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What a great idea: blades that fit both standard and Bosch-type jig saws.  Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?  (Why didn’t we find one sooner?)

Starrett managed to concoct a blade end that has the shape, “bumps,” and hole to fit in both of the most common types of jig saws.  This is wonderful if you happen to have more than one jig saw in the shop — like we do — and they each require different blades.

Besides the unique shank, these blades also benefit from Starrett’s bi-metal construction techniques, which they say resists breakage.  These sound similar to the bi-metal concepts Irwin’s using in their new BlueBlade utility blades, which we’ve tested to high success.  (We have yet to break one, and we’re hard on utility knives.)

Starrett’s offering a variety of lengths and tooth combinations in the unified shank blades, including blades for wood, metal, and mutli-types.  We found a variety of 5-packs on-line for around $17.

Unified Shank Jig Saw Blades [Starrett]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

2 Responses to Finds: Starrett’s Unified Shank Jig Saw Blades

  1. Moritz says:

    If you have a Bosch style jig saw, using these may not be a good idea. My jig saw ha a screw that holds the blade in place more or less where the hole is in the “universal” blades. Once you start sawing, the screw will slip into the hole. Needless to say, this will mess up the screw badly.

  2. Steve Thompson says:

    Yea, Moritz, I was wondering the same thing as well. I haven’t tried these blades myself, but it looks like you may be right after examining my Craftsman jig saw. Has anyone actually tried these blades?

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