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Tool Test: Top-Handle Jigsaws

The best of these pro-level tools should be equally suited to heavy, aggressive cuts and delicate, detailed curves

Jigsaws have become indispensable tools for all types of curved and straight cutting. In this tool test, builder Paul Johnson looks at the current crop of top-handle jigsaws. He examined them for speed, control, size, weight, and power, and also rated their amenities (LED lights, vacuum ports, dust blowers, and carrying cases). After testing the seven tools on softwoods, hardwoods, plywood, metal, and porcelain tile, Johnson rated a Makita model as best overall and a Bosch model as best value. He also tested jigsaws from DeWalt, Festool, Metabo, Milwaukee, and Porter-Cable.

Tool Test: Top-Handle Jigsaws

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