5 Best Jigsaws For Professional Craftsmen 2019
Jigsaw is an invaluable tool, that helps in making clean and precise straight line cuts, rounded shape cuts, straight curve on metals, tile, woods, countertops, etc. The Jigsaw shouldn’t be confused with a circular saw and it makes your woodworking project easier and faster than using a handsaw and hacksaw.
Here is a link to a YouTube video that explains how to choose and use a jigsaw
Description of the various models of jigsaw
Jigsaw adaptability to various activities and functions makes it a favorite among carpenters, DIY enthusiasts, woodworkers and construction workers. There are different models with capabilities that work best for some particular projects
1. The wireless jigsaw
The cordless jigsaw is the ideal saw for those looking for an easy-to-use tool. It has the advantage of making the movements of the handyman easier and especially allows the jigsaw to rotate smoothly. On the other hand, its defect is its lack of autonomy, which does not allow to use it on an unlimited working time.
2. The wired electric jigsaw
The wired or portable cable jigsaw is the one that allows you to work long. In fact, it is less easy to handle than a cordless saw.
3. The pneumatic jigsaw
This jigsaw model offers technical features far superior to the electric or wireless jigsaw. The pneumatic jigsaw has performances close to those of a professional tool. Its price is higher than other models of jigsaws.
How to choose the best jigsaw?
In addition to its maneuverability and autonomy, several criteria must be taken into account in order to choose the best jigsaw.
1. The power of a jigsaw
The power determines the height or depth of cut of the tool. For occasional use and cutting of weak materials, a jigsaw with a power of 400 Watts is sufficient. For more common and difficult cuts, choose a power of 600 W. In general, the power of a jigsaw is between 350 and 750 W.
2. The speed of a jigsaw
The speed determines the number of strokes of the blade per minute. For a more practical and especially versatile use, choose a jig saw with variable speed (in principle from 500 to 3,000 strokes per minute).
Among the features that make a Jigsaw user-friendly and useful, are anti-vibration, laser cutting guide, dust collection system and built in lights features. With these extra features, your woodworking project will become more enjoyable.
4. The handle of the jigsaw
Two types of handles are present on a jigsaw depending on the model. A handle called "stirrup" or "mushroom." Choose the mushroom handle for a portable cable jigsaw and more precise work.
5. The blades of the jigsaw
The quality of the cut depends largely on the choice of jigsaw blades that must be adapted to each material. These blades are made of materials such as tungsten carbide, bi-metal, high speed steel and high carbon steel.
To cut wood, choose steel or high carbon steel blades. To work with metals, choose a high speed steel blade. The perfect blades for cutting hardwoods and heavy duty materials are bimetal. While the tungsten carbide is ideal for cutting ceramics.
The blade measurement is per inches. The speed and precision of the cut influence the teeth quantity. Jigsaws possessing small count of teeth like 6-20 are used for cutting soft objects like wood, cloth and paper. While hard materials like steel and ceramics are cut by blades with 14- 36 inch per teeth in order to ensure a precise cutting at a slower pace.
6. The pendulum movement
This function is not present on all jigsaws but the option of pendulum movement (particular movement of the blade) helps to reduce the force when cutting objects, to a avoid heating the blade, to increase the cutting speed and the performance of the jigsaw.
How to use a jigsaw? Usage tips
jigsaw is very easy to handle. Amateur hobbyists will have no trouble using this indispensable tool at home. A jigsaw is used to saw many materials with blades that differ depending on its use.
To cut a material in a straight line, it is necessary to wedge this material flat and to block it if possible with clamps. Equip the jigsaw with a blade corresponding to the type of material to be cut. Then simply put the front of the jigsaw bases on the cutting board and advance slowly keeping the sole plate on the support, following the rectilinear trace that you have drawn beforehand.
Jigsaw safety guides
The safety rules that apply to any power tool also apply here. Always remember to wear your safety glasses every time. Buy quality set of gloves and keep your hands away in case you are working with a metal or wood.
5 Best Jigsaw 2019
For any DIY enthusiast or professional construction worker, looking for a high quality woodworking tool, Bosch 7.0 Amp Corded Variable Speed Barrel-Grip Jig Saw JS470EB with Carrying Case is the perfect jigsaw tool to use.It has a pretty long cord (making it easily extendable and it is portable), low vibration mechanism, a powerful motor, dust collection system and a variable speed that ranges from(500-3100 Stroke Per Minute). Its handle is the mushroom type, making it ideal to provide a clean and smooth result. Its cutting ability for aluminum is up to 7/8 inches and wood is 5-7/8 inches more than any jigsaw mentioned in this post and makes it ideal for installers, cabinet makers and carpenters.