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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-07-2009, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone any experience of the new generation of jigsaws and would like to do a comparison between them and the traditional type?

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I had an old craftsman (about 20 yrs) that my dad left with the rest of his tools and about six months ago I picked up a 1 year old DeWalt off of craigs list and the only comparison I can make is I don't use the craftsman any more and won't. I figure that is a signifigant difference. I don't know if that is what you mean or not.

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The new ones seem to incorporate an oscillating feature, apart from other improvements and I was interested to know whether this was found to be worthwhile.

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I wouldn't swap my 25 year old industrial Bosch for anything, that's all.



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Hi Peter

I just had to reply. I used to have both Craftsman and old Black and Decker jigsaws. I bought two years ago the BOSCH 1590 EVS jigsaw and that is just uncomparable to the old type. It cuts through wood like butter. Mine has a blower, that clears the way a bit, if you are cutting on a line. It is such a superior jigsaw compared to the old type!

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I have an old light blue industrial Bosch that has a pendulum action, speed control and with the correct blade will cut almost anything really well.
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I have an old Bosch 1584VS, (639 barrel grip series) which I've owned since 87 I think. My Skill died while I was cutting an opening in a new countertop for one of those new flat top induction stove tops.

I've used it for pretty much anything you can think of, even clamped it upside down once and used it like a scroll saw. Once I got my hands on a barrel grip saw I couldn't ever go back to a handle type.

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I have a craftsmen that's about 5-6yrs old. A handy little tool, works like a charm with only 1 exception. It's head will rotate 360*, allowing you the hold the base still and make your cuts by turning the head. Sometimes, when cutting a straight line... forget it. You need to use both hands to guide the thing. I don't use it that much. I'll use my zawsaw first.

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+1 on the Bosch 1590.
No comparison with the old whatsizname.
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My Bosch that I have already mentioned, is not a Bosch but an Hitachi, sorry for the mislead, is like Mike's, has variable electronic speed control, variable pendulum action, blows the dust from the cut, can cut at any angle and has been used for crosscutting and ripping up to 50mm thickness timber quite regularly in the past



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