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Finally I narrowed my list to following two jigsaws. They are both from Bosch, almost the same price, etc. Anybody had experience with these two? Thanks for your comments.

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Amazon.com: Bosch JS470E 120-Volt 7.0-Amp Top-Handle Jigsaw: Home Improvement

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Amazon.com: Bosch JS470EB 7-Amp Barrel-Grip Jigsaw: Home Improvement
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They're the same saw, it just depends on the style of handle you like. We bought the top handle version at work a few years back and its a very nice saw.

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Yes when I was looking for a jigsaw that was my 2 choices

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I think I have the 240v equivalent of the normal jigsaw. The only issue worth considering is whether or not you have big hands.

On the 'normal' jigsaw you grip the top handle but on the barrel grip you are actually gripping the jigsaw body which is wider than the top handle.

I would breeze past a local hardware shop and feel them up.
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As Hilton suggests, it's best to "feel them up", before deciding. I'm glad I did and bought the top handle model. It's a very nice jig saw.

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Depends on your preference. I bought a jigsaw with both top and barrel modes and I like the choice.

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I screwed u[ and bought a "barrel" jig saw once and found it very difficult to control. Couldn't get a grip on it, no pun intended.
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I have the top handle Bosch and the barrel version Festool (which should handle similarly to the Bosch barrel)
Like them both for different reasons. Top handle triggers and is a little more top heavy but pretty good control for the more common cuts. The barrel switches, lower center of gravity, use it mostly for coping and other awkward positions and tighter areas.

For most stuff, get the one that feels good to the hand which will probably be the top handle.
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You don't want to rap your hand around a hot motor,get one with a handle on it.

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I have the top handle model and it is a great tool. But I have a Milwaukee too that is very nice but it is a bigger more robust tool. Biggest thing to my mind is make sure you use Bosch blades in ANY jigsaw. Makes a big difference.
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