Highlight: Built-in LED illuminates area ahead of blade.
Tester: Robert Clark, Arlington, Va.
Skill level: Professional ("I'm a licensed contractor.")
Used tool for: Cutting decorative scroll work out of plywood and pine boards.
Verdict: "I was surprised at how strongly the battery performed, even after hours of constant work."
Tool stats: 5.5 pounds; variable speed to 2,400 strokes per minute; 1-inch stroke length, four-position orbital setting; keyless blade change; shoe adjusts with Allen key.
Price: About $233, Hitachi
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