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Forum topic by Mark posted 01-17-2013 07:50 PM 1048 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2013 07:50 PM

Morning all. I’m going to be in the market for a new jig saw, fairly soon I hope. Nothing to glamorous. Some where around $150 max. I’m looking at the Dewalt DW317 or some thing like that. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 08:28 PM

Tool-less blade change is good. Orbital blade action can be good in some cases by not essential. a comfortable feel in your hand is always to be considered. I have all these features in a Dewalt. I am not sure of the model but I do like it. I only paid $60 for mine but it was on a sale when I got it about 5 years ago. Black Friday or something like that. I have a friend with a Bosch that has the same features. It is good but he got the barrel model with no handle. You grip the motor. I don’t want one of those. I think this is more style than actual function. I guess it didn’t feel right in my hand.

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 08:30 PM

Most guys say the Bosch jig saws are the best. I have
a Festool. I bought a Bosch once when the Festool
wasn’t handy and took it back the next day.
It wasn’t as smooth as the Festool.

You can pick up a used older model Festool on ebay
for about $150.


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#3 posted 01-17-2013 08:47 PM

Been using a Bosch for over 15 years, no problems with it, especially like the abilibilty to change the stroke angle and the ease of changing the blades.

-- frosty

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 09:57 PM

i have a bosch,bought around 3 months ago.i’ve used it a whole lot and am completely satisfied.the saw and extra blades cost me $125.

i had several fellow lumberjocks recommend it and am glad they did.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 10:34 PM

I love my new tool less blade change Bosch. Sooo smooth it runs like a swiss sewing machine – Then I looked to where it was made expecting to see the dreaded china word.

Was I pleased when I saw “Made In Switzerland” oh yeah! This is one High Quality machine.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 11:21 PM

I like that Dewalt you’re considering. Had mine for 3 years. Good tool.

Bosch makes the best jigsaw blades, by far, in my opinion.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 11:36 PM

I sold my Dewalt DW317 and bought a Bosch. The Dewalt was a solid tool with lots of power but I had trouble holding a line with it. The Bosch works much better for me, but YMMV.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#8 posted 01-18-2013 04:30 AM

I have the Festool barrel grip, and like it a lot, but I used a friend’s Bosch with the trigger grip and loved the smoothness and precision of the speed control. Based on that, I’d look seriously at the Bosch.

Either way, quick change blades are a must, and I’ve gotten so used to he orbital action for longer straighter cuts that I think that’s a must too.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#9 posted 01-18-2013 04:44 AM

Bosch, I use it often to cut out rectangle, and square wire grommets in conf tables,and general woodworking. I have had it for 3 years works great!

-- I have Carrie, food, shelter, and wood to turn. What else do I need?

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#10 posted 01-18-2013 04:46 AM

Buy the best Bosch you can afford because pretty much every modern jigsaw is based on them.


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#11 posted 01-18-2013 04:52 AM

Hilti’s jigsaws are worth a look as well. I like the way my Hilti works.

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#12 posted 01-18-2013 05:37 AM

I have 2 Bosch and they are awesome. 2 because I have at a satellite office in houston I am closing and could not go but a few weeks without another in CO. Really like them and they clean up easily and are very good.

Dont remember which one I have, probably $150-ish. With hand power tools i usually go with the best. Rather be the guy with the better tool then the guy who wants a better tool. Don’t be a tool…that was lame.

-- Bigfoot tries to take pictures of me

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#13 posted 01-18-2013 01:29 PM

I have the bosch 1584 vs barrel grip….only one i have ever had …seems like i got the good one to start with…When i first started woodworking a older guy help me pick out tools when i was ready to buy….he,s been woodworking sences he was in diapers…


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#14 posted 01-18-2013 02:00 PM

Bosch. Smooth cutter!!!

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#15 posted 01-18-2013 02:12 PM

I have the Bosch 1591EVSK 6.4 Amp Barrel Grip Jigsaw.
I couldn’t be happier. Set it to full orbit and you can crosscut a 2×4 in seconds. Turn off the orbit and get super smooth cuts. Follows a line and contours like a laser.
Bosch sets the bar for all others to follow.
And made in Switzerland.

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

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