Bosch JS470ED Jigsaw
I just purchased this saw from Amazon on my Prime membership because my wife wanted some arts and craft projects cut out. They were about 16” x 20” and are going to be painted to look like a Mason Jar. I used 5mm birch ply. I was able to cut two at a time and the saw didn’t even know it was cutting anything. However a 10mm thickness in a pretty tight inside radius was a little too much for the Bosch 20 tooth Xtra-clean blade. I turned it a nice blue oxide color. Oops. So I went to cutting them one at a time with this blade and still had no problem finishing all 6 of them on this same blade.
If you are coming from Craftsman or B&D “run of the mill” jigsaws this Bosch will rock your world. There just isn’t any comparison to those, they are toys compared to this saw.
Made in Switzerland and that’s reflected in the overall build quality.
The quick change blade feature is just awesome.
The air blast feature does a nice job of keeping the cut line cleared off so you can see it.
Very smooth running at all speeds.
Desperately needs a LED work light and on a saw of this caliber it just seems required.
They really should have put the speed control up on the barrel grip so you could change it as you are cutting. Not a huge deal at all once you get the feel for the saw and the cutting you are doing.
If you don’t think the barrel grip is for you get the JS470E with the conventional grip. It’s the same saw, only the grip is different. This saw is larger and heavier than I thought it would be which may be an issue for some. I have large hands so it’s not an issue for me, but it did surprise me. Try to handle one in a retailer to see if the barrel grip is too big for you.
Additionally the Bosch blades are just as awesome as the saw and the Xtra-clean wood blades are also made in Switzerland.
I took a gamble on buying this saw online without handling it. I did a bunch of research and it turned out gravy for me. I really suggest you go with a Bosch jigsaw if you are in the market. They are everything everyone raves about them, they really are. I liken them to the new Cadillac CTS with the supercharged V8. Smooth, elegant and oh so powerful…