In case you missed it, we’re huge fans of Bosch jig saws. So of course we’re very eager to hear that Bosch is rolling out a new line of saws, starting with a new flagship model. It’s hard to get excited over specs and fancy marketing phrases, but Bosch has already proved that they know a thing or two about how to make a great performing jig saw.
Bosch JS470E and JS470EB Jig Saws
Bosch built these two saws around a new 7.0 amp motor, which we’re told is currently the highest power rating on the market. The JS470E is a top-handle model, and the JS470EB a barrel-grip.
These saws feature Constant Response circuitry that maintains saw speed under load, and a low-vibration design for greater cutting accuracy and smoother operation. A new footplate and mount are optimized to withstand tough use and even accidental drops. Insulation was added to the outsiude of the gearbox to add protection in case a blade cuts into live wiring.
Both handle models feature tool-free blade changes and one-hand blade ejection, four orbital action settings, a plastic no-mar overshoe, anti-splinter insert, bevel wrench and case.
Bosch Top-Handle Jig Saw via Amazon (JS470E)
Bosch Barrel-Grip Jig Saw via Amazon (JS470EB)
This is a 6.0 amp top-handle saw with a heavy-gauge steel footplate, tool-free blade-change, four orbital modes, ambidextrous lock-on button, and a dust blower.
Top-Handle JS260 via Amazon
This top-handle version features a 6.5 amp motor, a die-cast aluminum footplate with steel insert, and is otherwise very similar to the JS260.
Bosch 1590EVSL and 1591EVSL Jig Saw Kits
Bosch upgraded these two top-of-the-line jigsaw kits. The saws (top-handle and barrel-grip respectively) feature Precision Control blade guidance for cutting accuracy, one-touch blade change, a tool-less aluminum footplate, dust extraction kit, and new L-BOXX interlocking case.
you can get a swiss made bosch jigsaw any day of the week. where are these made?
As stated on Bosch’s site, the JS470E, JS470EB, 1590EVSL and 1591EVSL models are made in Switzerland. The lower-cost JS260 is made in China, and while information for the JS365 is not yet available, I assume it is also made in China.
I’ve owned the bosch barrel 1591evsk for a couple of years now, its an awesome tool. Going to be using it this weekend when I cut some rafters for a pergola.
The newer models look pretty cool, wonder if there will be a price drop on the older ones soon, if so , I might pick up a top handle version for cheap.
I doubt that there’s going to be a price drop. When the 1590EVSK and 1591EVSK kits came out, the 1587AVSK kit did not drop in price, at least not right away.
As mentioned, Bosch is upgrading the 1590 and 1591 into L-Boxx-equipped kits, which will probably raise their prices instead.
We have fitted each of our older Bosch barrel grip saws with a Collins Coping Foot and dedicate them to that task. We continue to be fans of this (Bosch Jigsaws) tool line – but were also fans of their in-line jigsaw. It would seem that not enough others liked that tool since it disappeared from the lineup.
I saw the new JS470E at home depot today, gotta say my first impression wasnt good,it actually kinda felt cheap in my hands, like they used a cheaper plastic if thats possible. I also dislike Jigsaws with the safety side switch thing,they are more bothersome than helpful, which the newer model has and the older one lacked.
Fred, when I looked into the collins coping foot it unfortunately wasn’t available for the new bosch models at the time, & I still dont think it is. I use Easycoper jigs for crown molding, I was skeptical at first but they work really well, they are a good alternative for jigsaw models that don’t accept a collins foot.
Me too. I was playing with the idea of renewing my old faithful and excellent Bosch 1587 AVS… But it happened that I was buying some of their extraordinary special blades at a local Bosch repair center and I told the old technician about my desire to exchange my 1587 for a newer model. He immediately stopped what he was doing and came close to me to tell me to forget about, then he showed me a drawer full of damaged newer models, as he was waiting for spare parts. He told me that my old 1587 was MUCH better built, and that the newer ones had a noticeably LOWER reliability… He then asked me: Are you going to exchange a little more power with the new model, and lose the really high reliability and freedom of problems of your old but perfectly working 1587? FWIW.