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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.

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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.

Cons:
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…
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on that burn...
take it out of orbit and use a 119AO or 101AO blade

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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on that burn...
take it out of orbit and use a 119AO or 101AO blade
I'm absolutely amazed at the knowledge about woodworking that. No matter the subject or question he is right there with a good answer, admittly he does not use more words that are needed to make his point. By the way Stick, that is meant to be a compliment.

In regard to the Bosch jig saw, I certainly agree with Secott including the need for the light. I have a stand alone LED light that I used for my first trial run with my JS365 and it was a great help for me, and see why an on board light would be great value.


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about that light...
upgrade the saw....
tell Bosch about how unhappy you are about the lack of light...
Bosch listens to the consumer...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I was looking at the 572. But I just couldn't see myself needing to spend the extra $100 on the L-Boxx and the light. In hindsight maybe I can because I can now see myself owning several Bosch tools and those stackable L-Boxxes might just come in handy. Later on I probably will upgrade because I'm thoroughly impressed.

OBTW, I was using a 101AO blade. But that inside radius was well into "scroll saw territory". It was really just too tight but I got it done.
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The 119 is narrower front to back as in really skinny...
the variety packs available at your big box is the easy way to go... serious plus...
the sets w/ the hard plastic case is way better than the pouch...
progressor blades rock...

the hard boxes don't work out all that well... too propitiatory...
the normal cases that come w/ the individual tools is way more user friendly...
all of Bosch tools AFAIK can be had as stand alone...

FWIW... I have 5 of their corded jigsaws and 2 of their cordless...

I always buy recondition as 1st choice and Bosch has never let me down...
Bosch Reconditioned Saws
Bosch Reconditioned Power Tools

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I picked up 3 different 5 packs of various wood blades so I'd have and assortment for most uses. I got the 101AO, T234AX and T308Bs. I'll definitely pick up a combo pack pretty soon because I can see using it on more than just wood unlike all the other jigsaws I've used in the past. I can see using this saw to break down sheet goods in wood and metal, so this saw is going to get a lot more use than I had envisioned.

When I get a reciprocating saw I'll definitely be buying it from that link, they have a reconditioned 10 amp for $64!
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The 119 is narrower front to back as in really skinny...
the variety packs available at your big box is the easy way to go... serious plus...
the sets w/ the hard plastic case is way better than the pouch...
progressor blades rock...

the hard boxes don't work out all that well... too propitiatory...
the normal cases that come w/ the individual tools is way more user friendly...
all of Bosch tools AFAIK can be had as stand alone...

FWIW... I have 5 of their corded jigsaws and 2 of their cordless...

I always buy recondition as 1st choice and Bosch has never let me down...
Bosch Reconditioned Saws
Bosch Reconditioned Power Tools

Stick,
There seems to be no end to the good information that you bring to the forum. Wish I had known this a year or so ago. Thanks.

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I picked up 3 different 5 packs of various wood blades so I'd have and assortment for most uses. I got the 101AO, T234AX and T308Bs. I'll definitely pick up a combo pack pretty soon because I can see using it on more than just wood unlike all the other jigsaws I've used in the past. I can see using this saw to break down sheet goods in wood and metal, so this saw is going to get a lot more use than I had envisioned.

When I get a reciprocating saw I'll definitely be buying it from that link, they have a reconditioned 10 amp for $64!
about that Bosch reciprocating saw...
leave it at the store....
not such a good item...
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take it out of orbit and use a 119AO or 101AO blade
Stick, do you just press a magic button somewhere and come up with all the answers ? I'm always very much impressed. Your picture doesn't do you justice. You have to be much older than you appear to have crammed all that knowledge into one head. Jeepers, I admire your ability.
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