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12-10-2014 02:34 PM

I need to replace my jigsaw. I am looking at a Festool 300 EQ, a Bosch JS572EB and a Bosch JS470EB. If money weren’t an issue which would you buy?

-- measure 3 times, cut once


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#1 posted 12-10-2014 02:37 PM

The Bosch JS 572. Oh, wait…that’s the one I did buy; maybe that has something to do with my choice. Anyway, it has all the features you would want.

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#2 posted 12-10-2014 04:24 PM

Is the Festool really that much better or is it overpriced hype?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#3 posted 12-10-2014 04:46 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWwjJSjGpMU

HTH.

I ponder the same question dbw. Does the Bosch have
an effective dust extraction system?

If money weren’t an issue I’d get a Mafell:

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#4 posted 12-10-2014 05:16 PM

I have had Bosch Jigsaws for years and have keep upgrading up until a couple years ago. I’ve been happy with my Bosch jigs through the years. Given the reviews on”Amazon” it looks like the Festool 300 EQ had more favorable reviews. Given the prices are within $8 of one another I would go with the Festool. Let me add that I think a Jigsaw in the $275 price range is ridiculous for as little as you use one. If you have a need for other tools that you will use more frequently I would invest in them before spending $275 on a jigsaw,but if the price is not a big issue for you then go for it. Amazon has a great return policy so youcould return it if it dosen’t meet your needs

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#5 posted 12-10-2014 05:31 PM

I’d agree with Jim – unless there is a very specific reason you need it, $275 seems like a lot to spend on a jigsaw. Then again, I have this jigsaw and have nothing but good things to say about it: http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-6268-21-6-5-Amp-Handle/dp/B000EQAY6K/ref=sr_1_3?s=power-hand-tools&ie=UTF8&qid=1418232525&sr=1-3&keywords=Milwaukee.

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#6 posted 12-10-2014 06:44 PM

If money were no object, I guess I’d start replacing my tools with Mafell based on the praise I’ve seen here and elsewhere.

To be fair, the video that waho posted shows both jigsaws with the ZCI installed, but apparently Bosch’s no-mar plastic shoe cover doesn’t have zero-clearance. I suspect if he removed the no-mar shoe from the Bosch it would produce less splintering. You could make your own ZCI for the no-mar shoe. Then again, if you’re paying that much money, little details like that start to matter.

I just bought a JS470EB for $100 on Amazon when someone posted the deal on LJ last week. It’s missing a few creature comforts but it’s a definite improvement over my old Skil jigsaw. I also considered a refurbed JS572EB but just couldn’t justify spending twice as much for a light, dust extraction, improved blade stabilization, L-BOXX, and 2 more blades vs. putting that money toward more clamps or something. Maybe if I used it all the time, it would be a different story, but as it is, I only use it occasionally for rough work and I was getting tired of my blades falling out of the Skil in the middle of a cut.

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#7 posted 12-10-2014 07:03 PM

I ponder the same question dbw. Does the Bosch have
an effective dust extraction system?

- waho6o9

It has a DC attachment but I didn’t get it (so, no opinion)....doesn’t seem to me like it’s needed on a jigsaw; but then, that’s just me.

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#8 posted 12-11-2014 12:52 PM

Thanks, folks. FYI I bought a used PS 300 EQ with systainer and blades on ebay for $245 including shipping. I can’t wait to play with it!

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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

Congrats dbw! You’ll enjoy using your new to you Festool.

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#10 posted 12-11-2014 04:24 PM

I ponder the same question dbw. Does the Bosch have
an effective dust extraction system?

- waho6o9

It has a DC attachment but I didn t get it (so, no opinion)....doesn t seem to me like it s needed on a jigsaw; but then, that s just me.

- Fred Hargis

I thought the same thing too, but I was using mine to cut some holes in plywood the first time and trying to follow the layout lines and the dust actually started to make the lines disappear I had to keep blowing off my sight lines, hooked up the Festool Dust Extractor and no problems after that. I’m not starting a festool debate just saying dust extraction does come in handy regardless of what brand you choose you may regret not having that feature, especially if money isn’t a problem.

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#11 posted 12-11-2014 04:26 PM



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWwjJSjGpMU

HTH.

I ponder the same question dbw. Does the Bosch have
an effective dust extraction system?

If money weren t an issue I d get a Mafell:

- waho6o9

You do know the Festool has an angle base for theirs as well and it can run in the tracks they make. Not sure if that’s what you were trying to illustrate there?

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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#12 posted 12-11-2014 04:36 PM

Just liking the Mafell Nick and maybe some folks haven’t heard of that brand

or of a jig saw on a track.

Maybe one day I’ll get the fancy angle base for the track but for now all is well.

Thanks Nick.

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#13 posted 12-11-2014 04:50 PM

245 for a JS! I like my 45.00 bosch

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#14 posted 12-11-2014 04:52 PM


I thought the same thing too, but I was using mine to cut some holes in plywood the first time and trying to follow the layout lines and the dust actually started to make the lines disappear I had to keep blowing off my sight lines, hooked up the Festool Dust Extractor and no problems after that. I m not starting a festool debate just saying dust extraction does come in handy regardless of what brand you choose you may regret not having that feature, especially if money isn t a problem.

- UpstateNYdude


The Bosch does have a blower that works real well at keeping the lines clear, but I don’t disagree with anything you said.

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#15 posted 12-11-2014 04:55 PM

The problem with jig saws as I see it is: The blades are small with a few teeth that are cutting. That means a jig saw blade can’t be expected to last as long as a circular saw blade. I would think that by the time you get from one end of the track to the other, the blade would be pretty much dull. I have a Bosch jig saw and only use it when no other tool will do the job. A jig saw blade is pretty flimsy, especially the fine tooth variety. That makes them easy to divert from the cut line. I don’t have a track, but I have tried cutting, using a straight edge as a guide. I could never get a perfectly straight line.

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