|Review by Webb||posted 05-28-2009 08:05 AM||2516 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
From what I can see, the mechanics of this jigsaw appear identical to the corded version (the DW331K). Wow – this saw really surprised me. I wound up doing a lot of carpentry recently (cabinets in the garage made out of 2×4’s and plywood) and my B&D drill died. For my anniversary, the loml bought me a DeWalt 18v drill/impact driver combination kit which started me looking for a way to score another battery. Since I had a “lowest price I could find” B&D I thought a jigsaw would be a good way to go – an overdue upgrade + a battery. And a jigsaw is a device that really cries out for cordless operation – cord always seems to be snagging on something or just too short.
This saw leaves edges so smooth when used with Bosch Xtraclean blades I think the combination is easily comparable to the Woodworker II on the tablesaw. If I could figure out an easy way to secure wood I would probably stop using my bandsaw for curve work in stock < 1 1/2” thick – the only remaining reason to sand curves is for missing the cut line.
Pros (also ref: the review for the corded model elsewhere on this site)
- Very smooth operation – very little vibration
- Very smooth cuts
- Feature rich – variable speed operation supported (partial pressure on the trigger), variable aggression of cut, blower to keep a cutline clean, detent stops at common bevel angles
- Very solid construction – all knobs, etc. feel high-quality and rock solid. Nothing feels like it has any play.
- This has a zero-clearance insert – not using it did not result in any chipout on my intial test cuts but it is nice to know it is there
- Ships with a blade that supports cutting all the way to the front of the jigsaw, say up to a wall.
- Quite heavy – reaching here because that adds to the level of control too – it does not move if you don’t move it
- The manual refers to a speed lock – the tool does not have one (the corded version does) – speed adjustment is solely through how tight you squeeze the trigger. I don’t think this is a problem, except for the manual mentioning it and me searching for it. The manual is only one page – you would think it would be perfect!
- The manual does not document any possible adjustments, though there are clearly some allen key adjustment holes. Hopefully I don’t drop it and need to readjust anything or I’m going to be in the land of try-it-and-see.
something to be aware of, the blades that come with the saw need quite a push to ‘click’ them in when loading. I also purchased some Bosch “Xtraclean” blades which do not have this oddity – they just slide in easily.
This is an early review having just started using it but I am so thrilled I had to share my impressions :-)
PS: the included blade also made very clean cuts on my test cut so the results are definitely not limited to use of a particular blade.