How often do you use your jigsaw?

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Forum topic by distrbd posted 12-01-2014 08:34 PM 1838 views 0 times favorited 52 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2014 08:34 PM

Mine is a cheap Black & Decker ,I have had it for 4 years but rarely use it,the only time I remember it being useful was when I laid laminate flooring ,maybe contractors find this tool more useful but for hobby woodworkers /shop use ,it doesn’t seem to be mentioned often,maybe it is more practical to use a bandsaw,circular saw?

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 08:42 PM

Very rarely. Only when I need to cut a curve inside something. I.e. I can’t use my bandsaw.

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 08:58 PM

bout once every 3 years. its a B&D from the eightys, no sign of wear yet.

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 08:59 PM

I use it regularly—mines a Bosch—very nice. I use it to crosscut rough lumber before milling all the time.

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 09:06 PM

I do the same as Charles. It’s safe and convenient since I can do all the chopping right at the lumber pile, set the short pieces on a wheeled cart then push everything to the jointer. No danger of kickback either.

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#5 posted 12-01-2014 09:31 PM

I have a Bosch.. nice saw. I use it with whatever won’t fit or is too big to use the band saw. It also comes in handy for things like making stair stringers. You’re right, it isn’ used that much but like some of my other tools, when other things won’t work it’s mighty nice to have.

I have found that a good saw with a good blade makes the world of difference in my decision to use it. I’ve had crappy jigsaws and found them a bit useless. The bosch cuts fast and pretty straight for a jig. The others were a nightmare.

I also let my daughter borrow it sometimes. She’s a violinist and I discourage her from using a table or skill saw. She manages with the jigsaw as it’s a bit safer than the others.

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#6 posted 12-01-2014 09:43 PM

I have a very nice Porter Cable (the older model 543l, when PC was top of the class, not the newer POS’s) and it gets used with regularity. I don’t have a band or scroll saw, so it gets pulled out for any curves not done with the coping saw.

I have found that a good saw with a good blade makes the world of difference in my decision to use it. I ve had crappy jigsaws and found them a bit useless. The bosch cuts fast and pretty straight for a jig. The others were a nightmare.

- Craftsman on the lake

Agree 100%, as that’s been my experience, as well. Prior to the PC, I had one of those cheap B&D’s. No comparison as to the capabilities and quality of cut that results.

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#7 posted 12-01-2014 10:05 PM

I’ve used a couple dozen different jigsaws over the years and as long as they had a good blade, I couldn’t tell much difference between them.. from cheap $20 B&D’s on up. As long as it makes the blade go up and down, they all cut pretty much the same.


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#8 posted 12-01-2014 10:07 PM

It sits next to my hand held belt sander, grinder, oscillating multi-function power tool, and biscuit jointer.

Nice to have when nothing else quite does the trick.

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#9 posted 12-01-2014 11:09 PM

I have a nice Bosch and only use it to cut down a sheet of plywood so it will fit in my small shop. I go through about 1-2 sheets of plywood a year so it is seldom used.

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#10 posted 12-01-2014 11:19 PM

The only jig saw I’ve ever owned…..I bought it brand new in 1968, and paid (I think) $13.00 for it….It’s a B&D, orange, and the power cord is coming out of the handle…I just stuff it back in, and cut….Maybe….once a year, but wouldn’t take my oath on it, that I use it…..If you don’t use ‘em, they don’t wear out as fast….!!!!!!!

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#11 posted 12-01-2014 11:26 PM

I use mine 1-2 times per year…..for rough work. Which is why I haven’t upgraded from my $35 Craftsman Evolv yet. I don’t plan to either until the Craftsman dies or a find a gem at a yard sale for $20.

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#12 posted 12-01-2014 11:26 PM

I have never had one and I have needed one a few times. I don’t see it as a totally necessary tool, but I would make use of one if I had one. That is probably a down the road tool for me. I do like the idea of rough cutting stock to length before milling with a jigsaw though…

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#13 posted 12-02-2014 12:21 AM

I use mine quite often.
Every install, I make cabinets bigger then scribe the cabinet to the wall when installing.
Plus in the shop at least a couple times a week.

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#14 posted 12-02-2014 12:41 AM

Bosch, used often. Previous crappy Craftsman was used infrequently because it was crappy. Buy a good tool and you’ll use it. Put a Progressor metal blade in it and it cuts angle iron like nothing.

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#15 posted 12-02-2014 04:35 AM

The first one I ever had was a used Wen AllSaw. That’s back when they were made out of die-cast aluminum, not plastic. It was the most powerful jig saw I ever had. Had a one inch stroke. You could make a long curved rip cut in 2X material with no problem. I don’t remember where I got blades, but when I found another recently, I took to grinding recip saw blades to fit the mount . The weakness was in the cam mechanism, which would wear out, but I think all jig saws are vulnerable to that. Eventually I burned out the armature. Took it to a tool repair shop in Seattle and bought a new armature for something like $10.

Once Wen got taken over by the bean counters, they shifted to plastic construction, and were just a piece of junk after that. I ran across one (metal) at our local ReStore a few months ago, and bought it, more for nostalgia than anything. And now they have another one at the same store, but I don’t need two.

A Bosch with tool-less blade change is my main jig saw. Good for cutting inside curves, wood or metal.

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