While some folks think of jigsaws only as woodworking tools, they’re versatile tools that find their way onto almost every contractor’s jobsite at some point. Choosing the best cordless jigsaw is about more than just the convenience of no cord. They’re just as strong as corded models and some have incredibly rich feature sets.
Whether you want a top handle or barrel grip style, we picked the DeWalt 20V Max XR as the best cordless jigsaw overall. Its cutting speed wasn’t as fast as some of the others, but its vibration control was better, and it kept the blade deflection down to nothing on tough cuts. For the top handle model, the lower height gave us a feeling of better control.
With both versions, the controls seem well-placed and easy to reach without having to move your grip. This was especially noticeable on the barrel grip where many of our testing team’s hands couldn’t reach the on/off switch on other models. While there are a couple of trade-offs to consider, DeWalt gave us the best overall cutting experience.
Key Shopping Considerations
Before purchasing a jigsaw, it’s important to understand the factors that influence the tool’s operation so that you can make a selection that’s right for your next project.
Owning a jigsaw with variable cutting speeds is important if you want to cut different materials. For example, wood requires a higher cutting speed, while metal requires a lower speed. Speed is measured in strokes per minute, with a higher SPM causing the jigsaw blade to oscillate with greater speed. Most jigsaws don’t specify their exact SPM settings, instead offering general variable speeds labeled low, medium, and high.
Like most power tools, jigsaws are available in both corded and cordless options. If you’re looking for a powerful jigsaw to use daily for precise woodworking, a corded jigsaw may be a good option. However, if you want a mobile jigsaw for small projects, a battery-powered jigsaw may be a better choice.
Most jigsaws can use either a T- or U-shank blade. T-shank blades are the most popular choice because of their easy-lock technology that’s compatible with most jigsaw models. U-shank blades are distinguished by their “U” shape at the top of the blade. These blades are less popular because they require a tool during installation.
Jigsaws typically offer two grips—a barrel grip or D-handle—that help you guide the tool as it cuts material. Barrel grips are distinguished by their handle that’s positioned close to the material it’s cutting and the use of a thumb switch. D-handles take the shape of their name and allow the user to fully wrap their hand around the tool. A D-handle, while easy to grip, decreases your leverage and can lead to inaccurate cuts.
How Much to Spend on a Jigsaw
Jigsaw prices range widely. Low-end models can be had for as little as $50, while high-end hotrod models run as much at $600 when kitted out with all the available fittings and fixtures.
The less-expensive models usually lack convenient features as tool-less blade changes, dust collection hookups, and easily adjusted baseplates. They also use less expensive materials and older technology, but they’re still capable saws.
Top-of-the-line models include features like job-specific swappable baseplates and brushless motors. They’re built with lighter and stronger materials designed with accuracy and durability in mind.
If you want truly dialed-in performance for a variety of projects, the higher the price tag, the more satisfaction you’re likely to get. If this is a project-specific purchase, a budget-friendly version should be more than capable.
Our Picks of Best DeWalt Jigsaws
For overall capability, the DEWALT 20V MAX XR Jig Saw serves up both speed and accuracy without tethering you to an electoral outlet. This model’s T-shank blades stay locked in place during tight curves and while running at its 3,200 strokes-per-minute top speed. It features a speed control dial in the back of the handle, an LED light for increased visibility, and an adjustable shoe that positively locks at 45 degrees. A 5ah 20V battery is included, so run time shouldn’t be an issue, especially coupled with DEWALT’s highly efficient brushless motor. The four-position orbital setting will let you dial in the aggressiveness of the cut.
The dust blower doesn’t do a great job of keeping the cut line clear, so users may find themselves pausing to sweep the line clear. If you already own several DEWALT 20V batteries, they’ll be compatible with this jigsaw. However, spare DEWALT batteries are pretty expensive, so keep that in mind if you’re not already invested in the 20V lineup.
The DeWalt 20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion Jigsaw provides users with up to 3000 strockes per minute. It uses an all-metal keyless shoe bevel with detents at 0 to 45 degress for easy bevel cutting.
If you’re an experienced woodworker, metalworker – whatever trade you may find yourself an enthusiast of, you’ll be well aware of both the quality and durability of the yellow and black of Dewalt. This jigsaw model is no different in the quality and longevity department, covering a raft of features that I’ll go into within the next section.
This cordless jigsaw features a 20V battery and is included within DeWalt’s 20V Max battery sharing platform. If you’re not too familiar with this, essentially, this means you’re able to interchange your 20V batteries with other tools that require this battery – whatever that tool may be.
For the final pick, we have brought forward a corded DEWALT jigsaw. It is this DEWALT W331K Top-Handle Jigsaw which comes with a 6.5-amp motor which provides a better speed range for cutting some most demanding materials including metal, plastics, and wood. Also, the product is quite easy to use for both pros and beginners.
There are many things which we love about this DEWALT W331K Top-Handle Jigsaw. The first thing is the variable speed range from 500 to 3,100 strokes per minute. Also, this speed can be handle easily from the dial designed on the body. Also, you use the T-shank blades and there is the tool-less blade change for changing them.
DEWALT 20V MAX Barrel Grip Jigsaw is our 3rd pick for the list. It is brought forward exclusively for those who like to use jigsaws with the barrel grip. It is another cordless jigsaw which comes with a brushless motor of 20 volts and delivers some good quality performance when it comes to woodworking at home.
We have even seen this product in the bags of professional woodworkers due to its compact design for making smart and intriguing designs. The product comes with its own bevel and 4-orbital angle settings starting from 0 degrees and extending to 45. Also, adjusting the blade between these angles is quite easy for users.
4.5 Amp motor moves blade at 0-3,100 rpm providing power and speed control for demanding cutting applications. 4-position orbital action allows for cutting versatility in various materials. 1″ stroke length provides greater cutting capacity. Variable speed trigger allows the user to match the blade speed with the application. 100% ball-bearing construction provides superior durability. Shoe bevels 45 in both directions for beveled cuts. Also available in 220V.
Can a jigsaw cut a 2×4?
While jigsaws can cut through a 2×4, their small and flimsy blade will generally produce an uneven and jagged line while attempting to cut through the large lumber. In general, a circular saw is the best tool to use to power through 2x4s with accuracy.
Can a jigsaw cut through metal?
Yes. If you want to cut metal with your jigsaw, use a fine, metal cutting blade. The speed should be decreased when cutting through dense metal to prevent the blade from overheating.
What blade does a Dewalt jigsaw use?
Built for speed and precision, DEWALT T-Shank Metal Cutting Jig Saw Blades feature a unique curved tooth design that minimizes stress points for long blade life and fast cuts. Extra-deep gullets quickly eject chips, and cobalt steel (bi-metal) packs each blade with extreme durability.
Where is Dewalt jigsaw made?
DEWALT was founded in America and is still based in America. Each of the 7 US manufacturing facilities produces some of our most popular tools, including grinders, drills, impact drivers, and reciprocating saws.