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The flagship of the Bosch range, the GST 160 BCE is intended for heavy use where quality and accuracy are required. Precise and powerful, the motor has optimised electronics for a constant cutting speed (overload protected); these ensure the right speed is selected whatever the material you are cutting. The tool has 4-stage pendulum action and is fitted with a variable trigger. All important is the double roller blade guide system that ensures minimum oscillations and bending of the saw blade for a very true and precise cut. The heavy duty footplate gives a smooth glide and has tool-free angle change. Overall the machine is very compact with a robust metal gearbox and low vibration. Other features include single handed quick change blade, LED light and dust blower. For the best visibility of the cutline, the extraction port can be rotated or removed if not required. Bow grip handle.
Supplied with dust extraction set, 3 jigsaw blades, splinter guard and L-Boxx storage case.
|Max Depth of Cut Steel||10mm|
|Max Depth of Cut Wood||160mm|
|Model||GST 160 BCE|
|Stroke Rate||800 - 3,000rpm|
4 December 2015
Further CommentsFurther to my previous review, and having used the jigsaw for more tasks, I have to say I am even more impressed now, it excels at everything I do with it. What prompted me to write this review is that I cut the ends of some 150mm by 250mm Douglas fir roof beams today with a straight cut going into a curve at the bottom, where the roof overhangs. I was a bit sceptical before I started, but I used the appropriate Bosch blades (T1044DP), and I was amazed by the accuracy and quality of the cut through 150mm of wood, there was no wander even on the curve! The cut was slow, as you would expect for such a deep cut, but the jigsaw itself did not seem to struggle in anyway. An amazing tool from Bosch. The beams look really great!
6 November 2015
Great JigsawI have a feeling that some of the other reviewers here have been unlucky and perhaps received jigsaws from a faulty batch. I bought this jigsaw to replace my top of the range Makita, and I must say this jigsaw in in a whole different league!
3 May 2015
Not BoschHad a go with few Bosch jigsaws. Incl. this one. If you want a good cut, there's no better than Mafell. Expensive but you get what you pay for. I for one will not be buying anything from Bosch again. Even their top of the range most expensive random orbital sander has an odd sized port for extraction. Professional? I don't think so. You want best tools for carpentry? Buy Mafell or Festool. Don't bother with Bosch. Once you go the extra cost, you will never look back.
19 November 2014
No problem hereBeing in the market for a new jigsaw my first thought was the festool carvex, however I was not overly impressed so took a punt on the Bosch GST 160. I was a little alarmed after reading the comments on this website, however after putting the jigsaw through its paces I'm glad to say I have not experienced any of those problems. Bosch offer a very wide variety* of jigsaw blades for good reason, most problems such as cutting out of square can be solved by choosing a more suitable blade. I've also bought blades from makers who don't seem to know what they are doing, such as clean cut blades that aren't taper ground.
12 November 2014
So next stop FestoolI to believed the marketing and replaced a wandering GST135 with one of these. How Bosch can use the words precision cut is beyond my understanding. Jigsaws are not precision cutting tools but it would be nice to be able to cut a straight line, using a brand new wide profile for straight cuts blade and guided with a guide rail in uniform timber. Well it would be nice but it can't even manage that. No better than the one I replaced. If you can't cut a straight line under those conditions you have to wonder what is going on. I tried biasing the baseplate angle, checking everything I could, varying speed, with and without pendulum, all failed to make it cut straight.