Best Jig Saws

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 14, 2017
Jigsaws are perfectly suited for straight, curved, and bevel cuts. The best jig saws allow you to process any material — wood, plastic, steel plate, drywall or ceramic tile. In the jigsaw review below, we offer five best jig saws for your review and purchase. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Materials
Bevel Cut
Orbital Action
Speed Control
Power Supply
Convenience
Safety
Weight
 
PROS
A lowered guide roller in this jig saw prevents side draft of the blade. Improved air blowing system will not leave dust and shavings at the cut line.
CONS
You'll need to recharge the battery.
OUR VERDICT
A handy cordless jig saw that allows you to cut in hard-to-reach places where corded jig saws can't reach.
detailed parameters
Power
20 V, Up to 3000 spm
Materials
Wood, Metal, Laminate
Bevel Cut
0°, 15°, 30°, 45°
Orbital Action
Four-position orbital action
Speed Control
Adjusted by pressing the start button
Power Supply
This jig saw works on battery, Its operating time is about 5-7 hours (depending on the material)
Convenience
Keyless blade replacement, Working surface blowing function, Rubberized handle
Safety
A metal limiter, located in the front, prevents fingers and auxiliary instruments from getting into the jig saw. Lock button on the handle prevents accidental start
Weight
6 lbs
PROS
An efficient model of a jig saw with a long power cord. There's no need to press it strongly against the workpiece. This jig saw model is stable on any surface.
CONS
Large weight.
OUR VERDICT
This jig saw is a perfect tool for those who work much. A powerful motor, energy saving design, and cooling function let this jig saw handle heavy load without overheating.
detailed parameters
Power
840 W, Up to 3100 spm
Materials
Wood, Metal
Bevel Cut
0°, 15°, 30°, 45°
Orbital Action
Four orbital action settings
Speed Control
The variable speed is easily adjusted and maintained
Power Supply
This corded jig saw has a 11.4-foot power cord
Convenience
Rubberized grip, Keyless blade replacement, Working surface blowing function
Safety
Lock button prevents accidental motor start
Weight
10.2 lbs
PROS
This jig saw ensures an easy change or replacement of the cutting blade. The cutting angle can be adjusted with a simple screwdriver.
CONS
The motor is loud.
OUR VERDICT
One of the best jig saws for those who are looking for their first jig saw instrument, a good investment.
detailed parameters
Power
600 W, Up to 3000 spm
Materials
Wood, Metal
Bevel Cut
0°, 15°, 30°, 45°
Orbital Action
Four customized orbital action settings
Speed Control
The jigsaw has a variable speed trigger
Power Supply
This jig saw has a 5-foot power cord
Convenience
Convenient start button, Cutting speed dial, Keyless blade change
Safety
A lock button prevents an accidental motor start
Weight
5.2 lbs
PROS
A good jig saw with a carefully designed safety system. It lets you cut smoothly and accurately.
CONS
The sole is adjusted with a hex key which is not always convenient.
OUR VERDICT
This jig saw has a well-thought-out safety system. The blade can be protected with a shield. This jig saw is lightweight, so you can cut for a long time without getting tired.
detailed parameters
Power
840 W, Up to 3100 spm
Materials
Wood, Metal
Bevel Cut
0°, 15°, 30°, 45°
Orbital Action
Four orbital settings
Speed Control
Is set with the six speed options
Power Supply
This jig saw has a 8-foot power cord
Convenience
Convenient location of the blade adjustment key, Rubberized grip
Safety
This jig saw has a protective shutter to limit access to the cutting blade. Lock button on the handle
Weight
4.2 lbs
PROS
This jig saw features high speed of strokes and allows cutting dense materials with almost no vibration.
CONS
It doesn't have dust blower function.
OUR VERDICT
SKIL jig saw has a very powerful motor and is extremely easy and convenient in use. It is perfectly suitable for fine, delicate cutting.
detailed parameters
Power
600 W, Up to 3200 spm
Materials
Wood, Plastic, Metal
Bevel Cut
0°, 15°, 30°, 45°
Orbital Action
Four-position orbital action control
Speed Control
The speed can be varied with a 4-position orbital cut control
Power Supply
This corded jig saw has a 6-foot power cord
Convenience
Conveniently located start button, Keyless blade replacement, Rubberized grip, Low vibration
Safety
This jigsaw has a lock button to prevent accidental start of the motor
Weight
5 lbs

What is a Jig Saw

A jigsaw is an indispensable instrument for figured and any other carving. With a jig saw, you can do all the cutwork yourself and forget about paying carpenters and woodworkers. Any woodwork becomes a pleasure with a good jig saw. Read our jig saws review and make the right choice.

If the jigsaw power is not enough for you, please, consider choosing one of the electric chainsaws. Or, if you plan to work somewhere far away from home on any construction site or if you're going to cut timber, it is better to have a look at gas chainsaws, because they are more efficient and well suited for such operations.

What Features to Compare

Cutting Performance and Settings

Power is the first thing to consider when you’re choosing a jigsaw — power directly affects the performance of a jigsaw. The higher it is, the more efficient the jigsaw is and the denser materials it can handle. The jigsaw with a speed control feature must be used for making accurate cuts and working with a variety of materials. For example, cutting wooden workpieces requires higher speeds, while working with metal requires fewer strokes per minute to reduce the load on the cutting blade. When dealing with plastic, it’s also better to select the low speed, because plastic may melt at high speeds. Combined with orbital action, a variable speed motor jigsaw provides you with high cutting quality. Orbital jigsaws (also referred to as pendulum action jigsaws) feature a very useful advanced function for straight cuts that allows you to save time and physical effort when sawing thicker materials. With an orbital action, the blade goes up and down, but it also swings forward and back, providing faster, yet a little bit coarser cut without overheating. Cutting angle adjustment is another option you can benefit of. Modern jigsaws allow you to make bevel cuts at the desired angles. Bevel cuts are necessary for furniture crafting, fine blanking or board slitting. To cut your workpiece at any angle, you only need to set the needed bevel. Jigsaw bevel settings usually allow for 15°, 30° and 45° bevel cuts. To set the angle, you'll need a special wrench, but some jig saws allow using a simple crosshead screwdriver. There are jig saws with an inbuilt wrench, where bevels can be adjusted in a few touches, such jig saws are usually more expensive.

Convenience and Power Supply

The convenience of a jigsaw also depends on its design, ergonomic layout of buttons, control knobs, weight, and, of course, its safety. To ensure comfortable work with a jigsaw, consider models that have not only the needed technical specification but also a comfortable weight. Mains-powered models usually weigh less than cordless jig saws. Cordless models have a battery, so they are heavier but far more maneuverable. Because of their weight, you might quickly get tired cutting with a cordless jigsaw. If your chosen jig saw has a rubberized handle, the grip allows for holding the tool firmly and comfortably and reduces the frictions. Power supply and connection type are also worth paying attention to. Corded jig saws have power cords up to 12 feet long. The benefit of using a corded jigsaw is that they can operate continuously and they are more powerful, unlike cordless jig saws. But if you need to work at height or in the areas where there is no access to the mains, a cordless jigsaw will come in handy. Just pay attention to the fact that cordless jig saws require regular recharging.

Safety

Safety of a jigsaw is another important feature to pay attention to. Jig saws can have such handy features as a lock button against unintended start, and safety shutters that cover the blade during cutting and protect your fingers. Some models have a metal protection at the front of the jigsaw, which also protects your hands and auxiliary tools from getting under the cutting parts.

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DEWALT DCS331M1

Cutting Performance and Settings

DeWALT jig saw features a 20 V battery and an adjustable cutting speed of up to 3000 strokes per minute with a soft start system. This allows you to have full control when cutting any detail at minimum or maximum speed. The speed can be easily adjusted by pressing the start button. If you need to make a smooth cut-out at any angle, this jigsaw is exactly what you need. It also features a four-position orbital action for denser materials, providing you with versatility of applications for professional working. Angle adjustment in this jigsaw model is as follows. With the convenient lever located on the rear of the device, even with gloves on, you can adjust the minimum or maximum cutting bevel between 15° and 45°.

Convenience and Power Supply

This DeWALT jig saw enables you to cut with filigree precision thanks to the adjustable speed. It all depends on how hard you push the start button. If you press fully, you'll get the maximum productivity and cutting speed, and if you need a smooth transition while cutting the workpiece, just reduce the pressure on the start button. No key is needed to replace the blade. Also, there's a possibility to use a special jigsaw blower for simultaneous cleaning of the working surface of the sawdust. This model of DeWALT jig saws has a wireless power supply system. A built-in battery fully charges within 40 minutes. Typically, cordless jig saws lack performance in comparison with corded models, but not these DeWALT jig saws. A powerful motor that allows cutting with the same performance as corded models. The indicator light located on the battery indicates how much charge is left. If you plan to work without access to the mains for more than five hours, we recommend buying an extra battery.

Safety

This model features many useful functions to provide you with extra safety. A metal limiter is located in the front part of the jigsaw and serves to protect your fingers during cutting. To ensure that you will not accidentally start the motor, and to provide extra safety when you're removing or inserting the blade, this jig saw features a locking switch, located on the handle near the start button.

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DEWALT DCS331M1
DEWALT DCS331M1
 

Bosch JS470E

Cutting Performance and Settings

Thanks to the 840 W motor that makes up to 3100 strokes per minute, these Bosch jig saws make every task possible. Due to three positions of the speed controller and adjustable speed, you can work with any materials: plastic, metal, plasterboard, glass or wood. Four different orbital action settings allow for delicate to aggressive cuts. These Bosch jigsaws also enable fine bevel cuts at cutting angles between 15° and 45°. To set the inclination degree of the working surface, you need to loosen the screw located on the bottom of the jigsaw, choose the desired bevel and fix the screw again.

Convenience and Power Supply

This Bosch jig saw allows connecting a specialized blower for instant cleaning of the working surface of chips and sawdust when cutting. Thanks to its massiveness, the jigsaw moves smoothly on any surface being treated and requires no extra effort when sawing. There's also a possibility of keyless blade replacement for extra convenience. At prolonged load on the jigsaw, there is a danger of the motor overheating. But these jigsaws feature additional heat removal systems, which help avoid overheating of the motor and guarantee long life and durability of the jigsaw. The jigsaw is corded, with an 11.4-foot power cord, long enough for a comfortable use. If the cord isn't long enough for your needs, it is recommended that you purchase a power extender.

Safety

This Bosch jig saw has a steel guard installed at the front, which serves to protect your fingers from accessing the cutting blade area. To keep yourself safe, always use the lock-on button, that protects you against unintentional start-up and helps you make long steady cuts. The lock-on button is located next to the power button. Bosch jig saw also features a blade ejection lever so that you no longer need to touch hot blades when you want to eject or replace them.

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Bosch JS470E
Bosch JS470E
 

BLACK+DECKER BDEJS600C

Cutting Performance and Settings

The cutting speed of this jigsaw reaches 3000 strokes per minute, with motor power of 600 W. The minimum speed is great for precise cutting of round or curved shapes. You can set the speed to the minimum with a convenient four-speed wheel. If you want to increase speed, just turn the control wheel clockwise, and then the cut is faster but not so accurate. The CurveControl technology provides four customized settings of orbital action for your specific projects. In order to set the optimum angle of the cut, you'll need a crosshead screwdriver. Use it to loosen a screw located on the bottom of the unit, set the desired angle and secure the screw. Then you can safely start sawing.

Convenience and Power Supply

This jigsaw is perfect for those who have never worked with this class of power tools before. It features a comfortable handle shape, ergonomically positioned controls, keyless blade replacement and the capability of connecting a special cleaner for simultaneous cleaning of the working surface from sawdust and chips. This jigsaw is corded, with a 5-foot power cord. If you plan to work far from a power supply source, at a height, or in hard-to-reach places, it is recommended that you purchase a power extender.

Safety

A metal guard, located on the front part of the jigsaw, provides reliable protection and prevents fingers from contacting dangerous parts. A lock button is located on the control handle, next to the start button. It serves to protect you and people around from accidental activation of the jigsaw. The adjustable shoe provides extra stability while cutting. The jigsaw is well suited for beginners, but don't forget to wear some protective clothing.

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BLACK+DECKER BDEJS600C
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Makita 4329K

Cutting Performance and Settings

Makita jig saw features a motor power of 840 W that makes up to 3100 strokes per minute. Adjustable cutting speed enables working with any material. The jigsaw provides six cutting speeds and the three-stage orbital action of the cutting blade. It allows you to adjust the speed and quality of the cut. Your workpiece might get torn and get rough edges in case of high-speed cutting. If you need to cut plastic, it is necessary to pick a lower speed, because plastic can be deformed at high speeds. For woodcutting, it is recommended to set the medium speed to make the workpiece edge neater and smoother. The cutting base can be adjusted for bevel cuts between 15° and 45°.

Convenience and Power Supply

This jig saw successfully combines high power and compact design. It has a dust port, allowing to connect a special vacuum cleaner and get rid of all the chips and dust during the sawing. The onboard hex wrench, located on the back of the device under a power cord, allows easy angle adjustment and fast blade replacement. Makita jig saw is corded. The length of its cord is 8 feet, enough for working in a small area. If you work in a bigger area, such as a construction site or a workshop, we recommend purchasing a power extender.

Safety

We recommend lowering the plastic shield before working with this jigsaw. The shield will protect your fingers from getting under the cutting blade. Also, if during the work you need to pause the cutting, prevent accidental motor start, or make an extended steady cut, press the lock-on button. The button is conveniently located on the control handle close to the start button and provides extra safety to you and the people around.

Makita 4329K
Makita 4329K
 

SKIL 4395-01

Cutting Performance and Settings

SKIL jig saw shows the motor power of 600 W and cuts at a speed of up to 3000 strokes per minute, with three speed modes. The first mode is minimum speed, suitable for cutting metal, as the cutting element does not overheat and there is no stress on the motor. The second mode can be used for cutting plastic or plasterboard. The third mode will be useful for cutting wood. The jigsaw also features a four-position orbital action for smooth or faster cutting. Adjustment of the cutting angle for bevel cuts is made with the help of a hex key. On the lower part of the jigsaw, there are two screws that need to be unscrewed to set the bevel and fixed after the adjustment.

Convenience and Power Supply

This jigsaw is lightweight and convenient. Due to its compact size, it is easy in operation. A plastic drawer located in the rear serves to hold blades. If you need to change the blade for cutting different materials, the needed blade will always be at your fingertips, with no key needed to replace the blade. Also, this jigsaw has a very rational layout of controls and practically no motor vibration. This SKIL jig saw is perfectly suited for both men and women engaged in cutting work. SKIL jig saw models work only off the mains, with the six feet power cord. If you need to work far from the mains, for example, in the street or in the backyard, you will have to use an extension cord.

Safety

To provide security, SKIL jig saws have a locking switch that prevents an accidental motor start. When the lock switch is on, the jigsaw won't accidentally start. The stable footplate ensures perfect control over start and operation. Please, keep in mind that small pieces of material can fly off while cutting, so we recommend using workwear and protective glasses to ensure complete safety and protection.

SKIL 4395-01
SKIL 4395-01
 
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