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Bosch JS120BN review

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    Austin
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    Covington, KY

    I bought the 12v jig saw at the start of my current project that I am on, my intentions of buying it was to use it for small quick cuts. EX. cutting out an outlet in the back of a cabinet. After using it for some time I have found it will do so much more.

    The first thing I thought when I got it out of the box that it’s a little bigger than first expecting for a 12v tool. It has a decent size foot print but it’s not a bulky tool. It’s very slim actually. For comparison here it is side by side the top of the line js572eb corded bocsh jig saw, which I got through this website as a redemption.




    The corded jig saw is a beast of a saw and it will do everything the 12v wont. For more info on it click here http://bethepro.com/forums/topic/another-js572-review/

    Back to the 12v jig saw, it has tons of features for being a lighter duty jig saw. It has a quick change tooless blade change, 3 orbital settings, a led light, a variable speed knob, and a no mar plastic shoe cover. There are many 18v and corded jig saws that don’t have some of these features but that’s not surprising coming from the company that pioneered the jig saw. With all these features it has the power to back it up. It does seem that it’s running a little slower than most other jig saws that I have used but not to slow to get the job done. In fact I even turned the speed down for cutting some metal here so as not to burn anything up. It went through ¼” aluminum so very easy with a Bosch metal cutting t-shank blade in it

    The saw will power through some hardwoods even ¾” oak like seen in the video. The saw really excels at material around ½” and some softer ¾” woods. Once you try and cut through thicker material than ¾” it will bog down if you try to push on it but it will cut a 2×4 if you don’t mind taking a little more time. As far as the accuracy of the cut it will make a fairly square cut on ½” material and it will do good on ¾” wood if you take your time but if I was super concerned about the squareness of a cut I would probably grab my bigger corded one. The trade off of it though is being very light and in a more compact package. Being a 12v the motor housing is skinnier and feels really good in the hand. You can get a good grip on it and control the saw very easily making up a little bit for it not being as accurate as its big brother.

    In conclusion this is a great saw to have in addition to a larger more powerful jig saw. I would have a hard time using it as my only jig saw because of the variety of jobs I do but I find myself grabbing it for most of the task that require a jig saw because of how convenient it is. It will do any light duty task you ask it to and most medium duty task as well. If you are in the Bosch 12v line I highly recommend getting this little gem of a saw.

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    utopia78
    Pro
    Toronto, ON

    Thanks for taking the time to post up a review of the Bosch 12v Jig. After reading your content I’m really thinking about adding one to my Bosch tool arsenal. I had a form I had to do where I would need to cut out a center square and this would have done a great job!

    Whats the runtime on a 12v 2.0 or 4.0Ah by chance?

    A Working Pro since 2004

    #584007

    kswiss
    Pro
    edmonton, AB

    This was a great review, thanks for sharing with us.

    #584011

    Austin
    Pro
    Covington, KY

    Thanks for taking the time to post up a review of the Bosch 12v Jig. After reading your content I’m really thinking about adding one to my Bosch tool arsenal. I had a form I had to do where I would need to cut out a center square and this would have done a great job!

    Whats the runtime on a 12v 2.0 or 4.0Ah by chance?

    Ah run time, I knew I forgot something. I don’t have any 4ah yet but on a 2 it will do a lot, but make sure you have at least 1 waiting it won’t last all day. I will try and do another test to see the exact run time.

    #584017

    RonW
    Pro
    Holladay, Tn

    Nice review. It does sound like a tool most should have in there tool boxes.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #584027

    kswiss
    Pro
    edmonton, AB

    What’s the charge time like for the 12v batteries?

    #584029

    Masterbosch
    Pro
    Wayne, NJ

    After I used my corded jigsaw yesterday and running 50feet extension cord I really looked for the cordless one. Def can see myself rocking the 12v jig

    plusoneconstructionllc@gmail.com

    #584038

    Austin
    Pro
    Covington, KY

    What’s the charge time like for the 12v batteries?

    All I have is the older bc430 which is a half an hour. I can’t say for the newer bc330 but I think it’s close to an hour.

    #584064

    Boschmanbrian
    Pro
    Montreal , QC, Canada

    @austin great review, thanks for taking the time. Nice addition of pictures,
    I have the Bosch 18 volt, but after reading about your review, and already being in the 12 volt lineup, I think this jigsaw just made my list, it sounds like it has pretty good power in the video,

    #584109

    smallerstick
    Pro
    Listowel, ON

    Excellent review, Austin, covered all the bases. I really appreciate the side by side comparison to the corded unit.

    There are only two ways to do things; the right way and again.

    #584149

    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    thanks for the review, even though i have the js470e, i am considering the 12v one for convenience and to cope crown.

    #584163

    Anonymous

    I like the idea of a cordless Jiggy, This one appears to handle itself well enough. Does it come in a ‘D’ handle version too?? I did NOT get along with my 572 Barrel grip and traded it for the 572 ‘D’ grip, Much much better control and accuracy for me.

    #584220

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    This was a great review, this jiggy looks like a good tool to add to the 12volt lineup.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #584229

    Hi @austin cause of your posts on IG I sent in for the 12v jig saw plus this review you did sealed the deal .

    Always willing to learn .

    #584269

    Austin
    Pro
    Covington, KY

    I like the idea of a cordless Jiggy, This one appears to handle itself well enough. Does it come in a ‘D’ handle version too?? I did NOT get along with my 572 Barrel grip and traded it for the 572 ‘D’ grip, Much much better control and accuracy for me.

    Nope it does not, there isn’t even a naina d handle

    Hi @austin cause of your posts on IG I sent in for the 12v jig saw plus this review you did sealed the deal .

    Awesome. That’s good to hear. Let’s hope others think the same too.

    #584334

    woodman_412
    Moderator

    Great review Austin, thanks for taking the time to put it together! The 12V saw is definitely on my list of tools to get. I have the JS572 as well so I’m looking to use the 12V in the same ways that you do.

    Dan

    danpattison.com

    #584371

    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    I too have the 12v jig saw. While I really like the ergonomics, it is lacking in power for many tasks. Given that it is only a 12v tool, I can deal with that issue though. I really appreciate it when coping with the Collins foot!

    Jon P.
    Timber Carpentry & Construction
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    #584391

    kzcarp
    Pro

    I too have the 12v jig saw. While I really like the ergonomics, it is lacking in power for many tasks. Given that it is only a 12v tool, I can deal with that issue though. I really appreciate it when coping with the Collins foot!

    That’s something I hadn’t thought of, using the coping foot with this saw. I had mostly thought of using it up on the scaffold when installing smart side.

    kevin

    #584457

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    I bought the 12v jig saw at the start of my current project that I am on,

    Austin Thank you for the fine review. I really like my 12V jig saw as well. Yes not the most powerful tool but the decrease in power at least for me makes it easier to control that and the small size. I have found I ma more accurate with the JS120BN than with any other jiggy in the shop.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #584478

    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    I too have the 12v jig saw. While I really like the ergonomics, it is lacking in power for many tasks. Given that it is only a 12v tool, I can deal with that issue though. I really appreciate it when coping with the Collins foot!

    That is exactly the reason why I want it, but i am going to wait till black friday to see if there are any sales before i go and pick it up.

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