Here on the homestead, we’re a big fan of tools that can tackle a variety of jobs.
Although many people think a jig saw is only for wood, it can be used on PVC pipe, plexiglass, and even metal. It’s truly is a versatile tool.
For a few years, we’ve been using a 7 amp variable speed jig saw made by Bosch. Overall, there’s virtually nothing bad about how this saw handles or cuts. It’s something I recommend to everyone when discussing woodworking.
There are two main types of handles you’ll see on a jig saw. One would be a barrel grip that looks kind of like it sounds in that you’re griping the elongated structure of the tool. The other type is something that looks like the handle on your car door. This is called a top handle jigsaw.
For those looking for good control, the barrel-grip is great because your hand is at a lower point of gravity which really assists in making finer cuts. For comparison, imagine the difference in ride height between cars and trucks. Where a truck will have less cornering ability, a car will be more agile because it’s lower to the ground.
One thing to consider about a barrel-grip jig saw is the width can be fairly wide. If you have smaller hands, you may prefer a top handle model instead.
The power range of this barrel grip jig saw is truly superb. At 500 – 3,100 strokes per minute, there are a lot of options. With a turn of dial, you can add or subtract speed. An additional element that adds to the cutting ability is the different orbital settings. This combined with the variable speed is outstanding when you’re trying to compensate for different materials.
Another mega plus is the way the blades can be changed out. It’s a tool-less system that allows the user to change a blade in seconds. Well done, Bosch.
When talking build quality, Bosch produces some of the best jig saws on the market. The fit and finish are nearly perfect. The heavy weight (5.9 pounds) gives the user confidence they’re working with a well-made product by a company who invests in solid components.
Although the positives far outweigh the negatives, one deficiency is the built-in blower that’s supposed to clear away debris from the cutting area. If there’s a blower in there, I’m oblivious to it because it doesn’t accomplish much.
Another very minor thing is the length of the electrical cord. At 10 feet, it’s longer than most corded equipment and makes it difficult to put back in the case.
In the end, I firmly believe this is the best jig saw for the money. It’ll give true value to any DIYer.
If you’re interested in purchasing this product, you can get it here.
Specs (Model JS470EB):
Variable speed, 500 – 3,100 strokes per minute.
1 inch stroke length.
Tool-less blade removal.
The price is exceptional for the quality you get.
Barrel-grip yields outstanding control.
Very accurate cuts.
The dust blower is akin to a mouse exhaling on some dirt.
The longer length of the cord makes it difficult to pack away.
If you’re in the market for quality jig saw products by Bosch, check out some of these options:
Bosch 7.0 Amp Corded Variable Speed Barrel-Grip Jig Saw:
Bosch 7.2 Amp Top-Handle Jig Saw:
Bosch 10-Piece Assorted T-Shank Jig Saw Blade Set:Disclaimer