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Forum topic by wvprankster posted 06-08-2017 12:43 AM 531 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2017 12:43 AM

Hello, longtime lurker (and recent joiner) here. My craftsman jigsaw finally had enough, and had to be retired, leaving me in the market for a new one.

What I’ll be using it for:
Cutting toe kicks and notches for baseboards for built ins and cabinetry
rough template making for flat plywood projects

Comes and goes. It should be able to handle 4 or 5 hours of intermittent use, and then feel safe in its home for the next month.

Brands I’d like to avoid:
Craftman (I hated my last one in much the same fashion as I hate being on fire)

Budget: anything from festool (I’m already a bit invested in them) to harbor freight.

Barrel grip (I think? the one that died had a D handle and it was very unwieldy)
Corded (but if the prevailing winds blow toward the dewalt 20V max line I’m not opposed)
Better than what I had

TIA, woodworkers!

PS: I really, really, really hated the jigsaw I had.

-- What is to give light must endure burning.

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#1 posted 06-08-2017 12:46 AM

High recommend the mid grade Bosch barrel grip.

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#2 posted 06-08-2017 12:51 AM

For some reason the barrel grip has been rarer on new jigsaws. I’m not sure why – it is in every way better than a D-handle. I’d recommend any barrel grip model. IMO, spend your money on good blades, not on an expensive saw.

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#3 posted 06-08-2017 12:51 AM

+1 on the Bosch

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#4 posted 06-08-2017 12:59 AM

Hilti makes a nice jig saw as well, it’s a D handle though

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#5 posted 06-08-2017 01:11 AM

I bought a base-level Bosch for about $120 at
HD while working on an out-of-town install job
a few years back and returned it. It vibrated
more than my old Festool barrel grip I’d left
back at my shop.

Though the guides in the Bosch and Festool
look similar I found the Festool to have the
edge in smoothness of operation.

I cannot vouch for any of the newer model
Festool jigsaws. Mine is about 15 years old
and predates the Trion models.

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#6 posted 06-08-2017 01:21 AM

Bosch for sure

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#7 posted 06-08-2017 01:22 AM


-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#8 posted 06-08-2017 02:35 AM

Buy the best Bosch you can afford. they invented jigsaws (sorta).

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 06-08-2017 10:30 AM

I have the Festool Carvex, I had a cordless Dewalt before this one. The Festool is better, but not enough to justify the cost. If I had to do it over I would get a Bosch.

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#10 posted 06-08-2017 10:45 AM

I have the Bosch JS 572 (barrel) and I don’t believe the Festool has anything on it. Be sure to get the Bosch blades as well.

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