Neighbor gave me his old jig saw. Anyone able to identify the brand? Want to know upkeep for it.

  1. Warning from an electrician: Old metal-encased tools like this one have killed many, many people. I wouldn't use this tool unless I had checked that the internal connections are still properly insulated and the terminal connections are secure. I wouldn't use it without a cord with a grounding conductor plugged into a GFCI protected outlet.

  2. As I was looking at the picture I thought "wow, such a neat casing on that tool. They don't make them how they used to anymore" . Then I read this comment and think "uh, that makes total sense. Perhaps there's a good reason they don't make them that way anymore."

  3. As an electrician and avid tool restorer, I have no problem using metal encased tools... provided that they are wired with a quality SOOW cord, have a grounding plug, that the grounding conductor is properly terminated and secured to the case using an 10-32 screw, that the existing cloth conductors from the brushes and field are encased with glue lined 600V rated heat shrink and are used on GFCI circuits, which are required anyway by OSHA and most local codes for power tool use.

  4. I feel this. I’ve got a brand new pellet grill I have to wear insulated shoes to use because years ago a dumbass wired my garage wrong. I believe neutral and hot are bass ackwards.

  5. Came here to say this old metal incased circular saw almost took my uncle out back in the day. I wouldnt even think about using that.

  6. All that saw dust trapped inside is undoubtedly holding in moisture and creating rust and rot. So definitely worth opening it up and cleaning it out while inspecting the hidden damage.

  7. Definitely trying to lessen what you saying,BUT, I’ve been hit by 120 so many times I’m convinced it’s non lethal. Most recent time was 30a circuit and I was standing in 2” of fully saturated salt water…in leather boots. If that’s not gonna do me in idk what will hurt my whole arm like hell tho and I shot up from a squat so hard I made airtime

  8. There was a metal cased circular saw on here a week or so ago, and the earth terminal on the plug had deliberately been removed. Nuts.

  9. I have one of these old metal jigsaws, mine is a craftsman. I do some minor electrical work but I have never considered that about these tools. I don’t use it, but now I never will lol. Thanks for the heads up

  10. Yep like the Bosch or Makitas for jigsaws. The T-shank tool-less blade change is nice and they run so much smoother than those old skil or B&D jigsaw. Those things would vibrate your teeth out.

  11. Sacrilege! This is not the way. Old tools cut straight forever because you will them to cut straight! Anybody can make a new tool work, but old tools require a Craftsman.

  12. Looks like an old Black and Decker. With the age and the hazards involved in using this tool, I would polish it up real nice and put it in a shadow box with some other antique tools , blades etc and hang it on the shop wall. This thing has the potential to kill the person using it and newer modern tools have so many functions that make this tool cumbersome and frustrating to use.

  13. Use it if you like, throw a blade in it and go. But modern ones will be much nicer to work with; variable speed, light, bevel cut, plastic shoe, etc - In that case it's great garage art. Nice catch.

  14. My grandpa had one that looked identical to that and it was a Craftsman. Probably about the same age and still works fine, he would not replace anything until it broke and could not be fixed. He was a carpenter/builder for about 60 years.

  15. I just got a job as a Carpenter assistant and my neighbor gave me his old tool box as a gift. Says he got this jig saw back in the 60s or 70s. Doesn't remember the name brand.

  16. I have restored some old metal body tools like this. If you’re going to do it, it has to soup to nuts. Everything has to be looked at and cleaned because there are like 50 places the electricity can jump to the body. Also only practical if you’re using an in-line/job site ground fault interrupter. Also, I’m not an expert. I could be completely wrong and the next time I bust out that 15lb Milwaukee zawzall, it might be my last.

  17. Looks like a good wall hanger. Props to the other comments pointing out the risks. But the blade change is going to be a pain. I kind of doubt the performance will be comparable to a new design.

  18. Best maintenance is to throw it out (preferably recycle it…) and just get a modern one. You’ll thank me after you change the blade once, aren’t tired just from holding that monstrosity and don’t die from being shocked.

  19. Good for home use, as a carpenter you will need something a little more modern. Variable speed and quick change blades for a start.

  20. When you have free time maybe disassemble and thoroughly clean it. There might be identifying marks inside.

  21. Ummm… does it belong to the Craftsman case? Lol. Silver… I would guess Craftsman. I have an old Craftsman circular saw… silver.

  22. Built my deck back in the 80’s with a skill saw my grandad bought with S&H green stamps Very interesting to use it on a rainy day Kept you awake

  23. That could be a Powr-Kraft, I have a number of their tools and been meaning to mirror-finish them up for display. They polish up really well and look pretty cool but don’t use them.

  24. I'm going to say it's a black & Decker based on the shape of the casing and the cord. This is a predecessor to the far more common vomit greenish brown plastic one. As another gentleman already commented, I would definitely open one side up and trace down the wire connections from where the power cord is stripped to the motor and make sure everything is still firm and intact. There should be a ground wire in that power cord since this is before they started making tools double insulated. Don't ever plug it into an extension cord or outlet that's missing a ground.

  25. A tile setter buddy of mine has one of these and he loves it for sink cut outs. What it lacks in being modern it makes up for in being tiny and maneuverable and being able to cut very close to things.

  26. I've got a skill saw and a drill, that's that same look, time frame. Will last forever! They 're definitely built a lot better than modern tools. Back in the day they use steel and brass gears for everything. Nowadays they use plastic gears, which wear out quickly. Any small machine shop usually can fix those. The only thing that usually goes bad are the brushes in the motor. And those can definitely be replaced. I would not throw that out.

  27. Your going to need to reference the Bible passages that cover Noah building the Arch for when it’s mentioned.

  28. It’s an old black and decker. Don’t make them like that anymore, smooth as silk and sounds like a sewing machine when you turn it on. You’ll never look at craptastic POs made in PRC modern tools the same way. Who cares if you get a shock now and then 😂

  29. Upkeep? Use it, bash your enemies in the head with it, use it again, fire it out of a canon, use it again… clean it and it’ll fall apart. Old tools like this thrive on neglect and abuse.

  30. It's a 50's Fury usually sold in the mom and pop hardware stores and lots of small town lumber yards. I still have one that works bought in 1964 used

  31. That looks like it is an old school 2 speed black and decker jig saw. Have the same one it works great got it at a garage sale a couple years ago.

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