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This has probably been asked a thousand times but I can't find an answer.

What is the best ALL AROUND blade for a jig saw in a wood shop?

I know that there are downcut and upcut blades of various TPIs. Each is best suited to specific tasks but I'm looking for a good general purpose blade to cut mainly soft woods and plywood no thicker than 3/4". I have neither a scroll saw nor a band saw so I need my jig saw to fill in for both.

Your thoughts?

By the way, my intent is to replace my old junky B&D jig saw with a a Bosch or DeWalt that has a blade guide, bevel table, orbital stroke, etc.

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go w/ the Bosch.. you WILL NOT regret it...

FWIW.... Progressor wood blade for all around...

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+1 on the Bosch. The difference between it and your old B&D is incredible. I never had smooth, easy to control cuts until I switched to Bosch.
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Your ability to scroll will be limited by the width of the blade. The narrower the blade the tighter the corners. At a point the blades get more fragile.
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Your ability to scroll will be limited by the width of the blade. The narrower the blade the tighter the corners. At a point the blades get more fragile.
exclude the Bosch scroll blades.... (101AO and 119B))
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I just took a critical look at my old jig saw for the first time in many years. I use it occasionally (rarely) but haven't paid much attention to it.

First off, I have unfairly maligned Black & Decker on here. The saw is a Skil, not a B&D.

The biggest problem with it is the blade guide. There are no rollers. It is just a slot in the sole plate that is four times the width of the blade. No wonder the blade twists and wanders. I just never paid attention to how cheaply it's made. And I can't find a detent on the sole plate to make it perfectly perpendicular to the blade. It's off by about 5 degrees.

I've gotta rectify this situation quickly.

I have rather large hands but kinda short fingers that have become arthritic and that leads to an additional question: Who prefers the D-handle and who prefers the barrel grip?
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I just took a critical look at my old jig saw for the first time in many years. I use it occasionally (rarely) but haven't paid much attention to it.

First off, I have unfairly maligned Black & Decker on here. The saw is a Skil, not a B&D.

The biggest problem with it is the blade guide. There are no rollers. It is just a slot in the sole plate that is four times the width of the blade. No wonder the blade twists and wanders. I just never paid attention to how cheaply it's made. And I can't find a detent on the sole plate to make it perfectly perpendicular to the blade. It's off by about 5 degrees.

I've gotta rectify this situation quickly.

I have rather large hands but kinda short fingers that have become arthritic and that leads to an additional question: Who prefers the D-handle and who prefers the barrel grip?
Bosch is your answer...
many to pick from...
the higher the number more the features..

Factory Reconditioned Bosch JS572E-RT 7.2 Amp Top-Handle Jigsaw

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go w/ the Bosch.. you WILL NOT regret it...

FWIW.... Progressor wood blade for all around...

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I look at several jigsaws before I settled on my Bosch. Had the best features for the price. Reliable and easy to use.

Easy blade changes, fits my hand perfectly, easy to control with adjustments that look up solid.

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and Bosch CS is second to none...

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Here are some photos from when Brian and Chris tested the Bosch 572 jig saws. They both preferred the top handle model but I find I use the barrel grip a lot more for projects.

The Xtra clean cutting blades leave a finish so smooth you can often eliminate sanding.
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