Both types of jigsaw have their benefits and drawbacks. A 3/4 in. Most of the old drills I have that need batteries would have to have the packs rebuilt now as the original packs are no longer available nor are the chargers. Maybe look for upside down cutting on youtube.. never really heard anything about upside down cutting with a jigsaw. You can post now and register later. I can't comment on most new tools, pretty much all are over 5 yrs, many are 10 or more and nearly half are 20 + yrs old. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell. You are here: Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. I've purchased other tools, so have a lot of DeWalt batteries in reserve. You should get one of the JS572 saws off the prize list John, it’s a beauty of a saw and then you’d have a barrel grip. I’ve used a barrel grip twice, and both times it was awkward because I didn’t use it long enough to get used to the difference. That DC motor really provides a lot of power as well. What is it that you like better with the top handle grip? DEWALT 5.5 Amp Compact Jig Saw (417) $129. I used one for years but since trying a barrel grip, I like it a lot — much more control and closer to the work. Like computers they seem to have a planned obsolescence engineered into them. Tools in Action you pay what you get for - dont go cheap. Power Tools, Pneumatic Tools, Hand Tools and All Things Tools, Join our growing forum with over 3,000 posts per week and start winning, This topic has 94 replies, 32 voices, and was last updated. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. 00 / each. I’m still getting used to it. www.creative-redwood-designs.com. Interesting. top handles offer better trigger control because they have an actual variable speed trigger.. barrel grips are either on or off with a switch. See Store Availability. i really dont like top handle jigsaws. Clear editor. Also coping crown with a Collins coping foot is best done with a barrel but I wouldnt worry about that if I were you. I have not had a chance to use my new Barell Grip but am looking forward to it. Well I can't get my hands on a barrel type but my type of work is around the house repair. Time will tell whether I get accustomed to it that I can say I like the barrel better. Intricate curves are better served by the barrel grip. I am considering owning a Jigsaw for around the house, weekend warrior type work (no woodworking, yet) and want a good Jigsaw that will not only last but be smooth to operate (easy to handle after practice). I have a DeWalt 14 volt cordless drill and two HF cordless drills ($17 ea.) on barrel grip you need two hands to change the speed. Compare. i bought the JS572EB (or better to say JS572EBL with the L-Boxx) and i love it. This motor has a 6-setting variable speed dial that moves the blade from 0-3500 SPM, depending on job applications. Chuck, the 18 v Dewalt XRP batteries are generally available in a 2 pack for $99, which is 49,50 each. I am considering owning a Jigsaw for around the house, weekend warrior type work (no woodworking, yet) and want a good Jigsaw that will not only last but be smooth to operate (easy to handle after practice). I am a little biased though, I started with a top handle, got a Bosch barrel at some point and before I really got used to it, it was stolen. Is it justifiable as my first Jigsaw for the difference in price? On the Carvex there is an idle mode where the blade runs slow to allow you to start your cut and then it ramps up to full speed once it enters the wood. Really great work Phil. Top handle will serve you just fine.. and it's honestly easier to use. A top handle that arches over the motor is most common. I am considering owning a Jigsaw for around the house, weekend warrior type work (no woodworking, yet) and want a good Jigsaw that will not only last but be smooth to operate (easy to handle after practice). If you are a contractor it's easier to justify cordless. I do like the variable speed on the fly that top handle offers but not enough to give up barrel grip. While the cord is a nuisance at times, a corded model of really good quality can last the life of the owner. The JS470EB is a barrel grip while the JS365 is a top handle model. Yeah, I feel I have more control with a handle. Another battery-powered barrel-grip jigsaw is the Milwaukee M18 FUEL barrel grip jigsaw. one on the handle and the other turning the dial. I never thought of the variable speed on the trigger. See Store Availability. Having used barrel and top handle models I can honestly say I have no preference between them. When I get my next jigsaw I am going to go with the barrel grip and see how I like it. A Working Pro since 1993 99% of my jigsaw use has been with a top handle. Adjusting speed with the trigger is a pretty nice option in my opinion. Tight spaced repair work I'll leave to my Fein oscillating. Specifically, if you need to cut thicker pieces of hardwood or need to make refined precision cuts for woodworking, this not the best saw. Tom the battery powered tools are handy but the batteries go and depending on voltage can be rebuilt for around $60 and replaced for $80 to $100 per battery. Top handle jigsaw features. Display as a link instead, × I've had Skill, Makita and Bosch jigsaws I've had both styles, I prefer the barrel, it just feels better in hand. I think it might be a case of user preference. Extremely narrow curf, cheap to replace the blade. All that said, I am a weekend warrior and mostly use the jigsaw for chores and repairs around the house. you have way more control of a barrel grip when you do curved cuts. Powered by Invision Community. At least that's a contractor's take on it - and these technologies are very much aimed at the trade/professional user. Providing unsurpassed cut precision, the JS470E boasts a best-in-class 7.0 amp motor that is perfect for curve cutting. Come join the discussion about different types of routing and routers, shop safety, finishing, woodworking related topics, styles, tools, scales, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more! Most of the old drills I have that need batteries would have to have the packs rebuilt now as the original packs are no longer available nor are the chargers.   Your link has been automatically embedded. I use the top handle most of the time, I have tried out the barrel grip but not enough to get used to it. This is probably a stupid question but what and why would you need to cut upside down ? I really like the DeWalt 6.5 inch circular saw, great for breaking down plywood. Here we take a look at them to help determine which type best suits your needs. I think in N. America Top Handle or D-Handle jigsaws are more popular. Free Shipping . Looking at either the Bosch JS470EB (7amp) or the Bosch JS365 (6amp).   You cannot paste images directly. 99 / each. stroke length and 0 SPM-2800 SPM variable speed trigger deliver fast and accurate cuts and with the QUIK-LOK T-Shank blade clamp and tool-free 450 bevel capability, tool adjustments are quick and easy.