Recommended jigsaw?

Can anyone recommend me a decent jigsaw in the region of £30? It will be used mainly for cutting timber for occasional diy projects (fence making etc).

I've been looking at these in Focus:

http://www.focusdiy.co.uk/invt/21799

http://www.focusdiy.co.uk/invt/198558

http://www.focusdiy.co.uk/invt/221137

http://www.focusdiy.co.uk/invt/223419

The McKeller one cuts to a good depth, but I might not need that. I've heard that Bosch are pretty good and with £10 off it seems a decent deal?

There's also this one from Argos:

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/catalogId/1500001001/partNumber/7107126/Trail/searchtext%3EBOSCH.htm

Thanks in advance,

Steve
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  • Wickes have one on offer at the mo.Was £35.00 now £20.Might be worth a look.
  • ukwoodyukwoody Forumite
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    Without wishing to be disrespectful, but " decent Jigsaw" and "£30" don't really go together.... ;-)

    If you get chance though, the Lidl "Parkside" brand power tools are normally very good for the price and you get the 3 year warrenty.

    The Mckeller range is tripe. Absolute tripe.

    The Bosche ones are normally quite good.
    JCB is "Alba and, Bush" remember them? The old Radios and tape players? However, they use the JCB brand under licence and it is "supposedly" better quality than the very cheap stuff, so that might be worth a try.

    Woody
    City & Guilds qualified Wood Butcher:D
  • s-j-cooper_2s-j-cooper_2 Forumite
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    ukwoody wrote: »
    Without wishing to be disrespectful, but " decent Jigsaw" and "£30" don't really go together.... ;-)

    If you get chance though, the Lidl "Parkside" brand power tools are normally very good for the price and you get the 3 year warrenty.

    The Mckeller range is tripe. Absolute tripe.

    The Bosche ones are normally quite good.
    JCB is "Alba and, Bush" remember them? The old Radios and tape players? However, they use the JCB brand under licence and it is "supposedly" better quality than the very cheap stuff, so that might be worth a try.

    Woody

    I ended up getting this one from Homebase:

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.100-3733.aspx

    It was reduced to £33 as it has been 'discontinued' - it was on the 'bargain' shelves! I used it and it seems fine for what I need it for. Thanks for all of you advice.

    Steve
  • ukwoodyukwoody Forumite
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    You should be fine with that

    woody
    City & Guilds qualified Wood Butcher:D
  • andrew-bandrew-b Forumite
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    Thought i'd resurrect this old thread as i'm after a jigsaw in the less than £50 price range. Considering a Bosch jigsaw or maybe Wickes one Here. It's just for occassional DIY usage really though i'm buying one with the bathroom in mind (cutting windowsill to size, cutting plywood for basin hole etc) . Needs to be fairly easy to use being my first jigsaw, not too heavy, not to powerful but not underpowered either. Ideally with bevel adjustment and parallel guide (or option of). Laser guiding light would be a bonus.

    Andy
  • I would avoid the wickes own brand. My old man bought a grinder from them and burnt it out on the first job. Cant generally go wrong with Bosch.
  • andrew-bandrew-b Forumite
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    Thanks, I've actually been out today and bought a Bosch PST650 for a few pence short of £35. Has all i need from it for my occassional DIY usage and first jigsaw and I feel happy with my purchase.

    Excuse my excitement :j but I'm like a kid with a new toy (yes i know it's dangerous and not a toy!)...had it out of the box and plugged in within minutes of getting home - well you have to check these things work don't you!! Now i just need something to cut! Hmmm there's an old door outside i could practice on - guess i should wait until daylight though else the neighbours might complain!

    A similar excitement happened yesterday when i got a Ryobi power screwdriver - though i was somewhat disappointed i had to wait a couple of hours to fully charge it - but it was used 5 times within the day and has saved me time and effort already!

    Funnily enough we also spent a couple of hours in a toy shop today (new one at westwood x) and bought my niece and nephews christmas presents! It's all spend spend at the moment - i guess i won't be so excited when i get my credit card statement.

    Incidentally my hammer drill is a Wickes own-brand one and has a few problems - variable speed control only stays on full speed and front grip handle is distorted slightly where it attaches near the chuck - pretty heavy too. So perhaps the wickes jigsaw wouldn't have been such a great idea.

    Andy
  • wallbashwallbash
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    andrew-b New jigsaw, New screw driver, don't you know its Xmas next month?

    This is the time of the year to start dropping heavy hints.

    Ps if Santa is reading this , could do with a toolbag......have been good this year .
  • ormusormus Forumite
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    ive had a wickes drill and jigsaw for yrs now.
    think they were 20 quid each.
    no problems apart from the allen screw that holds the blade has rounded off, in the last month.
    Get some gorm.
  • andrew-bandrew-b Forumite
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    wallbash wrote: »
    andrew-b New jigsaw, New screw driver, don't you know its Xmas next month?

    This is the time of the year to start dropping heavy hints.

    Ps if Santa is reading this , could do with a toolbag......have been good this year .
    New drill maybe? I've not been good enough to expect Santa to bring me jigsaw, screwdriver AND drill!! :p

    No need for tools to insert/remove blade with Bosch's SDS system for changing the blades. It's just push-in-and-away-you-go. I also liked the idea of the air-blast feature to clear away debris from the cutting-line. Only thing is i would have liked it to include a parallel guide rather than it being a non-supplied accessory - but i shouldn't complain for £35.

    Andy
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