Jigsaws are one of the most important power tools for a woodworker due to their versatility in cutting. A Jigsaw’s thin blades help with a smooth cut and it’s convenient for cutting holes into wood. Its thin blade will enable you to track around a cut-out so that you can get the exact design you are after.
Jigsaws aren’t used just to cut wood, you can use them for cutting metal, plastic, plywood, and ceramic tiles. When investing in a jigsaw it is important to know what you need it for and what you are planning to cut. If you want to cut more heavy-duty materials other than wood then you would need to look at jigsaws that have different speed settings. You would need a lower speed setting for cutting metal than you would for cutting wood. This is important to get that precision cut no matter the material you are cutting. Adjustable angle cuts are also another important feature you need your jigsaw to do, this would be known as the bevel capacity of the jigsaw.
A jigsaw blade that has orbital action is a plus as it helps cut through material faster and more efficiently with each stroke the blade is slightly angled forward into the piece you’re working on as it is pulled up. As the jigsaw blade is brought back down, it is then angled slightly backward on the downstroke, before it is reset to be perfectly straight down just in time for the next pulling stroke.
Other features that you would want to look out for are LED lighting and laser guides. Both of these are a great plus if you are working somewhere that has a poor quality of light. The LED light will show you the area you are cutting and the laser will guide you on where you need to cut. Tool-less blade change is another feature to look out for in new jigsaws, in old versions you would need a wrench to help you change the blade. All of these will help get your work done quickly and accurately.
When purchasing a Jigsaw it is important to know what you are going to go for, cordless or corded? This is important as both work well in different locations and also there is a price difference between them. We will take a look at when you use corded jigsaws and when you use cordless jigsaws.
If you are looking for the most powerful then a corded jigsaw is your best bet. Corded jigsaws are more suited when working in a workshop or from a benchtop. The corded jigsaw gives you more power than a cordless jigsaw due to its unlimited run time, more suited to any big project you are working on. Having more power is very important if you are working with more heavy-duty materials like hardwood or metal. You can get the job done quicker and with a satisfactory cut. Corded power tools tend to be a lot more lightweight can cordless power tools which reduce your hand fatigue, another advantage if you working on a big project that you need to put in continuous hours on.
The main con you get with a corded jigsaw is its portability. The power cord limits its reach which is why corded jigsaws are more suited to the workshop can out on site. When using a jigsaw onsite you need to take into account safety especially if you are working on a ladder or scaffolding that it doesn’t become a trip hazard.
Cordless jigsaws are perfect for tradespeople that are always on the go. Easy to transport from one job to another, it doesn’t matter where your job or site is located as you get all your power from the battery. When working on-site a cordless jigsaw allows you to craft on-site there and then.
Interchangeable batteries are also a huge plus with cordless power tools in general, you might need to use another power tool after using your jigsaw and you can change over the battery quickly.
The cons of cordless jigsaws are that they don’t have the same power as a corded jigsaw and they would lag behind if you have a big project cutting heavy-duty materials. The other con would be the weight of a cordless jigsaw, the battery does add considerable weight which can lead to hand fatigue that can slow you down on finishing the job.
Check out our recommended cordless & corded jigsaws below:
Recommended Cordless Jigsaws
Brushless powerstate motor for fast cutting, long tool life and up to 32 m in 19 mm OSB wood (on a 5.0 Ah pack). Redlink plus intelligence system delivers advanced digital overload protection for tool and battery protection and uniquely enhances the tool performance under load. Redlithium-1on battery pack provides superior pack construction, electronics and fade-free performance to deliver more run time and more work over pack life. Patented Fixtec blade clamp for fast and easy blade change. The keyless bevel facility on the base plate allows for adjustment between 0 – 45°. 5-stage pendulum action for increased cutting performance. The dust blower keeps the cut line free of wood dust. Integrated LED light for workspace illumination. Detachable soft shoe avoids marks and scratches when cutting soft materials.
Stroke rate : 0 – 3,500 spm, Stroke length : 25 mm.
The Makita DJV182 is a bow, top handle cordless jigsaw with a brushless motor that produces a high level of torque per weight. More torque means less power required so you get a longer battery life as well as less motor friction. With twin LED Job lights and a Blower function at the front end, your cutting line will remain illuminated and free of sawdust at all times.
Recommended Corded Jigsaw
Makita’s Top Handle Jigsaw, the 4350FCT, combines power and a superior feel with substantially less vibration and noise for improved cutting performance. It is ideal for woodworkers, cabinet makers, remodelers, and general contractors seeking a best-in-class top-handle jigsaw.
The 4350FCT has three orbital settings plus straight cutting, powered by a Makita-built 6.3 AMP motor. The electronic variable speed control (800 – 2,800 SPM) is engineered to maintain a consistent speed throughout the cut for superior results. The motor is dynamically balanced for 40% less tool vibration and lower noise than competitive models. The 4350FCT has a 26mm length of stroke, with a wood cutting capacity of 135mm at 90° and a steel cutting capacity of 10mm at 90°.
Variable speed control, Quick blade change facility, Dust extraction facility, Steel base, Supplied with wood cutting blade, parallel guide and 2M cable with BS plug.
|No Load Speed||0-3000rpm|
|Max wood cutting capacity||55mm|
|Max metal cutting capacity||6mm|
|Supplied in Case||No|
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