Bosch has always been big on woodworking tools, and the new Bosch JS572EB Barrel Grip Jigsaw is their barrel-grip jigsaw model which is packaged (optionally) in an L-Boxx kit and which replaces the 1591EVSL. The jig saw comes with a 7.2 amp motor that uses the company’s new Precision Control II system whereby an electronic feedback circuit helps to give more energy to the motor when it encounters a more difficult load. So when you’re cutting through a denser part of a board, the tool will retain its power and the blade will continue to cut at the same speed.
Bosch JS572EB Barrel Grip Jigsaw Features
The new Precision Control II system on the Bosch JS572EB Barrel Grip Jigsaw also features a double roller that places a second guide higher up on the jigsaw blade. This helps minimize blade deflection below the lower roller and delivers a straighter (and stronger) cut. The jigsaw also uses a new “Auto-Center” feature that allows the rollers to adjust laterally. This again prevents blade deflection by extending the area where the blade is controlled by the twin rolling guides. The system also includes side supports which react to guide the blade back into the guide rollers in the event that it is forced out of alignment due to an excessively tight turn.
We found the narrow width of the Bosch JS572EB Barrel Grip Jigsaw to be easy and comfortable to use. It’s really just a matter of preference here, but with the reduced girth we could see professional woodworkers really taking to the control and feel of this new tool. You get nice and close to the cut and the feel is perfect. This barrel grip model has a side-mounted switch and no accelerator or “trigger”, so speed is controlled solely through the rear-mounted dial alone. That close-to-cut grip this tool offers is critical, however, and you can really only get it by locking on the trigger and grabbing the tool close to the neck. We also liked the 3-stage orbital control and the defeatable blower function which seemed to really keep the work area clean so we could see our line as we cut. The fact that the blade-eject mechanism is a one-handed tool-free design is also a nice feature.
A switchable LED light offers plenty of illumination on the cutting line and, indeed, even in the well-lit room we were testing the tool in, the LED delivered some additional clarity on the cutting line.
The Bosch JS572EB Barrel Grip Jigsaw comes with restart protection so it won’t auto start if the breaker trips and then gets reset. As many pros will attest to, with a trigger lock this is a pretty crucial feature. To accommodate everyone, Bosch even put out the JS572EL top-handle jigsaw for those who want a trigger-based variable-speed solution. Both tools will ship any day now for $299 in an L-Boxx Click ‘n’ Go kit and we believe it will also be made available for $249 in traditional packaging.