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BlankMan

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11-27-2009 10:25 PM

Picked up one of the Bosch Barrel Grip Jig Saws they had for $99. Always wanted a barrel grip jig saw, of course I realized that after I spent $170 on my DeWalt DW321 when it first came out. Wanted the toolless blade change feature and I didn’t have a decent jig saw, just some B&D piece of, oh never mind, so I bought the DeWalt. Then I used a barrel grip jig saw, really liked how easy it was to control but I wasn’t going to spend the money to replace my DeWalt. Till now. That’s a pretty decent deal. I got there at 9, 2 hours after they opened and they had already sold 12 of the 24 they had, the assistant manager said he didn’t expect them to last the day.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI


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MedicKen

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#1 posted 11-27-2009 10:30 PM

I think that you will really like the Bosch. I have the top handle model, cant recall #, but its nice. If you pair it with Bosch blades I think you will be amazed on the quality of cut. As far as I am concerned, and this only MY opinion, I think Bosch makes the best hand power tools on the market. I have owned most of the other major manufacturers and the Bosch out performs them all.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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BlankMan

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#2 posted 11-27-2009 10:39 PM

Yeah it was a timely purchase too. The project I’m working on requires a half circle cutout so I’ll very likely be trying it out today, and I do have some Bosch blades. I wasn’t looking to buy one but when I got the Rockler flyer in the mail Wednesday that was just too good of deal to pass up. If only I get off my butt and get down to the workshop…

Don’t get me wrong, the DeWalt is OK I just have been toying with the idea of getting a barrel grip one for a while and manufacturer didn’t matter. Well it sorta did, as long as it was Porter-Cable, DeWalt, or Bosch.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 11-27-2009 10:54 PM

Great deal on a great jigsaw. I have loved every BOSCH tool I have even owned. ...and I also own a pretty kick ass dishwasher they made also!

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#4 posted 11-27-2009 11:04 PM

I completely forgot about the dishwasher. We have the stainless model, inside as well as outside. Picked it up at Sears scratch and dent for next to nothing. It’s so quiet when it runs I have opened it many times while its running.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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#5 posted 11-27-2009 11:22 PM

I got kind of turned off by Bosch tools. When I was just getting serious about doing woodworking some 15 years ago my second router was a Bosch 2HP 1613EVS, still have it (my first one was a Craftsman 2HP, what a piece a junk, sold it and bought the Bosch). But I wasn’t happy with it, actually disappointed with it, sticky plunge action. I mean really sticky, you almost had to force it. So that turned me off from buying Bosch tools. I mentioned this to a Bosch rep at the Woodworkers Show one time and he asked if it was under warranty, it wasn’t by then. But I was green, I lived with it, now I would take it in to get fixed under warranty in a heartbeat.

But a few years back I was in need of a laminate trimmer. I researched and went out and looked at all the models available from all the manufacturers, I settled on the Colt. I really like that thing, lot of really nice features and ergonomically fits nicely in the hand. Did the same thing when I needed a circular saw, did a lot of research and looked at all the designs and settled on the Bosch 1655. Not good. The shoe is not parallel to the blade so when you try to use it with a straight edge the blade binds and you can’t adjust that. I now have a Milwaukee.

So, if this jig saw pans out my experience with Bosch will be 50-50.

And that’s why I lean towards Delta, Porter-Cable, and DeWalt.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 11-28-2009 12:51 AM

I own a DeWalt jig saw—worst jig saw I’ve had since my Craftsman from early 1970. (Last Craftsman tool I ever bought) I will consider nothing but Bosch (or Festool, but that’s not quite fair here) for a jigsaw now. I’ve had mine for years. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s the older model and doesn’t have quick-change blades.

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BlankMan

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#7 posted 11-28-2009 12:57 AM

Wow. And I thought my DeWalt was ok, and it has the quick change blade feature. Maybe I set my standards to low, I am curious as to what made it the worst? And what model? I don’t use a jig saw a lot but when I need to it does ok. Well, time will tell once I start using the Bosch.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 11-28-2009 01:01 AM

My old Craftsman gave up on me a couple years ago and I got a Ridgid. I reall like it with its variable oscillating action and speed. It was my first quick change blade and I wont go back. LOL

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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BlankMan

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#9 posted 11-28-2009 07:04 AM

Well, I’ve used it. I like it. I really like it. There’s only one thing I don’t like which I knew back when I bought my DeWalt but had forgotten and was part of the reason I bought the DeWalt. The Bosch T blades. Normal jig saw blades are not compatible. It came with a couple blades but not the TPI I wanted to use, luckily I had some Bosch blades of that TPI. All in all minor, I’ll get over it, just don’t like to be locked in to proprietary stuff. But, is Bosch the only source for the blades? Got one more cut to make.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 11-28-2009 09:54 PM

I have a Bosch barrel grip jig saw and love it. I have had it for several years now and its performed flawlessly.
Rockler has some great prices this week. I just got back from there and bought an Incra 1000HD miter gauge for $99.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#11 posted 11-29-2009 03:38 AM

There are other manufacturers of Bosch style blades. But I don’‘t think anyone has the huge variety of blade types that Bosch offers. I probably have ten different types of blades in my jigsaw case right now.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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