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Bosch Jigsaw Blade Buying Guide UK 

By  The Saw Guy

Thanks for taking your time to read our information on the Bosch jigsaw blade buying guide for UK buyers. There are a number of manufacturers of jigsaw blades, but no company makes as many types as the German Bosch company. Bosch also sells a wide range of corded and cordless jigsaws.

Bosch jigsaw blades are very good quality and available at affordable prices, and that combination makes them a very popular choice for both professionals and DIY people.

Bosch are a very popular brand in the UK, and they are known for making very high quality tools as well as garden tools and equipment. They also make a range of home appliances. With reference to tools Bosch make their tools for professionals and contractors in a blue colour, and their tools for working at home in a green colour.

In the UK, they trade as Robert Bosch Limited and have 5,200 employees across 40 different sites. The UK is the second largest market for this company.

They own a number of companies including Dremel, Rexroth, Buderus, CST/Berger, Dynacord, Freud, RTS, Robinair and Worcester Bosch.

Service Line Phone Number: 0344 736 0109

What Types of Jigsaw Blades do Bosch Make?

Jigsaw Blades for Different Materials

Bosch jigsaw blades are made from different types of metal and we have listed these below. It is worth noting that some manufacturers, including Bosch, may use combinations of the metals shown below to make their blades.

  1. Bimetal - These are a combination of high carbon steel and high speed steel and can cut wood, laminates and some metals. These are durable blades with good flexibility, and although slightly more expensive, tend to last long and seldom break.
  2. High Carbon Steel (HCS) - suitable for cutting wood and plastic and good for shape cutting or scrolling. These blades are pretty flexible and will only break if you really push too hard
  3. High Speed Steel (HSS) - suitable for cutting non ferrous metals (aluminium, nickel, tin, brass silver, zinc)and acrylics. These blades are very rigid so tend to break easier if you put too much pressure on them.
  4. Tungsten Carbide - These are for tougher rougher jobs like cutting through wood with nails in it
  5. Tungsten Carbide Grit- the really heavy duty jigsaw blade for cutting glass, bricks, tiles and concrete

Different Types of Jigsaw Blade Teeth

different types of teeth construction on a jigsaw blade

The image above shows the different methods of setting teeth on a jigsaw blade. With Bosch blades, there are three main types:

  1. Milled Teeth - this type of setting on the teeth helps cut faster and reduce the wear and tear on a blade and means they will last a great deal longer
  2. Ground Teeth - this type of setting produces a much better finish, but they cut slower and they can get very hot.
  3. Wavy Teeth - you primarily find these on their metal cutting blades as these are a tougher type of teeth which are in a wave shaped pattern.

Unless you are doing really fine work, don't get hung up on the manufacturing process. Most Bosch blades will have milled teeth and they work perfectly well. For finer cuts when you are working with laminates or veneers, then ground teeth with a high teeth per inch settings is what you are after.

Bosch T-Shank and U-Shank Blades?

jigsaw blade T-shape

T-shaped blade

jigsaw blade u shape

U- shaped blade

For years U-shaped blades dominated the market. That has been flipped on its head and now T-blades rule the world market. When buying a Bosch blade, this should be your most important consideration. The way the blade is inserted into the saw can be done in one of two methods as explained below:

  1. U-Shaped - You will find this style on older models of jigsaw. The U-shaped part is at the top of the blade, and it slides into the jigsaw, and is then clamped in place using a small screw or a small Allen style screw. Although this system works, it made the process of changing a blade slow and very fiddly. If you ever lost the small screw, then it was a huge pain to get a replacement.
  2. T-Shaped - these now dominate the UK market, and are designed to push in to your jigsaw and lock into place, without the need for and tools or screws. They essentially slide into the jigsaw and are released using a quick release clamp. That makes changing a blade very fast, and is described by manufacturers as a tool less blade change. (In the UK market 90% of all current jigsaw makes and models use these)

Bosch still make both types of blades. The model numbers of the blades are good indicators as the model number for a U-shaped blade beings with a "U" and for T-shaped it is a "T". It is however becoming more difficult to find U-shaped blades.

Best Bosch Jigsaw Blades for Wood

Just below we have listed all of the Bosch jigsaw blades designed and manufactured specifically to saw through various types of wood. The important things to remember is the depth of cut, and the teeth per inch (tpi)

The depth is important as it dictates what thickness of wood you can cut through such as a simple floorboard or something as thick as a countertop or door.

The teeth per inch dictates how fine the cut will be. The higher this number, the finer the cut.

We have provided a link to Amazon UK, where the blades are available. If you see a N/A indicator, Amazon don't sell them, but you "may" be able to get them at the Bosch website or at other locations.

Model

Shank Type

Cutting

 Depth

TPI

Description

Check

Amazon

U 101 BF

U-Shank

82 mm

10

Made from Bimetal with ground teeth for clean straight cuts. Good for hard wood and laminates (3-30 mm) 

N/A

U 1 AO

U-Shank

52 mm

19

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for wood 1.5-15 mm 

U 101 B

U-Shank

82 mm

10

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for wood  3-30 mm 

U 101 BR

U-Shank

82 mm

10

Made from HCS with ground teeth. This blade has reverse teeth for chip free cuts in laminates. Good for wood 3-30 mm 

N/A

U 101 D

U-Shank

82 mm

6

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for wood , chipboard, plywood 10-45 mm 

U 111 C

U-Shank

74 mm

8

Made from HCS milled with side set. Good for fast and coarser cuts 4-50 mm 

U 111 D

U-Shank

91 mm

6

Made from HCS milled with side set. Good for fast and coarser cuts 5-65 mm 

N/A

U 144 D

U-Shank

82 mm

6

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for fast and coarser cuts 5-50 mm

U 234 X

U-Shank

90 mm

8

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for fast and coarser cuts 3-65 mm 

N/A

T101B

T-Shank

59 mm

19

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for clean and curve cuts 1.5-15 mm 

T101BF

T-Shank

76 mm

9

Made from Bimetal with ground teeth for clean straight cuts. Good for hard wood and laminates (3-30 mm) 

N/A

T101BR

T-Shank

76 mm

10

Made from HCS with ground teeth. This blade has reverse teeth for chip free cuts in laminates. Good for wood 3-30 mm -5 blades

T111C

T-Shank

76 mm

8

Made from HCS milled with side set. Good for fast and coarser cuts 4-50 mm 

T119BO

T-Shank

59 mm

13

Made from HCS waved milled set teeth. Good for curved cuts 2-15 mm

T144D

T-Shank

76 mm

6-8

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for fast and coarser cuts 5-50 mm 

T144DP

T-Shank

76 mm

6

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for fast and coarser cuts 5-50 mm

T234X

T-Shank

93 mm

8

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for clean straight cuts 3-65 mm - 5 blades

T244D

T-Shank

76 mm

8

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for fast and coarser cuts 5-50 mm - 5 blades

T301CD

T-Shank

93 mm

8

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for clean straight cuts 10-65 mm 

T334D

T-Shank

128 mm

6

Made from HCS with ground teeth. Good for coarse straight cuts 5-100 mm 

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Best Bosch Jigsaw Blades for Metal

Just below we have listed all of the Bosch jigsaw blades designed and manufactured specifically to saw through metal. The important things to remember is the depth of cut, and the teeth per inch (tpi)

The depth is important as it dictates what thickness of metal you can cut through.

The teeth per inch dictates how fine the cut will be. The higher this number, the finer the cut.

We have provided a link to Amazon UK, where the blades are available. If you see a N/A indicator, Amazon don't sell them, but you "may" be able to get them at the Bosch website or at other locations.

Model

Shank Type

Cutting

 Depth

TPI

Description

Check

Amazon

T 118 A

T-Shank

68 mm

17-23

Made from HSS wavy set milled. Good for metal cuts 1-3 mm 5 blades

T 118 B

T-Shank

68 mm

11-13

Made from HSS wavy set milled. Good for metal cuts 2.5-6 mm 1 blade

T 123 XF

T-Shank

78 mm

10-21

Made from Bimetal and milled with a side set. Good for straight cuts in sheet metal 1.5-10 mm and pipes/profiles and aluminium up to 30 mm - 5 blades

T 127 D

T-Shank

76 mm

8

Made from HSS with milled teeth and a side set. This blade is good for cuts up to 30 mm and cuts in sheet metal 3-15 mm  - blades

T 218 A

T-Shank

68 mm

17-23

Made from HSS wavy set milled. Good for curved metal cuts 1-3 mm 5 blades

T 318 A

T-Shank

108 mm

21

Made from HSS wavy set milled. Good for straight metal cuts in 0.5-1.5 mm sheet metal and up to 65 mm aluminium 

U 123 XF

U-Shank

74 mm

10-18

Made from Bimetal and milled with a side set. Good for straight cuts in sheet metal 1.5-10 mm and pipes/profiles and aluminium up to 30 mm 

N/A

U 18 A

U-Shank

52 mm

21

Made from HSS wavy set milled. Good for straight metal cuts in 1-3 mm metal 

N/A

U 18 B

U-Shank

52 mm

13

Made from HSS wavy set milled. Good for straight metal cuts in 2.5-6 mm metal  

N/A

U 18 G

U-Shank

52 mm

36

Made from HSS wavy set milled. Good for straight metal cuts in 0.5-1.5 mm metal

N/A

T 118 AF

T-Shank

68 mm

17-23

Made from Bimetal wavy set for straight cuts 1-3 mm metal 

T 118 BF

T-Shank

68 mm

11.13

Made from Bimetal wavy set for straight cuts 2.5-6mm metal - 3 blades

T118G

T-Shank

68 mm

36

Made from HSS wavy set milled. Good for straight metal cuts in 0.5-1.5 mm metal 

Best Bosch Jigsaw Blades for Wood and Metal

Model

Shank Type

Cutting

 Depth

TPI

Description

Check

Amazon

T 345 XF

T-Shank

108 mm

15-11

Made from BiMetal with a milled side set. Good for straight coarse cuts in thin and thick material. Progressor for Wood and Metal" quality for cuts in wood up to 65mm and 3-10 mm in sheet metal, aluminium glass fibre reinforced plastic/epoxy

Best Bosch Jigsaw Blades for Special Applications

Just below we have listed all of the Bosch jigsaw blades designed and manufactured specifically to saw through tougher materials.

The depth is important as it dictates what thickness of material you can cut through.

The teeth per inch dictates how fine the cut will be. The higher this number, the finer the cut.

We have provided a link to Amazon UK, where the blades are available. If you see a N/A indicator, Amazon don't sell them, but you "may" be able to get them at the Bosch website or at other locations.

Model

Shank Type

Cutting

 Depth

TPI

Description

Check

Amazon

T 118 AHM

T-Shank

59 mm

24

Tungsten carbide tipped (bar), ground - for straight clean cuts in stainless steel sheets 1.5-3 mm

T 130 RIFF

T-Shank

53 mm

30

Tungsten carbide coated, grit 30 - for straight coarse cuts in metal, ceramic tiles and glass 5-10 mm

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Best Bosch Jigsaw Blade Sets

Just below we have listed all of the Bosch jigsaw blade sets designed and manufactured by Bosch. In most cases these sets will contain a number of blades, designed to cut through various materials. They will also have options in terms of fineness of cut by varying the tpi.

We have provided a link to Amazon UK, where the blades are available. If you see a N/A indicator, Amazon don't sell them, but you "may" be able to get them at the Bosch website or at other locations.

The sets below various combinations of the blades described above.

Model

Shank Type

Description

Check

Amazon

Bosch Professional 10-Piece Robust Line Jigsaw Blade Set

T-Shank

10 pieces - a mixture of various jigsaw blades - 1 each of T 244 D Speed for Wood / T 144 D Speed for Wood / T 101 AO Clean for Wood / T 101 B Clean for Wood / T 101 AOF Clean for Hard Wood / T 101 BF Clean for Hard Wood / T 118 EOF Flexible for Metal / T 118 AF Flexible for Metal / T 118 BF Flexible for Metal / T 123 X Progressor for Metal

Bosch 2609256744 Jigsaw Blade Set

T-Shank

This is a set of blades designed for soft woods and chipboard. You get blades suitable for cutting depths between 5-50 mm and with various tpi sizes

Bosch Professional 10-Piece Basic for Wood and Metal

T-Shank

BEST SELLER - This is their biggest selling set. You get 2 x T 119 BO, 2 x T 119 B, 2 x T 111 C, 1 x T 218 A, 1 x T 118 G, 1 x T 118 A, 1 x T 118 B

Bosch 2607010540 Jigsaw Blade Set

T-Shank

This is another mixed set for wood only. You get T 101 AO Clean for Wood, T 101 B Clean for Wood, T 101 BR Clean for Wood, T 101 AOF Clean for Hard Wood, T 101 BF Clean for Hard Wood, T 101 BRF Clean for Hard Wood, T 244 D Speed for Wood, T 144 D Speed for Wood, T 144 DF Speed for Hard Wood, T 144 DP Precision for Wood

Bosch Professional 2607010903 30-Piece Basic for Wood and Metal

T-Shank

Another big seller online for Bosch. You get 30 blades in a range of sizes and suitable for cutting wood, metal and plastic.

Bosch 2607019461 10-Piece Jigsaw Blades Set

T-Shank

This set contains blades suitable for wood, metal and plastic. You get 1 x TE 118 A, 1 x TE 118 B, 1 x TE 127 D, 2 x TE 111 C, 1 x TE 111 H, 2 x TE 111 D, 1 x TE 119 BO, 1 x TE 101 B

Bosch T Shank Jigsaw Blade Set, 8 Pieces

T-Shank

8 pieces - a mixture of various jigsaw blades for different materials in a plastic box that sells really well thanks to the low price.

Bosch Professional 2607010629 10-Piece Jigsaw Blade Set

T-Shank

This is a 10 bit set suitable for wood only. You get 2 x T 119 BO, 4 x T 119 B, 4 x T 111 C - suitable for straight and curved cuts

Bosch 2608630014 Jigsaw Blades for Wood, Pack of 5

T-Shank

5 pieces  of jigsaw blades for wood- 5 x T 101 BR suitable for laminates

Bosch 2607010631 Metal X-Pro Jigsaw Set

U-Shank

This is a 10 bit set suitable for metal only. You get T 218 A (2x); T 118 G (2x); T 118 A (3x); and T 118 B (3x)

bosch jigsaw blade chart

As you can see, Bosch certainly make a lot of blades, and are according to our research, the biggest producer of these in the UK. We shall conclude this article by explaining a few basics that you should consider.

Most users will need to buy T-shank blades but it is always worth checking just to be sure. After you have figured that one out, then it is really about what material you want to cut through. For the vast majority of people that will be wood.

The nest thing to do is to check the depth of wood you will be cutting. It could be anything from skirting boards, shelves, trim, doors, cupboards, flooring or decking boards etc. The list is a long one. Just check the cutting length of the blade and be sure is is long enough to cut through whatever project you are working on.

Finally you want to consider the fineness of the cut. On most projects a normal blade cut is fine, so a blade with 6-8 teeth per inch is ideal. However, where a really nice finish is important, then get a blade with more teeth per inch.

For laminate flooring or laminates and veneers generally speaking, get a blade with reverse teeth, that cuts on the down cut.

The Saw Guy


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