Bosch JS5 Orbital Jigsaw
With the exception of Milwaukee's testosterone-addled 36-volt system, the current trend in tools is towards lighter more compact models, and with that in mind, Bosch has just released the JS5 Jigsaw, a smaller version of their exceptional line of jigsaws.
The JS5 has a tool free blade change, an ergonomic handle, and an anti-splinter insert. It comes with an on-board adjustable dust blower, and a dust extraction system as well as a 4-position switch that controls the orbital action of the cut.
As far as power goes, the JS5 has 5.7 amps and is capable of 500 to 3,100 SPM (strokes per minute). In comparison, Bosch warhorse jigsaw, the 1590EVSK is 6.4 amps and 500 to 2,800 SPM. So the JS5 is less powerful, but a little quicker and also lighter, weighing 5lbs as opposed to 6lbs. That pound may not sound like much, but if you'll be using the tool for extended periods of time, you'll notice it.
The JS5 comes with a carrying bag and retails for just over $100, which is a great deal, seeing as Bosch jigsaws are virtually indestructible.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at December 21, 2007 5:41 AM