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Old 08-09-2018, 11:12 PM   #1
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Need to get a decent jig saw ~ $150. Makita or Dewalt or Bosch. What have you had the best luck with?
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:26 AM   #2
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Ive had good luck with DeWalt and bad w Bosch (batteries quit holding charge w in a year). Don’t have any experience w makita. I have DeWalt 20volt everything now.
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:46 AM   #3
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Milwaukee!!!
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:01 AM   #4
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I have a Dewalt cordless that works great for me.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:08 AM   #5
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:09 AM   #6
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Make sure the lower bearing the blade rides on has little to no slop now. The cheap models will not keep the blade square. All of those companies make a good one and a crapy model
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:32 AM   #7
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Milwaulkee. The other three are all the same imo.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:46 AM   #8
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I'm a fairly serious woodworker and I've had a Makita jig saw for nearly 10 years. It's been fantastic!
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Old 08-10-2018, 02:28 AM   #9
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Bosch is a good detective.
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:50 AM   #10
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The guys that built my cabinets used a Bosch corded jig saw. They tried a different brand but took it back and replaced it with another Bosch. I don’t use one enough to wear one out in this lifetime. So no personal experience.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:42 AM   #11
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I use DeWalt.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:59 AM   #12
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Makita any day. My woodworking friends only run Makita and Milwaukee. They are not easy on tools, and swear by those two brands. After college I lived with them, and I watched them burn up a brand new DeWalt in a day. He bought a Makita the next day, and has had it ever since.
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:03 AM   #13
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Milwaukee been good to me
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:05 AM   #14
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Cordless? Then hers your answer. 2nd - Dewalt.
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:17 AM   #15
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Milwaukee as well.
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:45 AM   #16
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DeWalt is a black and Decker with a different skin... I'm out

Makita or Milwaukee
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:58 AM   #17
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DeWalt is a black and Decker with a different skin... I'm out

Makita or Milwaukee
Yep, and Milwaulkee is Ryobi, Bosch is Skill, etc.. Most of them have a cheaper brand. Makita may be the only stand alone company left, and their older corded tools, are some of the best ever built imo, and probably still are. Since the Lithium days though, I've found nobody that compares to Milwaulkee. OP didn't specify cordless or not, but all my previous comments are strictly regarding battery operated tools.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:02 AM   #18
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:12 AM   #19
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Makita out of the ones listed dewalt second Bosch is a distant third. Have to agree with the others that Milwaukee is the best on the market.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:30 AM   #20
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Milwaukee or Makita. Try cpooutlets.com for refurbished. It's where my master carpenter buddy gets his tools.

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Old 08-10-2018, 09:37 AM   #21
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I have a Dewalt 20v drill and impact and I've seen them directly work stronger and longer than Makita and Milwaukee.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:43 AM   #22
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Milwaukee or Makita. Try cpooutlets.com for refurbished. It's where my master carpenter buddy gets his tools.

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Or try craigslist in a big city. Not sure where all the tools come from (seems too many to all be stolen), but the for sale section, Tools, and it's a plethora of anything you could want, brand new, half price. Tools can still be registered for warranty etc.. I just bought a brand new Milwaulkee, 10" compounding miter saw, for $325, still in the box. My last set of M18 fuel, I paid $175 for the 5 amp kit, hammer drill and impact, 2 batteries. Over $500 at HD or Lowes.
LetGo is the same way. This is the Dallas area, but I'm sure Houston, etc..is the same.
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:14 AM   #23
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Makita out of the ones listed dewalt second Bosch is a distant third. Have to agree with the others that Milwaukee is the best on the market.
Milwaukee is the best on the market that you can buy in a box store. Hilti is the best in the market. Is 3x the money of the money of the others, and only sold from dealers that are mostly out of trucks. I have both, and swear by both. Makita is the next best IMO, and I won’t buy anything yellow.
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:19 AM   #24
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I use a jigsaw every day. Makita gets my vote. I love my cordless one.
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:21 AM   #25
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My understanding is Milwaukie is now all produced overseas...doesn't mean it's now crap, but I know that means something to some.

I've always been a DeWALT fan.
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:23 PM   #26
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Of the three brands you mentioned, I would spend my money on the Makita. Corded or cordless...hands down.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:34 PM   #27
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Hi, I used saws from 2 manufacturers, which you called. Bosch was not able to try, unfortunately. I had this DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch saw and this Makita LS1221 12-inch Compound Miter saw Kit. You know, rarely it happens, but I really can not determine which one is better and how they differ. This does not mean that they are both bad, of course not. I liked using both devices, they are comfortable, lightweight. You can buy any of them, just do not regret it. Want to ask why I then changed one for another? My first saw just broke. Yes, man, the saws can break, I was shocked. Look for something on the Internet, read articles, look at reviews, selections, videos on YouTube. I can recommend this article about the best saws in 2018.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:40 PM   #28
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Having bought a Dewalt drill and circular saw, I now have two crapped out 18v batteries. Anyone know where you can buy new ones?

And yes I'm happy with the Dewalt but havent honestly tried any other battery operated brands in a while.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:43 PM   #29
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I love my (corded) DeWalt jigsaw.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:29 PM   #30
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We use Milwaukee at work but I use Dewalt at home only because I couldnt afford Milwaukee...
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:53 PM   #31
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I believe Milwaukee has an edge on the rest. Seems more commercial grade.
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:02 PM   #32
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I have a Bosch I picked up from a garage sell. This might have been used by him twice. It looked brand new. But it’s a beast! I replaced my old Makita with this one. I really like it. It’s the 6.5 amp corded model.

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Old 01-12-2019, 03:09 PM   #33
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:43 PM   #34
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I am a trim carpenter, Bosh is best jig saw,Milwauke drills, Dewalt miter saws IMO
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:49 PM   #35
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I am a trim carpenter, Bosh is best jig saw,Milwauke drills, Dewalt miter saws IMO
What he said! Bosch!
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:38 AM   #36
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Just curious why Ridgid isn't an option? They have a lifetime warranty on batteries and tools. I switched everything over to them this summer and couldn't be happier.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:44 AM   #37
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Milwaukee or Makita in my opinion. I have dewalt battery powered tools now and its frustrating how fast a circular saw or SawZaw will use up a full battery.

Like stated above, I would look into Rigid also. I have a rigid 10" miter saw and its an awesome machine.
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Just curious why Ridgid isn't an option? They have a lifetime warranty on batteries and tools. I switched everything over to them this summer and couldn't be happier.
Cuz they are junk. In my expierance, Ryobi is heads and tales above rigid.
I went from Dewalt to Rigid, and after multiple tool failures, trips to HD, etc..I bit the bullet and went to Milwaukee.
The first Rigid drill, I ever used, the chuck locked up on a $65 mandrel after drilling 1 hole. Took it to HD, they couldn't get it out. Wouldn't replace my mandrel or give me a credit, just a new drill. 2nd drill quit working 2 hrs later. 3rd drill (hr and half later, and another trip to HD) burned up and started smoking after 5 min of drilling 3/4" holes. All were the heavy duty hammer drills.
Have a rigid tile saw that is about worthless as well. I didn't buy it new thankfully.
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:21 AM   #39
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:41 PM   #40
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Cuz they are junk. In my expierance, Ryobi is heads and tales above rigid.
I went from Dewalt to Rigid, and after multiple tool failures, trips to HD, etc..I bit the bullet and went to Milwaukee.
The first Rigid drill, I ever used, the chuck locked up on a $65 mandrel after drilling 1 hole. Took it to HD, they couldn't get it out. Wouldn't replace my mandrel or give me a credit, just a new drill. 2nd drill quit working 2 hrs later. 3rd drill (hr and half later, and another trip to HD) burned up and started smoking after 5 min of drilling 3/4" holes. All were the heavy duty hammer drills.
Have a rigid tile saw that is about worthless as well. I didn't buy it new thankfully.
Some people were just born with crappy luck, im sorry you're one of those people.

I went to Ridgid from Ryobi, tools are great but you better have 10+ batteries.
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Some people were just born with crappy luck, im sorry you're one of those people.

I went to Ridgid from Ryobi, tools are great but you better have 10+ batteries.
My luck is as flush as it gets barring winning the lottery .
I use tools of all kinds, every day, yr around to make a living. Crappy tools get weeded out pretty quick. Weekend warriors will try and sale you on Black on Decker
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