I am looking for a small knife or screwdriver-style handle that can work with standard t-shank jigsaw blades. The above Stanley folding pocket saw is said to fit standard sabre and reciprocating blades, but I’m hoping to check out additional options. I plan to buy a pack of Festool foam-cutting jigsaw blades ($15 via Amazon) so that I can cut outlines of my tools into foam.
I’d love a much smaller tool for T shank blades that folds up and is no larger than a pocket knife. The new Leatherman Surge is said to have a universal T-shank tool holder, but I would hate to have to buy a duplicate multi-tool just for the jigsaw blade holder.
I have an old one ( I bought probably 30 years ago) made in England that uses has a beefy ferrule and 2 fillister head screws that hold the saw blade in the handle.
Before I give any suggestions, I want to state I don’t work any of the manufacturers or distributors.
In the long run, whilst the Stanley is probably the least expensive, I would go with Blue Point, as not only is this USA made, but this tool can be used for more than one purpose as well. But understandably if Snap-On is out of your price league, I would definitely check eBay as well as pawn shop as well. That looks like the General Tools 890 file handle, which is less than $8 via Amazon with free shipping. I know Milwaukee has offered foam cutting blades for recip saws in the past that would work well in their Job Saw handle or one of the other handles for recip blades previously posted. I recently purchased a Milwaukee handheld Sawzall blade holder, but I was really hoping for something smaller and better sized for jigsaw blades. Plus, when I was done with the foam I would have made a point to evaluate the blade holder as an EDC-style tool, where compactness and portability is always a high priority. Do any of your contacts at Bosch have access to any old stock that was never shipped or returned by retailers? I used a foam hot knife to cut tool outlines in kaizen foam that is cut to fit my L-boxxes. I’m not so sure those blades will work effectively when used by hand to cut tool foam. I use 3M 77 spray adhesive to attach a sheet of heavy artist’s paper to the foam, and then lay out my tools and trace with a fine sharpie.
Next, I use a Dremel tool in a router base with a very small diamond grit needle-shaped abrasive bit, and follow my paper pattern around to cut the foam. Looking around the web for saw blade handles also showed a lot of other good ideas for jig saw blades, such as sticking them in screwdriver handles, taking apart a small pocket knife to use the jig saw blade in, or even just sticking it in an X-acto hobby knife handle, or a piece of wood. I used to use a broken scroll saw blade or a broken piece of band saw blade to carve pumpkins.
Late to the party here, but I saw some interesting Bosch jigsaw blades at a local woodmonger. This website is protected with SSL (secure socket layer) encryption, the highest standard in Internet security. BOSCH T150RF3 3" 50G Jigsaw Blade 3 Pk.-Whether for miter, straight or curved cuts, Bosch sells the right saw blade designed for high performance in all major brand jig saws. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Woodworking expert Sandor Nagyszalanczy tested the best jigsaws on the market to determine what features worked well in the shop and which was best overall.
I’ve always thought of a jigsaw as a sort of “poor man’s band saw.” During my early woodworking days when I lacked both the funds and space for a band saw, I used the best jigsaw I could find (I borrowed money from a friend to buy it).
Nearly 35 years later, when it came time to pick a batch of jigsaws to review for Woodoworker's Journal, I was anxious to try out the “top-shelf” models offered by the best known power tool manufacturers. Instead of discussing each saw individually, I will compare all of their attributes and cutting abilities in two sections: The first contrasts the features and accessories of the seven models. The author prefers a longer handled jigsaw, as it allows you to grip it at different angles more easily for different cuts. Wider triggers offer you more gripping options and control, whereas narrower jigsaw triggers can be clumsy and hard to grip while cutting. A jigsaw’s most important operational feature is its trigger that switches the tool on and off. The Bosch, DeWALT and Milwaukee saws feature variable triggers that let you ramp up the speed of the blade gradually, up to the maximum set on its variable-speed dial. All the portable jigsaws had variable speed control dials, but the locations varied, with some being harder to reach while operating than others. The Metabo and Makita both feature “soft-start” motor electronics that ramp up motor speed gradually when the tool’s trigger is pulled. One of the things to check when selecting a jigsaw is how comfortable the orbital blade adjustment is, as this will ultimately guide how aggressive your cuts can be. Selectable blade orbit: Probably the single most important feature on a topnotch jigsaw is its orbital blade action.
While they are historically a bandsaw accessory, blade guides are starting to make their way onto jigsaws like these from Festool and Bosch. Blade guide systems: A unique feature found on the Festool and Bosch saws is a special saw blade guide positioned below the orbit mechanism’s guide wheel.
All the jigsaws featured had tool-free blade change systems, which allow you to safely and easily change out blades thanks to a spring loaded lever and clamp. Tool-less blade clamps: All seven jigsaws allow tool-less blade changes, employing a lever that opens the blade clamp on the end of the saw’s plunger — the part that moves the blade up and down. Some jigsaws allow you to change the positioning of the footplate without tools, but most require the use of an Allen wrench which takes time, but isn't a deal breaker. Dust collection and sawdust blower: Having written many articles and several books on woodshop dust control, I’m a huge advocate of built-in dust collection on portable power tools.
I only tested dust collection with the three saws that came standard with the extractor fitting.
Bosch's solution to not having dust collector fittings is a directed blower, which can be controlled via a switch on the side of the tool.
Curiously, only the three least expensive saws tested, like this one from Hitachi, were equipped with an LED guide light.
DeWalt jigsaws (amongst others) come with a removable footplate cover that is made of plastic to prevent the metal plate from scraping the wood. Other features: An accessory plastic shoe cover comes with the Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee and DeWALT jigsaws. Almost all jigsaws currently available come with a small, plastic anti-splitter insert that is very useful when cutting chipping prone materials like plywood.
All the jigsaws in the group, except the Hitachi, come with a plastic anti-splinter insert. Except for the economy-priced Hitachi, all the jigsaws in the group come with a plastic tool case. Like all other current Festool portable power tools, the Trion jigsaw features a detachable “Plug It” power cord. The back of the Hitachi’s body has a loop molded in, making it easy to connect the tool to a lanyard or other hook — a nice feature if you work on a roof or ladder. Cutting Fast: An obvious question when comparing the performance of different jigsaws is “which saw cuts the fastest?” I created a speed cutting test to determine the answer.
The second-and-a-half difference between the fastest and slowest saws might not seem like much.
Vibration: Regardless of how fast a jigsaw cuts, the less vibration it produces, the better. In truth, I found it quite difficult to accurately compare the vibration of the various saws in the group, as it varied under different circumstances. After careful consideration, I found the Bosch and Festool, closely followed by the Milwaukee and Makita, consistently produced the least vibration when cutting a variety of wood types and thicknesses with a variety of blades. One of the tests the author put the saws through was cutting melamine, which is fragile and likely to splinter when making close cuts. Cutting cleanly: Getting clean jigsaw cuts with only light splintering, tearout and surface chipping is chiefly a matter of selecting a blade that’s designed for the job. After experimenting with different rates of feed, I selected the cutoffs that displayed the cleanest edge produced by each saw. The better view you have of the cut line, the more accurate your cut will be, and the Bosch jigsaw has the best overall cutting viewpoint.

Many of the jigsaws had a slight waver in them, but the Bosch and Festool saws provided the most square cuts.
It’s usually true that the thicker, denser (or more variable in density) a workpiece is, the more likely that a jigsaw’s blade will deflect when cutting it. I’ve conducted dozens and dozens of tool reviews in my career, but few were as close as this one: After a couple of weeks of testing and hundreds of cuts, I found a small range of differences between my most and least favorite saws. But as capable as these machines are, some models proved to be better performers and more “user-friendly” than others. When I considered the saws independent of price, there was a fairly small point spread between the top models, with the Bosch, Makita and Festool leading the pack. A jigsaw is an incredibly versatile power tool that is beloved by tradesmen across the nation. The most popular models include easy clean-up features, variable speed motors, high quality cutting guides and automated rotation speeds, convenient portability and easy to change blades. Keyless lever action blade clamps allow quick blade changes without the use of a screwdriver.
Match the material quality to the blade rotation speed with a 4 position orbital action switch.
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The 5 amp variable speed motor provides all the power necessary to complete many types of cuts.
7 Smart Select settings automatically set optimal orbital setting, saving time and boosting the quality and accuracy of the cut. Includes an easy to use wall mount that quickly releases and reattaches the saw for the utmost in convenience and organization. A convenient dust port connects to any shop vac, enabling the user to keep the work place clean and boost cut visibility. Best Buy Auto Equipment is your premium source for automotive equipment, car lifts and tire changers.
It’s pretty good for the price and has bailed me out of not having my jab saw a few times. It works pretty well, but you need a screwdriver to change blades and the plastic handle feels cheap.
It has the option for shorter blades and customizable wire, which would be handy for making quick finger pulls. If not they run about 50 bucks), you really only need the fancy foam blades and a few minutes of modding work. I have a big Snap-On box that I have cut foam for, and I tried a LOT of methods before I found one that worked effectively. I then cut out the outlines from the paper with an x-acto knife—not the foam; I only cut deep enough to break the paper loose. Because I use heavy paper—you MUST use heavy paper!—this functions similarly to how a wood template is used with a pattern bit when routing wood.
I slotted the end of a dowel and just use the appropriate-sized hose clamp to keep the blade piece in.
I used that jigsaw for all my curve cutting tasks, as well as the jobs a band saw couldn’t do: pocket cuts, inside circular cutouts, and all manner of trimming inside built-in cabinets and furniture. These include the best offerings from Bosch, DeWALT, Festool, Hitachi, Makita, Metabo and Milwaukee.
The second section describes the performance tests I put each jigsaw through and reports on how well each model fared. All of the saws in this group, save the Festool, have a rubber-like overmold covering their handles. I generally prefer a wider tool trigger that allows twofinger operation, to help reduce hand fatigue. This makes a jigsaw a more versatile cutting machine: Choose slower speeds for fine cuts and when cutting dense materials and plastics and faster speeds for quicker, rougher cuts in lighter woods and porous materials. Soft start can prevent the saw from suddenly jerking if you start cutting with the blade in contact with the material.
This mechanism moves the blade forward slightly during the upstroke cut, resulting in a more aggressive cutting action than if the blade simply reciprocated up and down. These small metal guides work like the guide blocks on a band saw, to help stabilize the blade and keep it from deflecting during cutting.
Tool-less blade clamps make changing the tang-style saw blades each model uses quick and easy.
The Festool’s “Fast Fix” blade change mechanism has a relatively stiff lever, but its clamp accepts blades without fuss and holds them rock solid. The three most expensive jigsaws in this group — the Festool, Bosch and Metabo — come with a chip extractor fitting for dust collection; it’s an optional accessory for the other four saws. Both the Bosch and Festool collected chips effectively, but there was a problem: Their chip guards limited the visibility of the line of cut, and as fine dust built up on the inside of the guard, it became nearly impossible to see.
All the saws feature a dust blower that uses air channeled from the motor fan to blow dust away from just in front of the blade. Interestingly, these are the three lowest-priced saws in the group (I guess toolmakers figure that the folks that buy more expensive saws also have better eyesight!).
This thin, slick plastic cover snaps in place over the tool’s footplate, allowing you to saw delicate materials — decorative veneers, plastics, Corian® countertops — without fear of causing scratches.
This small accessory snaps into its footplate to surround the area directly around the blade, like a zero-clearance throat plate in a table saw. The Bosch and Festool saws have special stackable cases, each part of a system that allows multiple cases to be latched together for storage or transport. First, I fitted each saw with a new Bosch Progressor blade, designed specifically for fast, rough cutting.
The next fastest cutting time was clocked by the Makita — less than a tenth of a second slower than the Festool. But this time can really add up if you have dozens of rafter ends to decoratively jigsaw, or a pile of curved parts to cut out. All jigsaws employ some sort of counterbalance system to reduce the up-and-down shaking created by the reciprocating plunger and blade, and some work better than others. That’s not to say that the DeWALT and Hitachi produce unacceptable amounts of vibration, but they just didn’t feel as smooth running as the top saws.
But I still wanted to see just how smooth a cut each saw was capable of producing with a general purpose blade. Generally, a saw with less of its body overhanging the blade is easier to use, especially when you’re working in cramped quarters or trying to follow a curvaceous line, say when cutting out a scrollwork pattern. Unlike other makes and models of jigsaws, the DEWALT Bare-Tool DC330B allows the user to get the power of a corded drill with the convenience of a battery powered jigsaw.
The Black & Decker JS660 jig saw is one of America’s best-selling saws because of its many options.
This jigsaw is perfect for cutting plastic, wood and metal and can be used for straight or curved cuts. Whether cutting wood, plastic, aluminum or ceramic, this jigsaw is the perfect solution for a precise cut. The one that brings all the features you need to the table to complete the projects you have. We have locations across the nation, including California, Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Ohio. The Bosch would have been a nice option and T-shank compatibility would have been guaranteed, but it seems to have been discontinued. I had the hot knife from ICF construction, it is an expensive industrial style belted unit made by Winn-lock. The dremel bit rides against the paper and does a very good job of creating a clean, burnished cut of the foam without the tearout and shredding that pretty much every other method produces, and there is not a need for precise manual dexterity, as there would be with a hot knife. The Porter-Cable 9543 was slated to be part of this group, but was, unfortunately, recently discontinued.
Overmolds are softer to the touch than hard plastic, provide a more secure grip and even dampen tool vibration slightly.

Wide triggers also let users place their hands in a variety of positions along the tool’s handle.
The Bosch’s unique trigger works with a two-step action: Pull the trigger lightly, and the saw immediately switches on to a slow speed. Interestingly, the saws with the highest maximum speeds didn’t necessarily cut faster than those with slower speeds.
But, overall, I found soft start more of an irritation than an aid; I didn’t like having to wait for the saw to come up to speed each time I started a cut.
The mechanism also moves the saw blade back slightly, so it clears the kerf during the return down stroke and saves wear on the teeth.
The Festool’s guide has two small prongs that contact the blade more closely at the back than at the front.
The Makita also has a terrific mechanism with a spring-loaded lever that’s easy to pull open and a clamp that accepts blades easily and positively. While all these jigsaws have tilting footplates, only the Bosch, Milwaukee and DeWALT allow tool-less angle changes.
This plastic fitting clips into the back of the saw’s footplate and connects to a small diameter vacuum hose (the Bosch comes with a hose adapter). Visibility was considerably better with the Metabo when using dust collection, as its chip guard is much taller and larger and didn’t seem to attract as much fine dust. The blowers on all the saws do a pretty good job, save the Makita, whose airflow is rather sluggish. A built-in light is particularly welcome on a jigsaw, since the overhanging body tends to cast a shadow in the area of the blade. These inserts really do help reduce splintering, and I recommend using them when taking fine cuts on splinter-prone woods and plywoods, as well as materials with delicate surfaces, such as melamine. With the help of my wife, Ann, I timed how long it took each saw to crosscut a 2x6, as shown in the lead photo on page 44. Posting a slightly slower time than that was the Bosch, followed (in timed order) by the Metabo, Milwaukee and Hitachi. At the bottom of the pack, the Metabo jigsaw consistently produced more vibration than any of the other saws.
I fit each saw with a fine-toothed blade and set it to a medium speed with a slight orbit (#1). With cuts only slightly more ragged than the Bosch were the Makita, Festool and DeWALT, followed by the other saws. The open front end configuration of the Bosch and Metabo make it much easier for me to see the blade without having to crane my neck. Even the relatively bargain-priced Hitachi is a well-built machine that deserves a place in this lineup. As good as the top-priced Festool Trion proved to be, I don’t think it’s twice as good as the Makita that’s half the price. This saw is professional grade and features a number of attractive qualities that tradesmen love. The Rockwell RK7321 BladeRunner great for tradesmen and craftsmen and can provide the power, versatility and convenience professionals need on the job.
These best-selling jigsaws can offer all the power, portability, automation and more to produce accurate, clean cuts every time that make jobs easier. I live and work in the San Diego area as a job site coordinator for a leading construction company. I also tried to include a jigsaw made by the Swiss power tool company Hilti, but they chose not to participate in the article. Of the seven saws, the handles on the Makita and Hitachi fit my medium-sized hands the best. A clear plastic chip guard snaps in place over the front of the saw to enclose the blade area and enhance chip collection. The Hitachi’s light has a small plastic pointer that conducts some of the LED’s light and sticks down in front of the blade. It’s worth noting that I was able to get a much cleaner cut with all of these saws by fitting them with a special saw blade designed for laminates, as well as an anti-splinter insert. The Milwaukee and Hitachi have the most blade obscuring body overhangs, but the former’s built-in LED light helps to improve its line-of-cut visibility. Most models left edges that wavered in squareness and up-and-down straightness over the length of the cut. The Makita 4350 FCT is a very good jigsaw for the price, but the Bosch had a better feature set and overall performance for just under $50 more. I know the ins and outs of home improvement and construction with my 15 years of real-world experience. I also liked the longer handles found on these saws (as well as several others) because their length allows for a varied grip to suit different working positions. Although the Bosch’s trigger works well enough, I prefer the triggers on the DeWALT and Milwaukee, which let you ramp the speed up from zero to the maximum set speed with one continuous pull.
These are easier to see and set than the rear-mounted dials on the Bosch, Metabo and Makita. The Bosch’s “Precision Guide Control” has two small parallel blocks that are user-engaged via a small pushbutton.
There’s no clunky mechanism or oversized blade clamp on the end of the plunger, just a simple slot. Shutting off or turning down the airflow is desirable when you’re working inside your home and don’t want to launch sawdust everywhere, or when blown dust might end up in your eyes, say when jigsawing plumbing and electrical cutouts inside a kitchen cabinet.
Although its goal is to better visually define the line of cut, I found it actually obscured the work area. The exceptions were the Bosch and Festool models, which left nearly dead square and straight cut edges.
Therefore, the Bosch 1590 EVSL earns my choice as the “Best Bet” in this group of impressive top-shelf jigsaws.
The pommel at the front of the DeWALT’s handle allows a two-handed grip — helpful when cutting in awkward positions. All the saws have trigger locks, so you don’t have to hold the trigger on during long cuts. The DeWALT and Milwaukee have trigger-mounted speed dials that I find hard to see and set without tipping or inverting the saw.
The Metabo features five orbit selections instead of four, but I didn’t find the greater range of select ability to be particularly necessary or useful. It’s safe to assume that such superior performance was likely due to the special blade guide systems on these saws, which helped prevent their long saw blades from deflecting. The Milwaukee has a small, somewhat handy blade orbit and speed selection chart mounted on the side of the tool. This can save you from burning your fingers trying to pull a hot blade out of the clamp after a prolonged cutting session.
The other four saws employ an Allen wrench, which conveniently stores on board the tool, for angle changes. Both of these innovative systems are very easy to use and significantly improve performance. The new blade inserts easily into the Bosch’s plunger slot and latches with a positive feel. Yes, using a wrench does take more time, but then again, how often does the average woodworker take bevel cuts with a jigsaw?
All the saws have a 0-degree detent for square cuts, and most have detents at 45 degrees and other angles as well. After checking the accuracy of the all-important 90-degree detents, I found that only the Festool and Bosch consistently kept their blades at near perfect square to the footplate. The other saws required a bit of fussing with a try square to get their blades dead on 90 degrees.

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