Dewalt is committed to delivering a professional level of quality in all their products. They strive to solve real jobsite problems and create new levels of efficiency for working professionals and casual users alike. One example of their modern innovation is their line of Bluetooth enabled products, which let you connect to your devices through your smartphone. You can easily play music and monitor vitals such as battery life and temperature.
This jigsaw is ideal for both professionals and casual DIY'ers. It's loaded with special features, so let's take a closer look:
Porter Cable excels in the value they provide. They’ve been in the business since 1906 and have been a long-trusted name for professional woodworkers and tradesmen alike. For a reliable addition to your workshop, it's hard to go wrong with Porter Cable.
This jigsaw includes the basic features you'll rely on for serious cutting. The controls you'll use to change settings are large and simple, making it ideal for craftsmen of all skill levels. Let's take a closer look:
Bosch excels in its rate of innovation, always improving on its classic power tool lines. In fact, Bosch releases over 100 new power tools each year. The Bosch Group is a global supplier of industrial and construction technology as well as consumer goods.
This top-of-the-line jigsaw offers superior maneuverability and ease of use due to its simple and compact design. Let's see what settings and features it offers:
Makita is a highly respected brand in the power tool industry. They know how to fit a lot of power in a small design, which makes sense – they've been doing it for over a hundred years! Their products are known to last long and deliver professional-level power for frequent jobsite use.
This jigsaw is a great choice for professionals and beginners alike, since it's both easy to use and powerful. Let's take a closer look:
Black+Decker is a household name when it comes to power tools and construction, but most people don't know it started out as a small machine shop in Baltimore. From the beginning, Black+Decker focused the most on customer needs and learned to adapt to new challenges in the workshop and on the jobsite.
This jigsaw is inexpensive and reliable, making it an ideal choice for beginners – but it's also a good choice for professionals. Let's take a closer look at the features you'll get with this corded jigsaw.
This jigsaw is available with blades included so you can get started on your new project right away.
Our homes need all kinds of wood and metal equipment. It can be quite an expensive undertaking if you have to buy everything. There are those times when we should test our skills and try making some of our furniture, or home and garden tools like hoes and rakes. We should also do some repairs and save some bucks that we would otherwise pay others to do the jobs.
If you’re one of those DIYers, then you need a stock of tools to work with when the need arises. Tools like pliers and hammers would come in handy for very basic tasks like hanging pictures on your living room wall, while jigsaws would be appropriate for more specialized projects.
Working with either metal or wood materials will definitely require you to use some sharp power tools that can be a bit dangerous. For instance, when using a jigsaw, it’s a good idea to wear a pair of anti-vibration gloves to protect yourself from injuries. These saws also produce chips and fine dust that can easily get into your eyes, so wearing safety glasses is advisable.
A jigsaw is a tool that you can use for a variety of curves, in addition to cutting straight lines. While it’s important to consider price, especially if you’re working on a tight budget, don’t compromise on the features you need. Simple jigsaws with less advanced features cost as low as $20, but if you want a machine with advanced functions, such as high orbital variations, a straight-edge guide, or the ability to cut both wood and metal, then you’ll have to spend a bit more. Advanced saws cost anywhere from $100 to a little over $300. You’ll also find some really cheap jigsaws that you should avoid, since they are not as efficient.
If you want smooth, precise and beautiful wood and metal cuts, then you need a jigsaw with a blade that has fine teeth. For rugged cuts, consider one with a blade that has bigger teeth. The blade, thus, is an important factor to consider when buying a jigsaw, but it’s not the only one.
Here are some more things that you should check before committing your cash:
Like many power tools, a jigsaw comprises of a handle that has a strategically placed switch and a head that holds on to the cutting blade. The handle is placed on top of the head, which holds the blade facing downward. This blade passes through a base or a shoe, a flat metal surface that helps you move the saw along your working surface. Also consider if the handle has a good grip. Other controls, such as the speed dial, are placed strategically on the saw, depending on its overall design.
Type of Blade
There are two types of blades – the U-Shank and the T-Shank. The difference lies in the manner in which each of these blades attaches to the head. The U-Shank requires some technique and tools to attach, while the T-Shank simply sinks in with little ado. Most woodworkers prefer the T-Shank. Blades also have different types of teeth based on size. There are those with smaller teeth for fine cuts and some with big teeth for rough or rugged edges.
Cordless jigsaws come with a battery casing for holding the batteries, while the corded ones have extension wires and a plug at the end to connect to a power source. Check also the dust blower that is attached on the side. A few saws come with a straight edge guide, attached below, and others have LED light.
Cutting precise and smooth curves in wood or metal can be a herculean task if you don’t have the right tool to carry out the job properly. With a jigsaw, this task becomes as easy as ABC, as long as you know how to handle the tool effectively.
The position of the handle and the head allow you to twist and turn the tool for tight and angled cuts. Since the blade faces downward from the shoe, you can give it proper direction as it moves in an up and down motion. The shoe provides a firm base to ensure that you follow the line of your cut with precision, while a handle with a firm grip prevents the tool from slipping. In addition, the dust blower not only blows chips and sawdust away from you, but also clears the path of your cut so that you can see it clearly.
Power Switch and Speed Control
The switch is usually located on the handle, to give you better control, while the speed dials are placed strategically on the blade to allow you to adjust the orbital modes and the speed. If you want fine cuts in soft wood, you may want to increase the speed of the blade, and decrease it for the rough cuts. In all cases, you should move the tool slowly without forcing it, as you let it cut through your working material.
You may want to consider the number of volts of any given jigsaw, as well as its power source. Those with higher voltage are ideal for harder materials like metals. When it comes to power, the battery-powered jigsaws are portable and can be used outdoors, while you can only use the corded ones inside your workshop or anywhere where you can get a walled connection.
A few saws come with straight-edge guides that enable you to cut more precisely, and LED lights that allow you to see your work surface, especially when working in dimly lit rooms.