Ridgid R883 cordless jigsaws
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Ridgid R883

Highlight: Works with both 18- and 24-volt NiCad or lithium-ion batteries.

Tester: Tim Lambert, North Yarmouth, Maine

Skill level: Seasoned DIYer ("I've designed and built outdoor decks.")

Used tool for: Cutting hole for a new cooktop in a laminate counter.

Verdict: "This tool has plenty of power; it didn't bog down at all."

Tool stats: 7.75 pounds; variable speed to 2,200 strokes per minute; 1-inch stroke length, five-position orbital setting; keyless blade change and shoe adjustment.

Price: About $119 for jigsaw, $150 for battery and charger, Ridgid

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