Celebrate the jigsaw
by Leon A. Frechette
How did the jigsaw come about? An employee working for a Bosch-owned
Swiss manufacturing company replaced the needle on his wife's sewing
machine with a saw blade to enable him to make delicate and detailed
cuts in wood.
A special place in history
The Swiss company, Scintilla AG, was primarily in the business
of making magnetos. In fact, the magneto used in Lindbergh's famous
"Spirit of St. Louis" flight was made by Scintilla. Sil
Argentin, former Marketing Communications Manager of Skil-Bosch Power Tool Company,
shared with me a telegram to Scintilla from the Wright Aeronautical
Corporation that read "Captain Lindbergh's Ryan Monoplane could
never have reached Paris without the unfailing spark delivered by
Scintilla Aircraft Magnetos to his WRIGHT WHIRLWIND ENGINE (stop)
YOUR SPLENDID MAGNETO IS PLAYING A PROMINENT PART IN MAKING HISTORY.
DATED MAY 22, 1927." It is totally incredible to actually hold a
copy of a telegram sent the day after this exciting historical event
Unfortunately, Scintilla was unable to market the jigsaw under
the Scintilla or Bosch names. Both were blacklisted by allied powers
for supplying wartime magnetos to Germany, among others. So from
1947 to 1964, the unit was marketed in the U.S. under the brand
name "Lesto," Latin for "easy to handle," "maneuverable." After that, it was named "Bosch."
Improvements to the jigsaw
The jigsaw is one of the most popular power tools on the market
today. In fact, Bosch has sold approximately 20 million jigsaws
since it gained a majority share of Scintilla AG in 1954 and is
the leading supplier of jigsaw blades in the world.
jigsaw developments from Bosch include the introduction of adjustable
pendulum action in 1966, the Bosch Clic system technology for tool-less
jigsaw blade changing in 1989 (using a specially designed T-shank
blade), and the in-line jigsaw, an all-purpose tool that reaches
into tight spots and can be used as a power rasp for shaping wood
or as a high-speed brush with available accessories. To celebrate
this event in 1997, Bosch introduced their 50th Anniversary Edition Jigsaw.
It featured the 1587VS with a gold front gear housing and cover,
black aluminum footplate, 50th anniversary gold leaf label, and
a white carrying case.
For more information, call: Bosch Power Tools, 877-Bosch99 (877-267-2499).
Copyright © 1997,
1998, & 2006 LAF/C.R.S., Inc. All rights reserved. The previous
in whole or in part, appeared in the December 1997 issue of
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