There are many jigsaws available for you to purchase, whether it’s for your own home needs, or something to assist you when you’re on the job, moving from site to site.
If you don’t have the time to read our guide on the best budget jigsaws, I’ve listed the five best budget jigsaw models discussed below.
- Black & Decker BDEJS600C Corded Jigsaw
- Bosch JS260 Corded Jigsaw
- PORTER-CABLE PCE345 Corded Jigsaw
- Makita 4329K Corded Jigsaw
- TACKLIFE PJS02A Corded Jigsaw
Yet, some jigsaws, whether cordless or corded, can be quite expensive, and the prices you out of the tools you need, and the tools you want. So, to make this easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of the five best budget jigsaws – the models that won’t break the bank, but will still cover all the important features you need in a jigsaw, and can get the job done for you.
I’ve looked far and wide, using my own experience in order to come up with the best jigsaws available that won’t affect your back pocket, but still cover all the essentials you’d be looking for in a jigsaw.
Let me know what you think of these models in the comment section at the bottom of this article below.
Starting off with the pick of the lot, is the BDEJS600C Corded Jigsaw. One of the most noteworthy aspects that many users love about this model is versatility.
What versatility, you may be asking? Well, the BDEJS600C covers all the features you could possibly look for in a jigsaw, from orbital settings which allows you to pick between the four customizable settings for multi-directional cutting, to the impressive wire guard that’s perfect for providing you with clearer sight when cutting
Anything that improves sight is when cutting is a bonus, isn’t it? Let me know you think of this in the comment section.
- Corded model with 5 amps and a total speed of 3,000 SPM
- Stroke length of ¾”
- Keyless blade clamp with inclusive dust blower
- Includes a beveling ability that allows for bevel cuts made, up to 45°
- Adjustable shoe provides a stable cutting platform on all materials, increasing accuracy
- 1 x Black & Decker BDEJS600C Jigsaw
- 1 x Jigsaw blade
My Favorite Feature: Adjustable Shoe
- Press against any piece when working, knowing you have stability for your cut
You need stability when you cut, and that’s exactly what the adjustable shoe will assist you with. If you don’t have stability, the quality of your work can be affected – and you can also cause damage to the material you’re working on, as well as the jigsaw itself.
You don’t want this to happen to you, would you? I wouldn’t think so.
The adjustable shoe on that BDEJS600C not only aids in pressing against surfaces for making cuts, but it also includes a bevel ability, of 45° in both left and right directions. This also adds onto the versatility aspect of this jigsaw, which is a great addition to anyones’ inventory.
On top of this, the complete mold and feel of the jigsaw has been improved. This means more comfort for you when in use, reducing vibration, which in turn allows for better quality work. This also minimizes fatigue over time, another great bonus for this model.
Regardless of the price they mind find themselves advertised at, you always know that Bosch power tools provide a sturdiness and longevity that is difficult to find with other brands that aren’t as well-known.
With the JS260 corded jigsaw, not only is the quality assured thanks to the brand, but the pricing of the model is something quite remarkable, considering the features the applications it can be used for. Which is why it’s on our list today.
A powerful 6 Amp motor with a SPM speed of 3,100 will handle the toughest of applications you can consider using this model for, and a four orbital action setting will mean that your blade strokes are varied. If you’re looking to adjust from smooth to your more aggressive cutting, then that’s something that is entirely possible with the JS260.
- 6 Amp motor that delivers up to 3,100 SPM
- Stroke length of ¾”
- Multi-directional blade clamp, providing a superior grip of T-shank blades
- Variable speed control with a dial for max speed and acceleration trigger for controlling speed
- Bevel angle range of 45°, a wood cut capacity of 2-11/16”
- 1 x Bosch JS260 Jigsaw
- 1 x No-Mar overshoe
- 1 x Anti-Splinter insert
- 1 x Blade
- 1 x Bevel wrench
- 1 x Carrying bag
My Favorite Feature: Tool-less Blade Change System
- No tools necessary for changing blades, as the blade change system is built for speed and convenience
Put your tools away, as you won’t be needing them in order to adjust, swap or replace your blades with this corded jigsaw model.
Convenience is the main issue Bosch have wanted to enforce with the JS260, and that’s exactly what this feature does.
You’ll notice that many power tools are increasingly becoming more convenient to adjust and use, and one of the aspects that have found itself more convenient to adjust, are the blade changes.
All that you’ll need to do in order to change blades with the JS260, is use the blade ejection lever, which will make this incredibly easy for you. This is not only good for convenience, but also for your safety – you don’t want to be touching blades that have just been cutting and are extremely hot – this takes care of your fingers for you.
There’s a lot to like with the PCE45 corded jigsaw, and it’s one of the shining lights in Porter-Cables’ relatively small range of jigsaw models, both corded and cordless.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the PCE45 is the amount of tasks you’re able to complete with this saw, and the features added on from Porter-Cable. To provide optimal cutting results, these features are necessary within this model.
The PCE345 aims to reduce the amount of time you take on those rather inconvenient but necessary tasks, such as changing blades. This is achieved by the features added, which I’ve listed below – also including the specifications.
- 6 amp motor with a max speed of 3,200SPM
- 13/16” stroke length
- Choose between four orbital settings to cut a variety of materials
- Increased comfort with an overmold on both front and back handle, reducing fatigue during use
- Keyless blade changes via a clamp for incredibly quick adjustments
- 1 x PORTER-CABLE PCE345 Jigsaw
- 1 x Woodcutting blade
- 1 x Wrench
My Favorite Feature: Speed Dial With 7 Positions
- 7 positions of speed allows you to dictate the material and the way it’s cut, having optimal control over the jigsaw
If you’re in the middle of doing your jigsaw research, and as you’ve probably already noticed within this review; most jigsaws have a speed trigger or dial addition that assists in maintaining speed, with some models including both.
The PCE345 is a corded jigsaw that has both a variable speed and trigger – with both of these components located in the one position, with the dial integrated into the trigger. This is another level of convenience added for you when working, as you’re able to choose a certain speed you’d like to maintain, and also lock onto this speed when necessary.
Want another speed? It’s as simple as adjusting the seven position dial, giving you a lot of options to choose between.
The speed of the PCE345 corded jigsaw can reach max speeds of 3,200 SPM – so it’s no wonder as to why you’d want to choose between different settings when facing different materials and projects.
To put it simply, you’re getting exactly what you pay for when you purchase this corded jigsaw. This isn’t to say it’s a model that is poor, it’s quite the opposite, in fact. However it’s a bare bones jigsaw that covers all the core features, without the added bells and whistles you can find on alternative jigsaws.
Yet, that’s exactly why you’re reading this review on the best budget jigsaws, isn’t it?
A 3.9 amp motor will manage to assist you in most applications, however it’d probably be best to stray away from heavy duty tasks that would require a little more power.
Three orbital speed plus a straight cutting setting will cover a majority of bases in regards to cuts that you’d be looking to make, as well as a variable speed control dial that can enable you to match the application with your chosen speed.
Let’s have a look into the specs and core features of the Makita 4329K jigsaw.
- 3.9 amp motor with a 500-3,100 SPM no-load speed
- Variable speed control dial
- Stroke length of 11/16”
- Bevel capacity of 45° both left and right
- 3 orbital settings and one straight cut setting
- 1 x Makita 4329K Jigsaw
- 1 x Blade
- 1 x Hex wrench
My Favorite Feature: Ergonomic Design
- Increased comfort and control allows you to work for longer periods without fatigue
Comfort is one of the issues not often discussed on site, with the varying conditions that many contractors can face. Although, it’s important to not neglect the comfort of your tools, especially when you’re working under strenuous conditions that can cause fatigue.
The 432K looks to eliminate this, thanks to a specially designed rubberized grip that not only increases your comfort, but also assists in the control of your work, regardless of the material you’re working with.
To add onto the fatigue reducing features is the counterweight balancing system, an internal design that allows for vibration to be heavily reduced. Reduced vibration means.. You guessed it, less fatigue, and more comfort for you.
To round off our budget jigsaw review, is the TACKLIFE PJS02A corded jigsaw. We’ve spoken about versatility at length within this review, and this is something this PJS02A has in spades.
Firstly, it’s important to note that this jigsaw has four separate orbital settings, for multi-directional cutting. This is paired with a bevel cutting ability of both left and right directions, to a maximum of 45°. It’s powered by a 6.7amp copper motor that can generate up to 3,000 SPM of cutting power – not bad for a budget jigsaw, is it?
What else does the PJS02A feature? I’ve noted some of these, plus some specifications in the list below.
- 6.7 amp, pure copper motor with a 3,000 SPM cutting power ability
- Stroke length of ⅞”
- Bevel ability of 45° both left and right wi
- Integrated dust blower for clearer sight lines
- Adjustable, four position orbital action with a variable speed that holds six options
- 1 x Tacklife PJS02A Laser JigSaw
- 6 x Jigsaw blades
- 1 x Metal guide
- 1 x Ruler
- 1 x Dust exhaust pipe
- 1 x Allen wrench
My Favorite Feature: Built In LED & Laser Guide
- Built in LED and laser guide assists with your cutting lines, as well as illumination for dim settings
The accuracy of your jigsaw is vital, whatever the cut you’re making, and whatever the material may be. In a perfect world, conditions would always be the same, however you’ve probably been in conditions that aren’t too user-friendly, and this is where this feature on this corded jigsaw shines.
The laser guide will provide a line of cut for you, so your sight is more clear, and this is incredibly important in dim environments that contractors can often find themselves in. As well as this, is the LED light integrated into the jigsaw, which will illuminate your workpiece, aiding in visibility.
There is also an attached dust blower, which’ll start as you start working, making sure your area is free from any dust or other remnants from cuts that can often find its way into both your face and the jigsaw itself.
Now that we’ve covered five of the best budget jigsaws, you should have a better idea of what you’re looking for.
The best thing about these models are that they won’t affect your budget, and are perfect for those looking after their money or for the beginner who’s looking to buy their first.
Personally, I’m a big fan of the BDEJS600C from Black+Decker, as it covers all of the bases you’d be looking for in a jigsaw – a hardworking, 6 amp motor with plenty of cutting ability, the ability to bevel and four customized orbital settings.
What do you think of this model? Is there a preferred budget jigsaw in this list that you’d like to purchase?
Let me know in the comments below, it’d be great to read your thoughts.