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Does anybody that owns a good band saw ever need a jig saw?

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Jerry,

A jigsaw is very handy when you can't bring the work to the band saw, or if the work is too big for the band saw.

Just like a tablesaw doesn't replace a circular saw entirely.

I don't need my jigsaw a lot, but its there when I do need it

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You can't cut a sink hole out of a counter top with a bandsaw.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Use both, hard to do inside cut on a band saw, I guess it depends on what can of woodworking you do, I would hate to lose either one of them.
But this is my opinion.
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Does anybody that owns a good band saw ever need a jig saw?

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several... there are jobs that only each tool can do and do well...

and before you ask... Bosch set the standards for everybody else...

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several... there are jobs that only each tool can do and do well...

and before you ask... Bosch set the standards for everybody else...

Stick, it is the Bosch that I have been looking at. I am thinking about the task of cutting the ginger bread on a cedar chest. It just seems to me that a workpiece that large might be better cut with a jig saw. I do hope that a better saw will allow me to follow the lines better but won't know until I spend the money and give it a try.

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Does anybody that owns a good band saw ever need a jig saw?
That would depend on what type of woodworking they were doing. But, overall, of course.

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My choice would be Bosch as well. I have an older one and am very impressed with it. I had a cheaper one prior to this one and, while it DID cut, there is just no comparing the performance between it and the Bosch.

Jerry, here is a link to a quick review of 2 different Bosch jigsaws. Bosch jigsaw review

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[QUOTE=Jerry Bowen;377609]Stick, it is the Bosch that I have been looking at. I am thinking about the task of cutting the ginger bread on a cedar chest. It just seems to me that a workpiece that large might be better cut with a jig saw. I do hope that a better saw will allow me to follow the lines better but won't know until I spend the money and give it a try.

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Jerry, there are certainly jobs for both a band saw and a jig saw. You might want to look at a jig saw with the pivoting head which is more like a scroll saw. With my band saw I was experiencing a bit of wander and learned (You Tube video) how to check the set up of the bandsaw. I'm much happier with the results having spent that time fine tuning my bandsaw.
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