A jig saw is a really important tool in the kit of any professional handyman or keen amateur DIY enthusiast. The versatility that a jig saw provides cannot be replicated by any other tool. They allow you to cut materials in intricate ways for both practical and aesthetic purposes with relative ease. There is a knack to using a jig saw properly, but a little bit of practice is all it takes to become quite confident and produce good results without breaking the blade or snapping the wood! A goodjig saw will enable you to make complex cuts in the tightest areas. It will let you position the blade so you can use the jig saw to cut effectively in a number of positions. A versatile jig saw will let you cut curved lines and straight lines equally well. These saws can be very versatile and enable you to put the blade in to different cutting positions. These positions are designed to make cutting curves as easy as possible, giving accurate finishing to straight line cuts and cutting quickly and efficiently through tough materials.
A versatile jig saw will come with multiple speed settings which increase the accuracy with which the saw can be used. This is a very important feature of this type of saw as it is easy to break the blade if the saw is moving too fast during the cutting of intricate curves. It can take quite a lot of practice to use a jig saw for intricate work without breaking the blade. The saws with the most options for blade positioning can reduce the snapping of blades and allows you to do much more intricate work more easily than with the fixed blade versions. The running speed of the saw should be easily adjustable as you are cutting so you can slow down quickly when you need to without actually stopping the cut. This sort of control allows for a clean finish to any cuts including tight curves and corners.
As well as the cutting speeds and settings it is important that a jig saw comes with a good safety guard that protects the user without obscuring the view of the cutting edge. Another important part of a jig saw is the dust collector tube to keep the cut wood dust away when doing a big job. A good system will mean that your cutting guide line is always visible. It is often particularly important that the cutting line is clear when doing intricate jig saw work. These can be attached in some cases to a vacuum suction to ensure that the dust is well out of the way. This also cuts down on wood dust in the atmosphere and is a good safety feature.
Battery operated jig saws are a convenient option. This sort of jig saw can be used anywhere in places it is hard to easily get to with a corded jig saw. Cordless models can cut tough materials, but the battery power is quickly drained this way so they are best used for cutting softer materials.