Thanks for the Chance to Try These "Out of the Box"
Morning All, This is Chris, just wanted to give you my thoughts on these two nice pieces of equipment. I liked both models the top hand model felt more natural, but then the lower handle put you more over your work and gave you a great view. Speaking of views, with all the dust collection pieces on the front cover on both models gave sort of a fuzzy view of the line. If you took it off you had a great view but then lost some of the dust collection. As with all "New" products after practice and use you would get used to it, especially with the dust collections hose. It did swivel with the unit, which was nice, just something else to get used to.
I own a battery powered Skill jig saw and these units put mine to shame, no doubt! Blade change was very slick. A pull on a handle and the hot blade shot out on to the table. No burning fingers that way. I did very much like the variable start with the top handle model, matter of a fact that was the nicest feature. The lights do help with any shadows you might have as your cutting.
Would I purchase one, I would have to say YES. We needed to get a scroll saw blade in it do see how it did with tighter turns, but the blades that came with it left a flawless cut line. I would suggest go to your closest Bosh pro dealer and give them a good look over, you should be impressed.
Hope this helps,,,,,