Best Corded Jigsaw UK Reviews
If you are thinking about buying a jigsaw, then this article should really help you out. We have reviewed the best jigsaws currently available in the UK market. With the number of different saws available in the market right now, has the good old reliable work horse jigsaw started to lose its value?
The reason that I pose this question is simply because, believe it or not, these saws are still big sellers, and that made me wonder why?
For as many years as I can recall, a jigsaw was part of any joiner or carpenter's tool kit, and was also owned by many people who liked to do work around the home. With the advance of technology, these started to take a back shelf in many tool stores and DIY outlets like B&Q, up and down the UK.
However, their popularity does continue, so I had to investigate why this would be so.
On this page I focus on the normal and popular electrical corded jigsaws. However it is worth mentioning that these are now available as cordless. They are now starting to get very popular. So if you don't like the idea of trailing leads, then these would be worth your consideration.
If you have used a jigsaw, then you will already know that a trailing lead can be both annoying and dangerous as it is all too easy to cut through by accident.
The cordless jigsaws are generally speaking more expensive than a normal corded jigsaw, and they are made by the popular brands such as Dewalt, Bosch and Draper. They vary in price from around £70-150.
The advantage of using one of these is that you are not tied to the end of an electrical cord, or an extension lead. So if you were working outdoors on a roof, or perhaps a deck, then a cordless option might be a better choice.
They use Lithium-Ion batteries which take about an hour to charge. If you would like to find out more about cordless jigsaws, then please click here to read all about those.
Top 10 Buyer Rated Corded Jigsaws
Below you will find our list of the top 10 buyer rated jigsaws that are currently available on the UK market. The percentage shown in brackets refers to the average buyer rating satisfaction scored out of 100%.
We have read all of the reviews and made note of the buyer ratings from a range of online websites who sell these jigsaws. We then pulled all this information together to come up with our top 10 list shown below.
- Bosch 06033A0070 PST 700 E Compact Jigsaw (92%)
- Bosch PST 800 PEL Jigsaw (92%)
- BLACK+DECKER KS501-GB Compact Jigsaw (92%)
- Tacklife Jigsaw Tools 800W (92%)
- BLACK+DECKER Autoselect Pendulum Jigsaw (92%)
- Hitachi CJ110MV Jigsaw (90%)
- Makita 4329/2 Orbital Action Jigsaw (88%)
- Bosch Professional GST 90 BE Corded 240 V Jigsaw (86%)
- Evolution RAGE7-S Corded Jigsaw, 710 W (230V) (86%)
- Silverline 815969 Silver Storm Jigsaw with Laser Guide (86%)
If you click on any of the product names above, you can read a short summary of each jigsaw. In that short summary there is also a link to read a longer review on that particular jigsaw.
Summary Review of the Bosch 06033A0070 PST 700 E Compact Jigsaw
- This is one of the best sellers on the UK market from the popular Bosch brand
- Measures 29 x 33.5 x 10 cm and weighs 1.14 Kg
- It has a 500 watt motor and a 70 mm cutting depth in wood
- Bosch SDS ensures easy and safe saw blade changes within seconds
Summary Review of the Bosch PST 800 PEL Jigsaw
- This is hugely popular with 530 watts of power and a cutting depth of up to 80 mm in wood.
- Measures 38.4 x 29 x 9.4 cm and weighs 2.74 Kg
- It has a four-stage orbital pendulum action
- Bosch SDS ensures effortless and safe saw blade changes within seconds
Summary Review of the BLACK+DECKER KS501-GB Compact Jigsaw
- This is a basic entry level jigsaw with 400 watts of power.
- It is an electrical corded jigsaw
- Measures 21 x 29 x 83 cm and weighs 1.7 Kg
- It can be used to make straight cuts or 45 degree bevel cuts
- It does have a lock on switch
- Ideal for light applications such as cutting wood, plastic and light metals
Summary Review of the Tacklife Jigsaw Tools 800W
- This is a powerful 800 watt jigsaw with lots of features
- Measures 32.4 x 28.4 x 9.8 cm and weighs 3.5 Kg
- 4 position orbital control for faster cutting
- Laser LED guide light
- Metal guide ruler and 6 blades
Summary Review of the BLACK+DECKER Autoselect Pendulum Jigsaw
- This is an auto select tool where you pick the project to be done and the jigsaw picks the right settings
- Measures 28.4 x 30.6 x 10.8 cm and weighs 2.98 Kg
- Has an anti-splinter guard for really smooth finish
- Can bevel at 22.5 and 45 degrees
- Lock on switch
Summary Review of the Hitachi CJ110MV Jigsaw
- This is 720 watt orbital jigsaw.
- It has a tool free blade lock
- Measures 34 x 37 x 11 cm and weighs 4.24 Kg
- Nickel plated die cast base for strength
- Electronic control and variable speed
- 4 stage orbital action
Summary Review of the Makita 4329/2 Orbital Action Jigsaw
- This is an orbital jigsaw for faster cutting ( 3 orbital settings)
- Can cut up to 65 mm in wood
- Measures 8.5 x 29 x 23.5 cm and weighs 1.9 Kg
- Variable speed control and soft start
- Blade changes are hex key
- Can do bevel cuts left or right at 45 degrees
Summary Review of the Bosch Professional GST 90 BE
- This is one that the professionals would use or those who do a lot of home projects
- Measures 34.8 x 29.4 x 9.6 cm and weighs 2.6 Kg
- Powerful 650 watt motor
- Steel base plate
- Bosch SDS fast blade change
- Cuts 90 mm in wood
Summary Review of the Evolution RAGE7-S Corded Jigsaw
- Similar to their mitre saws this Evolution is designed to cut anything
- Measures 9 x 26 x 40 cm and weighs 3.98 Kg
- It can be used to make straight cuts or 45 degree bevel cuts
- 710 watt motor and can cut up to 80 mm in wood
- 5 multi-purpose blades included
Summary Review of the Silverline 815969 Silver Storm Jigsaw
- This is a pendulum jigsaw for faster cutting up to 80 mm in wood
- 710 watt motor
- Weighs 2.2 Kg
- Adjustable 45 degree bevel plate
- It does have a lock on switch and variable speed
- 3 year warranty
What Exactly Is a Jigsaw Used For?
The most common use for a jigsaw is in DIY and woodworking, where this saw is used to cut out different shapes. Few people know though, that these also work well on other materials like metal and plastic. It is classed as a power tool and they have been around for a very long time.
When they first came out, they were very popular with people interested in DIY and Home Improvements. Here is a pretty good video that explains what it can be used for and how it works.
The jigsaw is by definition a type of reciprocating saw. That means is that the sawing action is an up and down action of the blade, against the wood.
It is best described as a versatile tool, that allows you to cut holes, shapes, cut out stencils, make rounded corners and many other applications of a similar nature. It is a good all round saw to have in your tool kit.
It can also be used to make bevel cuts and also to do simple straight cuts.
Project Ideas for a Jigsaw
It is really useful to have one of these if you plan to do a few projects around the home. One popular use is to cut out the shape of a sink in a kitchen worktop. Whatever the reason you are buying a jigsaw, then believe me, it will get plenty of use.
These can also be used for:
- Trimming Door Heights
- Cutting decking boards
- Cutting Laminate Flooring
- Home Maintenance
- Making Bevels
The amount of use is the one determining factor, that you should consider, when you are going to buy one of these. They range a lot in price, from the very basic at around £25, and go all the way up to around £150.
To be honest if you are only going to be using it for the odd job every now and then, then the Black & Decker model we mentioned above will do the job nicely. There is no need to spend any more than around £25.
If it is going to get a fair amount of use, or you are planning to use it on a bigger project, then go for the Bosch model we mentioned above. The professionals or serious DIY people will more than likely go for the Dewalt or a similar brand.
They are handy for making short cross cuts on boards or for finishing off corner cuts. These are not good for making long straight cuts, and you really should be using a circular saw for that type of work.
I would only recommend using a jigsaw on softwood that is about an inch and a half in thickness. If cutting through harder woods, then the thickness, should be no more than about 3/4".
You may well ask why there is such a variation in price, and that is what I will cover below in this buying guide.
Cutting Straight Edges with a Jigsaw
A lot of users complain that when they use this type of saw, then the actual cut they achieve is not perfectly straight. In most cases the cut ends up having what is termed a bevel edge to it.
That is usually because people are trying to cut thick pieces of wood. When you try to do this, the thin blade starts to bend, and it is this slight curvature that causes the bevel, or rounded type of cut, along the cutting line.
They are just not made to deal with really heavy work, or really tough woods. The blade tends to bend even more when it encounters hard woods, and that is made worse as the user then applies more force, which causes the blade to bend even further.
Stronger and better made jigsaws will not have as much blade deflection as the lighter ones, where there will be more play in the blade.
Price Differences When Buying Jigsaws
So with such a wide fluctuation in price, you can bet there is quite a difference between a standard basic jigsaw at around £25 and one that will set you back £100 or more. Let's have a look at what you should be on the look out for, and then you can decide which grade of jigsaw you actually need.
Most people want a decent quality jigsaw at an affordable price. The reason for that is that unless you plan to do a lot of different projects, then the reality is that you will use this a few times, but for the most part it will simply sit around your garage.
As long as the saw can do what you need it to do for your main projects, then that is all you really need. If you are a professional, a construction worker, or someone who will use this a lot, then you probably already know that you need one at the higher end of the range.
I think around £25-50 should be enough to spend for most people. A professional will probably spend anything between £100-150 to get all the features that they will need. That of course is just a guide and there are plenty of price options in between to suit most budgets.
So now it is time to talk about features. Something like the Black and Decker KS500 we mentioned earlier works really well for basic home use.
Jigsaw Feature Buying Guide
Motor Size (Watts)
The motor is of course what gives the operating power to your tool. The bigger the motor, the more power you will have at your disposal. The power of a motor is always determined by a measurement known as Watts.
If you plan on doing a lot of work with your saw, then get one with a more powerful motor. As an example the basic Black & Decker KS500 model has 400 watts whereas the Bosch PST 700E has 500 watts.
More power means more cutting power and it also will mean that the actual jigsaw will not be working as hard all of the time, and therefore will last longer.
The Jigsaw Shoe
The shoe is what will rest on the wood as you make your cut. Some of the cheaper saws has a shoe that is made of a very light metal. To be brutally honest, this is just a waste of your money.
If this starts to twist, or bends in any way, then you will never get an accurate cut. You want something like a steel shoe or a cast shoe that will not twist.
Often when jigsaws get dropped this shoe can get out of shape and with lighter metals this will of course be a great deal worse.
Some jigsaws come with one universal blade that can be used to cut a variety of materials. Other jigsaws will recommend using different blades for different materials.
There are two different ways of attaching blade. One is what is called a universal fit, and the other is called a bayonet fit.
Some of the basic machines use a screw to attach the blade to the saw, which is not a very good solution. Others use a clamp that is tightened using an Allen key.
The better ones connect by simply pushing them into the saw, and are known as tool less connections. These are what I would personally recommend as they are more secure, and so much easier to change.
The blades of a jigsaw are designed to do their cutting on the up stroke. For most projects that is fine, but if for example you were cutting through a veneer, then it would be useless. For those more delicate jobs, change the blade to a down stroke cutting blade.
There are many types of blades available from really coarse and all the way down to fine. The different brands will all have blades that are designed for use with their saws. Most of them will be able to fit across a range of jigsaws, but always check in the user manual which blades your saw will take before buying those.
Jigsaw Variable Speed
This is not an essential feature, but I can tell you that it will make a huge difference to your actual cutting experience. If you can control the speed of the blade, and therefore the cutting action, then you will have a lot more control over producing a better finish.
This speed variation also helps greatly with cutting different types of materials. Wood needs for example to be cut a different speed to aluminium.
Bevel Cutting with a Jigsaw
Some jigsaws allow you to cut a bevel shape as the blade can be angled, but the basic ones will not have this feature. You will remember I mentioned the unintended bevel earlier.
However there will be times when you want a proper bevel cut, and it is then you will need to get a saw that can do that type of cut. You really only get that option in the more expensive saws.
So those are the main features and more or less all you need to consider before you make any purchase. There are a couple of other features that you should know about.
Orbital Cutting Action
These are basically dialled settings, that slightly alter the pitch of the blade. So rather than just cutting straight up and down in a vertical position, the blade is angled forwards and makes for a more aggressive cut.
It certainly speeds things up quite a bit in the cutting process. The Makita 4329/2 at number 7 on our list has that feature and it is for faster cutting which matters when time is of the essence.
Length of Stroke
In simple terms the longer the length of the stroke, then the quicker you can cut through the material. Some jigsaws will have only a 1/2" stroke, whereas the more expensive ones, are more typically 1" lengths. Again this feature is all about getting things done quicker.
Depth of Stroke
This is actually more important than the length of stroke. The blade length, and particularly how far the blade is exposed below the shoe, will determine what thicknesses of wood you can cut.
The better and more expensive jigsaws will be able to cut thicker pieces of wood. These do vary quite a bit so always check the actual specification on the saw before buying. That will ensure the jigsaw is capable of doing the task.
Any jigsaw should have a guard for obvious health and safety reasons. I have seen far too many people remove this to tray and see the cutting line better. That is a huge mistake.
A jigsaw with a blow function on it means there should never be any problems with being able to see the cutting line. In any case please do not remove the guard as it is there to protect your fingers.