Review

Some woodworkers shun jigsaws for making curved cuts because the largely unsupported blade can deflect, leaving them with a ragged edge that’s not square to the face of the workpiece.
Bosch’s 1590EVSK top-handle jigsaw sports blade supports just above the shoe (base) to prevent that deflection, similar to guide blocks on a bandsaw. I cut circles in 2×6 Douglas fir and if the blade strayed from perfectly vertical, I couldn’t measure it. That might be reason enough to want this jigsaw, but Bosch engineers added some other neat features as well, such as a one-touch blade-changing system that pops out a spent blade by merely flicking a lever on the front of the saw. I also like the shoe, which can be locked and unlocked without the use of tools. I found the shoe’s bevel scale easy to read and the 45° stops dead-on accurate. The 1590EVSK backs up the bells and whistles with a 6.4-amp variable-speed motor (the most robust I’ve seen on a jigsaw) with electronic speed control that pours on more power when the going gets tough. Despite the power, the jigsaw has good balance and feel, especially for a top-handle saw. (If you prefer a barrel grip, model 1591EVSK has the same features, power, and price). —Tested by Larry Arnold

Product

Performance

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Features

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Value

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
4.8
out of 5