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Offline HowardH

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recommendations on jig saws
« on: March 10, 2019, 10:10 PM »
I've have a Trion and one thing that drives me nut is you simply can't see where the blade is cutting.  I can guess pretty well on a straight line but trying to follow a curve is almost impossible, at least for me.  A P1CC would be nice but a bit out of the budget.  It's been a few years since I have owned a Carvex so maybe it's time for a revisit.  What about a Bosch?  Just looking for a idea.
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Online Cheese

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Re: recommendations on jig saws
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2019, 10:35 PM »
I own a Trion and rather liked it for a few years. I then purchased a Carvex and rather liked that because of the LED lighting.

However, the Carvex is light and rather cheaply made compared to the Trion.

The largest issue I had with both Festool saws is that the blade will not remain perpendicular to the cutting surface.
When cutting 2X material, the blade will continue to toe into the center of the material no matter what you do.  If you’re cutting circles in thick stock, this is a recipe for disaster.

Consequently, I purchased a P1cc and am estatic about it’s performance.

Offline ColossusX

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Re: recommendations on jig saws
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2019, 10:36 PM »
If I get another corded one, it will be a Bosch.  Just haven't seen the Festool ones as worth it.  And I cant afford the Mafell lol

Offline ScotF

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Re: recommendations on jig saws
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2019, 12:58 AM »
I own the P1CC and the Bosch JS572. I have owned the Trion and Carvex and and sold them both and kept the Bosch and of course the Mafell. The P1CC is hands down the best jigsaw out there in my opinion and worth every penny. The Bosch is a very good saw and it has plenty of power and cuts pretty well, but some cuts you get a little blade drift and the cuts are not 90 degrees. Not horrible, but it is not perfect. I have thought about adding another Trion because it was well made and I really liked that saw when I had one. I think the Bosch is more a construction tool and the Mafell can do fine woodworking. The Trion was on par with the Bosch, maybe a little better in some cuts - it might be the second best that I have used. The Carvex is a nice idea and it did OK on some cuts, but getting it to cut straight was difficult and I just never liked it.

You might want to look at the Bosch if you want a good comparison to the Trion.

Offline Alex

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Re: recommendations on jig saws
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2019, 02:16 PM »
If I get another corded one, it will be a Bosch.  Just haven't seen the Festool ones as worth it.  And I cant afford the Mafell lol

My thoughts exactly. After shortly owning the Trion and trying the Carvex I don't find anything special about their jigsaws. I would have expected more from Festool there, so my vote definitely goes to Bosch if the P1cc is out of the question.

Online Dick Mahany

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Re: recommendations on jig saws
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019, 03:01 PM »
I have a corded Bosch 1590 EVS and like it very much.  Plenty of power, adjustable pendulum motion and reasonable blade visibility.  I have cut many different materials with it and wouldn't trade it.  It is about 10 years old, used frequently and zero problems. 

It has been replaced with a newer model but mine keeps running fine.  My only regret is that I wish I would have purchased the barrel grip instead of the handled version.

I recently added the optional dust collection attachment to it and it works okay but it could be better.
« Last Edit: March 11, 2019, 03:04 PM by Dick Mahany »

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: recommendations on jig saws
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2019, 04:49 PM »
Got two Makita 18 volt cordless brushless jig saws, they have an LED and blower on them.
Can’t fault them, not sure if the corded version is the same spec?