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Offline Bill in seattle

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Re: Festool Jigsaw
« Reply #30 on: January 05, 2008, 05:25 PM »
as my eyes get fuzzier with age I have found that enlarging the slot in the chipguard at the bottom about 1/8'' wider gives me much better view of the blade and cut line without sacrificing dust collection ability. I used a rotary tool and took off some plastic on each side till I got a good view. If I find a camera I'll post a pic. 
also a note on the blades, there are four blades s75/4fs 486549, s75/4fsg 486551 s105/4fsg 486552,  s145/4fsg 490256 that are made specifically for cutting at precise angles and square. they are thicker and resist flexing which gives them the ability to due this.
 The s75/4fs  is a hollow ground (tooth set in) which makes better strait cuts and finer finishes vrs the others are tooth set out and better for curves/radius work.  let the blade do the work and don't force it on thicker woods with the longer blades for best results.
a helpful note when changing between blades is to check the blade guide set. it is adjustable using the allen in the base. if you go to a thicker blade and they are set to tight, the guides being carbide,  will quickly heat up the blade and cause it to bend backwards. I've seen them turn red hot and fold back.( not good)and then conversely, if they are set to loose and you put in a thin blade they  will allow the blade to flex and result in a poor cut. Set the guides to be snug but not allow binding, a little lite bluing on the blade is normal, but black is a tad tight.
not many people realize this fine feature on festool jigsaws, this is another thing I believe sets them apart from others. check it out next time you cut with it and it might help following the line even easier.
Bill
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Offline Eli

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Re: Festool Jigsaw
« Reply #31 on: January 05, 2008, 08:52 PM »
The blade guide adjustment is a good tip. I wouldn't have thought to check. Now I won't smoke a blade. Thanks Bill.
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Offline Mike Chrest

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Re: Festool Jigsaw
« Reply #32 on: January 06, 2008, 08:30 PM »
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check the blade guide set. it is adjustable using the allen in the base

This might explain why people find the Triton cuts more squarely than the Bosch. I think the lower guides on the Bosch are spring loaded instead of fixed. So they are self adjusting but not as rigid.

Offline Lancashire Fusilier

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Re: Festool Jigsaw
« Reply #33 on: January 07, 2008, 01:48 AM »
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check the blade guide set. it is adjustable using the allen in the base

This might explain why people find the Triton cuts more squarely than the Bosch. I think the lower guides on the Bosch are spring loaded instead of fixed. So they are self adjusting but not as rigid.

Triton? Triton? what??
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Offline Ned

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Re: Festool Jigsaw
« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2008, 10:20 AM »
Triton? Triton? what??

Puzzled me for a moment, too.  I think it should be Trion, as in "Festool jigsaw".

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Re: Festool Jigsaw
« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2008, 07:31 PM »
Yeah gathered that too. Freudian slips perhaps?
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Offline Mike Chrest

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Re: Festool Jigsaw
« Reply #36 on: January 07, 2008, 11:42 PM »
You mean the jigsaw isn't named after a Greek sea god?  ???

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Re: Festool Jigsaw
« Reply #37 on: January 08, 2008, 01:40 AM »
Actually Triton does make a (monster) jigsaw here in AUS, but I'm sure that wasn't really what he was talking about.
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Offline Mike Chrest

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Re: Festool Jigsaw
« Reply #38 on: January 08, 2008, 10:06 AM »
 Oh. OK. Eli's right. I couldn't figure why all the confusion about a typo. I forgot about the big orange tools from Oz. Getting senile.