|Review by Eric_S||posted 12-31-2011 11:56 PM||10576 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I’ve used 4 different jigsaws over the last few years, most recently though a $30 black and decker one that had lots of vibration and couldn’t cut a straight line for the life of it. I got tired of that and decided with my L-shaped closet shelfing I would use a jigsaw to cut it, so I’d need a quality one. I purchased this from Home depot for $130. It includes one blade that looks like 8 tpi or so, a case, and an allen wrench for adjusting the angle. I picked up some 10 tpi ones though which work well for the plywood.
The saw does have a dust port but in order to attach a vacuum you need to buy a separate dust kit which I think is $30 or so. However, it does have a built in blower you can turn on when a vacuum isn’t connected to blow dust out of the way to see the line and works very well, although it does end up blowing dust all over the place instead of it just falling around the saw.
It also comes with an anti-splinter piece that I’ve been using on plywood and it worked very well. Its basically a zero-clearance insert for a jigsaw. It takes t-shank type blades, and has an interesting and easy to use blade locking mechanism that I haven’t seen on other brands. Seems very reliable for locking the blade.
The saw has very little vibration and is a breeze to use. It has 6 variable speeds setting for the maximum speed and a variable trigger to adjust that. It also has 4 settings for orbital action for woods, metals, plastics, etc and an On lock for long cutting periods which came in very handy when doing my shelves.
I was impressed how well it cut a straight line without an edge guide, my previous jigsaws couldn’t even do that :( Even when plunge cutting it was straight.
All in all, very impressed with this one and I hope it lasts for a long time.
-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN