Bosch GST 160 BCE Jigsaw Bow Handle

Bosch GST 160 BCE Jigsaw Bow Handle

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£193.44 (£161.20 Ex. VAT)

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Key Features

Bosch Professional 3 Year Warranty (Registration Required)
  • Exceptional jigsaw with many features
  • Double roller blade guide for precision control
  • 4-stage pendulum action for tear-free to aggressive cutting
  • Electronic variable speed control, variable speed trigger
  • 800W robust motor - constant electronics, overload protected
  • Aluminium base with tool-free angle change
  • Totally tool-free blade change
  • LED work light and dust blower
  • Compact with vibration control
  • Supplied with 3 blades, anti-splinter shoe, dust extraction set
  • L-Boxx inlay and L-Boxx storage case

In Detail

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.

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Blower Yes
Dust Extraction Yes
Max Depth of Cut Steel 10mm
Max Depth of Cut Wood 160mm
Model GST 160 BCE
Nett Weight 2.3kg
Pendulum Action\Stages Yes/4
Power 800W
Rating Industrial
Stroke 26mm
Stroke Rate 800 - 3,000rpm
Tilting Base Yes
Reviews (8)

Reviews (8)



4 December 2015

Further Comments

Further 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 Jigsaw

I 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!

My jigsaw cuts beautifully, with super accurate cuts in a wide variety of thicknesses of wood. When set to 90 degrees, the cut is exactly 90 degrees without any adjustment being required, and when used at a bevel angle and then put back the 90, the stop sets the blade back precisely. It is great to have a lever for locking the base, this works perfectly and locks the base very positively. I cut some 2 inch pine, with some big knots it in and wavy grain, and the cut stayed at a perfect 90 degrees even when cutting tight radius curves through the knots etc. Cutting curves on the end of 4 inch Douglas fir rafter ends was also effortless and super precise.

Cutting worktop was also super accurate, (although I tend to use my Festool plunge saw these days for this). When I did the same cuts with the Makita the blade did wander badly. It was possible to make the blade wander on the Bosch, but only when deliberately pushing the jigsaw sideways whilst cutting (which is the most common cause of blade wander, along with blunt blades) but even then it wasn't as bad as the Makita, with which I was trying to cut with no blade wander!

The jigsaw has plenty of power and cuts very smoothly. The variable speed dial is good, as is the variable speed trigger action, as it allows for constant speed adjustment whilst cutting, which is also very helpful at the start of a cut. The dust blower works well, and the LED is great, but I must agree the switch is not easy to use, you really have push it hard with the tip of your finger, but it is good to be able to choose to have the LED light on or not. Blade visibility is also very good.

The base is a thick solid feeling casting, and the whole jigsaw has a feeling of real quality about it. It has a long quality lead, is supplied with a couple of blades and an L Boxx. It is made in Switzerland, as are some of Bosch's other top of the range tools.

I did quite a lot of research before buying this jigsaw, and was initially going to buy a Festool Carvex, but both of their jigsaws seen to have a few flaws. I highly rate some Festool tools (and I have a Festool Router, Domino, and Saw) but many people blindly assume that anything Festool is automatically superior, which in my experience is definitely not the case. I am so pleased I chose this jigsaw and cannot recommend it more highly. It is really superb.


3 May 2015

Not Bosch

Had 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 here

Being 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.

I've cut gentle curves in 60mm softwood which are dead square. I cut some scollops in 90mm ash newel posts which came out square. It will not be going near chipboard worktop, a job for the circular saw.

I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars for quality because the storage box is a bit flimsy compared to Festool and Dewalt offerings.

*Sadly, Axminster do not stock the whole range.

Geoffrey Laycock

12 November 2014

So next stop Festool

I 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.

To agree further with Harry, Bosch help - nope, they have their money and they aren't interested.

Having had many Bosch Professional or 'blue' tools over the last thirty-odd years, not again. I still have a working 'green' battery drill from 1985 which I still use with its original battery! But that was when Bosch quality was supreme and probably 'green' exceeded what you now get 'blue'.

I also prefer the Systainer design to the cumbersome L-Boxx so next stop a Festool jigsaw

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