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Jigsaw 101: How to Use the Orbital-Action Setting

Pro tips on setting the blade to cut through different materials

In this Jigsaw 101 video, This Old House contributor Mark Clement demonstrates how to use the orbital-action setting to control the blade's movement. This feature usually has settings ranging from 0 to 3. At the 0 setting, the blade moves up and down in a straight line, like a sewing machine needle. Set at 3, the blade moves in an elliptical stroke, creating a more aggressive cutting action.

Learn how to:

• Control the action of the cut

• Choose the correct orbital action setting

• Properly cut through plastic, wood, and metal

• Utilize more aggressive cutting