Which jig saw is best?

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05-03-2010 08:30 AM

So which jig saw is the one to get? I prefer a barrel grip myself. I have an older bosch but it is wearing out. I had a festool a few years ago but visibility is poor.


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#1 posted 05-03-2010 01:23 PM

So which jig saw is the one to get?

””Best”” is relative to what you do and what kinds of wood/materials you will be using.

I have two jig saws. I like both of them. Each one is ””best”” to me for their intended purposes. However, they are very different.

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 01:35 PM

none with the stickers…. Skil or Black and Decker.
Sorry thats my experience.

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 02:12 PM

I don’t know if it’s the best, but I was just using my new Porter Cable C600JS yesterday and it worked great. I picked up this one because I liked all of the features it had; adjustable speed, variable orbital settings, LED light, keyless blade change, and the feature that put it over the top for me was the tool free bevel adjustments with stops at 0°, 15°, 30° and 45°. I haven’t had it for very long, but so far, so good. :-)

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 02:18 PM

I have a top handle BOSCH. I wont buy anything other than BOSCH for my hand power tools. I have had very good luck with all of them. The jig saw is nice to operate, its fairly light, blade changes are a snap, and best of all the cut quality is superb with the new Bosch blades.

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#5 posted 05-03-2010 02:35 PM

I have Bosch 1590 top handle jig saw. I am very pleased with it. Good luck picking a saw.

God Bless

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 03:33 PM

I also have the Bosch 1590. I’ve had it for a couple of years and I’m very happy with it. Bosch make a barrel grip with the same specs, the 1591.

-- -- Chuck S.

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#7 posted 05-03-2010 03:56 PM

Mine! (lol – just kidding… but not really)

I just got the Bosch 1951 with the dust collection adaptor. I love the barrel grip, the quick release, the precision and power on this jigsaw. but this is really personal taste.

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#8 posted 05-03-2010 04:09 PM

Bosch saw with Bosch Blades. I currently have the Bosch 1951, had another model prior to that which disappeared from a jobsite. They make a great saw but the blades are the key. Bosch makes one of the best if not the best blade around. Buy one and compare it to a Skil blade in whatever jigsaw you use.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#9 posted 05-03-2010 04:48 PM

Personally, I like Hitachi. They have good prices and thier tools stand up pretty good for me. (framing nailer, brad nailer, lithion drill and a jigsaw.

The good thing thing about most of these tools is that they were bought reconditioned (for a good bit cheaper than the normal retail value) from the factory. They still come with their factory warranty and everything so if something messes up with them (which has never happened to me) then you can send it in for repairs.

You can get their jigsaw which is the same one I have for $65 reconditioned. It has some great features: tooless blade change, LED light, variable speed, and probably more than I can’t recall.

Here is a link if your interested:

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#10 posted 05-07-2010 05:37 AM

Hitachi and Makita get good reviews. I use a Dewalt and have good success with it. To help make a decision I suggest you read Choosing the Best Jigsaw for Your Needs, at

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