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Forum topic by Mark posted 12-31-2015 05:29 PM 783 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2015 05:29 PM

Morning all. I’m looking at getting a new jig saw. I don’t use one much,so a big dollar saw is not in the picture. I was looking at the Bosch JS 260. Right on my price point, but then I started reading some confusing reviews. Some good some not so good. Any one out there own one, it so whatcha think.
Happy New year to all.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 12-31-2015 06:12 PM

I recently bought.One and have been satisfied with it. Previous jig saw was a 25 year old Craftsman so night and day between the two. No idea how it compares to other new models.

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#2 posted 12-31-2015 06:33 PM

I have a Dewalt that works well. It has adjustments for how aggressively it cuts. I tend to use the bandsaw much more than a jigsaw, but it’s handy in certain situations.

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#3 posted 12-31-2015 11:34 PM

Can’t help at all Mark, have different makes here in Aus. For casual use buy what brand is in your price range.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 01-01-2016 11:18 PM

Bob I’m kinda stuck. As I said before I don’t use it much so I’m looking to spend $100 max. If that isn’t bad enough I received a $50 gift card from the local tool house and the Bosch slides right in to those parameters.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 01-01-2016 11:32 PM

I don’t own this particular saw, but I do have an iteration of it’s predecessor. Perhaps a tick or two up on the tier of bosch jigsaws. I have always liked it. It has certainly done it’s intended function. There really isn’t that much of a difference in jigsaws in this price range. There isn’t even that big of a difference when you jump up to a festool. Marginal, at best. I know. I have used them. I’d say you’d be fine in this purchase. Maybe look at some refurbished cpo sites and you can knock a few dollars off and still fell good about your purchase as they come with a warranty. Maybe even get a higher version of it for the same price as what you have been looking.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#6 posted 01-01-2016 11:43 PM

I would recommend this model:

As little as I use a jigsaw, this filled the bill nicely. Skil made a couple good models, and this one has stayed with me for years. One of only two Skil tools I own, the other being a ROS that I never use. This saw features quick release blade, variable speed, plenty of power. I didn’t need to spend more money for something that I use maybe 3-4 times a year.

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#7 posted 01-02-2016 12:47 AM

If I were to purchase another jig saw it would be of the barrel grip variety. There’s more control in the barrel-grip (less top-heavy/tippy) than the standard jig saw with a handle on top. I have a Dewalt DW331K, and it’s a nice saw, but more of a contractor’s saw for cutting sink openings in countertops than a woodworker’s shop tool. This Bosch is nice.

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#8 posted 01-02-2016 12:55 AM

FWIW I just bought one of these and it is proving to be an excellent saw

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