Jigsaw 1590EVSK - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Jigsaw 1590EVSK

Bosch - Jigsaw 1590EVSK

This jigsaw from Bosch features multiple speed settings, orbital cutting actions, and a variety of blade accessories.

$170 (As of 10/1/2004)

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Editor's Review:

by Matthew Teague

review date: October 1, 2004

Bosch recently introduced a jigsaw, model 1590EVSK, that has two features I quickly learned to appreciate: easy blade changing and effective blade support. Adding a blade is simply a matter of inserting it into the chuck until it snaps into place. To remove it, push a button and swing a lever just above the blade. The blade immediately ejects, without any need for pulling or tugging. Indeed, it can be done with only one hand. Anyone who has ever tried to remove a hot or broken jigsaw blade will appreciate this system.

I also liked the unique precision-control blade-guide system, which is designed to prevent the blade from wandering during a cut. The blade sits in a three-point blade holder, similar to earlier Bosch jigsaws, but this one also has two small arms that come down and clamp the blade as close to the cutting surface as possible. This enabled me to turn corners—even in hardwoods—without the blade wandering too much.

The rest of the features are fairly standard. Speeds are adjustable from 500 to 2,800 strokes per minute. The jigsaw has constant-response circuitry, so when you run into knots or dense wood, the 6.4-amp motor maintains the selected speed. I ran this tool through every piece of wood I came across—countless feet of plywood, 2x4s, and 1-in.-thick oak and cherry—and it never bogged down.

To protect worksurfaces, the Bosch saw comes with a nonmarring overshoe for the foot. Also, an antisplintering insert helps prevent tearout. Inserts like these are common on jigsaws nowadays, and they do make a difference. For the cleanest cuts, turn off the orbital action (there are four orbital settings) so the blade cuts straight up and down, and pop the insert in place.

After using this saw, I had two minor complaints. The action of the lever to adjust the foot for bevel cuts was a bit clunky. Second, the lock-on switch, located conveniently above the power switch, often required two or more tries to get it to lock into position.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bosch
Manufacturer's Web Site www.boschtools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 877-267-2499
Amps 6.4 amps
Volts 120v
Speed 500-2,800 strokes per minute
Corded/Cordless Corded
Battery Size N/A

Long story short, I didn't want to get this saw b/c I already had an 18v DeWalt, was talked into buying it anyway, and couldn't be happier that I did! The cuts are great and the machine is very stable. The ONLY thing I wish were different is that you could remove the top handle like you can the new Craftsman Pro jig and be able to use it as a barrel as well. Other than that, don't waste your time with additional research, THIS IS THE ONE TO GET!!!!!

Just purchased this saw at Loews, for $80.00. Closeout price??I had been intending to order one with the barrel grip, but at this price I think I can live with this one! Much better than their other model that requires too much manipulation to change the blade.

I have used several jigsaws and this is by far the best. Form, fit and finish are all great. The little plastic "splinter guard" is a little cheesy but all in all a very good tool. I would pick it over PC, DeWalt and Makita anyday.



Recently purchased the European version. Out of the box the pendulum action didn't work. Returned it and got replacement. Out of the box the pendulum action didn't work. Visited another retailer who pulled a 110v machine out of the box. Guess what. Out of the box pendulum action didn't work. The original supplier states the original machine worked fine after it had been returned to him. Before packing up the replacement and shipping it back, at my cost (€38.00), I tried it once more. Now it worked. If I didn't have a small video showing the machine running, with the pendulum action switched in but no evidence of the pendulum action in motion I would doubt my sanity, but there you go.Bosch wern't terribly interested. We've kept the machine but if it as much as stutters its going back and a new Festool will replace it.We use Bosch jigsaws on a regular basis and have 3 in the workshop so its not as if we don't know what we are doing with them.


I recently purchased this saw to replace a DeWalt DW321K. What a joy to use! Easy blade changes, smooth operation even when used with maximum orbital action and a dust blower that actually moves the dust out of the cutting zone. While the 321K did a fine job of cutting, from day one the dust blower failed to move much dust and the blade clutch often failed to grip the blade well enough to keep the blade in during max orbit. My only gripe after several days of use is that the gear housing at the front of the saw gets uncomfortably hot of a moderate period of use. BTW, the Home Depot near my house sells this saw for $149.99. Lowes then did a price match minus an additional 10%. What a deal, out the door for $140!

Read what Mr. Teague has to say and I couldn´t agree more ...however the handle makes it too high (meas. from sole to top), therefore I bought the one with barrel grip! One thing that disturbs me is that Bosch seems to be slow on picking up easy manageable problems like Festool (PS300) have done with their easy exchangeable power cord. The "Precision control" system IS the best I ever seen on a jigsaw.Yet another close call for Bosch...almost excellent.

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