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good saw for the money
I was in the market for a new jig saw, when I saw this one in sears blak friday add. I have had my eye on it for a bit and did not find any good non biased reviews. So here is my thoughts. Now keep in mind. These are my thoughts so it may or maynot work for you.
Ok so I took the saw home and took it out of the box. This guy is BIG! a really hefty jig saw, but keep in mind most of the time the user will not be supporting the weight of the saw the workpeiece will so its more or less irelevant. I powered the guy up and checked it out. very smooth a wide range of speeds from slow to ultra fast. The fast speed is almost scary.
The tool does have a kind of cheep feel to it. But hey find one small craftsman power tool these days that doesent. Buy the extended warantee and you will be just fine. I do like the removable handle and deffinately love the laser and light (the light is a huge pluss why havent other manufactures caught onto this idea yet?) The dust collection doesent seem to work so well but the dust blower definately clears out chips.
The bevel adjustment takes some getting used to. To adjust the bevel, remove the dust collector. and back out the alen bolt on the bottom of the shoe. Push the shoe forward and tilt it to a 45 left or right. Then slide it back into the detent. I have not yet found if there is a way to adjust it in angles other than 45 but Its a jig saw not a scroll saw or band saw. So if precision is that important to you then skip the jig saw.
It does have a very solid feel despite the cheep feeling of the tool casing, I deffinately think if your are in the market for a new jig saw that you should give this one a look.
One more thing, Other users have had a hard time with the push switch, Especialy while turning it off. Its not your typical switch guys. Dont try to force the front of the switch backwards. when you slide the switch forward you will notice the back end seems to kick out a little. This then becomes the off. When you are ready to stop the tool press down on the back end of the switch. This will cause the switch to release from the detent and then stop the tool.
Hope this review was helpfull. Good luck and keep this saw in mind
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Another worthless tool by Craftsman
This jigsaw seems heavy, sturdy, and well built (and that is how I made the mistake buying it) but wait until you start using it. Ergonomics put on this tool are just HORRIBLE.... placement and operating the switches / buttons is unnacceptable. This tool is totally unbalanced (no matter what you cut against) - it vibrates a lot, ....is flimsy and badly designed. I feel it can become a hazard to operate it (like my $9.99 jig saw bought from Freight Harbor Tools store). The two blades that came with it have been warped / bent and unusuable any more (after a 2-3 minute of operation for each blade - no force applied other than trying to hold the tool straight and avoid vibrations). The Operator's Manual does not provide many important information (such as when Scrolling how to avoid the back of the blade touching the guide), has many errors, and does not explain well.
Last, this tool seems to have a short life expectancy - it is not worth the hassle of trying to figure out how to operate it, feel unsafe while using it, contacting Craftsman when it breaks down, etc, etc.
Have bought 3 other Craftsman tools (electric) in the last 4-5 years and all 3 have given me problems (from malfunctioning to not working at all). This tools is going back to Sears and will never buy again Craftsman. It is truly a shame how good-quality company it was 15-20 years ago and what it has become! I have lost any trust on this company!