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Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

TOH Editorial Assistant Sal Vaglica wants to know:

Do you want to test a jigsaw for TOH? What projects would you use it on? Tell us and you could score a jigsaw to test, review, and keep!

A. Spruce
Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

Depends on exactly what the test parameters require and who the jigsaw is being marketed to.

General tests/reviews would include:

  1. Fit and finish
  2. Sole plate adjustability and function
  3. Blade attachment, ease of change, selections available (generic or brand specific blades only )
  4. Adjustment of stroke
  5. Tool vibration with and without a load and in various densities of material
  6. Cut performance at all angles of sole plate adjustment
  7. Misc things such as dust blower port behind blade, adjustable cutting direction, variable speed function, adjustable exhaust deflector to keep too from blowing in users face, tool weight
  8. If cordless, cut quality/duration on single charge
  9. Discernible Pro's/Con's of this tool over competitive models.

For the contractor types:

  1. Cutting cultured counter top material

For the average homeowner/woodworker

  1. Ability/performance when cutting different species of wood

I'll add more as I think of them.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

Appearance, finish ,feel, and ease of blade change. Squareness of cut, vibration, and tracking. I would want to try it on pine, poplar, and oak. Curved and straight cut up to full depth cut. I would also want to try it with a metal cutting blade on tubing and flat stock.
Jack

libcarp
Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

I keep forgetting... is a jigsaw the one where the tool is stationary and you feed the wood into it, or is it the hand-held one where you guide it into the wood?

Over the years I think someone tried to pull a fast one and changed the meaning of jigsaw... my recollection is that it's a satationary piece of equipment.

djohns
Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

My son is in the beginning stages of building his own home .
That saw would see every type of real world task imaginable . :D

TRLambert
Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

I've always wanted to make wooden puzzles using a jigsaw, but haven't ever found one in my price range that worked worth a darn.

I also make a variety of small animal houses/toys for the kids and their friends. Seems that there is an endless supply of gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs these days.

Tim

A. Spruce
Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?
libcarp wrote:

I keep forgetting... is a jigsaw the one where the tool is stationary and you feed the wood into it, or is it the hand-held one where you guide it into the wood?

Over the years I think someone tried to pull a fast one and changed the meaning of jigsaw... my recollection is that it's a satationary piece of equipment.

Jig saw is the hand held tool, the bench mounted one is a scroll saw.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

Jigsaw

scroll saw
Jack

havanagranite
Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?
Moderator wrote:

TOH Editorial Assistant Sal Vaglica wants to know:

Do you want to test a jigsaw for TOH? What projects would you use it on? Tell us and you could score a jigsaw to test, review, and keep!

I would love to test a jugsaw. I work on all kinds of projects everything from countertop instillation to making projects with the kids.

kentvw
Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?
havanagranite wrote:

I would love to test a jugsaw. I work on all kinds of projects everything from countertop instillation to making projects with the kids.

A JUGSAW? Man, I'm not going to even touch that one. :D

Moderator
Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

A note from TOH Editorial Assistant Sal Vaglica:

Hey everyone!
Sounds like everyone on here is very capable of putting our jigsaws through their paces. But, I need some targeted and specific projects that you have coming up in the next few weeks so that we can decide who to send the tools to for testing. Cutting out a sink hole, maybe, or cutting some ornate trim? If your interested in taking part in the reader review, you've got to give me the details. Looking forward to hearing back!

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