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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-18-2016, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Default advice please on what jigsaw to buy

In need to buy a new jigsaw, I need one that
1. will take a blade with ordinary "key" so many brands can be used
2. will have a guide with grooved mini wheel(s) behind the blade
3. will have an adjustable angle base plate that does not relate to the body with any silly screw which will give way after a week, so it can be accurately set as some angle and keep this angle (and so if the plate is stable, I can attach the tool upside-down and have a "jigsaw table"???)

I think the expensive ones should have better quality base plates, but they are not metioned anywhere on what is for sale, and the base plate is he jigsaw's weak point.

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Bosch 4 or 500 series...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Thank you Stick, only now I see models like
Bosch PST 1000 PEL
Bosch XSPST 900 PEL

and I am a bit suspicious about all the colorful (cheap) plastic bits around the tool

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don't know a thing about either....

Jig Saws | CPO Outlets

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Hi Dimitri. A few of us got together a couple years back and did a test on Bosch jigsaws. The results are here: tool-reviews

To be sure, there may be other jigsaws that may perform as well as the Bosch, but I was very impressed with the ones we tested.

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[QUOTE=Stick486;1264073]Bosch 4 or 500 series...[/QUOTE

Can't go wrong with Bosch ....
Mine is a JS470EB ... Barrel grip, variable speed, a dust blower ...
Paid $139 on Amazon ....
I went thru many cheap ones over the years, because I don't use one a lot...
But this thing is worth the money... Very well built....
I like the Speed control and on-off switch being separate... No trigger to hold down.

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Dimitri is in Greece, guys, probably not as many options, and ones we're not aware of(?). Maybe Bob (SunnyBob)...in Cyprus... has some insight into what's available.
Metabo (Germany) makes a line of jigsaws...no idea how good they are but Metabo has had a pretty good reputation.
https://www.metabo.com/com/en/tools/sawing/jigsaws/
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Another vote for Bosch.
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I have a makita jig saw and it does what I need it to do, but I have to say its the least used power tool I have so I never shopped around for any other make.
Dont know about mainland greece, but cyprus prices for makita are ridiculously high.
So much that I got a friend to bring mine from the UK, where it was half the price in cyprus, even when makita cyprus was running a 30% off promotion.
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