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Old 07-31-2011, 07:08 PM   #1
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Jigsaws...Bosch Vs Festool


So I am in the market for a new jigsaw. Normally I would just get the Bosch and be done with it. However the Festool is on sale for $250 so prices are a bit closer. Also the warranty on the festool is better.

I am looking for input from anyone that has used both. I have used plenty of Bosch, but never a Festool jigsaw. Also top handle vs barrel grip???

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Old 07-31-2011, 07:40 PM   #2
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I have both and honestly I do not find a huge difference in them. The Festool is heavier and easier to handle. The longer cord is nice. With that being said I had the Bosch first but whenever I need a jigsaw I reach for the Festool.

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There is a new model Festool coming out sometime soon.

The current Festool one's are nice. For the price they are now, I would spend the little extra on it. I like barrel grips now since I do most of my cutting from underneath.

I do still use an older Bosch though.
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been waiting for this to go on sale. Just bought a barrel grip on amazon. Cant wait to throw my pos dewalt in the trash. The sickness begins.......
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Good price to get your feet wet....
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Warner do you have any other input on the barrel vs top handle? I honestly have never cut with a barrel, but the top handle has never seemed that great to me especially when coping base.
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Warner do you have any other input on the barrel vs top handle? I honestly have never cut with a barrel, but the top handle has never seemed that great to me especially when coping base.
It takes a little to get used to if you have only used a D handle.

I grab and hold my old bosch d handle like a barrel grip.

I find that once you get adjusted to a barrel grip, you can do a lot more things with one. I like cutting from underneath the work piece.
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Get a barrel for sure. Streamlined compared to top handles. Finehomebuilding just did a review and came up with Bosch as best value and makita best overall. Saws look the same, I have Bosch but would like the makita.
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Get a barrel for sure. Streamlined compared to top handles. Finehomebuilding just did a review and came up with Bosch as best value and Makita best overall. Saws look the same, I have Bosch but would like the Makita.
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Which Bosch jig saw are you looking at? I have the 1590EVS and think it is waaaay overrated, and that the 1587AVS is a much better saw. It looks like the 1587 has been discontinued though. I don't have any experience with the new saws.

I owned the Festool trion for about a week before I sent it back. It was a nice saw but I didn't know it didn't have a variable speed trigger until after I bought it. I hate using jigsaws without variable speed triggers.

I've always bought D-handle saws and find the barrel grips awkward whenever I've had to use one. I cut stuff underneath with my D-handle all the time and have never had a problem. I think it's just a matter of trying them both and seeing what works for you.
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My old Bosch was variable speed but, by a dial on the trigger.

The speed dial does not bother me at all.
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So what's the advantage of cutting underneath the material compared to above?
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So what's the advantage of cutting underneath the material compared to above?
Line of sight, better control, keeps a nicer edge on the keeper side.
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I always used a Bosch, D handle always has a better turning control, haven't seen or heard of a festool.
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keeps a nicer edge on the keeper side.
do you use up cut and down cut blades depending on which side your working from?

I would much rather cut a hole for a sink from the top instead of from the bottom just use a down cut blade
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do you use up cut and down cut blades depending on which side your working from?

I would much rather cut a hole for a sink from the top instead of from the bottom just use a down cut blade
I only do the corners with my jig saw.

I cut the main part of the hole with my rail saw.
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Of the three bosch's that I use, all less than 3 years old, 2 of the 3 have bad triggers. Odviously a glitch in the design. They don't get used that much either.
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I always used a Bosch, D handle always has a better turning control, haven't seen or heard of a festool.
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Which Bosch jig saw are you looking at? I have the 1590EVS and think it is waaaay overrated, and that the 1587AVS is a much better saw. It looks like the 1587 has been discontinued though. I don't have any experience with the new saws.

I owned the Festool trion for about a week before I sent it back. It was a nice saw but I didn't know it didn't have a variable speed trigger until after I bought it. I hate using jigsaws without variable speed triggers.

I've always bought D-handle saws and find the barrel grips awkward whenever I've had to use one. I cut stuff underneath with my D-handle all the time and have never had a problem. I think it's just a matter of trying them both and seeing what works for you.

I disagree. I find the 1590 a good improvment over the 1587...if just for the little jaws that help keep the blade straight....
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The current Festool one's are nice. For the price they are now, I would spend the little extra on it. I like barrel grips now since I do most of my cutting from underneath.

I do still use an older Bosch though.
oh my god, darcy still uses a bosch,,, there goes his endorsement contract with festool

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