Roland Johnson takes a close look at eight jigsaws. He explains the differences between speed controls and variable speed and compares the saws’ price, weight, amperage, speed switch, blade type, blade change, foot plate, anti-splitter device, and dust control. After testing them out, he says that a good grip provides more controlled cutting, and some offer easier blade changes. Most have guides to keep the saw on track, and some have dust control and chip blowers build into the saw. The rate of the cut is determined by the orbital-action setting. Which should you buy? Johnson offers advice on how to make your choice.

From Fine Woodworking #126