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07-14-2012 05:25 AM

I just picked up the last saw i’ll ever need apparently. A nice little powr-kraft sabre saw. This saw is so powerful it needs an auxiliary handle for better control. I just had to have it for some reason. As far as i can tell it has everything with it and the case although some one previously modified the inside of it cutting a section out for more room maybe. It’s about half the size of my bosch jig saw. Still runs good too.

Wondered how many old timers out there still have theirs?

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?


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#1 posted 07-14-2012 05:52 AM

An oldie but goody

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 03:55 AM

I love the “look” of vintage/old machines & tools. There was style within the design, that seems to be missing these days.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 05:13 AM

That and the lack of plastic. i think the only thing plastic on there is the on/off switch and the knob handle.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 12:58 PM

I agree about the plastic. The only time “plastic” should be used for a tool/machine is when you pay for it!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 07-15-2012 01:15 PM

There’s little concern for the ergonomics of the human hand there.

And if it had been sitting in your truck overnight, the first frost, and you had to use it first thing?

There are some advantages to plastic!

Still and all, I’m a fan of the old tools too. My first jigsaw, about 1970, was a B&D that cost me $8.88. Rebuilt it several times. And it had that eternally attractive orange cord! I think if I saw one in the same shape as Matt’s find, I’d have to have it.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#6 posted 07-15-2012 01:24 PM

I learned to use these with my dad’s “Toastmaster”, circa 1958 saw. Thanks for the memories!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#7 posted 07-15-2012 04:36 PM

How can you say that?

Randy said:
> I love the “look” of vintage/old machines & tools. There was style within the design, that seems to be missing these days.

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#8 posted 07-15-2012 04:48 PM

Bobsmyuncle,
Yes, there are always exceptions & there are some “cool” looking designs. However, most tools these days are designed from a bean counters perspective & manuacturing costs overide form/esthetics. Just my humble opinion.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 07-15-2012 05:30 PM

Even though I alway diss B&D, I still have the jigsaw I purchased back in approx. 1969.
I bought a Bosch jgsaw about a year ago and it runs circles around the B&D.
But you never know when you’ll need both of them at once.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#10 posted 07-17-2012 07:49 PM

Wow! an old Monkey Ward tool. I remember when JC Penney had tools in their catalogs too. I actually even have a real old JC Penney hammer drill.
Jim C.: I used to have an old B&D jigsaw in that crappy geen colored plastic casing, not a cool metal one like yours. They must have made a whole boat load of those thing. I literally wore it out after it became an orbital cutting model that didn’t start that way! I have had a Dewalt for about 10 years anf it too runs circles aroung the old B&D

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#11 posted 07-18-2012 12:48 AM

I just saw a JC Penny 4” jointer listed on CL. Seller says that it looks like it was made by rockwell.
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/tls/3145080432.html
It’s looks nice but has no motor with it. I’d be very tempted to get it if i didn’t just pick up a delta rockwell milwaukee homecraft 10” band saw for the same price.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#12 posted 07-20-2012 12:09 AM

I’m not sure who carried that brand. Montgomery Wards or JC Penney comes to mind. It looks to me to be from late fifties or so. I have a Milwaukee saz-it from the early 80’s. I have never found a better built jig saw of any brand from then til now. If the unit works well and you haven’t any problems finding blades, I suggest you use it. It probably will do just as good a job as any new saw and it will outlast the plastic models.

-- James, Michigan http://www.northcapecabinetsandmillwork.com

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#13 posted 07-20-2012 12:31 AM

come on…if you have used the newest models of bosch jig saws and then you had to use that “oldie but goodie” you would never make it a first choice.

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#14 posted 07-20-2012 01:02 AM

Actually i have one of the newer models of bosch jig saws and i would still use this oldie but goody. the advantages the new ones have over the old are mostly the blades and not the jig saw. this one is nice and small and compact but still has a good weight for control and good power. I think I’ll put a metal cutting blade in it and use it for metal work and keep my bosch clean for woodwork.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#15 posted 07-20-2012 01:12 AM

As I recall, the metal-bodied saws were falling out of favor by the late 50’s -early 60’s because of the prevalence of non-grounded plugs everywhere made these a lethal weapon if the metal casing became energized. All one had to do was touch a ground or wet earth and you were unconscious… or dead. That’s how the cheezy plastic-bodied saws and drills came into their day: people felt the metal-bodied ones would kill with a sudden short to the case. These days, with a metal casing grounded to the pin and in this age of GFCI boxes, They could once again be used… safely, sorta. It’s hard to believe in this day and age of double-grounded tools that people actually did used to die with a drill, saw, or other power tool in their hand. We’re much safer today. As a kid using my father’s junk-ass tools in the early 60’s, I know well the feeling of a ‘tickle’ when using unsafe old power tools.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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