We were arguing with my workmate on the different types of jigsaws and which is the best version corded or cordless to buy. From our arguments, I gathered that many newbie users of this powerful tool are initially confused especially when they are looking for the best jigsaw to buy.
We will discuss these issues to help you understand more in order to get what is ideal for your needs.
What Are The Different Types Of Jigsaws?
Generally, there are two main types of jigsaws the corded and the cordless varieties. The differences boil down to the power source of these machines as well as a few attributes of design and performance. Let us look into these differences and later discuss a less common type of jigsaw referred to a pneumatic jigsaw.
As their name sounds, the corded electric versions feature a cord or cable that connects to a mains power source. This means you must be connected to the electricity grid or you must use an electricity generator as a source of energy.
The individual corded jigsaws also differ in amperage and wattage.
Cordless / battery Powered Jigsaws
The cordless or battery powered jigsaws are somehow becoming more popular lately.
They are designed to use batteries that vary in voltage. The power of the cordless jigsaws depends on the voltage of the battery, which can range from 12 volts to 36 volts. The higher the voltage, more powerful the machine is, and therefore its efficiency.
Pneumatic jigsaws are the less popular of jigsaws. They usually work in conjunction with air compressors. It is the compressed air that powers the up and down movement of the jigsaw blade.
Pneumatic type of jigsaw is incredibly powerful and therefore not suitable for home use by DIYers or those who only need a jigsaw for light professional use.
Corded vs Cordless Jigsaws
In comparing corded vs cordless jigsaws, we can look at a few parameters. These parameters may include power/performance, recommended use, weight/portability, price, and safety.
Discussing each of this can help you make the right decision.
Power / Performance
When it comes to performance, corded jigsaws are superior because mains electricity is stable and therefore capable of providing continuous, high voltage power for excellent performance.
However, some battery-powered models can also deliver enough power to match the performance of some brands of corded jigsaws. For example, a 36-volt rechargeable battery can provide enough power for outstanding performance.
Generally, I would say you could use either corded or cordless jigsaw at home or with some light professional projects.
Nevertheless, the corded-electric jigsaws are more suitable for extensive use as in a commercial establishment. Some cordless jigsaws could be ideal for professional use, but their downtime due to battery recharging may limit such use.
Weight / portability
The cordless jigsaws are great if you are looking for the convenience of use.
Such cordless versions use batteries meaning they lack cords or air hoses, which may limit their flexibility and mobility. It terms of weight; however, there is a very thin line as some corded-electric jigsaws are extremely lightweight.
Many people believe that cordless jigsaws are lightweight because of their compact design. This may be true, but it is not always the case.
Price / affordability
Price is an important determinant when it comes to quality of jigsaw. Because of the technology that has gone into the production of cordless versions and the convenience they deliver, they are costlier compared to the cordless version.
This is ironical given the fact that battery-powered jigsaws are better performers.
Regarding safety, cordless jigsaws are perhaps safer because they lack any cords that may tangle dangerously when the machine is being used.
That said you must make sure you read, understand and apply all the safety precautions recommended by the manufacturers. The jigsaw blade has very sharp teeth, and so you must be careful while using each of these machines.
1. Will a jigsaw cut metal?
Yes, as long as the jigsaw is fitted with the right blade for cutting metals and has enough motor power, it can cut metal sheets.
2. What is the cutting depth of a jigsaw?
The cutting depth of a jigsaw can range from 40mm to as much as 150mm in wood, 10mm, and 40mm in workpieces made of non-ferrous metal, 5mm, and 15mm and in mild steel.
3. Are jigsaw blades universal?
No, jigsaws are designed to use either of two blade types – T-shank and U-shank. A jigsaw designed to use U-shank blade cannot use T-shank blade.
4. Can jigsaw blades be sharpened?
Well, most blades are made of hardened steel and therefore cannot be sharpened. However, those made of softer steel can technically be sharpened. Nevertheless, you will find it easier and quicker to buy replacement blades.
5. Can jigsaw cut curves or straight lines?
Yes, a jigsaw can cut both curved and straight lines. In most cases, however, people use them to cut curved, intricate lines.
Choosing between a corded and a cordless jigsaw can be a hard job especially if you are not experienced in using them. However, I believe you are now well informed having to make the right decision. They are both perfect for home use, but each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Use the information you have learned to help you choose.