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post #1 of 21 Old 01-21-2010, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do I need to start looking for a new jigsaw?

I have an old Craftsman jigsaw that I've had for years. Nice cast aluminum body, scroll knob, variable speed, etc. Have a bunch of blades for it, but happened to be looking at blades in Lowe's the other day and there were none that would fit my saw. All were U shank or T shank. It's a good saw, but it's the old type that has a single screw that holds the blade to the shaft, so the blades must have a hole and a U shape cutout on the end that fits around the roll pin above the screw. Are these types of blades going away?

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sounds like a good enough reason to go tool shopping...
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For sure time to get a new one ! I like the Porter Cable. I've had mine for about 8 years and just love it. Hopefull they didn't make any changes to it because the one I have is an amazing tool!

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The bosch is pretty much the industry standard that all others are based off of. I have used them for most of my 20 year career as a carpenter and I still prefer the bosch.
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While I must agree whole-heatidly with "jlhaslip", I sure hope that they don't discontinue the "u shaped" blades.......I've got two VERY old saws that I dearly love, and don't want to give them up because of blades. I just bought a couple of packets of Milwalkee blades last month, and I don't remember there being any shortage of both types of shank. Keep diggin around and let us know what you find out, because I want to stock up, if the u-shaped blade is being discontinued. Thanks

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Once you use a Bosch Barrel grip...you`ll never go back...there are advantages to the Craftsman...I think that the rotating blade lock is very handy when cutting out a counter top for a sink...I believe you can get closer to the back splash with the Craftsman jig saw. Rick

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The bosch is pretty much the industry standard that all others are based off of. I have used them for most of my 20 year career as a carpenter and I still prefer the bosch.
I third the Bosch. It's the Ferrari of jigsaws. You'll enjoy using it and the precision is unmatched.

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I have an older craftman jig saw. I believe it was purchased in the early to mid 1970's. I currently use Bosch blade. The blade is held in place by a single screw. Don't get me wrong , if I see a good buy on a new one I am going to buy it.
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I have to agree that it sounds like a good excuse to go tool shopping.

Did you say tool sale?
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I've got one from my grandfather, probably from the late 40's, or 30's. I am down to my last few blades, and I wondered if they were still making them. I think I'll have to get out my grinder. Just hate to give it up. (The bosch is nice though, the school shop had a couple of them.)
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The U shaped blades look like mine except they don't have the hole for the screw. It'd be a shame if they stopped making them as the saw is pretty decent. If (when) I do have to buy another jig saw, it will be a Bosch.

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Once you use a Bosch Barrel grip...you`ll never go back...there are advantages to the Craftsman...I think that the rotating blade lock is very handy when cutting out a counter top for a sink...I believe you can get closer to the back splash with the Craftsman jig saw. Rick
Yep, I got the Bosch barrel grip too. Kind of a strange grip at first but now struggle with the handle grips. One smooth operator too.
Love this thing and use it much more than my 20 year old Craftman that I had previously.
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check these out . They might fit

http://www.amazon.com/Mibro-827831-Bi-Metal-Jigsaw-10-Pieces/dp/B001C08B80/ref=sr_1_70?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1264225129&sr=1-70

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I have an old Craftsman jigsaw that I've had for years. Nice cast aluminum body, scroll knob, variable speed, etc. Have a bunch of blades for it, but happened to be looking at blades in Lowe's the other day and there were none that would fit my saw. All were U shank or T shank. It's a good saw, but it's the old type that has a single screw that holds the blade to the shaft, so the blades must have a hole and a U shape cutout on the end that fits around the roll pin above the screw. Are these types of blades going away?
From your description I have the same (or nearly so) jigsaw.

I have no problem obtaining blades. The Craftsman tool department has a very good selection.

Just look for the blades in the correct place and you will find them.

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Those are the right blades. I was in our local Ace Hardware yesterday and they don't carry that type anymore either .

George, I'll check Sears next time I go by there. My saw was probably made in the 70's. It's also got a light, which is nice. My late grandfather gave it to me back in the 90's. I was fortunate that my grandfather nurtured my interest in electrical/mechanical things from the time I was very young. He gave me my first set of real tools (1/4" drill, screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, soldering iron, etc.) for Christmas when I was 8 years old. I still have every one of those tools, and I'm 47 now!

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Another vote for the Bosch barrel grip. I bought it based on the recs here and it was a great purchase.
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It sounds like our saw are about the same age. I am using Bosch blades that have a u shape in it where it goes into the blade holder. I have a single screw that holds the blade in place. The screw does not have to go through the blade; it simply puts pressure on one side to hold the blade.
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It sounds like our saw are about the same age. I am using Bosch blades that have a u shape in it where it goes into the blade holder. I have a single screw that holds the blade in place. The screw does not have to go through the blade; it simply puts pressure on one side to hold the blade.
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RE: Do I need to start looking for a new jigsaw?

I found this forum while searching for info regarding blades for my old Skil Model 514 jig saw. I got this saw from my late father-in-law, who owned a lumber yard back in the 50's and 60's. The 514 is a sweet old saw, none smoother, absolutely NO vibration, 3000/4000 SPM with what would now be called a barrel grip. VERY easy to guide and use!

However, the blades have to be the "U" style with the additional hole. The plunger has a tapped 6-32 hole, and there's a socket-head screw which goes through the blades and fastens them to the plunger. I can't find blades anywhere locally for this saw anymore, so I guess I'm going to have to go saw shopping.

I'm thinking about the Bosch JS572EB barrel-grip saw. Anyone used this model? Any suggestions? There's also a JS470EB which looks like the 572, but it's $100+ cheaper, so there must be some reason for the difference in price. The cheaper saw is a pound heavier? Go figure!

Thanks for any advice or suggestions.
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I found this forum while searching for info regarding blades for my old Skil Model 514 jig saw. I got this saw from my late father-in-law, who owned a lumber yard back in the 50's and 60's. The 514 is a sweet old saw, none smoother, absolutely NO vibration, 3000/4000 SPM with what would now be called a barrel grip. VERY easy to guide and use!

However, the blades have to be the "U" style with the additional hole. The plunger has a tapped 6-32 hole, and there's a socket-head screw which goes through the blades and fastens them to the plunger. I can't find blades anywhere locally for this saw anymore, so I guess I'm going to have to go saw shopping.

I'm thinking about the Bosch JS572EB barrel-grip saw. Anyone used this model? Any suggestions? There's also a JS470EB which looks like the 572, but it's $100+ cheaper, so there must be some reason for the difference in price. The cheaper saw is a pound heavier? Go figure!

Thanks for any advice or suggestions.
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