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02-09-2011 12:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: makita black decker jig saw jigsaw


long time lurker here and first time signed up since I need a push.

I had/have $20 jigsaw that didn’t serve me well while it was working but I managed somehow. Now threads where you fix the blade are gone. I tried to make new threads with thread cutter so I can “fix it” haha but I broke the thread cutter somehow and it is fixed in the hole. I could easily drill through and try with thread cutting again but decided this is a sign from the universe that I need a new jigsaw.

Since I am 6 years older and I also have a little bigger belly and budget.

So I narrowed it down to two within my budget.

Black & Decker JS680V

Makita 4329K

Any comments appreciated

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 01:17 AM

Frankly, I’d buy a Bosch. But, if those two are your only choices, IMO, the Makita is a better unit.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 01:32 AM

BD is JUNK! I have a BD that I use for home protection. If someone should break into my shop, that’s what I’m throwing at them!

Buy your second tool first and go with the barrel grip Bosch.


Did I mention that the Black and Decker is Junk? A total POS.

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 01:45 AM

I had a Bosch until I purchased a Festool. The Festool is by far the best jig saw…..but it is pricey. I would agree with the folks before me….If it has to be between the two you mention….get the Makita….B&D are throw away tools….they are junk.

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 01:47 AM

This is great price on the 7A Bosch barrel grip JigSaw.

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#5 posted 02-09-2011 01:48 AM

Bosch first, Makita second.

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#6 posted 02-09-2011 02:37 AM

Have you thought about a band saw? You know how the jigsaw works and the capabilites, I think you would be happier with a bandsaw.

If you really want a jigsaw – anything mentioned above except the Black and Decker.

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#7 posted 02-09-2011 02:48 AM

If it is merely between the original 2-choices you listed, go with the Makita. If you can stretch a little, go with the suggested Bosch. Anf if you can stretch a bit further, I second the bandsaw suggestion.

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#8 posted 02-09-2011 04:16 AM

Jigsaws are one of those things where it really helps to try the tool out.
Vibration varies a lot from brand to brand and maybe from model to
model. The Festool cuts so nicely, you barely notice the vibration and
I’ve used Jigsaws that felt like they’d shake the teeth out of my skull.

Sometimes innovations from higher end tools trickle down into the
more affordable brands, so I cannot tell you for sure that you should
spend for a somewhat premium brand like Bosch, but I do recommend
you look for an opportunity to try out several saws from different makers
since there is such a wide variance in price and vibration with these

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#9 posted 02-09-2011 05:11 AM

1) bosch
2) bosch

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#10 posted 02-09-2011 05:45 AM

Of the two I would go with Makita…


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#11 posted 02-09-2011 06:03 AM

Thank you all for comments.

I see Bosch is the preferred one. Sadly I cannot justify getting the blue one since prices here start at 150 EUR.

How would green Bosch compare to Makita mentioned in first post ?

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#12 posted 02-09-2011 06:23 AM

I ask’d a question, what did Lj’s prefer top handle or barrel grip, I was shocked at what they said. I never liked the top handle saw cause it felt like you where pulling it to do its job. Then I used a battel grip what a difference…

Then as the post went on alot of them said they didn’t use there jig saw that much any more…
It was replaced by the band saw…

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#13 posted 02-09-2011 01:59 PM

I’m pretty happy with my Bosch….a huge jump from a crappy B&D.

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#14 posted 02-09-2011 02:16 PM

I’d rather have a Harbor Freight special than any thing from B&D.
Bosch is great.
Barrel grip is great.
Makita makes really good tools as well.
I would agree with the Bosch 1st, Makita 2nd.

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#15 posted 02-09-2011 03:37 PM

If those are your only two choices I’d no doubt go with Makita but I chose the Barrel Grip Bosch after first buying a CRAPsman jigsaw and hating it after the first few uses; lesson learned.

-- Ted

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