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I've spent the last week or so googling for information on corded jigsaws, and it seems like I've run into a problem where I've been able to find issues with every single option offered out there. The Bosch 1590 Is the original great, but of course discontinued and you can't find one for sale anymore (not keen on buying used tools, who knows how hard they were abused). So the new JS470E replacement Bosch has a weird canted angle blade, and they also removed the blade guides.

The milwaukee 6268 came close to the 1590 in comparisons but apparently had worse clean cuts and worse visibility to the blade.
http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/Main/Articles/Jigsaw_Review_Performance_Chart_8440.aspx

The Mikata was a solid third place but has pretty much bare bones features. The trigger is either on or off with no sense of speed control. Then I went on home depot then got confused why there was a JV0600K that costed $30 less than the more commonly reviewed 4350FCT. is that an improved, newer model or a newer, cheaper model. I guess you get what you pay for. I wanted to stay under $200 so the festool was out of the picture as well.

So I guess I come here asking as a newbie what kind of advice you can give for my first purchase. I'd like to invest once instead of running into issues and that's why I've done so much research. It just seems like there's no safe bet with any of these options. Maybe you can provide some helpful insight here. I'm leaning toward the milwaukee because at least I can still get one new in a box unlike the 1590.
 

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I can't help you on those 3....I've got a dewalt and love it. Have had zero problems and it cuts great.
 

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Glad your dewalt is going really well, i read alot of issues with some people saying the blades would fly out during operation, saw this from several different sources too.
 

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I think the replacement for the 1590 is the JS572, not the 470...it's for the box stores. Even so, I've read a few reviews of the 572 and most indicate it's not the equal of the 1590. You might want to give it a look, if you don't choke on the price, I guess Bosch figured they deserved a big hike. It's pretty hard to follow the logic these companies use in product design anymore.
 

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You are right, they added that stackable box thing to that one (which I think is pointless for my use) and made it $289+. Would be a great opportunity for their competitors to punish them for this, but it wouldn't suprise me if they raise prices too. Might as well slowly price fix over time, that's the way it seems to me anyway.
 

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You are right, they added that stackable box thing to that one (which I think is pointless for my use) and made it $289+. Would be a great opportunity for their competitors to punish them for this, but it wouldn't suprise me if they raise prices too. Might as well slowly price fix over time, that's the way it seems to me anyway.
Hi Bob - They have the 572 without the L-Boxx here for $240
http://www.cpooutlets.com/bosch-jig-saws/bosch-jig-saws,default,sc.html
Looks like barrel grip and top handle are the same price. :smile:
 

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Hi Bob - They have the 572 without the L-Boxx here for $240
http://www.cpooutlets.com/bosch-jig-saws/bosch-jig-saws,default,sc.html
Looks like barrel grip and top handle are the same price. :smile:
Appreciate the help! I still think I'd like to keep it around $150 so that leaves me between the Milwaukee, and the two Makita. The milwaukee gets the edge for better trigger. Wonder what the difference is on the two makitas.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Makita-6-5-Amp-Top-Handle-Jig-Saw-JV0600K/203066414

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Makita-Top-Handle-Jig-Saw-4350FCT/100659891

Are the makita made in china as well? I know milwaukee was moved there to cut expense but not sure about makita's business parctices.
 

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The 6268-21 is what I have. I just cut a slot in some 1/4" steel last night.The key to saws is in the blades.Speed control and stroke adjustment is also a must. This thing likes Metabo blades. My SawZall likes Morse ? The collet on the jigsaw is precision. You have to sand the paint of Morse, Milwaukee and Irwin blades or they fight you going in and out.It's a great saw.
 

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Can't help you much. After my 25+ year old Craftsman scroller died, I paid a whopping $29.95 for a new Skil. Does every thing I need. Wouldn't know how to operate one of those 200 dollar machines. :no::laughing:
 

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The 6268-21 is what I have. I just cut a slot in some 1/4" steel last night.The key to saws is in the blades.Speed control and stroke adjustment is also a must. This thing likes Metabo blades. My SawZall likes Morse ? The collet on the jigsaw is precision. You have to sand the paint of Morse, Milwaukee and Irwin blades or they fight you going in and out.It's a great saw.
Good to know. Do you ever notice any problems installing new blades? One reviewer said it can be a bit finicky.
http://youtu.be/qjUHyGRc6nQ?t=5m55s

Also have you tried the bosch blades or just the metabo blades? Alot have said those are great, expecially the T308B extra clean blade.
 
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