Jig saw test: Detailed review of three jigsaws of the upper hobby class

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jigsaw test

Jigsaws belong to the same after cordless screwdrivers and drills widely used power tools, which are not only used in professional crafts, but are often found in hobby workshops. And not without reason.

The jigsaw is a very flexible toolthat can be used for many tasks. For Curved she is the specialist anyway par excellence (not all have a full-blown machine like band saw or scroll saw at home).

For straight cuts Although there are usually more suitable tools such as a (table) circular saw - but the jigsaw can take on such tasks and is the much cheaper and - especially for the home improvement essential - the far less dangerous tool, Reason enough to take a closer look at a few models.

There are Amount of different jigsaws in a price range from about 30 to 500 euros. Of the cheap versions should refrain from all users who make at least a small set of demands on accuracy, reliability and longevity.

The upper price range, in turn, can exclude anyone who does not intend this for to use professional purposes and is not one of the tool enthusiasts.

Three representatives in the Price range around 200 euros should become a practical test in woodworking and compete for comparison:

  • Bosch GST150
  • Makita 4351FCT
  • Hitachi CJ120VA

Unboxing - The scope of delivery

Jig saw test: Detailed review of three jigsaws of the upper hobby class: hobby

The three test devices including suitcases and accessories

All devices come in the suitcase, The Bosch GST150 has the more spacious and higher-quality case than the other two. All manufacturers add accessories.

Here, Bosch skates on the saw blades: while the Bosch GST150 only a standard saw blade for wood accompanied, the Makita 4351FCT delivered with rich 6 leaves - 2 each for wood, metal and general purpose. In the Hitachi CJ120VA make it 3 saw blades at delivery in the suitcase.

In the Hitachi is missing a plastic sliding shoe, which can be put on delicate workpiece surfaces on the metal saw table of the jigsaw. Makita and Bosch have about such a shoe. A cover in turn have only the Hitachi and the Bosch, Makita waived.

All three devices are equipped with splinter protection, suction and Allen key delivered for tilt adjustment of the saw table.

Brief profiles

Jig saw test: Detailed review of three jigsaws of the upper hobby class: test

Bosch GST150

Bosch GST150

Main facts:

  • 780W rated power
  • Speed ​​control
  • pendulum
  • Average track fan
  • 150mm cutting depth in wood
  • 2.6 kg

Makita 4351FCT

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Makita 4351FCT

Main facts:

  • 720W rated power
  • electronic speed regulation
  • pendulum
  • LED light
  • Starting current limitation
  • 135mm cutting depth in wood
  • 2.5 kg

Hitachi CJ120VA

Jig saw test: Detailed review of three jigsaws of the upper hobby class: hobby

Hitachi CJ120VA

Main facts:

  • 740W rated power
  • Speed ​​control
  • pendulum
  • 120mm cutting depth in wood
  • 2.4 kg

Jig saw test: Detailed review of three jigsaws of the upper hobby class: hobby

The test begins!

So that the saw performance can be compared fairly, not the different supplied saw blades are used, but all saws receive the same blade - a Bosch saw blade that promises clean, rectangular and straight cuts.

When inserting the leaves the first surprise: the stiff precision blade fits with his 1.6 mm thickness is not in the Hitachi - This is only designed for sheet thicknesses up to 1.4mm. The Hitachi therefore had to be tested with the supplied sheet.

Bosch and Makita have turnbuckles for the saw blade. Especially at the Makita is very convenient to use, the Bosch is a bit heavier, but its locking lever is more stable. This can be done with both devices Insert saw blade smoothly and remove.

The Hitachi uses a different mechanism, in which the saw blade ultimately just so safe and accurate sits like the other two devicesbut the onset - and especially the removal - was often a bit hakelige matter.

Makita and Bosch are clearly to be preferred here.

Sawing in solid wood

The first task for the 3 subjects: Rough cutting of wooden planks. No challenge to precision, but an ideal entry to one first impression of handling and pulling powert to obtain.

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After a few meters of solid wood is clear: none of the three devices has difficulties with 35mm thick maple.

Least of all the Bosch. It is clearly the most powerful machine, and at the same time the largest. Big hands are no disadvantage if you want to run this machine. Makita and Hitachi are a tiny bit slimmer and a little bit weaker, but they, too, are quite unimpressed by the wood.

Even 5cm thick oak is no problem for the machines dar. And the rectangularity is impressive.

Solid wood worktop

Maple again, this time almost 50mm and the claim to a clean cut. In the kitchen worktop recesses for a hob and a sink are to be cut.

Jig saw test: Detailed review of three jigsaws of the upper hobby class: hobby

A massive worktop with 50mm thickness

cutting accuracy

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The perpendicularity of the cut leaves something to be desired on all machines

All saws are good at the crack leadBest of all Makita, because with her LED lighting the crack particularly good. Unfortunately, these two other tools do not offer this practical feature.

The Bosch compensates with one Cutting track blower that removes the chips very well, This also gives you a good view of the cut, but not as good as the makita. The Hitachi offer neither light nor fan, but also with her can follow the cut well.

At the round neckline let the saws lead very well, The Perpendicularity of the cutIt does, however, help with this exercise all three machines to be desired.

As good as the cross section in the 5cm oak or the 35mm maple was, so much the cut runs sometimes in almost 50mm thick maple plate - whether with or across the fiber. Such deviations are extremes; not over the whole section there are such courses. However, one should not expect any miracles in cases of application in 50mm hardwood in general.

pendulum

Each of the jigsaws comes with a pendulum lift function - a matter of course nowadays. The purpose of the little black lever, which is used for the pure up / down movement of the saw blade oscillating forward-backwards movement in 3 steps to switch to.

Thus, the saw pulls formally through the wood. And that works at awarded all of the three jigsaws, When cutting through the 35mm thick solid wood you saw already almost without resistance. With the nearly 50mm thick hardwood worktop, the resistance without pendulum stroke is already enormous; with pendulum stroke much lower.

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Cut without and with pendulum stroke

However, this is at the expense of the cleanliness of the cut: additional Outages are produced, The first part of the cut (left) was done without pendulum stroke. Approximately From the middle to the very right, the pendulum stroke was switched on. The sawing was made easier, but the cut has more tears.

suction

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Extractor of Makita

Bosch and Hitachi push the supplied extraction nozzles through the foot to behind the saw blade.

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Suction device of the Bosch

At Makita, the adapter is clipped sideways to the foot. This is a bit fiddly (at least the removal), but can the makita unlike the other two machines the Extraction even with inclined saw table use. at Bosch and Hitachi need the Exhaust for angular cuts, however, removed become.

The diameters of the suction connections are different. To one Adapter for your own vacuum cleaner you will hardly get around. But you should not expect too much from the suction system.

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Extractor of Hitashi

The Removing the chips slightly improves the view on the saw blade, but it still lands enough of it all around on the ground or underlay. Do not hope for dust-free work in the living room.

angle cuts

Jig saw test: Detailed review of three jigsaws of the upper hobby class: hobby

The saw tables are adjustable for angle cuts

The sawing tables of all saws can be used in the Swivel angle + 45° to -45° continuously.

Lockings are only available for the normal position at 0°. The operation is the same for every machine.

On supplied Allen key, taken in the foot of the saw, becomes the Loosening / fixing a clamping screw used.

splinter protection

In order to reduce rips, especially in coated material, can be with every saw small, slotted plastic piece around the saw blade push to lock on the saw table. It was tested with different saw blades.

Jig saw test: Detailed review of three jigsaws of the upper hobby class: test

Sawing with and without shatter protection: Hitachi - Makita - Bosch

The Bosch cuts here by far preferably from. Both other two machines show hardly any differences between the cut with or without splinter protection. - Order from left: Hitachi - Makita - Bosch (the left cut is with splinter protection).

curved cuts

Jig saw test: Detailed review of three jigsaws of the upper hobby class: hobby

The freestyle of the test: The curve cut

With the round cutout in the worktop, the machines already showed that they are not only good at straightforward sawing. Now it became even more difficult. Narrow and narrowest curve radii should be sawed.

This exercise all graduated equally well, Every machine performs well around turns, and the saw performance is easy on all machines. Eventually, the inner radii but too narrow for a jigsaw.

There is no difference between the subjects. Then you have to manage with cutting free from two or more pages. And in the end, had to all three workpieces diligently filed and sanded become. Nevertheless, the task could be accomplished without having to change to a jigsaw or scroll saw.

Jig saw test: Detailed review of three jigsaws of the upper hobby class: hobby

All machines have done well in the test

All of the tested devices are robust representatives for ambitious DIYers and craftsmen. They are in theirs Quality in another league as the cheaper devices that you get offered in most hardware stores.

There are no bent sheet metal sawing tables but robust castings. Everything is designed for longevityso that such a tool should serve its owner well for many years.

The Bosch GST150 and the Makita 4351FCT proved to be the best machines in the test.

The Makita pleases with its really beneficial LED lightingwith which the tear can best be identified. In addition, the gentler start for more pleasant handling.

The Bosch tears at power on already strong on the wrist. She is also the one strongest machine, which is advantageous when sawing in very dense and thick wood. Nevertheless, there are at none of the machines lost real performance.

Also the Hitachi CJ120VA is a professional machine that does not compromise on performance and workmanship. It is only behind the two competitors, because of the Closure of the saw blade compared to the other devices uncomfortable to use and no saw blades thicker than 1.4mm can be clamped. In addition, they offer no additional functions such as the lighting of the Makita or the chip blowing function of the Bosch.

Finally are all three machines are recommended and will fulfill the duties of their owners. Attention should be paid to the inclined craftsman which machine is subjectively better in the hand.

Rating System

We summarized the test results in the following table. The ratings refer to a 5-point system:

  • 1 = insufficient

  • 2 = deficient

  • 3 = satisfactory

  • 4 = good

  • 5 = very good

summary of results

Model:Bosch GST150Makita 4351FCTHitachi CJ120VA
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Price (09/2013)about 176,00 €about 204,00 €about 226,00 €
rated capacity760 watts720 watts740 watts
Number of strokes in the course500-3.100800-2.800850-3.000
Max. Cutting depth (wood / steel / non-ferrous metal)150/10/20 mm135/10/20 mm120/10/30 mm
mass2.6 kg2.5 kg2.3 kg
cable length4 m2,5 m3 m
FEATURES
Tear or chip protection522
Inclination of the foot plate443
Average track fanYesNoNo
suction functionconnectableconnectableconnectable
Cutting course lightingNoYesNo
PROCESSING
material555
Arrangement of the controls444
Design of the controls554
Easy handling554
HANDLING / AVERAGE PERFORMANCE
handling453
View without fan454
View with blower444
curved cut555
Angle cut (45°)454
volume444
Cutting speed544
ease544
vibration454

Summary: Bosch GST150

Jig saw test: Detailed review of three jigsaws of the upper hobby class: hobby

The most powerful machine in the test, but also big and powerful. High-quality, impeccable workmanship even with accessories, which is up to the single saw blade. The blower function facilitates the view of the cut.

Pros: Very strong, cutting blade blower, good splinter protection, large suitcase, large, stable saw table for stable support, very good workmanship

Negatives: Only suitable for large hands, only one saw blade included

Summary: Makita 4351FCT

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Makita 4351FCT

Very good, high-quality machine whose LED lighting offers the best view of the cut. A feature that you do not want to miss. As the only one of the tested devices, the Makita 4351 does not run brute, but gently gentle on the wrist.

Advantages: LED lighting, soft start, 6 saw blades included, very flexible power cable, very good workmanship, stable saw table

Negatives: Power cord not very long

Summary: Hitachi CJ120VA

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Hitachi CJ120VA

Robust, high-quality machine without weaknesses in sawing performance. Very good workmanship and good handling. The saw blade lock is sometimes a bit hakelig.

Pros: Robust, strong, good handling, very good workmanship, stable saw table

Negatives: Saw blade closure sometimes uncomfortable, only supports saw blade thicknesses up to 1.4mm

This test was conducted in October 2013.

About the author: Rainer Schmidt lives in Vienna and is an enthusiastic handyman and wood enthusiast. In his blog holznotizen.blogspot.co.at he regularly publishes sophisticated home improvement projects to rebuild. With him, everything comes from a single source: From wood procurement to polishing, Rainer does everything himself. Respect!

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