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post #1 of 11 Old 01-25-2012, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Need some schooling in jigsaws

I've been eyeing a new one for awhile, and now funds are becoming available to discuss the purchase. Besides 'advertised' power and the choice between top handle and barrel grip, is there a huge difference between most of what the big brands offer?

I have a much older corded B&D that I'm missing a screw to set the blade, and a 18v Ryobi that's great for quick jobs, but I know I need more oomph for much more than that.

I'm drawn to the barrel grips because they don't have the annoying pressure switches. I also am aware the blades play a big part, and I've permanently switched to Bosch for those. I guess I'm trying to decide primarily between the Ridgid and the new Bosch barrel grips (but am open to any). Large difference in rated power here.
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Bosch hands down best cut for precision with little deflection
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Bosh professional (blue) have never let me down,Bosh DIY (Green)? IMHO Bosh clean cut blades are way above any thing else and the blades do make a difference.
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Blades Bosch T 101 B outstanding blade for fine cuts in hardwood and ply
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Bosh T 101B great blade ,but try the T 308 B see what you think of it.I was impressed.
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Bosh T 101B great blade ,but try the T 308 B see what you think of it.I was impressed.
Will do also has anyone noticed the old version of the Bosch before they went to quick release blade system seem to cut better. The newer model tends to cut out of square on thick materials IMO
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Blade travel, variable speed...anyone care to comment on the tool features?
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Bosch guy here.....

I have the d handle type.
I like the Variable speed
I don't care for the barrel grip where it takes two hands to flip the on/off switch.

I use the orbital feature a lot.
If I'm just hogging out some rough stuff, the orbital position clears the kerf and really goes fast.
Switch to the non orbital and you can get some very clean cuts.

It also has a blower switch that clears dust away from the cutting area.

Not sure if the blade change is the same but I never had any problems with the old type.

I have not used a Ridgid.

Learning more about tools everyday
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Bosch guy here.....

I have the d handle type.
I like the Variable speed
I don't care for the barrel grip where it takes two hands to flip the on/off switch.

I use the orbital feature a lot.
If I'm just hogging out some rough stuff, the orbital position clears the kerf and really goes fast.
Switch to the non orbital and you can get some very clean cuts.

It also has a blower switch that clears dust away from the cutting area.

Not sure if the blade change is the same but I never had any problems with the old type.

I have not used a Ridgid.
I have used Rigid is the plastic window in the front makes it extremely difficult to see your line. That's the first thing that should come off or just stick with the Bosch
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I'm gonna pass a little water into the wind here and while admitting that Bosch makes a very good jigsaw recommend the Freud. I've had my http://www.amazon.com/Freud-FJ85K-Amp-Top-Handle/dp/B0000223OC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327588975&sr=8-1for maybe 10 years now and it's a work horse. I've never had any issues at all with this jigsaw as long as I was using a quality blade mounted in it. Of course, inferior blades will make even the best jigsaw perform like a $15 jigsaw. You certainly won't go wrong if you choose one of the better Bosch models, 1591 or 1590, but for a lot less money the Freud is a quality tool that is at the least worth a look.

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Me being the rebel I am, I went with choice F...for now. I ordered a Craftsman 28223, which has good reviews on the Sears site for about $70. The dual grip might be gimmicky, but I liked it when I handled it in store. I like that it has most of the features I liked in other choices for a much cheaper price.

I'll pick it up tomorrow and start putting it though the paces. If I don't like it, I discovered that most of the top handle saws do in fact have lever locks so my hand wouldn't cramp up like on the B&D. If I don't like it, there's always three Bosch models that I'll go to instead. The Freud looks interesting, but I have no way to put any hands on it before I buy.
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