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Offline JustinWG

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Dewalt 18v jigsaw
« on: April 14, 2017, 08:48 PM »
Had an interesting and somewhat unsettling experience with the jigsaw today.  Brand new, out of the box for the first time....  I had to notch a spot for a [shop] cabinet door in a 2x6.  Halfway through the cut, the Dewalt blade came detached from the saw mid stroke.  Although I was going plenty slow for the cut/wood/blade, I thought it had snapped - which it did not.  I had figured it was a crappy seating of the T-shank, so I reread the manual and youtubed a video....  It was originally secured correctly.

Trying blade #2, I discovered something important.  I dislike the tool.  It spit the 2nd blade out and it drained a full battery on an 22" rip. 

I will be returning the tool and trying either a Bosch or Carvex.  I've never been so disappointed in a Dewalt product....

Thankfully, both my father-in-law (he was helping) and I were unharmed.  SMH

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Offline schneems

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Re: Dewalt 18v jigsaw
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2017, 02:29 PM »
I just sold my 5.5 amp corded dewalt jigsaw on craigslist. That thing never cut straight, had no blower, was a pain to work with.

Just upgraded to 18v Bosch Jigsaw. Haven't had a chance to use it, but it's got some great reviews.

Offline wptski

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Re: Dewalt 18v jigsaw
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 08:45 AM »
Numerous reviews on Amazon about the blades coming loose.
Most Confused!

Offline scholar

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Re: Dewalt 18v jigsaw
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 07:23 PM »

I have a DeWalt 18v jigsaw - my second as I previously had a similar one with the old style stick battery.

I have found it a good tool - it does everything I ask of it; it has good adjustability of cut aggression, good dust blower and reasonable extraction.

In my experience, the critical element in a jigsaw is the blade and I have not found better than Festool blades - I haven't bought any others for years.


Offline JustinWG

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Re: Dewalt 18v jigsaw
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2017, 02:05 AM »
I didn't catch the Amazon reviews prior to purchase.  Wish I would've.  It was more of a necessity purchase while at the local hardware store.  Sadly, I didn't think too much about it.

In any event, I returned it.  Later that same day, I came home with a Carvex 420 Barrel Grip.  Although it is just a tad large for my hands, it is manageable.  I'm significant more satisfied with the Carvex than I was with the Dewalt.  I'd honestly have a hard time comparing the two against each other - there is such an extreme difference (based on my experiences).