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Blackie_

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05-03-2015 10:50 AM

While in the process of installing the 7/16” OSB walls on my newly workshop addition my 5 years old Black & Decker bit the dirt, the motor still works but the actuator mechanism stopped working, the blade no longer moves up and down, I’ve been in the process of slowly weeding out all of my low end tools and so now it’s time for a new Jig Saw,

I first looked at reviews on these models but none found here on LJ’s so thought I’d ask others opinions, for these select few models I’ve picked out and or any others out there recommended.

It will only be used for weekend type projects when called for which is not very often, lightly used.

DEWALT 5.5-Amp Keyless U Shank Variable Speed Corded Jigsaw Model #: DW317K $89.00

Bosch 6-Amp Keyless T-Shank Variable Speed Corded Jigsaw Model #: JS260 $79.00

PORTER-CABLE 6-Amp Keyless T or U Shank Variable Speed Corded Jigsaw Model #: PCE345 $59.97

Thanks

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 05-03-2015 11:26 AM

Of the ones you listed I’d go with the Bosch. Also, I’d skip the PC…. had one of those that take both blades and it was a royal PITA to deal with. No experience with the Dewalt, I suspect it’s probably a good one.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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bbasiaga

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#2 posted 05-03-2015 11:34 AM

I’m not sure the model, but a friend of mine had a jig saw that was variable speed. The nice thing about it was that instead of a dial to set the speed, it was like a drill where you just feathered the trigger. Very nice feature. If mine ever wears out, I’ll be looking for that one. I’m pretty sure it was a Bosch.

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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longgone

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#3 posted 05-03-2015 11:47 AM

I have a makita 18v cordless jig saw and it is a workhorse that i have had for about 8 years. I’ve used it alot and it still works like new. I would buy it again without hesitation

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-03-2015 12:20 PM

I have the Dewalt and I love it. Bosch is also a good tool. I have not had the chance to try any others.

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 05-03-2015 12:24 PM

Thanks everyone, Greg, you came through for me, thanks! I had been looking at these models I had listed through Lowes and Homedepot reading the 39 reviews they had to offer by users, both the Bosch and Dewalt had issues with the blade mounting among other details, the PC had no bad reviews but only with 10 reviews, I just took a look at the Corded Makita from HD and out of 14 reviews there were no negative reviews what so ever, I’m going for the corded version of the Makita this morning, again thanks for leading me up that path. :)

Makita Model # 4329K Internet # 203162044

Top Handle Jig Saw $72.00

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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ChefHDAN

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#6 posted 05-03-2015 12:34 PM

I was amazed with the quality of cut when my C-man died and I got the Dewalt, nice VS trigger and keyless changes was a great improvement as well. Makita makes good tools too so I bet you’ll be pleased going from BD to it. Of note as with most cutting tools the performance is dictated by the blade, I found that the Bosch Progressor blades were another HUGE improvement for quality of cut too.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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grizzman

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#7 posted 05-03-2015 12:42 PM

i have and really enjoy the Bosch, but i do like Makita tools and i think you would do well with either of these, am glad to see your progress on the shop, i hope to see you making some new projects soon, ive felt better myself and am starting to make some new projects, ive got some killer walnut that is making me itch to start on a project ive had on my mind for some time….good luck with your new tool,,,

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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dhazelton

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#8 posted 05-03-2015 12:46 PM

I bought the Bosch barrel type and love it. Would never go back to a top handle type again.

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BurlyBob

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#9 posted 05-03-2015 02:50 PM

Bosch barrel grip. Love mine and can’t imagine there is another one that can beat it.

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 05-03-2015 03:21 PM

After it was all said and done, I came home with the Bosch, after viewing the Makita, I found that it was only a 3 amp motor.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Fred Hargis

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#11 posted 05-03-2015 04:07 PM

I think you will be really happy with your choice, congrats!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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DocSavage45

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#12 posted 05-03-2015 05:41 PM

Randy,
Just checked out Amazon reviews on Low priced bosch and most recent two reviews were not good. Recommendations were to buy the higher priced Bosch as cheaper model appears to have motor problem. It was Amazon reviews of Jet air cleaner that steered me to the Grizzly.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#13 posted 05-03-2015 05:42 PM

My brother has DeWalt and I have Makita. I prefer my top handle Makita.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Boxguy

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#14 posted 05-03-2015 08:03 PM

Blackie, I think you will like the Bosch. The mechanism works for me and it is easy to change blades. I have had good service from both my corded and battery powered models. They have worked flawlessly for over 10 years. I’d start with a variety pack of blades and figure out what works for your need and then buy a package or two of those.

I keep mine near my Makita miter saw for those cuts that I can’t quite make on one or two opposite sided passes when I am breaking down larger boards. It is handy to just grab the saw and make a quick short cut. After I size the edges on the table saw, it is simple to come back and square the ends on the miter saw.

-- Big Al in IN

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cutmantom

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#15 posted 05-03-2015 08:47 PM

I vote Bosch then DeWalt, Porter Cable might do but it seems quality with them is going downhill

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