In our jigsaw tool review we’ll take a look at the best value jigsaw tools.
We’ve compared features, ease of use and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Jigsaw Tool?
More Detailed Jigsaw Tool Reviews
Makita DJV180Z 18V Cordless Jig Saw Review
The Makita DJV180Z 18V Cordless Jig Saw (Body Only) has a stroke speed of up to 2,600 spm and can easily power through wood up to 135 mm thick and steel up to 10 mm thick, making it the best jigsaw for the toughest jobs.
This professional jig saw has a variable speed dial that allows you to easily change the speed for different materials. It also has three orbital settings and a straight cut setting. The blades are easy to change with a push-in lock system. The LED job light creates an easy to follow cutting line and the dust nozzle keeps your work free from debris that could otherwise obscure your line.
The base on this Makita jig saw is made from heavy duty aluminium and the tool feels very sturdy to use, whilst remaining relatively light in weight. The ergonomic rubberised handle is really comfortable to use even for long periods and the large trigger switch makes the unit easy to operate even when wearing gloves.
This product is suitable for use with Li-ion batteries which are powerful and quick to charge. The cordless operation makes this tool easy to use in even awkward situations and means there are no wires trailing around your work area.
This is one of the best jig saws for providing smooth clean cuts across a variety of materials and it is easy to produce a perfectly straight line very time. The saw also comes with 5 blades, an anti-splintering device, dust nozzle and cover plate.
This is a great quality professional jig saw that will do everything you could ever want from a jig saw with ease.
DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion Jig Saw Review
The DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion Jig Saw (Body Only) is another cordless jig saw that works with Lithium-Ion technology. It also has a variable speed stroke rate of 0 – 3,000 spm. As with the previous product the DeWalt jig saw can cut through wood up to 135 mm thick and metal up to 10 mm in depth.
This high quality jig saw uses XR Lithium Ion technology which provides exceptional power and fast recharging. The fan-cooled motor also has replaceable brushes. The 3-position pendulum action controls the smoothness of cuts and helps provide greater cutting precision as well as reducing blade wear. It also features a dust blower which keeps your line from becoming obscured by debris. The ergonomic design and rubber coated grip make this jigsaw tool comfortable to use.
Again this is another one of the best jig saws on the market. It has plenty of power and precision and feels sturdy yet lightweight.
Bosch Professional Cordless Jig Saw Review
The Bosch Professional Cordless Jig Saw (Body Only) is another powerful jig saw that can cut through wood and composites up to 120 mm thick. It has a variable speed of up to 2,700 spm. It also features 4 pendulum settings, so you can choose between fast coarser cutting or cleaner cuts. The Bosch jigsaw tool has a dust blower and LED light that helps you maintain your cutting line. It also comes with three blades.
The jigsaw tool has an aluminium base plate and a great ergonomic design that makes it feel sturdy yet comfortable to use.
This might be the best jig saw for you if you prefer a lightweight and well balanced model but demand plenty of power to get through tough materials. It also produces a clean and accurate cut.
Ryobi R18JS-0 ONE+ Jig Saw Review
The Ryobi R18JS-0 ONE+ Jigsaw (Body Only) uses cordless technology for easy wire-free use. It is part of the Ryobi ONE+ System compatible with all ONE+ batteries. The Ryobi jig saw features a variable speed of up to 3,000 strokes per minute, a 4-stage pendulum action, a dust blower and LED work light.
The jigsaw tool feels lightweight yet solid in the hand and is comfortable to use. It comes with two good quality blades. The saw produces a clean and accurate cut effortlessly in a wide range of materials. This is one the best budget jig saws on the UK market!
Worx WX479 Jig Saw Review
The WORX WX479 Jig Saw features a 740 Watt motor and a variable speed of up to 3,100 spm. It also has 4 stage pendulum action. This DIY jig saw can cut wood up to a thickness of 100 mm, aluminium up to 20 mm and steel up to 10 mm in depth. The jigsaw tool feels comfortable to use and has a built-in dust extraction facility that keeps the work area clean. It comes with 3 blades, a parallel guide, a splintering protector and a plastic foot plate.
This is a well-built jig saw machine that feels balanced and comfortable to use. It produces a clean and accurate cut in a range of materials. If cordless technology is not important then this product is a great value option and could well be the best jigsaw tool for you.
Jigsaw Tool Buyer’s Guide
The best jigsaw tools are both versatile and portable. They make an excellent addition to any DIY enthusiast or professional’s tool kit.
Jigsaw tools can cut straight lines and curves. They are also great for cutting out holes for things like sinks or electrical sockets. They can be used to cut a wide variety of materials including wood, laminates, ceramic tiles, steel and PVC. They are available as both corded and cordless units.
When choosing the best jig saw there are a couple of things to bear in mind.
Firstly the jig saw’s strokes per minute (spm) affect how quickly it can cut through materials. Although a high spm will power through materials quickly, a variable speed is useful for cutting more slowly through delicate materials such as laminates or ceramic tiles.
Secondly many jigsaw tools have different pendulum settings (sometimes called an orbital setting). This allows the saw to moving backwards and forwards as well as up and down. In effect this means you can cut harder, thicker materials more easily, saving your motor and blades from excessive wear. This oscillating movement also allows for easier sawdust removal and greater cutting precision. A word of warning though – don’t use this oscillating movement for delicate materials such as laminates, as it can cause chipping. This is why a jigsaw tool with a variety of settings is best for use over a range of materials.
I am fitting a kitchen and will need to cut plasterboard, wood, metal, ceramic tiles and laminate worktops. Which jigsaw blades are best suited for this activity?
Jig saw blades come in a variety of materials and for optimum performance and blade life, you should choose the right blade for each material. When fitting a kitchen for example, a pack of multipurpose blades is a useful investment. You might also want to consider a specialist laminate blade if you are cutting laminate worktops or flooring.
Here’s a basic overview of the different types of blades and their use with different materials.
High carbon steel blades are best for softer materials such as softwood, soft plastics and wood fibreboards. They are not so good for cutting harder materials and will quickly become blunt if so used.
High-speed steel blades should be used when working with those harder materials (e.g. steel and metal). These blades are harder and more abrasive and will cut such materials more cleanly, as well as lasting longer.
Bi-metal blades are also suitable for cutting harder materials. They are more expensive, however, but if you are regularly cutting hard materials they can work out better value for money.
Carbide blades will cut through a range of materials such as plasterboard, cement-bonded fibreboards and stainless steel. They also make cleaner cuts through fragile materials such as ceramic tiles and glass.
Specialist laminate blades are also available and these help to reduce chipping when cutting laminate flooring and work tops.