Thanks for taking your time to read our UK review of the highly popular Bosch PST 18LI cordless jigsaw. You can buy this particular model with or without the battery and charger.
If you have other 18 Volt Bosch cordless tools, then this jigsaw uses an 18 Volt/2.5 Ah battery to operate. It would make sense then to buy the tool only, as it will be a much cheaper purchase.
However, if you don't have a compatible Bosch battery, then this jigsaw needs both the battery and charger, and that will cost you a lot more money. That said, you will then own the battery and charger, and it can be used for other 18V Bosch tools that you may be interested in buying at a later time.
For lovers of the Bosch brand, this cordless jigsaw purchase will be a no brainer. Like many tools that come from Bosch, this is another top drawer product. It is powered by a very powerful 18 volt battery pack, and that is also a high quality Lithium-Ion battery pack.
Like many of the better brands of cordless jigsaws, this Bosch model gets very high ratings from buyers. This one has achieved an average buyer satisfaction rating of 94% from over 2,000+ online buyers.
Priced at around £75 for the tool only, or £140 for the jigsaw, battery and charger, this jigsaw sits in the mid price range for this type of cordless jigsaw. There is no questioning its quality, though the price is pushing most buyer's budgets.
There have been plenty of buyers for this jigsaw. That is always a good sign and all Bosch jigsaws sell really well.
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
Who Should Buy the Bosch PST 18 LI?
Bosch have aimed this model at those who like the freedom of using a cordless tool. With no trailing leads to worry about, they are safer. They are also portable so you are not restricted to needing a power supply to get your work done.
Anyone who plans on using a jigsaw for small to medium size projects, will find this is the ideal solution. They state clearly that this is a good tool for roofers, those who like gardening projects like building fences, gates and decking.
Key Specifications of the Bosch PST 18 LI
- This is a powerful jigsaw, and suitable for the tougher tasks such as cutting sheet metal, or doing outdoor decking for the garden
- It weighs 3.7 Kg, so solid enough to be robust and durable, and yet light enough to avoid user fatigue
- Works of a powerful 18 volt Li-Ion battery
- Comes with a 2-year guarantee, which can be upgraded to 3 years simply by registering online
- This jigsaw comes with one battery pack, a 1.5 hour charger, one blade and a hard plastic carrying case
- Has an integrated LED work light and also a dust blowing function
How Buyers Rate the Bosch PST 18 LI Cordless Jigsaw
- The average buyer satisfaction rating for this jigsaw is 94% which is an excellent rating
- 82% of all those buyers gave this saw a full 5 star review
- 1% of all buyers gave this a poor review
This information is based on 1,600+ online buyer reviews
The Things Buyers Like
Power - Some people still believe that cordless tools are not as powerful as their corded counterparts. This model is more powerful than many of the corded versions, and the Li-Ion battery also holds its charge for much longer, than the old batteries.
Portability - the buyers loved the freedom of using this cordless jigsaw. They were not worried about accidentally cutting through a power lead.
Plastic Guide - The Bosch has a clear plastic guide on the bottom for protection. It is however easy to see through so as you can easily see your cutting marks.
Charge and Battery Life - It takes 1.5 hours to charge, and the battery lasts for ages.
Things Buyers Didn't Like
There were no major complaints about this saw. A few thought it was a little too expensive. A few people said that removing the blades was difficult.
Buyers recommend using T308BF blades for cutting plywood and getting a smooth cut.
Our Verdict on the Bosch PST 18 LI Cordless Jigsaw
This is a very powerful jigsaw, so don't be concerned by the fact that it runs off an 18V battery. The 2.5Ah is the recommended battery capacity, but the 4.0 and 5.0 Ah will mean the jigsaw can run even longer.
Value for Money
The average price for a tool only jigsaw is around £75 in the UK. Brands such as Bosch, Dewalt, Makita will always be more expensive, but they offer sound guarantees and good customer service.
This is for the jigsaw only so no battery or charger. You literally just get the saw so there is no carry case either.
This will be the better and more affordable choice if you already have an 18V compatible Bosch battery.
Just be aware that this is a Bosch "DIY" range so this jigsaw will not be compatible with the Bosch Professional 18V range.
Just remember the Bosch DIY range is a green colour and the Bosch professional range is a blue colour, and batteries are not compatible between the two ranges.
This is for the jigsaw the battery and charger which all comes in a carry case.
The battery voltage is 18V and the battery capacity is 2.5 Ah.
Once you do make the initial purchase of the battery and charger, it will allow you to quickly switch the lithium-ion battery from device to device.
It also means that you can save on the future purchases of additional 18-volt system devices, because there is no need for more batteries and chargers.
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