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LAST UPDATED: October 9, 2019

Best Jigsaws: Make More Detailed Cuts

Cut through wood and other materials with these high-performance jigsaws

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PUBLISHED ON October 9, 2019

A jigsaw is a handheld version of a scroll saw and allows you to cut at angles of up to 45 degrees. It's a must-have item in your garage or shop since it can help you accomplish complex cutting jobs that other saws can't do. Here's a look at some of the best-rated jigsaws.

  • Best Overall
    SKIL Orbital Action Laser Jigsaw
    Summary
    Summary
    A lightweight, compact jigsaw that weighs just five pounds, this tool runs on a powerful 6-amp motor and offers a variable speed trigger. It has a built-in laser guideline that will ensure you’re making precise, perfect straight cuts. At an affordable price, this jigsaw offers the features of pricier models and can handle any cutting job.
    Pros
    Pros
    Four positions help with orbital cut control. Can deliver fast, smooth cuts thanks to an adjustable variable speed trigger. The tool rest is custom molded to keep the blade from damaging material.
    Cons
    Cons
    Laser can drift and cause uneven cuts. Can be challenging for beginners to use.
  • Best Overall
    SKIL Orbital Action Laser Jigsaw
  • Best Value
    Tacklife Advanced Jigsaw
    Summary
    Summary
    This jigsaw delivers 6.7 amps and 3,000 SPM of cutting power. It includes six replaceable blades for cutting wood, metal, and plastic. You can work on any project and make any kinds of cuts, including curved, bevel, or plunge cuts. An adjustable aluminum footplate, LED light, and laser help ensure accuracy and precision.
    Pros
    Pros
    Comes in a convenient carrying case with storage for all accessories and blades. Adjustable, so you can make bevel cuts up to 45 degrees to the right or left. Includes a dust blower to clear away sawdust or other debris.
    Cons
    Cons
    Dust collection doesn’t offer strong suction. Heavy to hold for long periods of time.
  • Best Value
    Tacklife Advanced Jigsaw
  • Honorable Mention
    DEWALT Jigsaw
    Summary
    Summary
    A powerful 6.5-amp cutting tool with an integrated dust blower to maintain the visibility of cut lines.
    Pros
    Pros
    It allows for easy blade changes. It offers control of speed and cut quality. Offers a comfortable grip for prolonged use. Protects soft materials from scratches. Reduced vibrations. Minimizes user fatigue.
    Cons
    Cons
    May have a wobbly base plate. The blade retention system may lose grip over time. Only compatible with T-shank blades.
  • Honorable Mention
    DEWALT Jigsaw

    A jigsaw is a handheld version of a scroll saw and allows you to cut at angles of up to 45 degrees. It's a must-have item in your garage or shop since it can help you accomplish complex cutting jobs that other saws can't do. Here's a look at some of the best-rated jigsaws.

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    Tips

    • If you hate the rattling sound when cutting through sheets of metal, you can sandwich the metal plate between two sheets of plywood. The wood will absorb the vibrations from the metal and keep it steady enough for a clean cut. 
    • When cutting through wood, cut with the good side facing down. The top side will be rougher and full of splinters at the cut lines, but the other side (the good side) will remain clean. 
    • If you are dealing with thick wood, you can use a power saw to cut through the wood and then use the jigsaw for intricate cuts. It’s okay to make a rough cut with a power saw since you will have the jigsaw for detailing. 

    FAQs

    Q: What's the maximum thickness of wood that a jigsaw can cut?

    A: A jigsaw’s blades are about four inches long and have an effectiveness of about three inches. It cannot cut through anything that's thicker than the length of the blade. You will also have a hard time cutting through wood that’s the same length as the jigsaw blade. You should ideally cut wood that’s at least one inch smaller than the saw blade length. 

    Q: Are jigsaw blades universal?

    A: If a jigsaw blade was universal, that would mean that it could cut through all types of materials besides wood. However, that's not the case. Jigsaws require different blade thicknesses, lengths, and construction when cutting different materials. Also, U-shank or universal blades aren’t universal as the name suggests. It only describes the portion of the blade that’s gripped by the clamp. 

    Q: Can I use multiple jigsaw blades to cut through thick wood?

    A:  If your jigsaw has the capacity to hold a number of blades, you can double up the blades to create a steadier cutting tool that can penetrate thick pieces. Just make sure to tighten the blade clamp to avoid making rough cuts or injuring yourself. 

    Final Thoughts

    Our top pick is the Skil Orbital Action Laser Jigsaw. It has a built-in laser, a variety of other features, and it allows you to adjust the speed to your liking. 

    Our value option, the Tacklife Advanced Jigsaw, is also a great choice.