Bosch 1590EVSK
Bosch 1590EVSK

Best-value corded jigsaw

Reviews say this top-of-the-line Bosch jigsaw comes close to the $295 Festool Trion jigsaw for precise cutting, yet it costs much less and offers tool-free bevel adjustment. The blade-changing system even pops out hot blades, a nice convenience and safety feature. Like the Festool jigsaw, the Bosch 1590EVSK has a soft-start electronic motor and a lock-on button to avoid trigger-finger fatigue. The Bosch jigsaw has a dust blower, but it lacks the superb dust control, light weight and extra capacity offered by the Festool, and it comes with only a one-year warranty. Still, the Festool jigsaw costs nearly twice as much.
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Hitachi CJ110MV
Hitachi CJ110MV

Basic corded jigsaw

Tests at Fine Homebuilding show that the Hitachi jigsaw vibrates more than the Bosch and Festool jigsaws. However, both experts and owners recommend the Hitachi as a budget jigsaw, saying it cuts and handles well. It has a dust blower and soft-start motor with lock-on trigger, as well as an LED light that illuminates the cutting line. The five-year warranty is competitive, and the jigsaw is extra light at 4.9 pounds.
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Craftsman 17235
Craftsman 17235

No-frills jigsaw

This 4.8-amp Craftsman jigsaw doesn't have much power, and blade changing can be tedious. However, it does come with an LED light plus a dust blower to clear the line. And it gets good reviews from owners. For fairly rough cuts and occasional use on wood that's not very thick, this jigsaw should get the job done. The warranty is for one year.
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Festool Trion PSB300 EQ
Festool Trion PSB300 EQ

Best corded jigsaw overall, but expensive

Although it's very expensive, reviews praise the corded Festool Trion jigsaw for precision, low vibration, superb ergonomics and excellent dust control when connected to a shop vac. Reviews say that the superior blade guides make true perpendicular cuts even in thick wood and that blade changes are easy. The Festool Trion jigsaw extracts dust through the baseplate in a unique, effective way. Optional circle-cutting and straight guide-rail systems are available, and the warranty is for three years. The Festool Trion is available in either top-handled or barrel-grip styles.
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Makita LXT BJV180
Makita LXT BJV180

Best cordless jigsaw overall

Cordless jigsaws are convenient, but the best models are more expensive than a corded jigsaw. Reviews praise the lithium-ion-powered 18-volt Makita cordless jigsaw for its 6.1-pound weight and fine ergonomics, along with a long runtime, an LED light and a 25-minute charger. Lithium-ion batteries are light, compact and environmentally friendly. They also hold a charge longer between uses – up to five times longer than NiMH or Ni-Cad batteries. The jigsaw warranty is for three years, and the battery is covered for one year.
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Bosch 52318
Bosch 52318

Best value, cordless jigsaw

The 18-volt Bosch 52318 jigsaw lacks an LED light, has a maximum speed much lower than that of the Makita cordless drill above, and uses Ni-Cad batteries rather than lithium-ion. However, reviews give the Bosch 52318 jigsaw high scores for smooth cutting power and easy blade changes – ejecting the hot blade without any need to touch it. The jigsaw itself carries a three-year warranty, while the batteries have a warranty of two years.
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