October 31, 2012

Bosch JS572EB Barrel-Grip Jig Saw - Review

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A long time ago, probably over a year, Bosch sent us one of their JS470EB Jigsaws to check out. We used it, we used it again, and we used it some more after that. It has basically been our primary jigsaw since it showed up. But we never wrote a review of it. We kept meaning to, but whenever we were in front of the computer, we would think about the tool and say, "eh" and move on to the next thing. It was a nice tool, but there was nothing about it that made us think, "yeah, yeah, yeah, now this is a jigsaw!" It was just sort of there. We're generally fans of Bosch jigsaws, so when the company recently released a new series, we thought we'd take one of those for a spin to see if we'd have a different reaction. They sent us the new JS572EB. Oh and did we ever have a different reaction.

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(First, we need to note that the two jigsaws are in different 'classes,' the older one we have is less expensive and less "blingy" than the newer one tested.)

So we've been using the JS527EB for a couple months now and it's been great. It brings us back to the days well over ten years ago when we got our first Bosch jigsaw. We don't remember the model, but it was the first one that didn't need a 24" screwdriver shoved down the hole at the top of the handle in order to loosen the blade. Instead it had that annoying spinning top piece that clicked when the blade was tight (and seemed to also click when the blade wasn't tight). But anyway, we loved that old saw for a lot of reasons, and this new one is a worthy descendent.

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The tool has 4 orbital blade settings and a really nice LED (switched at the top of the handle). It also has a tool free blade swap-out and a tool free foot plate adjustment. We're really big fans of the easy plate adjustment. We backcut most of our scribes, so it really makes life easier to be able to set an angle in a few seconds, rather than a minute.

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Even though it's smaller than the other model, it's very comfortable to use and plenty powerful. With a fresh new blade, it didn't have any problems with any tasks that we threw at it.

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This saw impressed us over and over. It was particularly helpful cutting 45s on 17" pine boards for a wainscotting project. The boards were way too big for a miter saw (and they're wonderfully warped), so we made the cuts with the jigsaw. The 45s weren't all perfect, there were spots where the blade wandered some, but these were 17" boards, so perfect wasn't in the cards as far as we were concerned. Still, to get about 90 percent there is a real achievement of blade stability.

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This tool was also our first experience with the L-BOXX, Bosch's new modular storage cases. We've always liked the Systainers that are synonymous with Festool, but always had a problem with the fact that they're far more woodworker than construction worker. They're thin, fragile and have sort of a tin man vibe...clanky and hollow. The L-BOXXes are the far superior of the two in both usability and durability. (We should note that we've yet to use the DeWalt versions, but it looks like they're pretty durable too.) The Bosch case has a honeycomb pattern on the underside of the lid for a whole lot of additional stability, but best of all, there is a handle on the short side so the case can be carried like a suitcase (an omission that has always driven us bonkers about the Systainers). The plastic insert for the specific tool looks fairly sturdy and has lots of room for additional blade storage as well as the cord. Also, the jigsaw insert is so custom to the tool that there is a slot designed to hold jigsaw blister packs. Nice move guys. Smart.

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Is this the greatest jigsaw ever? Who knows? Is it a tool that is far superior to any other jigsaw that we've ever used? Yeah, pretty much.

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