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Old 02-20-2008, 02:07 PM   #1
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saber saw limitations?

Can a saber saw cut a 1-3/4 thick door slab well? Or is that too thick for that tool? What is the heaviest work a saber saw can do well?

Also does anyone have any favorite saber saw brands? Usually I just buy dewalt for everything.


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Old 02-20-2008, 03:59 PM   #2
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Bosch make a very good one It will cut a door but may leave a rough finish I would use a cirular saw


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Circular saw with a straight edge is best. But you could cut it with a good sabre saw like the Bosch. This saw, teamed up with their quality blades give you a whole new outlook on using sabre saws. If you do not have a saw that will acept the top notch Bosch or Hilti blades, don't waste time.
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Limitations? Not many... I cut curves in 4x material with my Bosch jigsaw and a 6" blade. Go very slow as the blade will have a tendency to wander in thicker material.

Good quality blades are half the battle - you'll want a jigsaw that can accept T-shank blades, they look like this:

Teeth that are angled upward will produce a rougher finished cut than downward-facing teeth...

Favorite brand - easy, Bosch.

Good luck with your project,

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That Bosch is the best, no question. Its night and day compared to every other jigsaw I have used. The best tool for your job is a circular saw. That said, if I only had this bosch jigsaw and had to cut a door bottom I would not hesitate. I would never attempt it with any other jigsaw.

I plan on doing a head to head tool test with this bosch and some other jigsaw in a future podcast. Not sure when yet. Middle spring likely. If anyone has a jigsaw they would like to donate for the test let me know!
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