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A Better Breed of Jigsaws

Making precise cuts and keeping sightlines clear are must-have qualities. We tested 12 top models and picked the leader of the pack.

After testing 12 top models, carpenter and author Andy Engel weighs in with his opinions on today's crop of jigsaws. Engel grades the saws based on several criteria, including feel, his sense of the saw's balance and vibration; cutting ability through framing lumber and laminate countertops; and ease of blade change. He rates the Hitachi CJ110MV as best value, but calls Bosch's 1590EVSK his favorite. Other tools reviewed include the Craftsman 27719, DeWalt DW331K, Festool PSB 300 EQ, Freud FJ85, Hilti WSJ 850-ET, Makita 434FCT, Metabo STEB135, Milwaukee 6268-21, Porter-Cable 9543, and Ridgid R3120.

A Better Breed of Jigsaws
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