The best jigsaw tool should be versatile enough to cut straight or curved lines in wood, plastic, or metal. They come cordless or corded. Cordless are safer to use and more versatile, but they are more expensive since you do have to purchase the battery and charger too (unless you are going for a cordless Ryobi One+ model and already have other One+ power tools). Corded jigsaws are cheaper and you don’t have to worry about a waning power supply.
You should look for a jigsaw tool that can cut to a depth of around 60-120mm in wood. The jigsaw tool should also feature variable speed control to manage the number of strokes per minute – this figure is typically between 0-3,000 spm. Another useful jigsaw tool feature to look for is an oscillating blade action that enables the blade to swing in and out rather than just going up and down. Look for around 3 orbital settings to control this action.
The best jigsaw tools should feel comfortable to hold and operate. Weight plays an important part here and 2 – 3 kg is ideal. Additional features such as and LED work lights, laser guides and dust blowers all come in extremely handy to make your cutting tasks even easier. Finally check the number of blades supplied. Some budget jigsaw tools come with six!
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