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Forum topic by sansoo22 posted 01-19-2020 04:22 AM 978 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2020 04:22 AM

I’ve owned 2 jig saws thus far. One was a Skill i bought super cheap years ago and it learned what a sledge hammer is. I now have a cordless Ridgid which is way better than the skill and awesome i can take it with me but not accurate enough for a lot of things I want to use it for.

The things I like on the Ridgid are variable speed, LED cut light, and a vacuum port. Things I don’t like are its hard to keep aligned at a true 90 and blades defect terribly on anything thicker than 1/2 plywood.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Bosche jigsaws. I’ve been eyeballing the the Bosch Model JS572EBK 7.2 amp barrel grip style. It’s on Amazon for $227 which is about twice what i’ve ever paid for a jig saw.

Is the Bosch worth the money? Do jigsaws exist that don’t make you angry? Maybe I’ve just never had a good one. I hear people make awesome things with them but i find myself opting for a hand saw instead of worrying about screwing up a cut with my Ridgid. Don’t get me wrong the Ridgid has plenty of power. If i need to cut a notch in a treated 2×12 it does the job but im probably building a deck where perfect cuts aren’t a necessity.

I checked the reviews here and the Bosch’s listed got all 4 and 5 stars so I assume they are good. I just want to make sure its not me expecting too much from this type of tool before I spend a decent amount on one.

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#1 posted 01-19-2020 05:05 AM

Several years ago I bought a Bosch barrel grip jigsaw. Prior to that I had a Craftsman, I was ever so glad it died. The Bosch has proven to be a great saw.

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#2 posted 01-19-2020 05:31 AM

I have an older Bosch, the new version is around $149, sometimes $129ish on sale at the big box stores. I can’t see needing anything better than that for a jig saw, as long as it has variable speed and variable pitch. Just make sure you get the Bosch blades too. If you get cheap blades you may as well just stick with a crappier saw.

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#3 posted 01-19-2020 05:36 AM

When it comes to tools I have no brand loyalty. If DW makes a planer I like but Makita makes a better circular saw, that’s fine with me. I’m also an advocate of corded over cordless whenever possible.

I was gifted a Milwaukee 18v right angle drill (which is fantastic by the way!). When I was searching for a jigsaw, since I already had the batteries, I tried the Milwaukee 18v first. It was the $200 model. It never made a single straight or perpendicular cut and I felt like I needed to force it forward. It’s the only time in my life I ever returned something I had unboxed and used. I wondered too, if that’s just the way jigsaws are.

After that I tried a cheaper corded Bosch Jig saw, model # JS470E. It was night and day! The Bosch felt way more solid, cut straight with little to no blade deflection. I can use it with or without a fence and it stays true with little effort. If the higher end Bosch is anything like the lower end model, it gets my recommendation.

-- ~Walker

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#4 posted 01-19-2020 05:44 AM

I don’t use it much but I am happy with my Bosch jig saw. My old craftsman and skill JS were terrible but the Bosch works reasonably well. So one of the problems with jig saws is making sure you use the right kind of blade for the kind of wood and cut you are making so before you switch, you may want to explore different blade types.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 01-19-2020 06:07 AM

For blades I only use Bosch. I follow the speed and material guide I got from the blades I bought. It was as a multi blade kit that I’ve replaced a few in as they wore out.

Walker – what you felt with the Milwaukee is very close to how I feel with the Ridgid. It will move forward but it’s not smooth and I feel like I’m fighting the tool to stay on a line.

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#6 posted 01-19-2020 06:32 AM

I love my Bosch but if I had to do it over I’d buy a cordless. I’d use it more.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 01-19-2020 06:37 AM

I have jigsaws salted all over the place seems like, and whichever one I grab first is what I use. The thing I have found is the saws just make a blade go up and down, some of the better ones have variable speed, and a few even have a variable pitch.

But the thing that makes the cut is the blade, and I only buy Bosch blades, and fortunately the places near me sell the complete range they make, because a rough cut blade cuts FAST, but rough. A fine finish blade cuts realllllllll slow, but gives a great edge.

Use Bosch blades, and for the job you want it to do, and I think any jigsaw can work pretty well for you.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 01-19-2020 01:23 PM

I have had several jig saws over the years. I purchased a Bosch 7.2 amp jig saw a few years back and have been very impressed with it durability and performance. I’d say go ahead and pull the trigger, you will not be disappointed.

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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#9 posted 01-19-2020 08:35 PM

Bosch corded and Bosch blades only.

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#10 posted 01-19-2020 08:48 PM

Bosch invented the jigsaw, sort of, they hired the guy who did. Buy a Bosch. Although I have been eyeballing a Makita cordless.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 01-19-2020 09:32 PM

Love my Bosch jigsaw

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#12 posted 01-19-2020 09:40 PM

I bought a Barrel Grip Bosch 1582VS years ago and have been very happy with it. My uncle liked it so much, he bought one, which I have since inherited. I also have a cordless B&D just for outdoor stuff, but only use the Bosch blades.

-- "My greatest fear is that upon my demise, my wife will sell my tools for what I said I paid for them."

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#13 posted 01-20-2020 02:36 AM

Looks like its almost a go for the new Bosch jigsaw. Just have to get final approval from the budget committee. Usually that means I need to find a project to use the tool on but nothing is really coming to mind for a jigsaw. She wants a chair for her makeup vanity in the master bath.

She likes both of these designs so figured I’d combine them together

I have a band saw that would do a much better job on a chair but she doesn’t have to know that. Maybe i can just throw some sawdust on the new jigsaw and say i used it.

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#14 posted 01-20-2020 02:41 AM

I’ve read many comments here and checked a few other tool topics. Bosch sure seems to be quite highly rated for the money. I’m thinking they may be a better value than that lime green company at twice the price. I bought their barrel grip jig saw years ago and have totally loved it. I might be researching them further as I want the greatest value for my dollar.

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#15 posted 01-20-2020 02:54 AM

Several decades back, I was going through a jig saw every six months. I tried to upgrade to better saws, starting with a B&D, which claimed to have ball bearings. When, six months in, again, it died, I tore it apart to see what the problem was. It’s ball bearing was a ball of bronze with a hole drilled in it.

I bit the bullet and dumped about $150.00 into my first Bosch. A barrel unit. Fourteen years later, I sold it to my brother, because I wanted to upgrade to one which didn’t need a long shank screw driver to change the blade. A decade later, I went for another upgrade again (more tool-less improvements), but my buddy brought back a D-handle. It’s, now, somewhere in Alaska, on a buddy’s mining claim.

The totally toolless one I have now is missing only the pulsing LED.

That’s a pretty good history, for Bosch saws (not one died, while every other saw did).

I know I can get a perfect 90 on a 2x with it, if I slow down and let it do its work. I’ve put engineers squares on such cuts and found them light free- joint worthy.

As others said, the blades are key. Everyone else, even Festool, is copying the Bosch bayonets.

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