I would like to get a jig saw for coping crown molding with a Collins Coping Foot. I have a 20" year old Craftsman Sabre Saw model 315 that the coping foot isn't compatible with. I may just have to pick up a used saw as it won't get used for anything but coping the molding I am putting up in my house. Perhaps I should try coping by hand with the $5.00 coping saw that has been gathering dust for years in the garage?
Not all jig saws are created equal, but most are better than they were in the good old days.
I guess it depends on how much you want to spend. It really is hard to beat a Bosch. I also have a dewalt that is not to bad either.
Keep in mind the collins coping foot does not fit on all new jig saws either.
In my opinion the coping foot is faster than the coping saw, but not any easier.
A cheap coping saw is no better than a cheap jig saw though.
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