Fairly regularly, I receive emails asking if I know when a delayed product will be released here in the USA. I haven’t been counting, but readers have been asking about Bosch’s 12V Max cordless jig saw, model JS120, more than most if not all other tools I can remember being emailed about.
Bosch JS120BN 12V Max cordless jig saw came out overseas 2 years ago, and its deployment in the USA hasn’t been very quick.
My test sample arrived a few weeks ago, and I have watched this jig saw pop in and out stock since then.
Well, it’s here, and it looks to be eligible for Bosch’s $25 off $100+ holiday promo, at least effectively and for the time being. It’s $119 before discount, and $94 after.
If you want to make the most of this Bosch promo to stock up on 12V Max tools, here are some ideas to go along with your JS120 purchase:
- 12V Max battery and L-Boxx starter kit (the L-Boxx fits the included tray)
- Bosch jig saw blades (these are all I’ll ever use)
- Bosch 12V Max LED worklight (maybe bundle these with the starter set?)
Some of these items, like the jig saw, are marked as not eligible, but also have conflicting deal info boxes and they also seem to be eligible for the deal all the way to checkout, where the discount is currently being applied. It doesn’t hurt to give it a try.
This is a handy little jig saw, and although I’m not far along enough in the review to confidently recommend it or not, I think that my feelings are quickly approaching “yes, definitely buy this, it’s awesome.”
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This is a bare tool product, and so you’ll need a battery and charger.
Note: The image above is from Bosch’s European version of this saw which came out 2 years ago. As far as I’ve seen, the USA version is identical.
You are exactly correct! The jig saw product page clearly states that the $25 off on $100+ of Bosch products does not apply. But, when you throw it in your cart, the discount IS applied. My saw will be here Wednesday, if not sooner. Lately I’ve gotten several Prime 2-day shipping items in less than 24 hours!
While I’m at it, I’m taking your advice and will try to get the L-Boxx/two battery kit and the work light combo (which the product page says is NOT eligible for the $25 off deal).
If you look further down on the page, it also says:
Save $25.00 when you spend $100.00 or more on Bosch Holiday Promo Qualifying Products offered by Amazon.com.
Both can’t be true.
Times like this I wish that I knew someone at Amazon’s tools and home improvement department that I could ask.
I was able to get the $25 off on the L-Boxx/battery and work light combo, even though BOTH product pages say they are not eligible for the discount.
I want one of the Bosch barrel grip jigsaws, but still can’t decide between the corded or cordless versions.
I’m wondering if they are pretty much the same or not – is the corded tool more powerful, or is the only difference the limited battery runtime on the cordless?
I had a cordless jigsaw before, and the lack of a cord was great and made the tool more useful, not just in being able to pick it up and use it anywhere, but in making cuts without a cord getting in the way. Problem was, it didn’t last very long even on a full battery charge, so was only good for small jobs and a few decent cuts before the battery needed to be swapped or charged.
Seems like a great price for those who have been waiting, definitely better than the $200+ prices that were floating around when these had very limited avalability.
I can’t seem to actually find a photo of both but I’m fairly certain the JS120 is MUCH smaller than the JS470eb. FWIW, I have a JS470eb and I generally really like it but I do wish the ‘barrel’ was a little smaller in diameter. When I first got it, I was shocked by how large it was.
Thanks for the info. I guess that may not be a bad thing that there is a size difference, so the cordless version is a compact option and the corded is a little larger for general use.
I’d guess if there is that much of a size difference, the corded model has a larger motor and more power.
Guess I’ll look into getting the JS120 first, then adding a corded model if I wind up needing something for bigger projects.
Realized that the ‘barrel’ on the JS120 is similar in size to the 12v pack. I can grip my 12v tools and my thumb touches the tips of my longer fingers. On the JS470eb, my thumb is a good inch away from my other fingers. The JS120 must be a much smaller tool. I took a photo but I couldn’t figure out how to post it here.
I was cutting some carbon fiber recently with mine and I have to wonder how well the smaller JS120 would have worked for me. I suspect the smaller footprint may have made it easier.
I ended up getting 2 of the 12v flashlights and a PS32 combo kit with $25 off each order. Thanks for the tip
Thanks for the heads up! I just ordered one. I have some other 12v Bosch tools and lboxxes and this will make a nice addition. I’ve been looking at the Ryobi cordless jigsaw, bare tool, for some time, but it never went on sale. Well, the Bosch on sale is double the price, but I like Bosch tools and have had good luck with them.
Well actually it (the Ryobi) did for a few weeks (got down to $40) before going back up to $60. That being said the 12v Bosch is nearly as good and has a barrel grip for fine control so I’d go with the Bosch.
Tempting , but I’m trying to run as few battery platforms/ charger types as possible . If I see one , I will probably secumb.
Shame it couldn’t be made to fit an M12 4.0AH ,
Bosch has their own 4ah 12v batteries, I have a pair of them, gives loads of runtime with the drills I have.
That’s what I was thinking, but then I realized Chris is saying that he wishes the saw could fit an M12 battery because he bought into Milwaukee’s lineup and doesn’t want to have to work with 2 brands’ chargers and battery packs.
Seems to me that Milwaukee has a 12v jig saw – wouldn’t that solve Chris’ battery issue?
Milwaukees 12 volt jigsaw sucks
Out of stock at Amazon now.
I got one and was able to use it for a small job. I love it! It’s just the thing for getting those “to do” list things done right away. It maneuvers easily and is very handy. I will probably keep it in the bucket with my Bosch drill and driver and Black and Decker Gyrodriver.