Bosch 7.0-AMP Jigsaw Review

Bosch Jigsaw Review

Bosch Jig Saw JS470If you’re a carpenter, cabinet installer or a serious DIYer you can’t get the job done without a quality jigsaw. I recently had the oppotrtunity toreview the Bosch top-handled 7.0-Amp, Model JS470E jigsaw to review.

First Impression:

The Bosch JS470E jigsaw comes in a molded case with a blade storage compartment. It was comfortable to hold and the soft molded grip felt nice in my hands. A super long cord is provided and will not doubt be useful.

The Bosch JS470E jigsaw has four orbital-action settings provide options for different range of blade strokes for smooth to more aggressive cutting functions and an adjustable dust blower which allows the user to keep the sawdust off the cutting line. I liked this feature.

Probably the best option of the Bosch JS470E jigsaw is the tool less blade-change system which allows the user to quickly change a T-shank blade without a tool as well as avoiding touching a red hot blade with your fingers. This feature was easy to use and worked flawlessly – Talk about a huge time saver.

The Bosch JS470E jigsaw also has an ambidextrous lock-on button making the tool friendly for both right and left handed users. I know a lot of left handed carpenters that are very happy about this feature.

The Bosch JS470E also has a lock on feature. This is a useful feature, especially for continuous, long cuts. It allows the operator to release their grip on the trigger, relax and adjust thBosch Jig Saw JS470eir hand for more comfort and control.

Bosch also placed the variable speed control at the rear of the tool. out of the way of the users fingers or palm. This ensures that you do not accidentally hit the control when operating the tool.

A new design of the JS470 models’ footplate and its mount is optimized to withstand the toughest conditions and survive accidental drops intact. The insulation on the outside of the gearbox housing provides an added degree of protection in the event that the tool cuts into live wiring.

The Bosch JS470E jigsaw also has a sturdy die-cast foot with steel insert and on-board bevel wrench, securely positioned. I really liked the storage location but was disappointed that a tool is needed to bevel.


Amperage: 7.0
Bevel Range: 45 degreesBosch Jig Saw JS470 trigger
No Load SPM: 500-3,100
Rating: 120V
Stroke Length: 1″
Weight (lbs.): 5.90

Using The Bosch  JS470E Jigsaw:

The Bosch JS470E 7.0-AMP performed well. The saws variable speed trigger was useful for starting a cut low and working up cutting speed. Once up to speed the JS470E consistently made clean, smooth cuts with no tool vibration.

The only issue I had with this saw was the trigger dug into my finger slightly, and annoyed me on longer cuts.  Adjusting my finger slightly immediately alleviated this issue.

Overall Impression:

I liked the JS470E,finding it easy to operate and smooth cutting. It had plenty of power, cut snoothly and was easy to operate.  I recommend it.

How Much And Where To Buy:

The Bosch JS470E jigsaw can be purchased online or here:  Bosch Jig Saw

About the author

Rob Robillard

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob Robillard

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  2. Joe Mitchell

    I bought this jigsaw after my old 40+ year old Black and Decker hand me down finally went out. I reviewed saws for a couple of weeks and went to several different stores to preview all saws I was considering; I even brought my own T-shank blade to check different manufacturer’s toolless blade change technologies. By far and wide this saw stands above the rest. I have had it going for several months straight in my shop without a hitch and I must say what an improvement 40 years of technology has made in the simple jigsaw. I never realized how much I was working to use my old saw until I got this one home and started cutting, wow. The other neat thing I find great is the Bosch blades, they are great. If you have the need, this is THE jigsaw for you.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Joe – I couldn’t agree more. I’ve heard really great things about the Festool jigsaws as well. I use my Bosch on a regular basis and it makes cutting a breeze compared to my older ones.

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