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Forum topic by WooDR67 posted 09-15-2014 07:52 AM 1213 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WooDR67

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09-15-2014 07:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jigsaw jigsaw blade recycled lumber question tip

I have a Bosch JS 572e on the way and I was wondering what brand blades I should buy. I plan on using the jigsaw for some pattern cutting and to rip long dimensional lumber to be recycled as outdoor furniture. I have read good things about bosch Blades but I am curious about festool blades (if they’re compatible). I usually shop at Lowes or Home Depot but I don’t mind ordering or going to my local Woodcraft. Any suggestions? Has anyone tried the “spyder” blades? Seems a bit of a novelty.

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 09:24 AM

Stick with Bosch branded blades. Each tooth is individually ground and set so they start out sharper and stay sharper than the stamped knock-offs. As for Festool blades, all the “T” shank blades are knock-offs and they are either made by Bosch in Switzerland or the maker pays a hefty royalty to make the blades. The 244D is a great rough cutting blade, the 101AO and 119 both are terrific scrolling blades.

-- David www.TheBoardSMITH.com

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WooDR67

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 10:08 AM

Thanks for the reply.Its exactly what I was looking for. I often wonder if the jigsaw is just a “poor mans” bandsaw or scroll saw. Does anyone here have practical uses for a jigsaw other than what I mentioned already?

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 01:24 PM

I use my Bosch jig saw with Bosch blades to cut into a large plywood sheet when I need just part of it. My shop is too small to easily cut into a 4’x 8’ sheet on my table saw.

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 01:50 PM

I don’t see them as a “poor man’s” scroll or BS. There are times you can’t use one of the other 2 tools easily and the jig saw excels at them. BTW, the Bosch blades are so good I haven’t looked for another brand.

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runswithscissors

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 07:07 AM

The most powerful jigsaw I ever had was an old Wen All Saw. Had a 1” stroke, and used blades with a 1/2” wide shank (if I remember right). You could grind down a recip saw blade to fit. I used to rip 2X material with it, no problem. Then the bean counters took over, they changed from an all aluminum body to all plastic, and the whole thing went to hell.

As for the usefulness of jigsaws in general, I’ve seen them described as the saw that will do everything—-but nothing well.

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WooDR67

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#6 posted 09-17-2014 10:37 AM

Well, I got the JS572e-RT (reconditioned tool) in as I was leaving for work yesterday so naturally when I got home at 3am I headed off to Wal-Mart to buy a cheap set of blades so I could play….I mean test out the jigsaw. Since Wal Mart sells crap tools mostly, I bought a 2-pack of the “Spyder” blades. I haven’t had much experience with premium Jigsaw’s or Jigsaw blades but Im not impressed the Spyder blades so far. The JS572e however is impressive. I first cut into a spare piece of 7/8 cedar decking and the saw went through like butter. Then I cut trough a 15 year old treated pine 2×6 with the same arc and I could not tell the difference. The motor kept the same pace without bogging down through both. There was some ( not much) blade deflection, but I blame that on my lack of experience rather than a flaw in the tool. Ill head to a more proper purveyor of sawblades as soon as they open this morning.

-- "It is amazing what you can accomplish when you dont care who gets the credit"

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WooDR67

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#7 posted 09-17-2014 10:40 AM

BTW I picked up the Bosch JS572E (RT) cpooutlets.com

http://www.cpooutlets.com/factory-reconditioned-bosch-js572e-rt-7-2-amp-top-handle-jigsaw/bshrjs572e-rt,default,pd.html?xsell=bshnjs572el--5

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#8 posted 09-17-2014 01:14 PM

I just picked up the JS470 with some Bosch blades and have been blown away at the quality difference from my old Black n Decker. It’s truly a joy to use. I got mine reconditioned from Tyler Tools, I believe its the exact same company as CPO but gives free shipping at $100 instead of $200, for future reference.

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#9 posted 09-17-2014 01:50 PM

As with most things, you get what you pay for. I bought a ton (300-400) random brand new bosch jig saw blades when a local lumberyard when out of business and everything was auctioned off. There are enough different blades to suit just about any cutting task and I’ve found that all of them perform extremely well for their intended purpose.

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