Pros: Very tough saw, cuts through metal easily. Nice, clean cuts in wood.
Specs: Variable speed trigger provides 500-3000 spm. 5 Amp, 3/4 hp motor with a 1 in. blade stroke with four position orbital action. Adjustable footplate tilts left and right. Exhaust air deflector switch blows dust off cutting line and can be shut off for metal cutting. Click blade change system allows quick, no tool blade change - a really nice feature. 6 ft. power cord makes having an extension cord mandatory. The package from sears includes 3 blades, mar proof foot and carrying case. The saw is identical to the Bosch 1587 and is 100% compatible with all blades and attachments made by Bosch for use with this saw - a big plus because virtually any hardware store stocks Bosch T-shank jig saw blades.
I'm a do-it-yourselfer that bought this saw for a specific project about a year ago and have used it many times since then. I installed a stainless steel counter-top in my kitchen and wanted to add a stainless steel backsplash later. I considered this an easy project and wanted to do it myself to save money. Getting sheets of stainless steel was easy, cutting it was not. I have a number of obsticles in my kitchen that I had to cut around and the only way I could conceive of doing it successfully was using a jig saw. The guys I bought the stainless steel from told me no jig saw would cut through the heavy steel I bought. I decided to do some research and buy the best jig saw I could find and give it a shot. I narrowed the search to the Dewalt DW321 or Bosch AV1587 based on reviews I read on the web. When I went to Sears to check out the saws in person, I found that this Craftsman professional model was exactly the same saw as the Bosch, identical. It is obviously made for Sears by Bosch. It was $10 cheaper than the Bosch and $20 cheaper than the Dewalt so I bought it. I picked up some special Bosch blades made for metal (not recommended for stainless) and decided to give it a shot. The Craftsman Pro made short work of the stainless (I did break 2-3 blades in the process). I ended up with a very nice looking backsplash that looks professionally installed and I saved over $700 doing it myself. Because I don't have a huge workshop this is the first really good quality (read expensive) tool I have owned. I have cheap B&D jig and circular saws and recently while ripping sheets of plywood I became so frustrated with the circular saw binding that I switched to the Craftsman. It produced a nice, clear, almost straight (ok for my work) cut that was actually straighter than the circular saw because the craftsman jig saw was easier to manage. I have used it for all kinds of tweaking (cutting odd sizes, cutting holes for plumbing etc) when framing the shower in the bathroom I just remodeled - it cuts through a 2x4 in a flash and makes a nice clean cut there as well. I don't even bother with the circular saw anymore I just go right to the Craftsman. Of course, Sears is everywhere, the tools have a great warranty and reputation and Sears also has a very generous return policy if there are any problems. I'll definitely consider buying more of the "Professional" line of tools when I need something else.