An essential tool for woodworkers and carpenters, a jig saw lets you make cuts anywhere you like and in any direction you need. Jig saw tools provide the ultimate freedom of movement utilizing the back-and-forth motion of a reciprocating blade to cut through materials. Ace Hardware carries a large array of jig saws useful for many different workshop tasks and DIY projects. Use the following buying guide to find the right jig saw kit for any job.
Corded vs. Cordless Jig Saws
Cordless jig saws are powered by batteries, which means you won't be limited by electrical cords or the need for an electrical source. A preferred choice for users who frequently work on projects in different locations, battery jig saws allow the freedom to move from jobsite to jobsite without restriction.
Electric jig saws, or corded jig saws, are powered by an electrical power cord and outlet. Often preferred by users with dedicated workspaces or garages, electric jig saws often deliver more torque because they're connected to an unlimited power source. Corded jig saws also tend to be more lightweight than cordless jig saws, which could enable you to work longer on various projects.
Jig Saw Blade Types
The blades of jig saws are easy to remove and replace. If you frequently change blades to cut various materials, consider opting for a jig saw model that accepts T-shank blades. These blades are popular because they can be changed quickly without the use of a special tool. T-shank blades are also the most common jig saw blade types, as opposed to U-shank blades which are sometimes more difficult to remove.
Jig Saw Amps
The torque of a jig saw tool is measured by the amp rating of its motor. For lighter projects, jig saws with lower amp ratings ranging from .75 to 4 amps might be sufficient. On the other hand, if you frequently work with harder materials, jig saws with higher amps ranging from 4.5 to 7 amps might be more suitable.
Jig Saw Tool Types
Straight Reciprocating Jig Saws
Straight reciprocating jig saws have blades that move back and forth whenever the tool operates. This type of action ensures more precise cutting, which may be better suited for detailed projects. Straight reciprocating jig saws also tend to cost less than orbital jig saw tools.
Orbital Jig Saws
If you're searching for the ideal jig saw tool when working with projects that require more aggressive cutting, an orbital jig saw might be an ideal fit. The blades of orbital jig saws go up and down as well as forward and backward in a reciprocal motion. An orbital jig saw tool could be your best bet for getting the job done fast even when cutting through the toughest materials.
Find the Right Jig Saw Tool Now
Whether you're on the hunt for the best cordless jig saw or the perfect electric jig saw to complete your projects with greater ease, we've got you covered. Shop the selection of jig saws from top brands like DEWALT, Milwaukee, Bosch, Craftsman, Makita and Skil at Ace Hardware online or in-store. Then, complete your tool arsenal by exploring our array of hand tools
to tackle projects of all sizes with maximum efficiency.