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Forum topic by Carloz posted 11-01-2016 03:38 PM 925 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-01-2016 03:38 PM

Can any of the the higher end Bosch jigsaw owners tell me the practical difference between JS260, JS365, JS470 and JS572 saws ? The last one is more than 3 times more expensive than the first. Is there something that I would not be able to do easily with the first but could with the last ?

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#1 posted 11-01-2016 05:38 PM

I have the 470 and I can say that it is an amazing saw. It can cut very tight curves and thicker stock with the correct blade. I use it more for curves almost more than I use my bandsaw. It is a very useful tool when you get used to them.

The differences with the saws would be the power ratings. The Js572 is rated at 7.2 amps, where the 470 is 7 amps, and they get successively lower in that rating.

For the 572 I could see getting for cutting steel, or running the big blades for cutting 6×6 lumber as you would need the power. I saw a video where a gentleman cut 1/4 steel with the 572.

For normal woodworking I don’t think you need even to have the 470 (even though I love it). Bosch makes a great jigsaw so I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. So buy what suits your budget

Hope this helps

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#2 posted 11-01-2016 06:28 PM

The big question is what do you do with a jigsaw? The Bosch simply get better as they go up in number (and price). The 572 is arguably better than the Festool jigsaws (certainly better than the Trion). Note the dust collection adpator is extra for the 572 and actually ends up a little more than the Trion. If you want a top handle and don;t care about the case the Metabo is a good choice for less, I say the Metabo since they only import the STEB 140 to the US. The 572 is simply one of the best jigsaws available and my choice outside the Mafell which is the king of jigsaws. If you do fine work with a jigsaw you will appreciate the 572, if you only do rough work with one get the Dewalt 331 and be done with it for half the price. I am not a fan of the value presented by the lower level Bosch units. The key is how you plan to use it.

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#3 posted 11-01-2016 07:51 PM

I agree with the “use” part being very important. Some guys see the jigsaw as a not-so-useful tool, and the less expensive ones do what ever they need just fine. I have the 572, wouldn’t give it up for anything currently on the market, and see it as the top model at this time. But then, I think they have a lot of use in the shop.

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#4 posted 11-01-2016 08:02 PM

Thanks for the hint with Metabo. I have their variable speed grinder and if their jigsaw is of comparable quality I am may be just getting it.

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#5 posted 11-01-2016 08:24 PM

I have the 470eb and like it. I seldom use it though. It is pretty heavy.

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#6 posted 11-01-2016 08:27 PM

Used Bosch saws are better. The model before the dumb ones came out.

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#7 posted 11-06-2016 04:12 AM

Carloz – FWIW, I purchased the JS365 recently to replace an old (32 years) B&D. I looked at several brands but really wanted the Bosch. I first considered the JS260, but the switches on 2 models in the store binded just a little bit which I thought could be problematic when using variable speed. The JS470 felt awfully big in my smallish hands.

The differences seem to that the quality and features get better as you go up the line as pointed out by AHuxley above. Just check out the specs online. The JS360 is a very good saw. The only nit I have is that the blade will drift a bit (about 1/2 degree) on cuts of 1 1/2” yielding a slightly out-of-square cut. (It could be the operator.) But on 1” or 3/4” cuts, I get very good results. Hope this helps.

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#8 posted 11-06-2016 04:52 AM

I have the 470, as well… it. Use it to cope base and crown moulding. The barrel-style of handling just makes it much more controllable than the top handle. I have a Porter Cable with the top-handle and hate it.

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#9 posted 11-06-2016 06:17 AM

Ahhhh! Actually, I had purchased the PC 345 (~$60 US) about a week earlier thinking a jigsaw is a jigsaw. After thinking about the things I wanted to do and researching the uses of jigsaws, I changed my tune and re-thought that purchase. After a bit of research, I returned the the PC and got the Bosch.

Carloz – BTW the JS370 is now on sale for $99.00, a $20 drop. Best. Forrest

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#10 posted 11-06-2016 01:39 PM

I’ve got the 470. Bought it maybe 10-15 years ago. It’s a bit of a handful, but I’ve never regretted buying it. It does a wonderful job and as much as I use it. I’ll have it for years.

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