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Bosch 1587AVSK 5 Amp Top-Handle Jig Saw Kit

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  • Powerful 5 Amp motor, 500-3100 SPM
  • Tool-free blade change system - For fast and easy blade changes
  • Exclusive multi-directional blade clamp mechanism - For superior blade hold
  • Low-vibration design - Ensures extremely smooth operation
  • 4-Stage orbital action adjusts blade motion - To match workpiece and cutting task
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Product Description

Bosch invented the jig saw, and, with its top-handle models, it's getting close to perfecting it. The 1587AVSK has a nicely shaped handle, tapered where other saws are not, and a nice rubber grip that lets users (of all hand sizes) steer the tool firmly in hand. (Some toolmakers ignore ergonomics, but not Bosch--and we appreciate it.) The safety mechanism works well with the trigger, and the cut is super smooth. We like the variable-speed dial, the light weight, and the foot plate's plastic cover, which ensures that surfaces won't get scratched as they can by saws with metal plates. The blade-change system--if a little tricky at first--works great. No question about it, this jig saw keeps up Bosch's reputation as one of the prime movers in the power tool industry. --Michael Shilling

From the Manufacturer

Bosch has beaten down the price of its standard 1587 jig saw and included a case. The saw's high-efficiency motor provides more power for the most-demanding cut while the dust blower clears the cut line, shutting off for metal cutting. Features include linear counterbalance, an adjustable footplate that tilts left and right up to 45 degrees, a base that retracts for flush cutting, and a top handle that gives extra control under heavy load. This kit includes three assorted blades, plastic case, an anti-splintering device, a hex key, and a carrying case.


  • Powerful 5 amp motor, 500 to 3,100 strokes per minute
  • Tool-free blade change system for fast and easy blade changes
  • Exclusive multidirectional blade clamp mechanism for superior blade hold
  • Low-vibration design ensures extremely smooth operation
  • 4-stage orbital action adjusts blade motion to match work piece and cutting task
  • Low-position roller guide ensures blade stability and precise cutting
  • 3-position dust blower
  • Adjustable die-cast aluminum footplate
  • Variable-speed control dial sets maximum speed and trigger-controls operating speed


  • Rating: 120 volts AC
  • Amps: 5 amps
  • No-load strokes per minute: 500 to 3,100 spm
  • Stroke length: 1 inch
  • Length: 10-5/8 inches
  • Weight: 5.5 lbs.
  • Cutting capacity, aluminum: 3/4 inch
  • Cutting capacity, mild steel: 3/8 inch
  • Cutting capacity, plastics: 1-1/4 inches
  • Cutting capacity, stainless steel: 1/8 inch
  • Cutting capacity, wood: 3-3/8 inches


  • 3 assorted blades
  • Footplate adjustment hex key
  • Anti-splintering insert
  • Steel footplate insert kit
  • No-mar plastic footplate insert kit
  • Carrying case

This Bosch power tool comes with a one-year limited warranty from the date of purchase.

Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number 1587AVSK
Item Weight 9.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 15.6 x 13.4 x 5 inches
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Item model number 1587AVSK
Power Source corded-electric
Voltage 120 volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Included Components bare-tool

Technical Specification

Additional Information

ASIN B00004S90L
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #792,425 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#180 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Saws > Jig Saws
#30,600 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 9.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 10, 2000

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Just how good is this machine? So good that when Dewalt created their new top-of-the-line jig saw they copied the Bosch nut for nut, bolt for bolt.
Bosch invented the jig saw so they have some experience at getting it right. But the main thing to consider is what is important when buying one.
The Bosch 1587 has several features that make it the top dog.
First, it has heft. This heavy, well-balanced tool rides smoothly on surfaces and combined with an efficient counter-balance mechanism provides smooth cuts and a minimum of vibration. The top handle design further adds to the feeling of lightness and ease of operation despite the tools weight and power.
Secondly, it has different blade stroke patterns in orbital and in-line configurations and a chip blower that can be turned off and on. This, combined with variable speeds, provide for a saw that will take on any challenge.
Another feature that will spoil you in a hurry is the tool-less blade change. There is nothing more frustrating than trying hold a blade and fidling with a screwdriver! With the Bosch, just stick the blade in, turn the top cap three times untill it clicks and you're done. Hint: I leave the cap in the unscrewed position after use. That way when I'm ready to use it again it's near-instantaneous to get going.
This is a professional tool. It's the one I use in my finish carpentry business and it's the one my constituants use in their work. To spend more on a jig saw would be a waste of money. To spend less would be a larger one.
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I actually considered not writing a review of the Bosch 1587 as it's legendary quality and reliability I felt didn't need further clarification. Like the Hitachi M12V router, some tools in their class I feel have such a positive reputation and overall value they outshine the others, at times considerably. However, due to some concerns regarding the Bosch's unique "tool-less" blade change which can be confusing to some, I thought I might give my input.
The blade change: A "tool-less" system is much appreciated in a jigsaw where the norm used to be having to hold the blade in one hand, a tiny allen wrench in the other and somehow securing the jigsaw from moving while while turning one (sometimes two like my father's old Skill or Sears?) screws. If your on a ladder attempting this maneuver, eyikes! Good luck. Of course sooner or later your going to drop the blade or the wrench or maybe even the saw (while hoping none of your family or friends are below you). But if your like me, some of them are probably hard-headed! The actual steps to change the blade in the 1587 maybe could use a little clearer explanation. There are six steps (in pictures) on the body of the jigsaw outlining this procedure, but actually there is another that might help some of those other owners out there that are having difficulty aligning the blades correctly. The steps I have revised are in order below:
1. (Per pictures on saw)--Pull up the black plastic knob on the forward/top part of the handle to the FULLEST upright position.
2. " "--Turn knob a minimum of three revolutions counterclockwise (I make four turns which I find makes blade insertion easier)
3. " "--Insert blade perpendicular to barrel of the jigsaw. If blade faces left or right, it doesn't matter, either will work.
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Bosch 1587AVSK Top-Handle Jig Saw Kit

If your only experience is with Harry Homeowner quality jig saws, this tool will be a revelation.

When I bought this saw four years ago, it was the finest top handle jig saw on the market. However, it needed improvement in two areas.

- blade changes, even though tool-less, are slow, and the top handle, which you have to pull out and rotate counter-clockwise seven revolutions to release the blade, is flimsy plastic. It's a wonder that handle hasn't broken [yet] on my saw. Also, you then have to pull the blade out of its holder, and remember to protect your fingers if the blade is hot from being recently used. I burned my fingers once.

- the blade needs better control, so deep cuts are more square. Slice through 1.5" wood and the cut will frequently slant off to one side. All jigsaws will slant some since the blade is only supported on one end, but it's just too much with the 1587.

Bosch addressed those problems, and added a wrench-less foot adjustment, with their later generation of top handle jigsaws, the 1590EV series (SK, SL, etc.). Blade changes on the 1590 models are fast, simple, and you never have to touch a hot blade; and, steel blade-stabilizing blocks just above the foot result in a more precise cut.

The 1587AVSK is a fine saw, but my advice is to opt for one of the newer generation models, such as the 1590EVSK or 1590EVSL.

Note: Fine Homebuilding & Fine Woodworking's 2008 Tool Guide (9/07) rated the 1590EVSK the editor's best overall choice for a top handle jigsaw.
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Don't buy this item unless you want a reconditioned unit. I received a unit with obvious wear marks, fingerprints, and scratches. The replacement Amazon sent me was in the same condition. Amazon's customer "service" kept stonewalling me, offering to refund me only 20% of my purchase price no matter what I asked for. I did not ask for anything unreasonable--I did not see this as a "gotcha" opportunity to get a tool at some incredible discount. However, maintaining my goodwill as a customer should be worth some premium to Amazon. It's not. They just told me they respect my decision to go elsewhere, which is what I recommend you do.
Coincidentally, 20% off is the general range at which Amazon sells reconditioned units that are in the $150 price range when new (note this is for other tools; I have not seen reconditioned Bosch 1587AVSKs on Amazon--except those they sent me!) If I had wanted a reconditioned unit, I would have ordered one. This smells of a form of bait-and-switch. You order a new item. They ship you a reconditioned one and offer to refund part of your purchase price. Suspiciously, you are refunded only enough so you end up paying the same price you would have paid for a reconditioned model. And Amazon gets to unload some of its reconditioned inventory.
Be warned.
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