The Jigsaw is a lightweight versatile tool that’s great for cutting straight or curved lines and internal cuts in worktops. Compact and portable, it can cut through a range of materials including wood, ceramic tiles and even steel.
When considering a jigsaw you should think about what it is going to be used for and what features you will require. The power is a key feature, basically the more powerful the quicker and deeper you can cut. You will also have the choice between single or variable speed, with variable speed offering you more control when cutting different material. Pendulum action reduces the chance of jamming and increases the life of the blade by moving the blade away from the material on the down stroke.
Other features to look for include a quick blade release; this allows you to remove the blade quickly and easily. A speed lock allows you to lock at a certain speed for help when cutting large areas. A dust blower is a useful feature as this clears the sawdust making it easier for you to see what your doing, some jigsaws allows you to attach a vacuum cleaner to clean the debris away as you work. Some advanced models have a laser generators, which create a laser beam on to the material to help guide you when cutting.
Different materials require different blades. You should also look at the blades that are available for your jigsaw.