As you know I am a huge fan of Bosch tools and believe they make one of the toughest tools around. So when I heard Bosch was coming out with a new 12V Jig Saw, it was a tool I knew I needed to take a closer look at. As you can see by the picture, this is a barrel style grip jig saw, which I tend to prefer. Barrel grips just seem to have more control and are easier to maneuver around your work.
Like most 12V batteries, the Bosch doesn't have a fuel status gauge on the battery, but they did include this on the saw. Right behind the battery status gauge, is a small button to turn on and off the LED light. Just in front of the battery status gauge is the on/off switch which is very easy to use while having your hand on the saw and just using your thumb. In front of the on/off switch is the switch to adjust the orbital action, which has three different settings depending upon how aggressive you want to be with your cut. Under the barrel is the speed selector dial. You can adjust the speed from 1,500 to 2,800 SPM.
While this saw is powerful and easy to control, one of my favorite features is the blade clamp. Like other Bosch Jig Saws, this saw accepts T-shank blades. Inserting the blade is easy. Just push the blade into the clamp and it automatically locks into place. Once you are done making a cut, instead of having to pull out the blade, just turn the lock ring and the blade will eject. As with other Jig Saws we have seen, this also has a no-mar pad that can be easily removed, along with a splinter guard. A downside for some is the plate and the ability to make bevel cuts. You can make up to 45 degree bevel cuts with this saw, but you do need a hex wrench, which is easy to access and stored on the tool. I know a lot of people would rather have this style adjustment over the tool-less bevel change because it's more true and more sturdy. I don't do a lot of bevel cuts with Jig Saws, so it's not a huge deal to me.
|Battery Chemistry||Lithium Ion|
|Bevel Angle Range||0° to 45°|
|Case Type||No Case Included|
|No Load SPM||1,500-2,800|
No-mar plastic overshoe (1619P07958) Anti-splinter insert (2601016093) Exact-fit insert tray (608285052L) Blade (T144D)
As with other Bosch tools we have checked out, I think Bosch did a great job with this saw. While some might not like needing the tool in order to change the plate for bevel cutting, I think this is a solid tool. It does have a little weight to it which I believe makes better cutting. The barrel is narrow, so it's easy to grip and maneuver around. I have to say this is the best 12V Jig Saw we have shown.