A jigsaw is a tool that is used mainly to cut. However, it is a multipurpose tool that many prefer to use because it can cut through almost everything and whether straight cuts or curved ones. Jigsaws can be used either at home or for commercial purposes. There are several types of jigsaws. For example, there is one that is quite weighty and is round in shape. This is the best for mainly cutting just simple and cuts that are straight. If a person has a huge project, they can then use hacksaw which is also known as a hack saw. Wood workers are recommended to use a router. It is good that they use saws that are portable in their workplaces to drag in and out work areas. There are several types of jigsaws. Read on. The information here will help you to choose the best jig saw for your project.
Jig Saw Features
There are so many components of the jig saw. It is important you understand these components as it will help you to purchase the best jig saw that will serve you well. Besides, the knowledge about features will help you when it comes to the point of using your jig saw.
- Source of Power
Jig saws are powered by electricity. This is what helps it to run and function as expected. A power cable is connected for the jig saw to the switch that supplies power. Most Jig saw operate on a 240 voltage supported by 10A socket. However, there are other jig saws that are run by a battery and a charger. But these are not as powerful as the ones we have talked about above. Withstanding that, the same features are available for all.
- Power switch
Jig saws are activated by either a sliding or trigger switch. It is this switch that allows electrical power to flow to the jig saw. To activate using the sliding switch, you slide the switch forward and vice versa if you need to disengage the jig saw. For a trigger switch you depress. Depending on how you depress the switch the jig saw runs. So it has different speeds at each level. If you press it deeper it runs faster with high speeds.
- OFF/ON Button
This button is only available for jig saws that have trigger switches. If you press the Off button, the jig saw will lock at the speed it was running at. Remember we said jig saws with trigger switch run at different speeds depending on how they are depressed.
- Power Motors
This is the main component for jig saws. It is what enables the jig saw to run. Its role is to convert the electric power that is transmitted to motion hence helping the jig saw to function. Without it the power that is transmitted will be of no use.
This determines the amount of power that a jig saw produces. Also speed of the jig saw is determined by this feature in what is referred as strokes per minute or simply spm.
Stroke is a complete round that is done by the blade of the jig saw, so every time this blade moves from up to bottom that is called one stroke. Stroke rate is the speed that the blade is using to oscillate. It is important to note that the length of each stroke Varies and so proper measures should be done. Best jig saws are determined by stroke rate and stroke length.
- The Jig saw Handle
This is the component you hold with your hands. You then use the handle to guide the jig saw in the way you want. Most common handles are in D-shape. Others have a barrel grip. The later gives a firm grip as you cut. Withstanding all these designs, all jig saw work in a similar way.
- Jig saw Blade
The blade determines how well the jig saw will cut. Just like the motor and other components a blade is very important. One caution given is that whenever you are changing accessories ensure you remove or disconnect this blade.
- Construction of the Blade
Jig saw can be used to cut various type of material. Either straight ones, curved or plunge ones. Depending on the shape, you need a blade designed specifically for that. You can easily note this by looking at how the teeth of the blade appear.
Common materials that are used to make the jig saw blade are carbon steel or high speed steel.
Ready to buy
We have gone through the common features that are available on Jig saw. If you need to buy one, base your decision on features that are most essential toy. However the main things to look at include:
- The amount of power you need.
- How portable the tool is. Here you check weigh and its size.
- Another important point to consider is how often you will be using the too.
- While choosing, also think of purpose you will be using it for: either home use tasks or for commercial purposes.
- Also consider the warrant period offered.
- If you are buying for commercial purposes, check durability and how fast the tools can run (general performance)
Like any tool, price is dependent on quality, performance and the features that come with it. But be sure to compare prices across stores. From there you will do your approximation cost for the best jig saw.