We found the most recent comparison tests of the Bosch 1590EVSK at Fine Homebuilding magazine, where it's compared with 11 other corded jigsaws. The review is summarized in Taunton's 2008 Tool Guide, which also has rankings from a survey of Fine Homebuilding and Fine Woodworking readers. Earlier comparison reviews at Woodworker's Journal and Popular Mechanics magazine are still useful, because jigsaw models stay current for years. The single-product reviews in the Journal of Light Construction and at NewWoodworker.com provide more detail, but the latter review is less critical. At Amazon.com, more than 150 owners review and rate the two different handle versions of the Bosch 1590EVSK jigsaw, based on their own experiences.
Reviews say the Bosch 1590EVSK jigsaw performs well and provides great convenience, with tool-free bevel adjustment as well as tool-free blade changes in which the hot blade is ejected so you don't have to touch it. The Bosch jigsaw's soft-start electronic motor makes for smooth cuts, and the trigger has a lock-on button to prevent trigger-finger fatigue. The Bosch 1590EVSK has a dust blower to clear the cutting line but no real dust collection. For superb dust collection, lighter weight and a longer warranty, consider the top-ranked jigsaw in reviews, the Festool Trion PSB300 EQ (*est. $295), which costs about twice as much.
1. Taunton's 2008 Tool Guide
Based on tests done for Fine Homebuilding magazine in 2006 (see below), editors give the Bosch 1590EVSK top ranking. However, readers prefer Hilti and Festool jigsaws, ranking the Bosch jigsaw third.
Review: Tool Test: Jigsaws, Andy Engel and Taunton Press Editors, Sept. 2007
2. Fine Homebuilding
Based on objective testing of 12 corded D-handled jigsaws, this review names the Bosch 1590EVSK the "best overall" jigsaw, saying it "handles like a dream" and has the best blade changing. The review also praises the Bosch blade guide, front flush-cutting ability and tool-free bevel adjustment.
Review: A Better Breed of Jigsaws, Andy Engel, Aug./Sept. 2006
3. Woodworker's Journal
Based on rigorous tests of 13 jigsaws, this review concludes that although the Festool Trion PSB300 EQ jigsaw is the best, the Bosch 1590EVSK is superior when price is taken into account – "great quality at a great price." The Bosch cuts even melamine smoothly, but the barrel-grip version is judged uncomfortable because the grip is too big even for a large hand.
Review: Puzzling Out Jigsaws, Rob Johnstone, June 2005
The Bosch 1590EVSK clearly offers the best combination of convenience and performance in this comparison review of nine jigsaws, though the saws aren't rated or ranked. Testing procedures aren't described.
Review: Comparison Test – 9 Jigsaws, Thomas Klenck, Aug. 2005
5. Journal of Light Construction
Carpenter Chase Bridge tests the Bosch 1590EVS jigsaw, finding it cuts so fast and accurately that he uses it for jobs he'd not have entrusted to a jigsaw before. It's also comfortable and easy to use, but the Collins coping attachment doesn't fit on this model.
Review: Toolbox: Bosch 1590EVS Jigsaw, Chase Bridge, Aug. 2004
6. New Woodworker.com
This enthusiastic review of the top-handled Bosch 1590EVS notes that it vibrates less than the earlier and less-powerful Bosch 1587AVSK. It boasts other improvements over the previous model as well. The Precision Control blade-guide system is judged helpful but not foolproof in preventing blade deflection on curves.
Review: Bosch 1590EVS Jigsaw, Tom Hintz
More than 120 owners review the top-handled version of the Bosch 1590EVSK jigsaw here, and on a separate page about 50 owners review the barrel-handled version. Both models are the top-rated jigsaws here, with rave reviews from happy owners and few quality-control issues.
Review: Bosch 1590EVSK 6.4 Amp Top Handle Jigsaw, Contributors to Amazon.com