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Post# 396178   8/4/2018 at 13:01 (699 days old) by mirkoo (Berlin)        

I'm currently looking for a good jigsaw to buy. Can someone tell me what to look for when buying a jigsaw? How much should I spend on a good jigsaw.

Post# 396245 , Reply# 1   8/5/2018 at 00:34 (699 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

For portable hand held machines-the German built Bosch are really high quality.Another German one is the Metabo.These are VERY expensive-for a home user they could last your lifetime.Lowes has the Bosch.If you want a stationary jig or scroll saw DeWalt makes a good one.The above portable machines don't require tools to replace blades.Same with the DeWalt scrollsaw.

Post# 396376 , Reply# 2   8/7/2018 at 10:23 (696 days old) by frankoo (New York)        

If you want to buy a jigsaw, it is important to know if you gonna use them regularly or only occasionally. I own one form Makita and am very happy with it. If you're just gonna buy it oft do-it-yourself at home, the Bosch PST 900 PEL should do it fine.
If you want to check out the reviews, you can visit this page where you can find all the Informations you need.
Another important factor is the saw blade. You can not for example all saw blades for each jigsaw model. And for complicated angle cuts, you should definitely buy a more expensive model. Then many cheaper jigsaws do not make clean cuts with very poor cutting edges that are useless.

Post# 396422 , Reply# 3   8/8/2018 at 03:48 (696 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Blades--look for ones with GROUND -not stampted teeth.Stampted tooth blades tear thru whatever you are cutting-leaving a very rough splintered edge.Ground,sharpened tooth blades cut smoother and faster.And yes-bevel cutting makes the machine more expensive.Some stationary saws the saw head tilts rather than the table-making bevel cuts easier and safer.

Post# 396582 , Reply# 4   8/10/2018 at 21:27 (693 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

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I just bought a Black and Decker one at Menards. I only use a jigsaw maybe once or twice a year, so features don't matter to me, just that it cuts what I need to cut.

Model is BDEJS300C.

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Post# 396644 , Reply# 5   8/12/2018 at 01:50 (692 days old) by dartman (Portland OR)        

If your not going to use it for production or uber critical work it might be worth checking out what Harbor Freight might have as many of their cheap electric tools come in several grades from super cheap crap to not so bad but cheap stuff. I bought a 12" dual compound sliding miter saw for 130 a while back because it's cheap and reviews were actually pretty good considering the price. If you buy a quality blade and make sure everything is lined up properly they work well enough for a homeowner trying to do some trim and general advanced wood work. For me I figured if I eventually redo all the trim here successfully I'll have gotten my moneys worth and if it sucks I'm still not out a bunch of money and can probably break even getting rid of it. I like quality tools but for some things a cheap but workable tool will do about as well and save you a bunch of money.

Post# 396904 , Reply# 6   8/17/2018 at 22:08 (686 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I have a Craftsman handheld jigsaw that I got new almost 30 years ago. It's done everything I've needed it to do. I've also inherited two jigsaws from my dad, a handheld Craftsman that probably dates back to the late '50s or early '60s and a Delta benchtop model from the late '20s that he got for his 11th birthday in 1945. I first used it when I was about the same age. The only issue now is they don't make blades for it anymore.

Post# 397076 , Reply# 7   8/21/2018 at 15:52 (682 days old) by scoover (Scoovstoun, UK)        

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Hi Mirkoo,

You are in Berlin, Germany? Get yourself an old Bosch 1581. Preferably one that has not been worn out by a determined tradesman. I have a 1581.7 bought second hand 25 years ago and abused mercilessly. It's still kicking....

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