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Forum topic by nickbatz posted 06-16-2019 08:11 PM 750 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2019 08:11 PM

Is it worth spending $25 more for the one with the top handle rather than the barrel grip?

As far as I can tell, it’s the exact same jigsaw. My man Izzy Swan has no trouble using the barrel grip one in his videos, but then he’s Izzy Swan and I’m not. :)

TIA


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#1 posted 06-16-2019 08:19 PM

It looks like the top handle one has a variable speed trigger and weighs #10 rather than #6.

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#2 posted 06-16-2019 08:42 PM

Mine’s the top handled one. Never used the barrel grip. I sure like mine. I’m sure it doesn’t weigh 10 lb. though. Not even with the case. It is variable speed with a dial that sets the maximum you want. Good saw.

-- 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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#3 posted 06-16-2019 09:42 PM

I have the top handle. My old shop i woked in had the barrel grip. That one also didn’t have the adjustable oscillation, which is important IMO. To me, the barrel handle felt like my handle broke and I just had to hold the barrel, but I could maneuver it just as well, just didn’t “feel” right.

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#4 posted 06-16-2019 09:57 PM

My feeling is that a barrel grip saw gives better control, once you get used to it, just that most of us are used to top handle saws so the barrel grips feel weird at first.

I’ve used both, have a top handle (due to getting a great deal on it) and if it ever dies, will replace with a barrel grip. For the models you are mentioning, the features are basically the same, so it is just personal preference.

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#5 posted 06-16-2019 11:32 PM

Mine is the top handle. I think it depend what feel best in your hand.

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#6 posted 06-17-2019 01:03 AM

Okay, thanks everyone.


Mine s the top handled one. Never used the barrel grip. I sure like mine. I m sure it doesn t weigh 10 lb. though. Not even with the case. It is variable speed with a dial that sets the maximum you want. Good saw.

- Gene Howe

Maybe you have an older model?

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#7 posted 06-17-2019 01:16 AM

I’m laughing. I have both, and most of the time I grab a POS old XYZ brand because it is much shorter. I find them both to be kinda unwieldy due to length/weight. If I was to sell one it would be the barrel grip handle. I’d have to fine it to do so though.

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#8 posted 06-17-2019 01:21 AM

Unfortunately the POS old XYZ brand one I have – an old Black & Decker 2A thing I probably bought 30 years ago at some place like Target – is very difficult to control, impossible to keep straight, and it burns 3/4” thick oak.

I’m not going to make another of the composer’s desks I sell with it.

But thanks for the advice. It sounds like just the speed trigger on the handle is worth the $25.

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#9 posted 06-17-2019 03:14 AM

I’ve had my barrel grip for over 15 years and never go back to a top handle.

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#10 posted 06-17-2019 05:09 AM



I ve had my barrel grip for over 15 years and never go back to a top handle.

- BurlyBob

Is it the feel, more accuracy, or something else?

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#11 posted 06-17-2019 12:28 PM


Okay, thanks everyone.

Mine s the top handled one. Never used the barrel grip. I sure like mine. I m sure it doesn t weigh 10 lb. though. Not even with the case. It is variable speed with a dial that sets the maximum you want. Good saw.

- Gene Howe

Maybe you have an older model?

- nickbatz


Yeah, its about 5 years old.

-- 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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#12 posted 06-17-2019 01:18 PM

Top grip if you have small hands. Barrel grip if you cut from the bottom of the piece like some European saws are designed for? Personally I prefer the top handle saws on the rare occasion that I need to use a jig saw. But when nothing else works, the jigsaw is your best friend.

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#13 posted 06-17-2019 03:39 PM

I find that cutting overhead or into a wall, the top handle saw is easier on wrist movement.

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#14 posted 06-17-2019 06:45 PM


Top grip if you have small hands. Barrel grip if you cut from the bottom of the piece like some European saws are designed for? Personally I prefer the top handle saws on the rare occasion that I need to use a jig saw. But when nothing else works, the jigsaw is your best friend.

- Woodbum

My hands aren’t small (not a dickjoke), and I’m not quite sure what you mean about cutting from the bottom of the piece? But the sides of this composer’s desk I’m working on – this is my fourth one… well, the jigsaw is really the only power tool I can think of to use.

You can’t tell from the picture, but the long straight part after the jag down from the top isn’t parallel to the bottom – it slopes down gently. I used a circular saw for most of it, but it’s too big to cut on my bandsaw. So the jigsaw gets the gig.

(This is a different variation of the desk, but it explains the part in the picture.)

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#15 posted 06-17-2019 06:47 PM



I find that cutting overhead or into a wall, the top handle saw is easier on wrist movement.

- MrRon

That makes total sense, but it’s unlikely that I’ll ever need it to cut into a wall with a jigsaw. This is strictly for woodworking.

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