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    Default Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

    TOH Editorial Assistant Sal Vaglica wants to know:

    Do you want to test a jigsaw for TOH? What projects would you use it on? Tell us and you could score a jigsaw to test, review, and keep!

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    Default Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

    Depends on exactly what the test parameters require and who the jigsaw is being marketed to.

    General tests/reviews would include:

    1. Fit and finish
    2. Sole plate adjustability and function
    3. Blade attachment, ease of change, selections available (generic or brand specific blades only )
    4. Adjustment of stroke
    5. Tool vibration with and without a load and in various densities of material
    6. Cut performance at all angles of sole plate adjustment
    7. Misc things such as dust blower port behind blade, adjustable cutting direction, variable speed function, adjustable exhaust deflector to keep too from blowing in users face, tool weight
    8. If cordless, cut quality/duration on single charge
    9. Discernible Pro's/Con's of this tool over competitive models.

    For the contractor types:

    1. Cutting cultured counter top material

    For the average homeowner/woodworker

    1. Ability/performance when cutting different species of wood

    I'll add more as I think of them.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

    Appearance, finish ,feel, and ease of blade change. Squareness of cut, vibration, and tracking. I would want to try it on pine, poplar, and oak. Curved and straight cut up to full depth cut. I would also want to try it with a metal cutting blade on tubing and flat stock.
    Jack
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    Default Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

    I keep forgetting... is a jigsaw the one where the tool is stationary and you feed the wood into it, or is it the hand-held one where you guide it into the wood?

    Over the years I think someone tried to pull a fast one and changed the meaning of jigsaw... my recollection is that it's a satationary piece of equipment.

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    Default Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

    My son is in the beginning stages of building his own home .
    That saw would see every type of real world task imaginable .

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    Default Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

    Quote Originally Posted by libcarp View Post
    I keep forgetting... is a jigsaw the one where the tool is stationary and you feed the wood into it, or is it the hand-held one where you guide it into the wood?

    Over the years I think someone tried to pull a fast one and changed the meaning of jigsaw... my recollection is that it's a satationary piece of equipment.
    Jig saw is the hand held tool, the bench mounted one is a scroll saw.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

    Jigsaw

    scroll saw
    Jack
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    Default Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

    A note from TOH Editorial Assistant Sal Vaglica:

    Hey everyone!
    Sounds like everyone on here is very capable of putting our jigsaws through their paces. But, I need some targeted and specific projects that you have coming up in the next few weeks so that we can decide who to send the tools to for testing. Cutting out a sink hole, maybe, or cutting some ornate trim? If your interested in taking part in the reader review, you've got to give me the details. Looking forward to hearing back!

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    Default Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moderator View Post
    A note from TOH Editorial Assistant Sal Vaglica:

    Hey everyone!
    Sounds like everyone on here is very capable of putting our jigsaws through their paces. But, I need some targeted and specific projects that you have coming up in the next few weeks so that we can decide who to send the tools to for testing. Cutting out a sink hole, maybe, or cutting some ornate trim? If your interested in taking part in the reader review, you've got to give me the details. Looking forward to hearing back!
    I'm currently in my 3rd year of my live-in full remodel of my 1928 house. I have a few projects in the queue that I will be using a Jigsaw on.
    -Decorative wall shelfs (including some jigsaw detail in the supports and frames. (my wife has been bugging me on this one for months)
    -cutting out sink and faucet holes in coutertop in laundry room.
    -building some garage shelving, and basement storage shelving.
    -I'm also doing some electrical wiring upgrades throughout the house, and have been using the jigsaw a bunch on that project (cutting holes through the walls, etc.)

    My current jigsaw is on it's last leg, Although it was a cheapy one to start with, I think I would have more than enough projects in the short term to put it through it's paces.

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    Default Re: Want to test a jigsaw for TOH?

    A jig saw is a bit of a specialty tool. There are many other saws with specific purposes of making straight cuts, weather it be miter, compound miter, sheet goods ect, but when it comes to irregular cuts, a jig saw becomes a specialty tool. I am currently remodeling a 1940's home. I will be installing new cabinets w/countertops and crown moulding on the inside. I build my own laminate countertops, so sink cut outs are not precut. Outside there are modest decorative, structural corbels under soffits on the gabel ends. This would certainly be a good test for any new jig saw.
    PS. If my wife discovers I have a new jig saw she will insist I make her some backlit Angels for the Holidays.
    Hey! Maybe she can test your saw also and cut them herself!
    I believe I am up to the challenge.

    Kev.

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