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Best Jigsaw - UK Tool Reviews

In this article we review, what we believe to be the best jigsaws, currently available on the UK marketplace. Its very important to do your research when you are buying expensive tools like these.

An electric jigsaw is a type of power saw which uses a short reciprocating blade to cut shapes or curves in materials such as wood, metal and plastics. They have a mountain of uses and can actual do some neat, intricate work with a little bit of practice

A jigsaw is a saw which uses a reciprocating blade to cut irregular curves, such as stenciled designs, in wood, metal, or other materials. Today they are electrically powered and known as scroll saws, and have been largely displaced by portable power jigsaws.

The beauty of owning a saw like this, is that it can also be used for normal straight cuts, curved cuts or simple designs. You can drill a hole on the material and do cut outs, not many types of saws have that facility. This is very handy for things like cutting out electrical sockets for instance.


What Types of Jigsaw Are Available?

There are really only two options worth consideration. These are:

  • Standard
  • Bevel

The standard is just as you would imagine. It will do various shapes of cut and the blade works at 90 degrees to the material you are cutting. This is perfectly good for most straightforward cuts.

The bevel type will cut an angle into the material, making a "bevel" cut which is usually up to 45 degrees. Although this is not something you might need very often, it can be very handy. Quite a few jigsaws will have this facility

picture of a bevel cut

A good quality saw costs around £50-150 and you need to consider whether you want a corded or cordless Jigsaw. I tend to prefer the cordless model as you can take them anywhere and usually they are just used for quick jobs. You can just leave them in your tool box and they will always be ready to go, even if you don't have access to power.

Top 5 Rated Jigsaws

Just below you will find a table, where we have placed our choices of jigsaws in order. The order we have used is the highest buyer rated first. In other words we have placed the saws in the order, of what buyers judged their quality to be.

We have also included average UK prices, but be aware that these are always subject to change. Always check on the exact date and time when you are making any purchase. The ratings are ours, and we update these on a regular weekly basis.

If you click on the product name, you will be taken to Amazon UK, where you can read other buyer reviews. In this table we have included our ranking, the product name, an average UK price, our rating and our grade. The Rating is out of 100% and we have just included models that we can recommend..

Rank

Name

Rating

Price

Grade

1

DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion Body Only Jigsaw

96

£120

A+

2

Makita 4350FCT 240V 720W Orbital Action Jigsaw

90

£112

A+

3

Bosch PST 18 LI Cordless Jigsaw with 18 V Lithium-Ion Battery

89

£135

A

4

Bosch PST 700 E Compact Jigsaw

88

£45

A-

5

Bosch PST 800 PEL Jigsaw

84

£47

B

These are our top 5 picks. We have based these on what we believe to be the best value for money as well as being the best quality. At the end of the day, the one you pick will come down to your available budget, and how much use it is going to get.

Jigsaw Summary Reviews

Underneath, we have completed short and concise reviews, on these top 5 products. That way you can see at a glance, which one is the best choice for you.

No 1 Choice - DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion Body Only Jigsaw

DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion Body Only Jigsaw

Average UK Price = £120

Number 1 rated jigsaw
    • Premium cordless jigsaw
    • Lithium ion technology
    • 3000 strokes per minute
    • Variable speed trigger
Latest generation premium Jigsaw featuring new XR Lithium Ion Technology
Latest generation premium Jigsaw featuring new XR Lithium Ion Technology

There are plenty of buyers of this superb jigsaw. It is more expensive than you would normally pay for a standard saw, but it is a saw that will last you for many years.


No 2 Choice - Makita 4350FCT 240V 720W Orbital Action Jigsaw

Makita 4350FCT 240V 720W Orbital Action Jigsaw

Average UK Price = £112

makita jigsaw picture
    • Corded 720w jigsaw
    • Variable speed control
    • Tool-less blade changing 
    • Comes with carry case
Blade Length 300mm/12in             

No 3 Choice - Bosch PST 18 LI Cordless Jigsaw with 18 V Lithium-Ion Battery

Bosch PST 18 LI Cordless Jigsaw with 18 V Lithium-Ion Battery

Average Price = £135 (RRP)

Bosch jigsaw picture
    • Cordless jigsaw
    • Lithium ion battery
    • Precision cutting guide
    • 2 Year warranty
Quick easy blade change and tension system

No 4 Choice - Bosch PST 700 E Compact Jigsaw

Bosch PST 700 E Compact Jigsaw

Average UK Price = £45 (RRP)

picture of a bosch jigsaw
    • Comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty

No 5 Choice - Bosch PST 800 PEL Jigsaw

Bosch PST 800 PEL Jigsaw

Average UK Price = £57

Bosch PST 800 PEL Jigsaw
     
    • Corded 500 w jigsaw
    • Tool-less blade change
    • Low noise and vibration
    • Precision guide for accurate cutting

Jigsaw Buying Guide

There are quite a few makers of jigsaw and the range widely in price. Bosch is probably the most popular choice for mid range price. You see a lot of these in many of the DIY shops, and in the leading tool stores and they will do an excellent job for a reasonable price.

Some models of jigsaw have laser guides. I found that this is actually an extremely handy option. It definitely makes it a lot easier to make a straight cut and follow along the line you want.

I prefer to spend a but extra on a tool like this and find that the cordless models and much more convenient. They may cost more but its well worth the extra



Features to look for.

Motor size – In General the motor sizes don’t vary a lot in jigsaws. Its obvious that the more powerful the motor is then the easier it will be to cut through thicker or harder materials. The motors usually come advertised with a certain amperage and this is how you tell what power they have.

Length of stroke – 5/8 is around the standard length. I found that the longer stroke models were harder control so I wouldn't go for anything beyond this.

Variable speed – Not may jigsaws have this handy feature but some of the better ones have the option to vary speeds. This is a very useful feature and is especially helpful at the very start of any cut.

LED Headlight – This is a total waste of time and money so don't be worrying about getting a saw with a light on it.

Laser Guide - I found this very useful for cutting in a straight line. Some of these saws are very powerful and its so easy to go off line. The laser line helps you to stay totally straight on the cut line

Video - How to Use a Jigsaw?

I found this useful video, which explains how to use a jigsaw properly. The chap explains all the important basics, and important features of using a jigsaw.

Safe Use of a Jigsaw

If you have never used one of these saws before, then please watch the video above. There is a knack to using these so as you do not want to cut yourself or damage the wood you are cutting.

You have to learn to let the blade of the saw do all the work. If you find it really hard to cut then you are doing it wrong, it should be smooth and easy.

Some useful safety tips are :-

  • Always use a circuit breaker to plug power tools into as a safety especially with cutting tools.
  • Goggles are a must to protect your eyes and a dust mask should be used no matter what material you are cutting.
  • Most people never read the instructions and this is something you should always do.
  • Make sure the electrical cord is not going to get in your way.
  • Cut all materials on a bench or solid structure when possible and use clamps to hold the piece down if at all practical.
  • Never use any power took without the safety guard.


Jigsaw Blades

Jigsaws have come a very long way from the old style machines. They were only ever good enough for very rough cuts on cheaper materials. They are so good now that they are used for very intricate work on more valuable materials

The weakest link was always the blade and anybody who has ever used a jigsaw will know how very easy it is to snap even the latest and most expensive blades.

The modern blades come in many different sizes and shapes and produce much less friction than the older blades. Another change in design is that most of the modern use a T-shaped blade mounting which makes them stronger and the blade supports are much better.

Its also a great improvement that blades are not quick release instead of a fiddly allen screw. These quick release blades are called " T-Shank " blades.

In Summary

  • Decide if the job actually needs a jigsaw. If its a simple cut of a couple of pieces of wood then you hardly need one. Many easy cutting projects need a circular saw and these too will do a variety of jobs.
  • Price range and brand name do matter. If you require constant a jigsaw for very regular use, you better do your research properly and make sure a quality product that will stand the test of time. If its just for occasion use, then you dont need anything too fancy.
  • Make sure you know what type of blade or “shank” your jigsaw requires. T-shank and U-shank are the most common.

As I have already said, there are no bad models featured in these reviews. These are the best quality and value jigsaws we have found and any of them will do a good job, stand the test of time and offer you value for money. At the end of the day the decision usually comes down to price and how much you are going to use the tool.

Geoff Magee
 

I have always enjoyed using the latest power tools. As a plumber I use a whole variety of tools every single day. Hopefully my experience can help people in the UK make the best buying choice.

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