Its too bad your first DeWalt experience had to be with one of their jigsaws. Dewalt, IMO, makes many fine tools but I don't think their jigsaws fit into that catagory. I reached this conclusion not from personal experience with one of their jigsaws but from reading about others personal experiences.
My experience has been mainly with the Freud FJ85. I use Bosch Progressor blades with it. The combination of the two, again IMO, make for one of the best jigsaws you can buy. You can usually find the Freud selling for under $100.
Teach your kids about taxes..........eat 30 percent of their ice cream.