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Forum topic by Grasshopper000 posted 06-26-2014 06:04 PM 984 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2014 06:04 PM

Hi, was thinking of getting a jigsaw, don’t have a lot of space and might be an intermediate step on the way to a band saw at some point, at least that’s my thinking. Any suggestions for good jigsaws for woodworking? I’ve looked at some reviews online, and older reviews talked about older Bosch models that aren’t available, and some reviews for newer Bosch models aren’t always flattering. Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome, or if you have suggestions for what other kind of saw I might use to make irregular cuts, please chime in. Thanks.

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#1 posted 06-26-2014 06:17 PM

If you can deal with the older style blade release mechanism, Ebay has several of the older 1587 models. I used a jigsaw for a few years before getting a band saw.

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 06:21 PM

I have this saw, and I love it:

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 06:31 PM

Get a good one and don’t force it. That’s what screws up the cuts.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 06:37 PM

Mine is a Bosch and it’s far and away better than the PC it replaced. I can’t speak to any other brands but, the Bosch is smooth cutting and quiet.

-- 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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#5 posted 06-26-2014 06:38 PM

I had a Craftsman, and stumbled on a return at the Depot marked down for a Dewalt, and it’s an amazing difference. Here’s one for $70 at one of Dewalt’s authorized re-con distributors.

I will say that unless I can’t take something to the band saw though, my jig saw gets very little use

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#6 posted 06-26-2014 07:22 PM

I was all set to pull the trigger on a Makita 4350FCT before I lucked out and came across a NIB discontinued Bosch 1590EVS. Not being sure where your budget is for this purchase, I would recommend you at least take a look at the Makita and compare it to others in its price range.

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#7 posted 06-26-2014 07:32 PM

You guys are very helpful, I really appreciate specific brands and model numbers, especially if you’ve already checked out reviews and done some research. And syenefarmer, that’s the exact Bosch model that so many people raved about before they d/c’d it. And ADHDan and others, I’ll also look in to the Milwaukee and the other brands you mentioned. I think Milwaukee is still made in the US? I know their woodworking vises are, they even make the casts for the the vises at their US foundries and they’re supposed to be great quality like some say the old Record vises were (see Keep the suggestions coming, thanks.


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#8 posted 06-26-2014 07:41 PM

I’d suggest getting a barrel grip jigsaw. The lower center of mass gives you a lot more control over the saw and reduces the saw tipping over, which is common with top-heavy pistol-grip ones.

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#9 posted 06-26-2014 07:55 PM

Jonah, any model/brand recommendations? Thanks.

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#10 posted 06-26-2014 07:57 PM

Jonah mentioned the barrel type saw. I for one used one of these a little and I didn’t like it. I felt like I had less control. I believe this is a personal preference and you should actually try some saws before you buy one. I have a Dewalt with the top handle and I like it better than the barrel type. Again this is my preference so find your preference before you put your money down. Some like Fords and others like Chevys. They both do the same thing for us though.

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#11 posted 06-26-2014 07:59 PM

Gandpa, thanks for the perspective.

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#12 posted 06-26-2014 10:40 PM

I have a barrel grip Bosch JS470EB and find it to be a great saw! Quick, no tool, easy, blade change.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#13 posted 06-27-2014 01:33 AM

Barrel grip for me. I planned on getting the makita but I might splurge for the festool carvex.

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#14 posted 06-27-2014 12:21 PM

The Bosch barrel grips are well-regarded. Prior to Festool entering the market, they are what all the discerning pros used. They’re not cheap, however.

I think Milwaukee, Makita, and Ridgid make one. Check those four out.

Personally, I don’t use a jigsaw enough to justify spending serious money on one, though I have used a Bosch barrel grip before and liked it quite a bit. I own a Skil pistol grip saw that I’m reasonably happy with for the few times a year I use it.

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#15 posted 06-27-2014 01:27 PM

Since I have other Dewalt cordless tolls, I decided to purchase the Dewalt cordless jigsaw. I’m not disappointed, but I shouldn’t be since it replaced a 15 yr old Black and decker. Runs smooth and lots of power.

-- Gary

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