How to Use a Jigsaw and Key Jigsaw and Jigsaw Blade Features
By Mark J. Donovan
In this video, Mark Donovan of HomeAdditionPlus.com shows how to use a jigsaw and discusses some of the key features to look for when buying a jigsaw and jigsaw blades.
Jigsaws are a handy tool to have around the house. Inevitably if you do enough projects around the home you will need to make some curve or arced cuts. Jigsaws are ideal for this situation
Jigsaws are available in corded and cordless models. The cordless jigsaws are excellent due to the fact that you do not have to drag an extension cord behind you, however they lack some power and they need to be regularly charged. Selecting a higher voltage rating cordless jigsaw model, for example an 18 volt model, will help to reduce the frequency of recharging.
Corded jigsaws our more powerful and do not need to be recharged. Corded jigsaws have motors ranging from 3.5 to 6 amps. Consequently they are better for bigger jobs that more continuous work.
An adjustable foot or sole on the jigsaw is also an important feature to have, as this allows you to make angled cuts from 0o up to 45o degrees.
Jigsaws with fast jigsaw blade changing capabilities is also very helpful. Older jigsaw models required an Alan wrench, which is quite time consuming when having to change a jigsaw blade.
There are narrower scrolling blades for making tighter radius curves.
Some jigsaw blades are designed specifically to cut wood, whereas others are designed specifically to cut metal. However, there are also bi-metal jigsaw blades for cutting both wood and light metal.
Finally, cobalt blades offer more blade durability.
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