Choosing cordless jigsaw
The market offers many saws that have quite affordable prices. Their versatility makes jigsaws popular with professionals and DIY alike. It is therefore not surprising that there has been a considerable selection of cordless jigsaws for every need and requirement on the market for quite some time.
The advantage of a cordless jigsaw is that it does not require a cable and therefore brings a high degree of mobility.
You will also find some important information on this page, that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a cordless jigsaw.
Cordless jigsaw – precise work without cables
On the other hand, the absence of the often annoying cable can be a real advantage when working with a jigsaw, for example, when cutting through a pipe that is difficult to access or when working with wood outdoors in the open air. That’s why cordless jigsaws are part of the arsenal of many professional craftsmen today, even if their performance usually doesn’t quite match that of mains-operated high-performance jigsaws. Of course, cordless jigsaws do not only have advantages. For example, there’s the limited battery life, and the otherwise easier-to-handle cordless jigsaws are often quite a bit heavier than comparable mains-powered models. Another disadvantage is the generally higher price. Here, of course, you can save if you buy a model without a battery if a corresponding battery is already available. As with all cordless tools, however, you should sooner or later think about whether a replacement battery is necessary or not. For professionals, this is actually an absolute must in order to avoid unnecessary breaks in work.
In their mode of operation, cordless jigsaws are no different from mains-powered models. In both, a toothed saw blade is set in vertical motion by an electric motor, depending on the task at hand. While the power of mains-powered devices is specified in watts, the power of cordless jigsaws depends on the corresponding battery voltage. Most devices have a voltage of 10.8 or 18 volts, which should be sufficient for most moderately demanding work. In conclusion, the decision for or against a cordless jigsaw also depends on personal preferences, since especially in the DIY sector the performances are absolutely comparable. For those who value mobility and always find cables annoying and limiting, a cordless jigsaw is just the thing.
Areas of application for cordless jigsaws
The areas of application for cordless jigsaws are largely identical to those of conventional, mains-powered models:
- cutting materials
- precise final cutting for assembly
- free guidance allows curved cuts and other demanding cutting lines
What can a cordless jigsaw?
The cordless jigsaw is suitable for sawing curved cuts. With it, you can process materials such as wood, plastic, or even metal outside your workshop. This mobility is made possible by the battery.
What also distinguishes cordless jigsaws is their precision. This makes it easy to determine the width and length of the cut material. For this reason, they are also ideally suited for both DIY and craftsmen.
The speedy progress of work, which is guaranteed thanks to the use of a cordless jigsaw, also saves the user valuable time.
Sawing from above provides an excellent overview.
What should be considered before choosing a cordless jigsaw?
First, you should consider what you want to process with the cordless jigsaw. If it is wood, a cordless jigsaw with a cutting depth of at least 120 mm is suitable. If you are working with harder materials, a cordless jigsaw with a cutting depth for metal of at least 30 mm is suitable. Furthermore, you should consider in advance how long you will be working on the move, depending on the battery life should also correspond to the project. In principle, battery runtimes of over 4 hours are considered good, runtimes of less than 3 hours are not recommended.
As far as power is concerned, the cordless jigsaw should be able to deliver at least 18 V of voltage.
In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the multitude of possible cordless jigsaws.
The criteria that you can use to compare the cordless jigsaws with each other include:
- Handle type
In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in the individual criteria.
Good saw quality is the top priority for jigsaws. The weight plays a not insignificant role here. The lighter the cordless jigsaw, the longer it can be used for precise work. Especially since you have to operate it with your muscle power. The faster you tire, the slower projects progress. With cordless jigsaws, weight also plays a role in transportation. Again, lighter models have a big advantage over heavier ones. Battery jigsaws usually weigh between 2 and 5 kilograms.
It is important to know what you want to cut with your cordless jigsaw in the first place. Depending on this, different saws come into question. For example, if you only want to process thick wood or softer materials, cordless jigsaws with a cutting depth for wood of 120 mm are best suited, as already explained above. However, if you are dealing with harder materials than wood, you will need a cordless jigsaw with high power, which can also saw metal at least 30 mm deep. The hand-held circular saw should also be able to apply a voltage of at least 18 V.
The rule is: the higher the power, the easier it is to get through the materials. If the power is not high enough for the material being processed, the process can take a very long time and sawing can quickly become a test of nerves.
It is important that the handsaw fits well in the hand and that working with it is problem-free. The 2 most common handle types on the German market are the bow handle and the pommel handle. Knob handle models have advantages for curved cuts, which are more likely to be performed by professionals. Ultimately, however, the type of jigsaw is a matter of personal preference, as there is no universal formula for comfort.
Purchase criteria for cordless jigsaws at a glance
For DIY users:
- Frequency and extent of use
- Price-performance ratio
- Scope of delivery (especially batteries included or not)
- Charge level indicator
- Pay attention to further extras and the connection possibility for a dust extractor
- Power or battery voltage
- pay attention to cutting depth and pendulum stroke
- Charge level indicator, motor brake, and overload protection
- Possibility of connecting a dust extractor
- Knob handle if required (allows more precise execution of even complicated cutting lines)
Saw blades: the heart of every jigsaw
The same applies to cordless jigsaws: it’s the saw blade that counts. Even if you can’t turn an inexpensive DIY model into a powerful professional tool with a high-quality saw blade, its performance is nevertheless significantly enhanced by one. Investing in good saw blades therefore always makes sense. For do-it-yourselfers, universal saw blades are recommended, which can be supplemented with more specialized versions for particularly fine work. Professionals, on the other hand, should purchase the appropriate special saw blades for the various tasks in order to get the most out of their cordless jigsaw.
Work safety and protective measures
Cordless jigsaws are powerful tools and the saw blade moves at high speed, which can cause serious injuries if not guided properly. In addition to wearing work gloves and a safety guard, be sure to wear sturdy clothing and work shoes. A mouth guard can be particularly useful when working with composites to prevent the inhalation of fine plastic particles. A work helmet is not absolutely necessary, at least in the private environment, but can be highly useful when working overhead.