Features to Look for When Choosing a Jigsaw

A jigsaw is a perfect tool when you want to make cuts on plywood or any thin wood material. So when a joiner or a DIYer doesn’t have the advanced tools, a jigsaw can be used to make straight or beveled cuts.

Makita JV103DZ 10.8V CXT Slide Brushless Bow Handle Jigsaw Body Only.  The “Soft no-load” function automatically reduces the motor speed during idling to suppress the vibration of the machine body.

  • Ergonomic top handle design
  • LED job light
  • Tilting base for bevel cuts from 0° – 45°
  • Heavy-gauge aluminum base for smooth, accurate cutting and added durability
  • Tool-less blade change.
  • Variable 5-speed control dial (800-3,000 SPM) enables the user to match the speed to the application

When you need to make curved cuts, particularly on plywood, particleboard, or other relatively thin materials, few power tools are as handy as a jigsaw. Among fine woodworkers, jigsaws are sometimes maligned for the propensity of the blades to bend and ruin straight cuts. But these risks are manageable for most DIYers and casual crafters. The possibility of angled cutting does not keep you from adding to your range one of those flexible, compact power tools. A strong jigsaw can be a workhorse in your workshop, with the proper features.

Other Features:

Variable Speeds

Second, higher-end jigsaws will feature variable speeds. While this isn’t always necessary when woodworking. It is especially useful if the jigsaw is used to cut metals, where slower speeds make for better cutting. Slower speeds can also be helpful when making intricate curved cuts.

Orbital Action

A standard action jigsaw moves the jigsaw blade solely in an up-and-down motion, while in an orbital-action jigsaw the blade moves slightly forward and into the workpiece on the upswing. Then slightly backward on the downstroke as the blade resets for the next cutting stroke. The movement the blade is slightly elliptical, which minimizes the wear on the blade and eliminates the chattering action that sometimes occurs with cheaper saws. 

Depth of Cut

Most jigsaws will cut up to 2 inches of depth in woodworking applications, and approximately 1/2 inch on metal. Some jigsaws may feature a slightly deeper cut, but this isn’t necessarily desirable on a jigsaw, as the deeper the action, the better the chance of the blade bending and breaking.

Jigsaws can cut wood of varying thickness and density, and when fitted with the correct blade, they can also cut steel, fiberglass, and drywall. This adds to the tool’s versatility and makes it more valuable in your workshop.

Changing blades is easy. First, unplug the saw or remove the battery and find the dial where the blade connects to the saw. Turning the dial counter-clockwise should release the blade and allow you to insert a new one. When the dial is released it locks the blade in place. It’s that simple.

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