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Can anyone identify this jigsaw?

I have an old jigsaw, but I can't find its specs. I lost the box, and Googling it failed too. Does anyone here know anything about this?

aeray3 years ago
I'm pretty sure that this is a Hongda HDA1108 http://www.hongda.cc/en/prodshow.asp?id=677

Rated voltage 230V/120V
Frequency 50Hz/60Hz
Rated input power 420W/350W
No load speed 3,000r/min
Cutting Depth wood: 55mm
steel: 6mm
Aluminum 12mm
Plastic 8mm
Measurement 51.5x39.5x22.5cm
GW/NW 21/20kg
Qty: 10pcs/ctn
Evilthingamabober (author)  aeray3 years ago
Wow, that looks exactly like mine! Thanks a bunch.
kelseymh aeray3 years ago
Those are some mad search skills. I gotta ask, just how did you track this down? DId you already know about Hongda? If not, what were your keywords and how did you narrow down the results?
aeray kelseymh3 years ago
I backtracked from the Underwriter's Laboratories number to find the manufacturer (and their website), and then looked at the pics to find a similar case style and configuration. Many of these cheapie tools (and quite a few expensive ones, too) are made by just a few manufacturers, and then are branded/packaged differently and sold by a multitude of distributors, with a multitude of names.
kelseymh aeray3 years ago
Oh, blast. I did look at the UL code number on the label, but I didn't interpret the search result properly. With that long list of tools, I thought it meant the number was a UL "category code" or something (i.e., "this was tested using UL's portable power tool protocol"), not a manufacturer's code. I just didn't see the manufacturer name on the page.

Well played! And highly deserving of Best Answer...
aeray aeray3 years ago
Oh, Hongda is actually Zhejiang Hongda Industry Co. Ltd.
aeray aeray3 years ago
Or a ripoff of one, although I can't imagine why anyone would do that.
kelseymh3 years ago
It's a Shop Source variable speed jigsaw. All you have to do is type the last five words of that sentence into Google. That would have been even less typing than posting this question.
Evilthingamabober (author)  kelseymh3 years ago
But that doesn't get me any good info. I was hoping for something more than just the SPM.
Did you try searching for the telephone number? That gets me industry directory listings saying it belongs to "The Auto & Tool Group" in Bristol, PA or North Bay Village, FL. Apparently they import cheap s...tuff from China.

Searching for that company name reveals that it's used by "Closeout Group, Inc." The latter apparently has a local (215 area code) number in Bristol, PA, which might be useful for talking to a real human being rather than a call center.

The code number E219093 isn't useful. Searching for that shows that it's just UL's database code for power tools.

What I saw on the Web of reviews and complaints about "Shop Source" tools is that they're pretty much crap. You may or may not want to keep using this one. Good luck!
Evilthingamabober (author)  kelseymh3 years ago
Where did you find the reviews?
Google. Type in "Shop Source jigsaw" and look at some of the results.
Evilthingamabober (author)  kelseymh3 years ago
I didn't find any reviews. I also tried Bing, but that failed too.
.  Exactly what do you need to know, then?
.  Using

"Shop Source" "variable speed jigsaw"

will filter out a lot of trash, but even if entered exactly as kelseymh suggested, I see what size blades it uses, manufacturer's name. &c in the short descriptions on the first page of hits.
Did you try searching for the telephone number? That gets me industry directory listings saying it belongs to "The Auto & Tool Group" in Bristol, PA or North Bay Village, FL. Apparently they import cheap s...tuff from China.

Searching for that company name reveals that it's used by "Closeout Group, Inc." The latter apparently has a local (215 area code) number in Bristol, PA, which might be useful for talking to a real human being rather than a call center.

The code number E219093 isn't useful. Searching for that shows that it's just UL's database code for power tools.

What I saw on the Web of reviews and complaints about "Shop Source" tools is that they're pretty much crap. You may or may not want to keep using this one. Good luck!
I swear I've seen that jigsaw before. I think her name is Sally.
lemonie3 years ago

What information (specifically) do you want?

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Evilthingamabober (author)  lemonie3 years ago
I was hoping to find the amps.
Websearch for "saber saw amps" suggests that 2-3 amps is typical, with a few going up to 4.5A.
... of course you could always hook it up in series with an ammeter and find out. Though that may not accurately report the start-up surge.
How to turn it into a burning laser.
Evilthingamabober (author)  Re-design3 years ago
This too.
Thank you, I'll research it...

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rickharris3 years ago
Tried calling 1-888-458-5602 I might suggest if there is no answer then the company had gone out of business. If it is working then the only consumable are blades and there are multiple choices of them out there as long as you get the right fitting. take it in to the shop and try a few.

any thing else and it is most likely not worth the bother.

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