Trimming door jambs or making flush cuts with a handsaw typically ends with scraped knuckles, dulled blades, and rough, wandering cuts. Flooring guys have circular jamb saws, but they're expensive, and the ones I've seen leave rough and splintered cuts. Hand-held jamb saws cut a little better, but when you're faced with multiple jambs with applied casing, the process gets slow and physically daunting.

When I first saw Bosch's new 1640 Power Handsaw at my local big box, I thought it might be the perfect tool for trimming jambs and other flush-cutting tasks. But it looked like a very job-specific tool, and I wondered whether it would be able to pay its way into my tool trailer. The model I tested (1640VSK) includes a carrying case and the...

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