How to Choose the Best Jigsaw for the Job

how to choose the best jigsaw for the job


Once you’ve decided that it’s a jigsaw that you need, then all you have to do is choose the right one for the job. However, often when it comes to power tools, that’s much easier said than done, because there are so many different types of jigsaw on the market - what is the best jigsaw?


If you’re wondering which jigsaw to buy, then you’re in the right place. Here we explore the range of jigsaws available at SGS and their features, so you will be able to confidently answer which jigsaw is the right one for you.


The Differences


A jigsaw is a versatile tool and can be used in a number of circumstances. Whether it’s wood, ceramic tile or a number of other materials, jigsaws can cut straight and curved lines, and they are particularly useful for cutting holes for sinks, hobs and electric sockets.


Knowing the features of a jigsaw will help you make a decision about which one is the right one for you and the application that you’ll be using it for.


Corded or Cordless?


Ryobi Jigsaw 18 v


If you’re looking for more power for a longer period of time, then a corded jigsaw could be the one for you. The constant connection to the mains makes for a more powerful tool, jigsaw or not. So if you’re going to be using your jigsaw on a regular basis on tough materials, then choose a corded tool – such as the Ryobi 500W Jigsaw with Line Assist.


Cordless jigsaws, on the other hand, are perfect for tackling hard to access places, particularly if it’s far away from a mains supply. They are better suited, however to softer materials, such as plywood. Ryobi One+ Cordless Jigsaw is a battery operated tool that offers as much power, performance and reliability as a corded tool and it is perfect for use with wood. Providing up to 3,000 strokes per minute, it can be used for cutting 6mm sheet steel accurately and efficiently.


Speed and Power


powerful jigsaws

Look for wattage on corded jigsaws and the voltage on battery operated ones, and remember that the more powerful it is, the faster you will be able to work. When it comes to speed, if you’ll be using your jigsaw a lot or at an advanced level, you should look for jigsaws with more than one speed setting. This will give more control over your work depending on the material you’re working with.


Blades and Action


A pendulum action will increase cutting speed and prevents the blade wearing down as quickly, as well as reducing the likelihood of jamming. It moves the blade away from the material on the down stroke and returns it on the upwards.


An orbital action will move the blade side to side as well as up and down, which cuts faster but it will be a rougher cut.


jigsaw blades

Jigsaw blades are classified by the TPI, or Teeth Per Inch. The higher the TPI, the faster and smoother the cut will be.

Hi speed steel and bi-metallic blades are ideal for wood and light metals, whereas cobalt steel has a similar use but is much stronger. Carbide grit blades are mainly for masonry board.





cleaning your jigsaw


Jigsaws can create a lot of dust, which can cover where you are cutting and make a mess of the place where you’re working. Some jigsaws will be fitted either with a blower to push dust away, or with an attachment for a vacuum cleaner.


The Ryobi 500W Jigsaw boasts some of the most visible line cut on the market, because not only is it compact, but it has an integrated air management system that blows dust away from the cut path and the user.


Safety Features


safety features of jigsaw

As a power tool with blades, jigsaws can be dangerous so it’s important to look for safety features. A safety switch or lock off button, a soft start feature that starts the blade at a slower speed and a blade guard. Curious novice or seasoned DIY-er, we’ve collected all the most useful jigsaw information, and put it in one place.


Read our Jigsaw Safety Guide to find out more on how to correctly and safely use your jigsaw.



SGS jigsaw


What is you Jigsaw used for?


Majority of jigsaws are typically cordless and these are the best options for working on outside decking and other tasks away from a power source. Ask yourself will you be cutting into metal or just wood? Will you need to use your saw on soft woods, or large construction hard woods? Will you be working with your jigsaw for days in a row or just as and when you need it? Depending on the questions you've answered here will determine the jigsaw best for you and your power needs.




Ryobi RJS750-G 500W Jigsaw with Line Assist


Jigsaw for DIY

Made for high performance in a compact design, the 500W Ryobi jigsaw offers a class leading benchmark. Ryobi have packed this jigsaw with features specifically designed to improve cut line visibility, accuracy of cut, performance, comfort and control. The powerful 500W motor makes for an easy cut and a 75mm maximum cutting capacity. 


Boasting the most visible cut line in the domestic jigsaw market, the RJS750-G utilises some impressive tech to keep your cut incredibly straight; the integrated air management system blows dust away from the cut path and the user. Couple this with the compact design and you get an unparalleled cut line. With the clever flat bar design you get up to 49% better accuracy and 10% less vibrations compared to other industry leaders.



Ryobi ONE+ R18JS-0 18V Cordless Jigsaw with Flush Cut & LED Light


ryobi jigsaw

This innovative 18V cordless jigsaw from the Ryobi ONE+ range offers all the performance, power and reliability of a corded tool, with the convenience and portability of a battery product. This top of class tool provides up to 3,000 strokes per minute, and when combined with the 4-stage pendulum stabilisation action you can expect a perfect cut every time.


Perfect for cross-cuts (over the grain), scroll-cuts (shapes and curves), rip-cuts (with the grain) and pocket cuts (in a material) this tool is ideal for a huge range of DIY applications. The Tool-less blade clamping system makes for super quick and simple blade changes; combine this with a Lock-on switch for longer jobs and the one-handed speed control, this jigsaw is incredibly comfortable and easy to use. The built in dust blower keeps the cutting line visible so you can focus on getting exactly the finish you want. When you're buying a cordless jigsaw we know performance is key; the 18V unit delivers up to 3,000 strokes per minute across a 25mm stoke. The high powered motor allows for a maximum cutting capacity of 100mm through wood and 6mm through sheet steel.





Makita DJV182Z 18V Brushless Jigsaw


makita jigsaw

The DJV182Z Jigsaw from Makita features brushless motor to provide up to 50% more run time, increased power, speed and overall tool life. Thanks to that, this tool provides more energy and power, generating a impressive maximum of 3500 spm no load speed.


The innovative motor system reduces the blade speed when no load is detected, allowing you to easily trace cutting lines, great for intricate detailing. The tool also features electronic push power button and variable speed dial for greater flexibility in application. The handy built-in blower function keeps the cut line clear of sawdust, whilst twin LED lights illuminate the work piece for added precision, even in poor light conditions.



Milwaukee M18BJS-0 18V Compact Jigsaw 


milwaukee jigsaw

The M18BJS-0 Jigsaw offers ultimate cutting versatility with the 5-position orbital setting which allows you to select the type of speed and cut specific to your application. Fast and easy blade changing is available with the quick-lok™ whilst ease of use is offered with the tool-free shoe bevel for easy and accurate shoe adjustments.


The jigsaw is powered by red lithium™ which delivers accuracy and ease of use for the user. SGS take great pride in the products and services we offer our professional customers, which is why we have partnered with Milwaukee to offer a warranty extension to 3 years. The additional 2 years warranty is available at no cost if you register your new Milwaukee power tool within 30 days of the purchase date.




Still need help?


Our in house experts are always on hand for buying advice and to provide bespoke care, regardless of the application.

Call SGS on 01332 576 850 or fill out our contact form today.



SGS and other companies we work with use cookies to improve your experience, for analytics and to deliver relevant advertising on this and other websites. View Privacy Policy