Jigsaws are used for various cutting purposes and serves as a very handy power tool for wood works. So when trying to buy one from the extravagant list available in the market, there are a few things to look for when buying a jigsaw which can make the process easy. To start off one must have a maximum budget and have a clear idea about what the jigsaw is going to be used for. With this clear, the process of selecting one can be determined based on a few factors. They are as follows.
- Jigsaw mechanism – The jigsaw can be a simple vertical motion or orbital motion jigsaw and this is more important than the other things to look for when buying a jigsaw. The orbital motion can give a smoother cut and hasten the process of cutting but becomes a little disadvantageous when used for making curved cuts. Modern jigsaws come with both the mechanisms and the user can change it to what is required. So the orbital mode is used for faster performance and the oscillating mode is used for better quality.
- Variable speeds – Out of all the things to look for when buying a jigsaw, variable speeds for cutting different materials is very essential when the jigsaw is not going to be used only for woodworking. Slower speeds can mean that more intricate cuts can be made to the workpiece. While working with metals, plastics and ceramics, only low speeds can produce the desired cutting action without spoiling the material. The soft start function is also a very good feature that comes in high-end jigsaws and can be used when working with brittle materials.
While only these two are very important out of the things to look for when buying a jigsaw, some people might also want to look at other features which are mentioned below.
- Motor power – A typical jigsaw should have a motor power rating between 5.5 and 6.5. Cheap ones might give only a motor power rating of 5.
- Corded or cordless – This can be a feature only for convenience, due to the advancements in cordless jigsaws both corded and cordless jigsaws work the same. If looking to buy only one jigsaw then a chorded model can be a better choice. If looking for a handy jigsaw then buying a cordless version is better.
- Rotatable blades – A few modern jigsaws have the ability to turn to a certain angle. This can help when trying to make complex curved cuts in the stock. But the sole plate must be fixed in one position or the cuts are skewered.
- Dust collection – For some the sawdust produced during the cutting process can be irritating, so buy a jigsaw with a dust collection or one installed with a blower in front of the blade will serve better.
These are all the major things to look for when buying a jigsaw and understanding the requirements clearly can help in buying the best one for satisfying the purpose.