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Forum topic by ohtimberwolf posted 06-27-2018 08:08 PM 1381 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ohtimberwolf

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06-27-2018 08:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig saw wiggle

What jig saw has cut the straightest for you? I was in Lowe’s and l a Skill 4495-02 was marked down to $39.95 and with a Vet discount seemed like a good buy at $38.32 including tax. So, I did it.

Then I went home and checked u-tube for reviews and took it back. The reviewer said it was ok but the blade wiggled sideways and I already have one of those. I checked out all the saws on display while I was back at the store and I could wiggle all of them except for the Bosch JS260. It would not budge. It is $79.00 and would be lowered by about $8.00 with the Vet discount. Very tempting. What is your experience with this type saw?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFdxf8w2k54

Do most have this sort of problem?
larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.


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#1 posted 06-27-2018 08:26 PM

As important as the jigsaw itself is the choice of blades used and of course technique. I only use Bosch blades now primarily because I’ve never been disappointed with them. Bosch jigsaws are also regarded highly so with the right blades you should be happy with the JS260, It’s not the best of the Bosch stable of jigsaws but it’s hugely better than the Skil.

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#2 posted 06-27-2018 08:28 PM

When my Craftsman wears out Bosch will be a good upgrade / replacement. Now when that will happen, hard to say.

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#3 posted 06-27-2018 08:35 PM

I have a Bosch variable speed jigsaw and I can get reasonably straight cuts if I use a fine tooth blade and a slow speed. Going slow is the way to follow the line. If the blade is too aggressive (few teeth) and speed too fast, it is hard to keep the blade on the cut line. I’ve never been able to use a straight edge to guide the saw straight; easier without. Once a blade gets dull, it’s impossible to cut straight with a straight edge; it will drift.

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ohtimberwolf

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#4 posted 06-27-2018 08:38 PM

Tazz: I don’t use it a lot so although it is not the best on the market it will probably outlast this old guy. Also, it is at a price range that I can afford and I was thinking about going to the T-Blade anyhow. Thanks.

Farmer: That is good to know. The one that I have that also wiggles is an old Craftsman. Thanks

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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ohtimberwolf

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#5 posted 06-27-2018 08:41 PM

Ron, that is good to know and from someone who has probably used one a lot. Thanks

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#6 posted 06-27-2018 09:00 PM

I recommend the best Bosch you can afford. I’ve had a few cheaper brands but my Bosch blows them away, completely different tools. You can adjust the speed and aggressiveness of cut. Unfortunately mine is not tool-less but I think most or all of them are nowadays.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 06-27-2018 09:19 PM

I’ve been using a Bosch js365 and really like it. Blade changes are easy and convenient. Buy multi packs of splinter guards though…you’ll go through them with each use

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#8 posted 06-27-2018 09:26 PM

I like Bosch tools and have several but, my jig saw is a DeWalt DW317. It works great and I like it. The blade on the one I have does not wiggle and it cuts as straight as I do. Depending on the day…that might not be saying much. The reason I got this one is because before I retired we used this very saw at work and thoroughly beat them to death but they kept right on gettin’ it.

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#9 posted 06-27-2018 10:27 PM

My original jigsaw was an old cheap Craftsman that probably cost $20 back in the day and it vibrated so badly it was a horrible experience every time I had to use it.
A good long time ago I replaced it with a Dewalt DW331 but it cost considerably more than $39.
It’s a completely different animal.
The blade stroke angle and pattern can be adjusted, it is almost vibration free.
I don’t know if it’s still in production or not but I can recommend it without reservation.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#10 posted 06-27-2018 11:11 PM

I would recommend variable speed with blade guide to keep blade from wandering.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#11 posted 06-27-2018 11:21 PM

Currently have 2 saws…...All metal B&D…..and a plastic cased (Green) B&D 2-speed. Of course, when I do use either one, it usually is for curved work…..getting harder to find blades for them…maybe a few years from now, I might need to buy something newer…

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#12 posted 06-27-2018 11:42 PM

MAKITA. Variable Speed. With Proper Blades for the Intended Use!

DON’T Force it. Let the blade tell you what the speed should be. Mine’s 10 Years and still running like new.

-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#13 posted 06-28-2018 01:05 AM

Wow, what a selection of information guys!! Thanks a lot. I guess I may buy that Bosch and not look back.
larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#14 posted 06-28-2018 01:11 AM

Take it from a former bosch user of 20yrs or so….....FESTOOL

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#15 posted 06-28-2018 02:32 AM



Take it from a former bosch user of 20yrs or so….....FESTOOL

- cabmaker

He did not mention a relative died and left him money, or that he won the lottery.

ROFLMAO

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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