change from a ...

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