Hitachi CJ18DL cordless jigsaws
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Hitachi CJ18DL

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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