Model no. 1587AVSP
by Steve Fisher
I’ve been building stitch and glue boats for almost 2
years and being obsessive I’ve always been unhappy with
cutting the panels. The edges were never straight until I made
a cutting guide. That worked for keeping the cuts to the line
but the blade would cant inward making for uneven panels. Basically
the cutting guide has been a good idea but the execution left
lots to be desired because of tool failure.
A few weeks ago I was speaking with a contractor
neighbor and the talk got around to my boats. He, of course,
has a complete woodworking shop in addition to all the job site
tools so I decided to ask about jigsaws. Without hesitation
he recommended the Bosch with orbital action. I immediately
got on the net to check it out. Liked what I saw and then started
shopping price. Amazon had the best deal, $149 and free shipping.
I placed my order but was disappointed when a few days later
I got an e-mail that there would be a shipping delay. Not being
a particularly patient type I cancelled the order, got in my
truck and headed for the nearest Home Depot. Glad I cancelled
the order because I had originally ordered the barrel grip model
but found that my hands were too small to comfortably hold and
guide so I purchased the handle model.
There are a number of reasons why this tool does
such a great job amongst which are variable speed, a dust blower
(it always helps to see where you’re going) and best of
all the orbital action. What the orbital action does is to advance
the blade on each stroke. The instructions say to let the saw
advance on it’s own and it does. Heavy weight and low
vibration add to the ability to keep the cut on line. I now
look forward to cutting out panels and the ability to cut multiple
panels at one pass saving time and trimming panels to match.
It’s a bit pricey but then you get what you pay for.