Best Jigsaw for Woodworking 2019 – Reviews and Buying Guide

This post includes affiliate links. If you decide to make a purchase through my link, I might get a small commission for it at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting Wooden Pallet Projects Toolbox!

If you’re in a rush and want to find out what the best jigsaw is, then I recommend these three models below as the best ones in each category.

  1. Bosch JS260 MY TOP PICK FOR BEST VALUE FOR MONEY JIGSAW
  2. Skil 4395-01 MY TOP PICK FOR BUDGET JIGSAW
  3. Bosch JS470E or (JS470EBMY TOP PICK FOR BEST PROFESSIONAL JIGSAW

Choosing the best jigsaw for your needs can be challenging. And if you are a beginner DIY-er you may feel confused about which one to buy. Moreover, you don’t want to waste time and money when picking the right tool. Who does? I’d rather spend time doing projects, wouldn’t you?

Here are the best jigsaws on the market in 3 different pricing categories – budget, mid-range, and a top-shelf to suit your needs and budget.

In this article, I’m going to review the following  jigsaws:

  1. Black & Decker BDEJS600C
  2. Skil 4495-02
  3. Skil 4395-01 
  4. Bosch JS260 
  5. Porter-Cable PCE345
  6. Dewalt DW317K
  7. Bosch JS470E 
  8. Bosch JS470EB
  9. Dewalt DW331K
  10. Festool 561443 PS 300 EQ

BEST BUDGET JIGSAWS REVIEWS

Skil 4395-01 or Skil 4495-02

These are two budget jigsaws made by SKIL. They’re not much different, so I’ve decided to put them in one review. They’re pretty much the same power tool, and the only difference is that SKIL 4495-02 has 6 Amp motor power and a laser guide for straight cuts.

These two are examples of a basic jigsaw tool with some extra features for a better user experience. Still falling under $50 price tag but offering a little bit more in terms of power and versatility. High user rating and many positive reviews make them worth considering.

Editor’s Rating     4.9/5

 Skil 4395-01 Overview

  • 5.5 Amp of power
  • Variable speed up to 3200 SPM
  • Tool less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • Orbital settings
  • Stroke length 3/4 in

Editor’s Rating     4.7/5

Overview Skil 4495-02

  • 6.0 Amp of power
  • Variable speed 800- 3250 SPM
  • Tool less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • Built-in laser guide
  • Orbital settings
  • Stroke length 3/4 in

Product Highlights​

Starting with the power, you get 5.5 and 6 Amps motors accordingly with speed up to 3250 SPM so precisely the same as the SKIL 4290-02 model. In my opinion, you will have enough power for cutting through materials like plywood, press boards, hardwoods, 2×4’s, etc. easily. Ideal for wide range of  projects like decking, around the house jobs, or any pallet/upcycling projects.

Cutting capacities:

  • Hard Wood: 1-3/8″
  • Soft Wood: 2-1/4″
  • Aluminum: 1/2″

And with the orbital setting, you’ll be able to adjust the aggressiveness of cut depending on the material you work with and the cut you want to make(straight, curved, etc.).

The Good

Like other jigsaw models, it features a tool-less blade change and accepts T and U blade shanks. A couple of features have been added to make working easier like this stable foot system that allows the footplate to shift forward for more stable and controlled starts. 

This feature is quite helpful as we all know, starting an edge cut does not allow for much foot and a material contact surface. Which, in turn, makes it quite challenging to keep the base square to the material.

Another added feature is a custom-molded tool rest design to prevent a blade from damaging the material. 

These saws are a bit heavier. It could be a flaw when working for more extended periods, but they’re not really meant to be for frequent using. In return, you get sturdy tools with not much vibration.

Dual bevel cut range is 22.5/45 degrees, so it gives you a bit more to play with than the basic saw and soft-grip handle adds both comfort and control. On-tool blade storage provides additional convenience the same as SKIL 4290-02, but the same problem can occur (like jigsaw blade jamming).

The Bad

Unfortunately, most of, if not all, of the cheap electric jigsaws have only a single blade wheel guide. 

Why is it bad? It causes the blade to tend to veer off vertical, and the cut won’t be accurate at 90 deg to the surface. It is the case, especially with narrower blades, as it leaves too much slack in the guide. 

Another drawback is a lack of a lock-on button for the top speed, which can be annoying as you have to squeeze the trigger at all times to keep the jigsaw running. 

  • Variable speed
  • Tool free blade changes
  • Stable foot system
  • Reduced vibrations
  • Laser guide tends to not work properly
  • Blade tendency to wobble and therefore not cutting straight
  • A bit on a heavier side

Black and Decker BDEJS600C

This jigsaw is another model from a black and orange brand that has made its way on the market. It’s still a pretty simple tool similar to the BDJS300, but some extra features make it quite popular within its price range.

It would be great for simple craft projects and would serve you well when making pallet projects like wine racks.

If you, however, are on a very tight budget or need a tool for simple projects occasionally, BDJS300 jigsaw may be one for you.

Editor’s Rating     4.7/5

Overview

  • 5.0 Amp of power
  • Variable speed up to 3000 SPM
  • Tool less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • Orbital settings with Curve Control technology
  • Stroke length 3/4 in

Product Highlights​

 It has an impressive 5 Amp motor with variable speed up to 3000 SPM(strokes per minute).  It will cut through pretty much anything like wood, laminate, PVC, aluminum, and other metals. The same tool-free blade change makes your life easier and use of U and T shank.

What makes it different from the BDJ300 is the orbital action feature with Curve Control technology. It allows adjusting the aggressiveness of the cuts.

The Good

The speed is controlled by depressing a trigger, which then locks at the highest level. In my opinion, it makes it easier to manage as you can go as slow or as fast as you want to make your cut.

The control for orbital action is big and well-marked, and Curve Control technology allows for adjusting the orbit to in 1 of 4 settings. 

So for straight cuts, you’d need setting four, which is the most aggressive one, and for more curved cuts, you use setting 1. You can set it up in no time, even after you started cutting. Just stop the saw and change the setting.

If you’re new to power tools, you won’t feel intimidated by this saw. It’s easy to hold (for men and women) and has a comfortable grip with some vibration absorption for more extended use. It’s not too heavy, well balanced, yet robust enough for hours of use at a time.

It also allows for bevel cuts up to 45 degrees if you ever needed to make one without a circular saw. The base plate is quite large, which makes it more stable and wire guard that increases safety and also will make it easier to see the cut line.

The next vital feature is the keyless blade change. It’s quick, very intuitive, and the blade securely is held. For this saw, you’d need U or T shank blades. This model has a slot to which you can attach a vacuum hose, although you will probably need an adapter for most American vacs.

The Bad

I can’t say there are many cons when it comes to this saw. The biggest probably is the same as for BDJ300C, which is loudness and vibrations and of course, the bevel settings. 

Unfortunately, changing the bevel angle is not a tool-less task like with the SKIL saws but requires unscrewing a couple of screws beforehand and after changing it. So it’s a bit disappointing.

  • Variable speed
  • Tool free blade changes
  • Orbital settings with Curve Control
  • Dual bevel capability
  • Dust blower and dust port
  • Loud
  • Vibrations
  • Not enough power for more advanced tasks
  • Can be tricky to make straight cuts

BEST MID-RANGE JIGSAW/ BEST JIGSAW FOR MONEY

Bosch JS260

This entry-level jigsaw from Bosch is one of the best value for money jigsaws on the market. It’s solidly built and has a lot of excellent features for a reasonable price tag.

Editor’s Rating     4.9/5

Overview

  • 6.0 Amp of power
  • Variable speed 500-3100 SPM
  • Tool less blade change(T-shank blades only)
  • Orbital settings
  • Low-vibration plunging design
  • Dust blower
  • Stroke length 3/4 in

Product Highlights​

You get a powerful 6 Amp motor and variable speed in a range of 500 -3100 SPM. Variable speed dial found in a trigger sets a maximum speed, and accelerator trigger controls operating speed during operation. 

With cutting capacity for softwood is  2 11/16-in, aluminum 3/8-in, and mild steel 3/16-in, this jigsaw will handle 5/4 red oak and won’t bind when making sharp cuts in the hardest of woods.

It comes with four orbital action settings for different cutting applications, which is pretty much standard; aluminum gearbox, and an insulated cover as well as an ergonomic top-handle and 2-finger trigger for a comfortable grip.

The Good

Plenty of power and variable speed is what you want in a quality jigsaw, and JS260 certainly won’t disappoint in this matter.  The accelerator trigger is a nice touch and can be very handy as you’re able to change the speed as you go up to maximum set speed.

This jigsaw also comes with a low-vibration plunging design and an always-on dust blower that keeps your cut line clear. The manufacturers of this jigsaw made sure the users have a great experience while working with it.

Changing blades is easy with a tool-less blade change system. You simply rotate the blade ejector, and the clamp ejects the hot blade. Although this is pretty awesome, some users experienced mild difficulties with the ejecting feature.

This saw is quite lightweight, but it has a well constructed and solid feel. It is well balanced and doesn’t vibrate too much, thanks to mentioned earlier low-vibration plunging design. The heavy-gauge steel footplate allows for dual bevel adjustment up to 45° with the use of the Allen key.

The Bad

Not much to complain about. The blade clamp accepts  T-shank blades but does not take the U-shank type, and the splinter guard is hard to install.  The sawdust blower is good, but this jigsaw doesn’t have a dust port, which is a shame.

Other than that, it’s a durable, sturdy basic corded jigsaw from Bosch that will give a very smooth and detailed cut even in tight corners.

  • Variable speed with accelerator trigger
  • Tool free blade changes with the blade ejector
  • Low vibrations
  • Dust blower
  • Only accepts T-shank blades
  • Splinter guard is hard to install
  • No dust port

Porter-Cable PCE345

This jigsaw is a newer version of PC600JS. But newer doesn’t necessarily mean better or improved. 

This saw still presents a good quality but has been stripped of several of its predecessor features. It is around 20% cheaper, so if you need a reliable tool, but don’t want any of the extras, this may be a choice for you.

Editor’s Rating     4.4/5

Overview

  • 6.0 Amp of power
  • Variable speed up to 3200 SPM
  • Tool less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • Orbital settings
  • Stroke lenght 3/4 in

Product Highlights​

It still has a 6 Amp motor power, so you get the same cutting capabilities as the old model. Seven position speed dial (0-3200 rpm)has been integrated into the trigger so you can set your speed accordingly to your tasks.

The four orbital settings will allow for best cutting results for different materials like foam, hardwood, and a variety of plywoods.

The Good

The jigsaw is very smooth in operation, and with oversized front and a handle overmold, it’s easy to control and comfortable during use. The speed dial is a nice touch, as you can set it at the needed speed and forget it. The saw will run at the desired speed, so you don’t have to think about it, and your cuts will be smoother.

Safety lock-on button is still in place, so you get the ability to set a run speed without having to hold the trigger all the time, reducing user fatigue. 

It takes both T- and U-shank types of blades also offers tool-free blade change for fast blade replacements. The foot is adjustable and will let you make bevel cuts up to 45 degrees left or right.

The Bad

I’m usually a big fan of triggers for speed control, but in this case, the manufacturer has decided to integrate a speed dial in it. I have no idea what was the reason behind it as it makes it feel a bit awkward under your fingers, and you’re not able to change the speed settings when cutting.

Another thing I must point out is the lock-on button. While it’s a handy feature, it only locks at the top speed, which is a bit pointless. It’d be a lot better user experience to be able to have it lock at any of the seven speeds provided.

To make a bevel cut, you have to use an Allen key to change the bevel angle, which can be a pain if you like a smooth workflow.

Lastly, if you’re a fan of any lights in your power tools for better visibility, you might feel disappointed as they got rid of an LED light in this model.

It’s still a good saw, but I can’t see the reason behind those changes just for reducing the price by 20%. You can buy  Skil 4495-02  for even less and still have more features like tool-less bevel change or laser with the same 6 Amp power.

  • Variable speed with accelerator trigger
  • Tool free blade changes (U and T-shank blades)
  • Speed dial
  • Lock-on button
  • Speed dial integrated into a trigger
  • No dust blower/dust port
  • Allen key needed for bevel angle change

Dewalt DW317K 

Another jigsaw on my list is this entry-level model made by Dewalt. It is an excellent example of all around the house and DIY tool that has many great features and doesn’t cost an arm and leg.

Is it worth your money, though?

Read on to find out more about it. 

Editor’s Rating     4.5/5

Overview

  • 5.5 Amp of power
  • Variable speed upto  3100 SPM
  • Tool less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • Orbital settings
  • Stroke lenght 1 in
  • All metal gear case

Product Highlights​

It has a 5.5 Amp motor, so it’s a little bit less potent than a Porter-Cable one. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it is less capable of satisfying performance.

It also features variable speed (up to 3100 SPM) and four orbital action settings that will let you use it for many different tasks and materials.

Tool-less blade change (it takes both T- and U-shank types) and ability to make dual bevel cuts (up to 45°) are pretty much standard even for budget saws, so you’ll find them here as well.

It does not have a dust blower to blow sawdust of the line, but the motor cooling fan does a pretty good job on its own.

The Good

It’s more ergonomic, and since it’s smaller,  it’s also easier to see the cutting line and move it about. It has an all-metal gear case and ball and roller bearing construction for durability. The base plate does have a “zero-splinter” notch on one end, particularly useful when cutting plywood.

 All you need to do is merely turn the plate around. It’s easy to control, and a comfortable grip will allow you to work for longer.

Although it is more compact, it has an excellent weight to it, so feels well balanced. It’is powerful enough for all DIY and around the house jobs and makes clean cuts with the right blades. 

It provides a maximum cutting capacity of oak 2-3/8″, Steel 3/4″, Aluminum 1/4″.

The Bad

The base plate is stamped. This isn’t necessarily bad, but some users reported that it wasn’t completely flat, and this limits one’s ability to have a smooth cut. Because of the base not being flat, you might not be able to set the blade to 90 degrees and thereof not being able to make straight cuts.

Saying that. Making a straight cut with a correctly working jigsaw seems always to be a problem for some users, even with high-end saws like Bosch or Festool. You have to have to keep in mind that cutting technique, experience, and a proper blade can make a huge difference.

Some users also reported that the baseplate screw is wonky, and it is difficult to get tight due to the oversize slot in it and the others that they weren’t able to make bevel adjustments due to the screw being too tight.  So which one is it? I’ll let you answer that.

Another thing is that for some owners  a bit of step back is a lack of tool-less bevel angles adjustment and no notches or indications for preset angles.

  • Variable speed with accelerator trigger
  • Tool free blade changes (U and T-shank blades)
  • Speed dial
  • All metal gear case
  • "Zero-splinter” notch for cutting plywood.
  • Speed dial integrated into a trigger
  • No dust blower/dust port
  • Allen key needed for bevel angle change

BEST PROFESSIONAL JIGSAWS

Bosch JS470E and Bosch JS470EB

If you’re looking for a professional tool, you sure want to check out these two models from Bosch. Plenty of power and some great features make them my top choice for a pro jigsaw.

Read on to find out why.

Editor’s Rating     4.8/5

Overview

  • 7.0 Amp of power
  • Variable speed 500-3100 SPM
  • Tool less blade change(T-shank blades only)
  • Orbital settings
  • Stroke lenght 3/4 in
  • Constant Response Circuitry
  • Multi-directional blade clamp
  • Ambidextrous lock-on button (in JS470E)

Product Highlights​

These two jigsaws are different versions of the same tool.  Bosch JS470E jigsaw is a top-handle model, and JS470EB is a barrel grip version. Both of them have the same specifications, so I decided to put them in one review.

I’ll talk you through all the features pointing out the differences and advantages and disadvantages of each model.

Starting with the power, both of them feature massive, powerful, and heavy-duty 7 Amp motor with variable speed and the no-load SPM ranging from 500 up to 3,100.

This amount of power will allow you to cut through almost anything from furniture grade plywood to a hard oak to engineered hardwood.

To ensure your desired speed is maintained, Bosch has developed the Constant Response Circuitry so that you never have to worry about inconsistencies in your performance and precision.

Also, both of the jigsaws have four orbital action settings for smooth and aggressive cuts in a variety of materials. They have the cutting capability on wood up to 5-7/8-inches, on aluminum up to 7/8-inch, and 3/8-inch on mild steel.

They allow for cutting through wood and thinner gauge metal with casual ease and can handle curve cuts in 10-12 gauge steel with only a little more effort.

The Good

The variable speed dial on the back of both tools controls the maximum speed settings. An additional accelerator trigger controls the operating speed in the top handle model. This feature is precisely the same as JS260, so it is handy when you need to change your speed during cutting.

A barrel grip model has an on/off switch on a side, and you won’t be able to change the cutting speed during operation. The position of this switch can be a slight inconvenience if you’re a lefty. In this case, you’ll be happy to hear that Bosch JS470E has an ambidextrous lock-on button, so you’ll be able to use the locking feature for steady long cuts and reduced fatigue.

If you need bevel cuts, the sturdy die-cast aluminum foot with steel insert will let you adjust the angle up to 45 either side. The robust footplate and industrial design can withstand the harshest working conditions, including a drop that causes the tool to land on a footplate arm, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your power tool.

After doing in-depth research, I’ve found that some users experienced apparent problems with cutting 45 deg angles. That was brought to the attention of the Bosch technical team, and they retested many randomly picked tools from the stores to make sure they cut accurately.

It turned out that all of them were able to do so, and one of the users discovered after a thorough examination that the actual bevel goes up to 48 deg, so that could be a reason for the problem with 45 deg cutting. Just keep that in mind when setting bevel angles.

Another great feature is a multi-directional blade clamp that has a superior grip of T-shank blades(does not accept U-shank type), so you won’t have any problems with blades falling out. Changing blades is easy with a One-Touch blade change system; there is no need to touch a hot blade. You push a fast blade insertion and ejection lever, and the clamp ejects the hot blade.

If you’re after a best quality tool, either one of these will be a great option. Built with an aluminum gearbox with an insulated cover and thanks to the internal precision control, these tools’ plunging system is designed for low-vibration to enhance accuracy and extremely smooth operation. These tools are as precise as you’d expect a handheld power tool to be and very easy to use.

These jigsaws are pretty heavy, which in my opinion, is a good thing. It means they cut accurately without wobbling/wandering about and are easy to control, not to mention being rather quiet for such a powerful saw.

The precision and accuracy of these jigsaws make it perfect for any do-it-yourselfer or professional. The barrel grip allows you to get into tighter spaces and allows for more effortless scrolling as well.

The Bad

There are a couple of drawbacks. Some users complained about the lack of a LED light which should be an obvious feature for a saw in this price range. You can check out this  Bosch JS572EL with LED light and the precision control II double-roller system for minimized blade deflection and excellent cut precision.

Others had a problem with square cuts either straight or curved but you have to know that this is a jigsaw. It’s a handheld tool that compromises between a straight line and free-hand cutting.

Its precision mostly depends on a blade you are using, your working surface and most of all on your hands and user experience. There are better tools for precision cutting like scroll or band saws or for straight or angled cuts like table or miter saws.

Another small drawback is that you still need an Allen key to do it as in JS260 model which is a shame and, the barrel is rather large if you have small hands and can be difficult to control in this case. If that’s the case have a look at Bosch JS572EBL with the smallest barrel grip diameter on the market.

  • Variable speed with accelerator trigger
  • Plenty of power
  • Tool free blade changes (T-shank blades only)
  • Speed dial
  • Multi-directional blade clamp
  • One-Touch blade change system
  • Aluminium gear box
  • Low vibration
  • No LED light
  • Barrel is rather large
  • Allen key needed for bevel angle change

Dewalt DW331k

If you’re a fan of a black and yellow label, you’ll be glad to see this model here. It’s an excellent example of a great jigsaw at a professional level. It’s a very well built and dependable tool that is very popular among woodworkers. 

Editor’s Rating     4.7/5

Overview

  • 6.5 Amp of power
  • Variable speed 500- 3100 SPM
  • Tool less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • Orbital settings
  • Stroke lenght 3/4 in
  • All metal gear case
  • Dewalt flush cutting blade system
  • Dust blower

Product Highlights​

Let’s take a closer look at this Dewalt DW331K. It has a 6.5 Amp motor. Still powerful but a tiny bit less than Bosch jigsaws in this price range. The variable speed ranges from 500 to 3100 SPM and is controlled by a trigger with incorporated speed dial. 

The maximum speed is adjusted by a dial and then is controlled by a trigger switch. The lock-on button can be locked at any speed for prolonged use.

Four-position orbital action allows for adjusting an aggressiveness of the cut depending on a task and a type of material. And, therefore, for improved control and cleaner results.

The Good

This amount of power will let you accomplish any tasks from cutting plywood and 2x4s with ease to 1″ oak or sharp curves on 2X6″ cedar planks. And for working with delicate materials, you have a plastic, non-marring shoe cover to protect them from scratches.

An all-metal gear case will give you durability, and counterbalance mechanism reduces vibrations while extra-large rubber grip dampens it. For keeping your cutting line visible and free of dust, this tool has an integrated dust blower — all in all, excellent saw for professional use and serious DIY-ers.

If quick bevel cuts you’re after, this saw has a tool-free dual bevel adjustment with detents at commonly used angles 0, 15, 30, 45. But it will also allow you to set it to any angle in between.

If you, by any chance, experience a  loose bevel adjustment lever after using the jigsaw for some time, there is a fix for it. Just use an Allen key on the bottom of the saw. Just make sure not to make it too tight otherwise you won’t be able to move the lever, it must be just right.

For quick changing blades, this jigsaw has tool-free, lever-action blade clamps that allow you to change the blade quickly and securely. The blade lever is constructed of metal for added durability.

Overall it’s not too heavy and easy to maneuver with little vibrations. Robust, durable, and versatile with a handy kit box for easy transport.

Does DEWALT DW331k have any special features?

The answer is yes. It has the innovative DEWALT flush cutting blade system that allows you to complete flush cuts without up cutting. 

 With the flush cut blade like DeWalt DW3311, you’ll be able to cut to the front of the jigsaw’s footplate. It is very convenient when you need to cut out a piece of a floor or modify an existing piece of furniture.

dewalt flush cutting system

The Bad

The speed dial is integrated into the trigger, and again, it may take some time to get used to for some users.

Users have reported blades that keep falling out. I know it sounds terrible, but luckily, it’s rather a chance of getting a lemon than a major flaw with all the jigsaws on the market. If that was the case, I’m sure Dewalt would have a massive product withdrawal as it’d be a safety issue.

If you, however, come across this problem, don’t fret. You have to make sure that the blade goes in very firmly. The lever has to be open all the way to get the blade in. Once it’s in, you release the lever and pull the blade down to check if it’s secure. In other words, you have to play with it a little to get a feel for it.

 As I mentioned above, this model has an integrated dust blower; however, it lacks any dust extraction system. For some users, it’ll be enough for some not. I think for the price you’re paying, you should be able to at least hook it up to a shop vac.

Saying that. Even when bying the best jigsaw on the market you’d probably need to compromise somewhere.

  • Variable speed with accelerator trigger
  • Tool free blade changes (U and T-shank blades)
  • Speed dial
  • All metal gear case
  • Non marring shoe cover
  • Lock on button locking at any speed
  • Dust blower
  • Tool free bevel adjustment
  • Speed dial integrated into a trigger
  • No dust port for shop vac
  • No LED light

Festool 561443 PS 300 EQ

Festool, you can say, is a Mercedes among power tools manufacturers, but there are as many opinions as people that are using the brand. Some of them swear by it, and some think it’s an overpriced Bosch. 

Whatever your opinion is, I think this jigsaw has excellent features and will serve well any professional or DIY-er. But it comes with a price tag.  Is it worth the money? Let’s have a  closer look to find out. 

Editor’s Rating     4.6/5

Overview

  • 6.0 Amp of power
  • Variable speed upto  2900 SPM
  • FastFix blade change system for tool-less blade change
  • MMC(Multi-Material Control)
  • Adjustable carbide-tipped jaws
  • Dual-port dust extractor
  • Orbital settings
  • Stroke lenght 3/4 in

Product Highlights​

With a 6 Amps motor (which runs blade at a top speed of 2,900 SPM) and Multi-Material Control electronics ( which matches the speed to the material and helps to regulate the power under heavy load). You can be sure that this saw will tackle any jobs you might throw its way.

From  1 1/4″ piece of desert ironwood to  1/4, 1/2, and 3/4″ birch and pine plywood. From straight to curved cuts. It doesn’t have speed dial, but soft start feature and the speed increases automatically once the saw detects a cut load.

You also get three orbital settings for faster, more aggressive, or smooth cuts in a variety of materials. And dual bevel adjustment with a hex wrench stored onboard and removable power cord for convenient storage or interchanging with other Festool tools.

FastFix blade change system that offers quick, tool-free easy blade changes and a plastic base plate cover on a cast aluminum shoe is designed to minimize scratching of the workpiece.

There are two versions of this model barrel grip and top handle. PS 300 EQ has a barrel grip. Is it better than the other one? In my opinion, it’s a matter of preference. Both of them have their merits. With barrel grip, though, you get more control over the tool by having a handle closer to the blade.

The Good

When most jigsaws have a problem with staying on the course, this is an excellent example of a well-engineered tool. Innovative adjustable carbide-tipped jaws altogether with the blade clamping system and back-up bearing will keep the blade perpendicular to the shoe at all times, even on curves.

Where other jigsaws usually have one or two blade guides, this saw has triple blade guidance, so there is no doubt that you’ll get a beautiful, clean, precise, square cut every single time. You can also make adjustments for different blade thicknesses.

For reducing tears/splinters in material, this saw comes with a replaceable zero-clearance splinter guard.

It is a great feature for making clean, splinter-free cuts. However, it can reduce cutting line visibility. 

The solution is either put a little arrow mark on the front of it and keep it on the line or flip the saw upside down to see the blade.

This model has a dual-port dust extractor, and altogether with the chip guard, it offers a cleaner working environment. It’s good enough to work indoors. However, you must remember that nearly 100% dust collection doesn’t necessarily mean 100% chip-free workshop. 

The dust collection system works better with the chip guard installed, but if you have problems following the line, it might be worth it to remove it for precise cuts.

The Bad

Not much to say here. Very smooth running, powerful, heavy-duty, and well-built tool. Good balance and maneuverability. It allows for an excellent level of accuracy that reduces sanding/shaping later on in a process. It is fantastic but not a cheap tool, and that, together with no LED light, might put some buyers off.

I think there isn’t a perfect tool for all projects. There may be an ideal tool for a specific type of project, but as with everything in life, you’d probably have to compromise. Even the best jigsaws have some flaws. But that’s just my opinion.

  • Variable speed adjusting to the material
  • MMC(Multi-Material Control)
  • FastFix blade change system
  • Non marring shoe cover
  • Dual-port dust extractor
  • Removable power cord
  • Price
  • No LED light

Jigsaw Buying Guide

When shopping around for an electric jigsaw, it’s helpful to know what makes a quality power tool. The number of components usually grows with the price. However, you can find some good examples when you get the most for your dollar. 

The features you need in a jigsaw will mostly depend on the type of project you want to use it for. You’d wish to have a different set for professional, daily, or just occasional use.

Some features matter more like power and speed, blade changing and blade wire guide, orbital action, and vibration reduction systems. And some less like the ability to cut bevels, LED light, or cord length.

What to look for in a jigsaw?

Power

For wide range of DIY projects that involve cutting softwoods up to 2- ¼”, hardwoods up to 1-3/8” and 3/16” steel 3-4 Amp  cordless or corded jigsaw will do. 

For more heavy-duty or professional use, 5 Amps and over will easily manage to cut wood up to 3-3/8” and steel up to 3/8”. 

Variable speed

The speed of a jigsaw is measured as Strokes Per Minute (SPM). The stroke rate specifies the number of times a jigsaw blade moves up and down every minute. Usually, the speed ranges from 500 to 3,000 SPM.

Variable speed allows matching the cut materials and the cutting task. For some cuts, you’ll want to go slower and for some, faster and more aggressive.

Orbital action​

This feature allows the blade to move forward and backward as well as up and down. It’ usually used when a more aggressive cut is necessary like a straight cut. It speeds up cutting, but the finish is rougher.

It’s generally set by a dialer and allows changing the type of cut that is needed like less orbital action for curved and more for a straight cut

Blade changing

A  shank is a part of the blade that is locked in a blade clamp. There are two main types of shanks in jigsaw blades – T-shank (or tang shank) and U shank. 

The main difference between these types is how they are locked in the blade clamp. T-shank allows keyless blade clamping, and you need an Allen key to lock the U shank type blade.

Blade clamp is what holds a blade in place. You can find two types of blade clamps. The first consists of one or two screws, and you need an Allen key to change the blade.

Second is a keyless blade clamping system, which is becoming more popular as they are far much more comfortable to operate, and changing a blade is very straightforward.

Blade guiding

Blade Roller guide -it’s another important feature. It prevents the blade from bending and keeps it square to the workpiece. It supports the blade, which is slotted between the guide and gives it its accuracy.

You can find the basic roller guide in cheaper, basic jigsaws. In more advanced models, you usually find a precision roller guide, which makes the accurate cut easier.

Vibrations

Low vibrations not only contribute to a smoother finish cut but also have less impact on your hands, which is crucial if you work with the tool for long hours.

Dust collection/blower

These two features are a great addition to any jigsaw. Not necessary but helpful and make your life easier by removing sawdust from your guidelines. 

You can usually find them in more models from mid-range up. However, some budget jigsaws have a dust blower as well.

Jigsaw foot/shoe

 It is the part of a jigsaw that you place on the material. Its main task is to make sure the blade is at a fixed angle to piece you’re cutting. They usually made of stamped steel or aluminum cast.

Solidly made jigsaw shoe will guarantee better quality precise cuts, either straight or angled(beveled).

Air stop brusher

An important feature to look for if you want your tool to last. It protects the motor from damage when the brushes of the jigsaw are worn by not allowing you to operate the tool.

Metal gear housing

Found in the best jigsaw models, it’s vital for protecting the gearbox from any form of abuse and ensuring tool durability.

Additional features worth considering:

  • Lighted Plug: a safety feature that allows you to know if a tool is live or not
  • Long cord: it allows for working without the need of extension cord making the tool more portable
  • Bevel/dual bevel capability: it allows for angle cuts
  • Led light guide: For better cut line visibility

Conclusion

If you need a budget jigsaw, my top choice is Skil 4395-01. It’s an excellent general-purpose jigsaw on the heavy-duty side that is great for beginners, occasional work with different materials, and general DIY.

For the best bang for your buck, go for the Bosch JS260 jigsaw. It’s great for all types of projects, including working with very hard wood. It’s best for house owners DIY-ers, professional woodworkers, general DIY, and upgrading from the budget jigsaw.

And as the best jigsaw for pros, my pick goes to another Bosch jigsaw-JS470E(B). The generous seven amps motor will handle frequent usage and any, even heavy-duty projects like cutting furniture grade plywood, hard oak, or engineered hardwood. It’s best for long sessions making multiple cuts, whether long cuts or complicated series of cuts, professional woodworkers, and serious DIY-ers.

Send this to a friend