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01-02-2012 07:15 PM

I own one i think it’s Ryobi and I just can’t use it. the blade runs all over the place. the blade won’t stay straight. total junk. The angle of the base changes if you push too hard..CRAP all the way.

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 07:23 PM

I guess that I lucked out. I bought an AMT (now defunct) scroller a long time ago. It is no production saw by any means, but sure has done a good job. Cleaned and lubed the pivot bearings a couple times, use good blades, and keep the table polished.
I steer clear of the Ryobi stuff except for a 3” x 21” belt sander I bought 15 years ago. It has been a keeper for some reason. It won’t quit.


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#2 posted 01-02-2012 07:25 PM

Sounds like my Craftsman. Base wont stay where you put it, slotted screw to hold blade in ( bad idea ) is wore out, black paint on base comes off on wood. Maybe we can both get some good info here on a good one to buy. BTW, I assumed you are referring to a hand held unit.

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 07:45 PM

Mine sucks. It is a Black and Decker that is probably 20 years old, but I hardly ever use it for anything but cutting up sheets ready for more precise cutting with other tools. The blade won’t stay in, it bends a lot and the base flops around. I think it is the nature of the tool. They are okay I guess for construction work but I don’t think they are capable of precise cuts.

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 07:45 PM

Well if the blade won’t stay where it’s supposed to, then it probably is missing it’s blade guide….
I know of a company that couldn’t figure that out….

I have 2 dewalt jigsaws. a newer one, that the blade will track off a shave every once an a while, and an old one that is just about perfect when it comes to cutting, but the chord is old and dry wrotted, though no exposed wire…

Bosch makes some good jigsaws, craftsman does, though the one described above is either a really old model or he bought it from someone who didn’t take care of it. Porter Cable makes a nice one. There are several good ones. But they need to be taken care of.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 07:55 PM

I have a Bosch barrel type, it works well, but I also find it is a bit difficult to control, especially when using it on double thickness material, it runs off 90 degrees no matter what the feed rate or what blade I use.

I almost always go to my bandsaw instead unless it’s too large a project.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 07:55 PM

My opinion is that it is very a very educated little tool, although it can be rude at times.

I have the bosch barrel grip JS and it is by far the best one I’ve used. it has some great features to make it a very precise tool for intricate cuts, but it is still requires getting to know how to use properly for certain cuts, and there is some learning curve there to go through.

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 08:00 PM

I have a DeWalt, basically use it to break down wide, long rough lumber. Works well for that, used to have a Hitachi…burnt it up cutting white oak : (

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 08:11 PM

I had a Dewalt for a few years now it’s done everthing I asked of it

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 08:44 PM

The need to use a jig saw in my woodworking has never been a priority, but yet enough of a priority to have one in the shop for those moments when its the only tool to use.

I had 2 old Black and Deckers with the olive green body and orange short cords for rough cuts as they didn’t cut very precise. I used them till they burnt out. Then the kids bought a very cheap off brand that lasted all of 5 mins. I then inherited a Craftsman that worked fairly well, till it fell apart and wasn’t worth repairing.

The one I have now is an off brand called Apprentice Tool. I bought it at a close out sale/tool lottery for $15. It has the adjustable orbit cut feature, Laser/Light I find the light useful, and it has the T shank style blades. Surprisingly it has turned out to be one of those times where I won the tool lottery for a change. So far it has been a pleasure to use and cuts quite precise and smooth. Who knows this might be the jig saw that finds its way into my woodworking more. At least it gets used more than the biscuit jointer ever will.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#10 posted 01-02-2012 09:00 PM

Had a Craftsman. It was a fair tool till it quit. Bought a B&D….Nuff said. Then I “MOVED UP” a DeWalt…..biggest POS I ever owned. Worse than the B&D, for gosh sake. Couldn’t cut a straight line with out beveling out in any but the thinnest of material. Cutting curves in a piece of 3/4 MDF for patterns was never gonna happen. I gave it to a friend….I hope he’s still a friend.
Bought the Bosch and it’s the finest jig saw I’ve ever used. Cutting even 2X material is like slicing bread. Sooo smooth.

-- 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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#11 posted 01-02-2012 09:29 PM

I’ve had a bunch of them, and most were pretty inaccurate.
The present model, a Makita 4324 seems to be a bit different than the other ones I’ve had. I bought it to cut sheet metal in tight places while repairing RV’s and so far it’s been accurate, easy to control and doesn’t overheat.
Some of the aluminum I’ve cut has been up to 3/8” thick and it never slowed down.
I’ve cut wood with it up to 2” thick and like someone else said, there is a learning curve. Once you figure it out it seems to do a good job.
However, I still like my band saw better when I can use it!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#12 posted 01-02-2012 09:35 PM

I also have a Bosch that I bought a few months ago and I really like it but I dont’ use it much. I use the bandsaw whenever I can. The only time I use it is if its a piece to large for the bandsaw or its a inside cut and I don’t want to mess with the scroll saw.

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#13 posted 01-02-2012 09:42 PM

I have borrowed a Festool PSB 300 and didn’t find it to be any better than my own Makita 4340. Both are good, but not exceptional. The blade will go slightly off perpendicular on both in thick stock – but that’s to be expected anyway. (Not just stating that to cause a Festool v’s rest arguement, that’s just my evaluation).
I was talking to a builder about his Dewalt tools, he loved every one of them except the jigsaw, “couldn’t ever get it to work properly” – just goes to show, you can equip yourself with everything from your favourite brand and still bag a lemon.

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#14 posted 01-02-2012 09:46 PM

I have a Bosch 1590 and it is superb. I was quite curious about the Festool Carvex but who knows what happened there.

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#15 posted 01-02-2012 09:47 PM

For those who aren’t too happy with their jigsaw, try some Bosch T234 Progressor Blades if you jigsaw will accept t shank blades. The won’t turn your jigsaw into a professional grade jigsaw but they will upgrade the performance of you jigsaw considerably.

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