10 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.

However, sometimes a jigsaw can ruin straight cuts, but it is not a big matter if you pay attention to the motion while slicing the material. A right jigsaw can make your job easy. Let’s know how to choose a perfect jigsaw.

10 Features to Look for When Choosing a Jigsaw

1. Orbital Action

Orbital Action

General jigsaws use an up and down motion to cut through the material while a more creative jigsaw uses a slightly different action. The blade moves slightly forward as well while going deeper into the material and gets slightly backward. This orbital action makes minimum wear on the blade and offers a less noisy operation. This type of jigsaw always makes you experience smoother slicing.

2. Variable Speeds

Jigsaws comprise different speeds that you can switch to as it is needed.  The slower speed is particularly useful when making curved cuts so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the operating speed. Also, the metal cutting works well on slower speed; hence, including speed options would be a great choice while purchasing your next jigsaw.

3. Motor Power

The more powerful the motor is the more efficiently the cutting happens. Always check the amps by reading the product’s description. A jigsaw having a motor rating of 6.5 or 7 amps is considered great than a motor of 5 amps or less than that.

4. Corded vs. Cordless

Corded vs. Cordless

Cordless jigsaws are more portable than corded ones but they are not as powerful as corded ones. Either you should go with a top rated corded model or quality cordless jigsaw, it all depends on the factor how much you are going to use it. If you want a more comfortable and less juggled jigsaw slicing then cordless works great. But if you prefer power over convenience then a corded is fine.

Also, if you experience electricity issues then go for a cordless jigsaw as it needs charging rather than having to be plugged into the outlet.

5. Scrolling Saws

Scrolling saws provide the added benefit to a jigsaw. In these saws, the blade rotates as well other than making the basic jigsaw motion. The blade is perfect for cutting tight curves; however, the blade needs more consistent control to avoid making any unnecessary angle.

6. Laser Guide Line

There are some upgraded versions of a jigsaw that come with a laser line feature. This feature makes the jigsaw’s front produce a laser line. This line is used as a guide and keeps the cut as straight as possible. However, this is an optional feature that some joiners may not need at all.

7. Dust Blower

Some jigsaws also feature a dust blower that blows a stream of air to push dust and debris away. This is useful to clear the track as you cut through the wood. With a dust blower, you don’t have to clean the dust manually, just blow the air, and you are done. The power of the air stream can be adjusted though.

8. Toolless Blade Change

Change blade

Nowadays in the jigsaws, it is easy to take the blade off. Older saws, however, would need a tool to loosen the blade and set a new one. The new saws come with a lever-action blade change feature that doesn’t need any tool.

9. Shoe Bevel

A shoe bevel in a jigsaw facilitates you the bevel cuts. This shoe bevel features the common angles as 22 1/2, 45, and 60 degrees. Buy the bevel-featured saw if needed and always look for a cast steel shoe rather than an aluminum one.

10. Additional Features

  • You can look for the splinter control feature as well; this goes into the shoe of the jigsaw and allows for a less intense splintering
  • The trigger lock lets you lock the speed of the saw
  • A dust collection bag may be purchased too as some jigsaws can be connected to a vacuum for a more effective dust collection
  • You should also look for cushioning on the handle. As you would be working for hours, the jigsaw handle should not leave your hands cramping. Find a “low-vibration” term while finding a jigsaw as this would be more comfortable
  • Depth of the cut can also be a considerable feature as different jigsaws cut for different depths up to 2 inches. The deeper the cut is the higher chance there is to make the blade bending and breaking. To avoid this, one should not force the blade directly onto the material

Wrapping It Up

There are many more features in a jigsaw, and you don’t have to go crazy after them. Just make a list of your basic features that are must-haves for you, and explore the jigsaws accordingly. Having a few more features other than the basic ones is always great to consider.

Vera Watson
 

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