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negativezeroz
10-08-2005, 03:31 PM
I need to buy a jig or router pretty soon. Got a couple of boxes up coming soon. I just want to know which would be more useful? I want to know so I know my money will be well spent.

Thanks.

PV Audio
10-08-2005, 03:33 PM
neither is more important than the other, but i voted for jigsaw because most people only think the router is good for holes, and you can make a shady hole with a jigsaw.

ndnbolla
10-08-2005, 03:36 PM
get the black and decker combo kit that can switch between router and saw...


thats what i plan on getting...

negativezeroz
10-08-2005, 03:39 PM
get the black and decker combo kit that can switch between router and saw...


thats what i plan on getting...

http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/diy_main/pg_diy.jsp?CNTTYPE=PROD_META&CNTKEY=misc%2fsearchResults.jsp&BV_SessionID=@@@@1788232247.1128801025@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdgaddflkjgffmcgelceffdfgidgjm.0&MID=9876


that thing is just a jig, vacum, and drill...not seeing this router part o well..im prolly just missing it

JoseMCeee
10-08-2005, 04:01 PM
wtf is the difference between a router and a jig?

ruckus
10-08-2005, 04:05 PM
wtf is the difference between a router and a jig?

youre kidding right?

I voted for a jigsaw. More versitile than a router. I use my jigsaw on almost every project that involves wood I used my router maybe 2 times in the last 30 projects. Of course of all tools a good, high torque, long battery life cordless drill is the most important.

JoseMCeee
10-08-2005, 04:24 PM
youre kidding right?

I voted for a jigsaw. More versitile than a router. I use my jigsaw on almost every project that involves wood I used my router maybe 2 times in the last 30 projects. Of course of all tools a good, high torque, long battery life cordless drill is the most important.

no. for some reason i thought a router was something on the expensive jigs or sumthin. I never really looked into it since i just go the first 29.99 jig that i saw.

danteBirosel
10-08-2005, 04:42 PM
I cast my vote on the JIGSAWWWWW

ndnbolla
10-08-2005, 05:36 PM
that thing is just a jig, vacum, and drill...not seeing this router part o well..im prolly just missing it


i'm talkin about the other kit

Model MT12W3B

you can use a saw to cut the MDF right?

PowerNaudio
10-08-2005, 07:31 PM
i only use the router to make circle cuts and round edges. and i only use the jigsaw to cut curves on panels and do like the corners on the slot ports. so id say i use them both evenly since i have them, but if i were you, i would go with the jigsaw.

PV Audio
10-08-2005, 07:48 PM
wtf is the difference between a router and a jig?
a router is used ALOT in any type of wood working. if you have a table with an ogee edge, or a nice looking cabinet, it has been "routered".

406er
10-08-2005, 09:31 PM
i voted a router, i rarely use a jig saw, only of i have to cut a out a square for a square terminal. other wise its a router with a jasper jig.

Moe Lester
10-08-2005, 10:04 PM
Since i got a second router and circle jig i barely ever use the jigsaw anymore.

ruckus
10-08-2005, 10:06 PM
Since i got a second router and circle jig i barely ever use the jigsaw anymore.
but you got alot more expensive tools like table saws and such which the jigsaw will take the place of for someone looking to spend as little money to do the most work. ;)

Spr0ket
10-08-2005, 10:16 PM
Router + Circular Saw. I haven't used my jig in a while.

PV Audio
10-09-2005, 01:03 AM
really, the only tools you NEED to make a speaker cabinet are a drill and a jigsaw. you can cut the panels with the saw, make the cutouts with the saw, drill the holes with the drill and screw everything in. if i were only allowed TWO tools, i'd take my new drill and my circular saw (amazing as they are both hitachi......).

mikescanlon
10-09-2005, 05:29 AM
circular saw + drill + rotozip for me.

negativezeroz
10-09-2005, 11:53 AM
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=222012-70-JS600K&lpage=none is that good enough? I dont have alot of cash to spend...

PowerNaudio
10-09-2005, 12:08 PM
that link only takes me to the lowes home page.

but most jigsaw will do if your budget is low

PV Audio
10-09-2005, 01:09 PM
just makes sure it is good, and won't leave 1" deep gashes in ur leg when the blade shoots out (long story)

PowerNaudio
10-09-2005, 01:21 PM
just makes sure it is good, and won't leave 1" deep gashes in ur leg when the blade shoots out (long story)

wow, i guess im lucky i haven't seen that happen before. lol

but then again, i don't buy toysRus branded tools. haha j/k

that's usually operator fault for not tightening the blade right.

here is the one i have its very cheap had it for like 1 year now never had a problem with it. my friend payed $30 for it, he sold it to me for $15 after using it once.
link (http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/diy_main/pg_diy.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@2107184196.1128879074@ @@@&BV_EngineID=ccckaddfllhkfjhcgelceffdfgidgjk.0&CNTTYPE=PROD_META&CNTKEY=misc/searchResults.jsp&MID=9876&N=2984+3966&pos=n24)

and it has the Quick Clamp For Tool Free Blade Changes so your blade wont fly out.

PV Audio
10-09-2005, 01:33 PM
wow, i guess im lucky i haven't seen that happen before. lol

but then again, i don't buy toysRus branded tools. haha j/k

that's usually operator fault for not tightening the blade right.

here is the one i have its very cheap had it for like 1 year now never had a problem with it. my friend payed $30 for it, he sold it to me for $15 after using it once.
link (http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/diy_main/pg_diy.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@2107184196.1128879074@ @@@&BV_EngineID=ccckaddfllhkfjhcgelceffdfgidgjk.0&CNTTYPE=PROD_META&CNTKEY=misc/searchResults.jsp&MID=9876&N=2984+3966&pos=n24)

and it has the Quick Clamp For Tool Free Blade Changes so your blade wont fly out.
15 bucks on ebay, the entire assembly camre apart (wasn't just tightening the nut) :)

PowerNaudio
10-09-2005, 01:34 PM
15 bucks on ebay, the entire assembly camre apart (wasn't just tightening the nut) :)
lol ic

PV Audio
10-09-2005, 01:37 PM
yep yep, huge piece of ****

negativezeroz
10-09-2005, 03:00 PM
well I just got a lil 4.5A orbital jig from Black&Decker for $40...so hopefully it works...gonna use it here in a lil bit...

edit:

works like a champ :)

Buckshot
10-09-2005, 06:47 PM
Good to hear. Money well spent then.

JimJ
10-09-2005, 06:52 PM
This is a silly question. Either can be useful, and excel at doing different things...I wouldn't want to put a bluntnosed edge on a piece of trim with a jigsaw, nor would I want to use a router to cut out holes in sheetrock for utility boxes :)

JimJ
10-09-2005, 06:56 PM
wow, i guess im lucky i haven't seen that happen before. lol

but then again, i don't buy toysRus branded tools. haha j/k

that's usually operator fault for not tightening the blade right.

here is the one i have its very cheap had it for like 1 year now never had a problem with it. my friend payed $30 for it, he sold it to me for $15 after using it once.
link (http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/diy_main/pg_diy.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@2107184196.1128879074@ @@@&BV_EngineID=ccckaddfllhkfjhcgelceffdfgidgjk.0&CNTTYPE=PROD_META&CNTKEY=misc/searchResults.jsp&MID=9876&N=2984+3966&pos=n24)

and it has the Quick Clamp For Tool Free Blade Changes so your blade wont fly out.

Good you added the "J/K" in there, because I'd take Hitachi over anything Dewalt or Black&Decker...any day :)

I've got a Hitachi 1/2" chuck corded drill that was a gift from my dad, literally older than myself, and it's one of the smoothest functioning tools I have. I put three holes into the exterior sheetmetal of my van with it, and even though I was scared shitless of measuring something wrong, the drill worked flawlessly...and it's only needed a new power cord (because of a stupid operator error) and a re-lubrication of the major moving parts in 20+ years of operation.

They also make a **** fine compound miter saw - which, if you've never used one, you don't know what you're missing :)

PV Audio
10-09-2005, 07:40 PM
i want the $280 hitachi table saw :(

anyone got one?

ruckus
10-10-2005, 12:01 AM
i want the $280 hitachi table saw :(

anyone got one?
I got a craftsman

Moe Lester
10-10-2005, 12:03 AM
i want the $280 hitachi table saw :(

anyone got one?

Ive got my eye on a $550 rigid tablesaw :veryhapp:

and I am quite sad to say, that I used a jigsaw for the first time in a few weeks lol.

ramos
10-10-2005, 08:55 AM
I say router, and lot's of practice using it . :)

RCwhat
10-10-2005, 01:39 PM
if u have all the right tools, you'll almost never use a jigsaw. i know i haven't used mine in well over a year.

ramos
10-10-2005, 01:43 PM
i want the $280 hitachi table saw :(

anyone got one?


No hitachi, I got a steal of a deal on a Delta at Harbor Freight. $300 :veryhapp: :)

Johnny Drama
10-10-2005, 01:46 PM
I voted router.