Bosch is a power tool manufacturer known for its wide selection of tools, reasonable pricing, and products that are designed to last. But they’re really not known for their jigsaws, which is why we were excited to review one of their newest models, the JS470E. We were pleasantly surprised at this saw’s performance, build, and cutting ability. This is a jigsaw that’s tough and clearly designed to last.
Our Verdict: This jigsaw comes with some great features, a powerful seven amp motor, safety features that are perfect for beginners and pros, and a durable design that will ensure this model will last year after year. For a jigsaw in this price bracket, we were really impressed with its cutting performance and the build itself. If you’re looking for a jigsaw for around the home or on the job use, then you really can’t go wrong with this jigsaw by Bosch.
Continue reading to learn how this jigsaw performs when put to the test, the extra features it offers, and why it earned the number one spot in our top five lineup.
Overview and Features
This jigsaw features a tool-less blade change system, which means a faster blade insertion and injection process, via a lever. This is a model that’s known for its cutting accuracy as well as its four orbital action settings for aggressive and smooth cuts. Basically, if you’re looking for a model that’s packed with some great features, Bosch delivers.
This saw comes complete with a carrying case, no-mar overshoe, anti-splinter insert, bevel wrench, and blade. Considering the price, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck.
The saw is equipped with a seven amp motor, which is half an amp higher than other models in this price bracket. While it may not sound very impressive, it really makes a difference.
The variable speed system will allow you to go from zero up to thirty-one hundred strokes per minute in a matter of seconds.
Thanks to the powerful motor and variable speed system, you can easily slice through wood that’s up to six inches thick.
This saw is designed to slice through mild steel up to 3/8 of an inch thick and aluminum that’s up to 7/8 of an inch thick.
With most models of jigsaws, you’ll want to pay close attention to the type of materials they’re made out of. These days, many models are made out of mostly plastic. This model from Bosch features a rubber and plastic design that ensures durability and helps to protect the saw against damage in the event it’s dropped.
This model features a large die-cast foot in addition to a steel insert that helps to improve stability during use. The saw’s plunging system also works to combat vibration during use.
The saw’s top handle is designed for user comfort and also helps the user to easily guide the saw. The tool-less blade design is also a great safety feature for beginners and prevents users from coming into contact with a hot saw blade. The lock button is easy to use for both left-handed and right-handed users. To adjust the saw’s blade speed, simply use the large dial.
Constant Response Technology
Bosch has installed Constant Response Technology that’s designed to optimize the saw’s power allowing the user to enjoy a steady stream of power. This means that there will be no dip in performance regardless of the type of material the saw is slicing through.
The included blowing system allows you to blast a powerful jet of air all over your work area. You can even adjust the angle of the blower, based on your needs. This blowing system improves visibility, allowing you to clearly see your workpiece.
Weighing in at ten pounds, this is one of the heaviest jigsaws we reviewed. The weight of the saw may be seen as a drawback by some considering it can cause user fatigue and can make it difficult to use the saw for longer periods of time.
- Tool-less blade system
- Constant response technology
- Seven amp motor
- Durable design
- The Weight
Is This Saw Easy To Use?
As we mentioned earlier, this saw is, in fact, easy to use and very beginner-friendly. However if you’ve never used a jigsaw before, then you may struggle to adjust some of the features. If you’d like to learn how to correctly use your new power tool, safely, then click here to read our article on how to use jig saw.
Is There a Lighter Cordless Jigsaw in this Price Range?
If the ten-pound weight of this jigsaw or the fact that it’s corded are both big drawbacks for you, then we recommend the Hitachi CJ18DGLP4 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Jigsaw. This lighter model will make it easier to use your saw for a longer period of time, without causing user fatigue. It’s also available at a comparable price.
Does This Saw Come with Built-in Lighting?
Yes! It does come with a mounted LED light, which will help to improve user visibility for more accurate cuts. However, the light itself is not very powerful in bright sunlight. If you’re looking for a more powerful lighting system, then you may want to opt for a saw with a laser system. To learn more, click here to read our jigsaw buyer’s guide, where you’ll also find information on other leading models of jigsaws on the market.
Conclusion and Rating
This jigsaw is a true beast. When put to the test it handles a variety of materials well, without a dip in performance. If you’re looking for a saw you can depend on to tackle serious remodeling projects or for on the job use, this will be the last jigsaw you ever need to buy.
This model by Bosch comes loaded with features both the DIYer and pro can appreciate, including the tool-less blade system design, Constant Response Technology, a top handle design that promotes user comfort, and a powerful motor that will allow you to slice through pretty much anything. We gave this model a rating of five out of five stars.