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This morning I began to shoo for jigsaws again. I know, I've been here before but did not end up buying one due to Herb "giving" me that beautiful Hegner Scroll saw at the time, but now I'm back looking for a jig saw as since a scroll saw does work wand do as does a jig saw does.

I looked at the Dewalt 331k which is a corded saw for $150, then at the 331B cordless for the same money but without a gattery or chager. I had some trouble finding the price for those items so I looked at a PC saw. The only one that I see is much cheaper than the Dewalt and is cordless.

Since I have the PC cordless drill, I'm wondering if the jig saw runs on the same battery as does the drill, it appears as though it does.

However, since the PC is so inexpensive, about a third that of the Dewalt I am inclined to shy away from it. I am not certain why as so far, I have had good luck with my PC router and cordless drill.

I'm wondering if anybody owns the PC jigsaw and has any opinions on it and can confirm that it runs on the same battery as does the drill. Since I have the charger and two batteries for the PC, the PC jigsaw looks good from the cost standpoint, but by the same token, if the saw is of low quality, well, that's important too and while I don't use a jig saw very often, when I do, I'd like for it to work well.

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I personally would go with the corded saw. You are going to get a more powerful motor, and won't need to recharge the battery after a small number of cuts.

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Jerry,
I don't have the PC cordless jigsaw, so I can't help you there. I will however, share my experience and some observations. I own a PC jigsaw with a cord, and I've used a Dewalt jigsaw. Both are competent jigsaws, plenty powerful and accurate. I enjoyed my PC jigsaw until I began to notice that the cooling fan grabs sawdust and puts it directly into my eye when I'm in that sweet spot over the blade. I finally got frustrated enough with that one issue that I bought a Bosch jigsaw and I now only use the PC as a beater when I'm doing heavy cutting or dirty etc. The Bosch is in a league of its own compared to every other jigsaw I've ever used. It's smoother, it's more accurate, it just does everything a little better. Not that the others are junk, they just aren't as nice as the Bosch.

I'll also offer this about cordless tools in general. You should regard any cordless tool as a temporary solution. Batteries die. The new ones last longer, but they will eventually die. By the time the batteries die, you won't be able to find new ones anymore, or if you can find them, a new tool with 2 batteries will cost the same as 2 batteries alone. I have no less than 6 cordless drills hanging on the wall of my shop that I can't bring myself to throw away even though I don't have batteries for them. You won't be passing your cherrished cordless tools down to your grandchildren. Take good care of it and a quality corded tool will last most of us two lifetimes. My advice is to Buy the Bosch and enjoy jigsawing.

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I don't have the PC cordless jigsaw, so I can't help you there. I will however, share my experience and some observations. I own a PC jigsaw with a cord, and I've used a Dewalt jigsaw. Both are competent jigsaws, plenty powerful and accurate. I enjoyed my PC jigsaw until I began to notice that the cooling fan grabs sawdust and puts it directly into my eye when I'm in that sweet spot over the blade. I finally got frustrated enough with that one issue that I bought a Bosch jigsaw and I now only use the PC as a beater when I'm doing heavy cutting or dirty etc. The Bosch is in a league of its own compared to every other jigsaw I've ever used. It's smoother, it's more accurate, it just does everything a little better. Not that the others are junk, they just aren't as nice as the Bosch.

I'll also offer this about cordless tools in general. You should regard any cordless tool as a temporary solution. Batteries die. The new ones last longer, but they will eventually die. By the time the batteries die, you won't be able to find new ones anymore, or if you can find them, a new tool with 2 batteries will cost the same as 2 batteries alone. I have no less than 6 cordless drills hanging on the wall of my shop that I can't bring myself to throw away even though I don't have batteries for them. You won't be passing your cherrished cordless tools down to your grandchildren. Take good care of it and a quality corded tool will last most of us two lifetimes. My advice is to Buy the Bosch and enjoy jigsawing.

THANK YOU ANDY,
That's exactly what I needed to hear, I'll be ordering the Bosch corded saw and enjoy my PC cordless drill until the batteries die however long that is, What you have pointed out sure makes sense to me.

The only Bosch tool that I have now is the six inch ROS which I really like.

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Jerry,
As I read your first post, I was formulating my reply recommending the Bosch. Andy beat me to it.
You won't be sorry if you get the Bosch.
Check out CPO TOOLS for great pricing on the top handle and the barrel grip saw.

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I've had the Bosch1584DVS since 94/95, I ran through a B&D and a Makita before the 1584. I bought the Bosch when the recip shaft shot out the Mak body, the Mak lasted nearly 9 yrs and the B&D lasted 2 projects over a 3 yrs period, poker table and waterbed frame.

I've used the Bosch for siding, int/ext trim, furniture and hardwoods up to 1.5" thick. It's like a Timex watch, one of the best tools I ever bought. If the new products are half as good as the older you'll do well with the purchase.
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As I read your first post, I was formulating my reply recommending the Bosch. Andy beat me to it.
You won't be sorry if you get the Bosch.
Check out CPO TOOLS for great pricing on the top handle and the barrel grip saw.
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I looked at Bosch Jig Saw, the first one that looked at was about $300 dollars, then I found and ordered from Amazon the JS365 for $122, hope it's alright the cost is less than the Dewalt. If I made a mistake on the model, let me know.

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Another vote for a Bosch jig saw after 'blowing up' a Craftsman and a B&D. As far as barrel or handle body version, I found that after trying them at the local lumber yard before purchase (AMAZON), the barrel version just didn't feel right while the handle felt like it belonged in my hand. That for sure is a personal preference for everyone

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I personally would go with the corded saw. You are going to get a more powerful motor, and won't need to recharge the battery after a small number of cuts.
The only thing I use that's cordless are drills and there impacts . Everything else , forget it

I dont always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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That's the one I have, Jerry. A good saw.


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I looked at Bosch Jig Saw, the first one that looked at was about $300 dollars, then I found and ordered from Amazon the JS365 for $122, hope it's alright the cost is less than the Dewalt. If I made a mistake on the model, let me know.

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