Jig saws are extremely versatile and handy tools. They combine many of the functions of a band saw and a scroll saw into one small, portable package. With all the features and choices, finding the right saw for your projects can be difficult. Use our guide to help you decide. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
Where and how you will use your jig saw will determine the power supply you need. Two types are available:
Cordless jig saws are convenient in areas where extension cords are difficult to use. They're best suited to cutting wood and wood products.They can cut tougher materials, but the extra power needed for those applications drains batteries quickly.Cordless jig saws are available from 12 to 18 volts. Higher voltage means longer battery life.
Corded jig saws don't depend on batteries for power and are better suited for tough cutting jobs or continuous use. Corded jig saw motors range from 3.5 to 6 amps. Higher amp motors provide more power and enable the saw to cut thick boards, light metals and other tough materials.
Once you've decided on a power source, compare the features:
One of the most important parts of the saw is the blade. Different blades are available for different applications. Blades are classified by the number of teeth they have per inch (tpi). The higher the tpi the smoother the finished cut. The lower the tpi the quicker the cut. The material from which the blade is made also effects performance. Here are a few common blades and their uses: