If you’re reading this, I think it’s safe to assume that you’re in the market for a new corded jigsaw. Am I right?
If you are, it’s no surprise as to why you’d be looking for one.
To make it easier for you, I’ve made this list of the five best corded jigsaws you can buy. If you don’t have time to read this entire article, you can browse the models we’ve discussed in the list below.
- Bosch JS470E Corded Jigsaw
- DeWalt DW331K Corded Jigsaw
- Black & Decker BDEJS600C Corded Jigsaw
- PORTER-CABLE PCE345 Corded Jigsaw
- SKIL 4495-02 Corded Jigsaw
Jigsaws are one of the most adaptable tools that a handyman can have, whatever you intend on using them for. With a range of uses, they cover a range of functions and are incredibly reliable.
Yet, there are so many to choose from, it can almost be confusing.
In this list, I’ve narrowed this down into the best features and specs of each model, as well as a favorite feature of each.
Let me know what you think of these in the comment section at the bottom of this article.
There’s no denying that Bosch make some extremely quality products, that provide you with years of longevity and good service.
With the JS470E, it’s no different, and Bosch have created a model that is perfect for whatever job you’d be looking at undertaking.
This model is one of three within the class, and is the most powerful with a 7 amp motor. As well as this, there’s also a lot of room when speaking of versatility, with orbital settings allowing you to make as many cuts in any direction you see possible.
It’s unable to bevel, however the JS470E covers makes up for this in other areas, with one being the internal, precision-machined plunging system. This reduces vibration so it’s essentially non-existent, allowing for your cuts to be more accurate.
Let’s have a closer look into all of the features and specifications you’ll need to know of this model – so you can see its qualities for yourself.
- 120v 7amp motor with a 3,100 SPM
- Four orbital settings for multi-directional cutting
- Footplate allows you to make cuts that are more stable, aiding in extreme accuracy
- Variable speed dial and accelerator trigger controls for controlling speed
- Multi-directional blade clamp delivers a greater control and grip of T shank blades
- 1 x Bosch JS470E Jigsaw
- 1 x Blade
- 1 x Anti-Splinter insert
- 1 x Plastic overshoe
- 1 x Bevel wrench
- 1 x Carrying case
My Favorite Feature: Variable Speed Trigger
- Touch sensitive, accelerator trigger control provides greater control over your speed
With a jigsaw, you don’t often need the highest speed settings, although this assists when working with certain materials, as its’ a power tool that focuses more so on its accuracy than brute force.
That isn’t to say you shouldn’t have greater control over your speed, however – and this is exactly what the variable speed trigger assists with. Not only does it have the touch sensitive variable speed trigger, but also a variable speed dial, located on the back on the jigsaw.
As the trigger and dial dictate the speed of the blade, you’re allowed a greater control over the jigsaw. With the lock on button also in use, you’re offered a steadiness and comfort in this model that is very difficult to attain with alternative jigsaws.
We spoke about the quality of Bosch power tools, and DeWalt fits into the same mold, needing no introduction.
The DW331K corded jigsaw is part of the extensive DW3 line, and there’s a lot to like with this model in particular. The DW331K caters for both the contractor moving site to site, and the average weekend DIYer.
An all-metal gear case increased the durability of the jigsaw in any setting, and a non-marring plastic shoe cover safely protects any glossy or soft materials from damages the shoe could potentially cause. So not only does the DW331K protect itself with a durable casing, but is also able to protect your materials when working.
There are some great additional features which I’ve listed below, as well as the important specifications of the model.
- 6.5 amp motor will cut through almost all materials with an SPM of 500-3,100
- 1” stroke length and a keyless shoe bevel and lever action blade
- 4 four position orbital action
- Integrated dust blower for keeping a visible cut line
- Positive bevel detents at angles of 0°, 15° 30° and 45°
- 1 x DeWalt DW331K Corded Jigsaw
- 1 x Kit Box
My Favorite Feature: Counterbalance Mechanism
- Gain optimal control over every cut and your work thanks to the counterbalance mechanism
Control and precision are the two most important things when using a jigsaw, as you want to make cuts with as much accuracy as possible. DeWalt achieves this with the DW331K with its counterbalance mechanism.
What exactly is this, you’re probably asking? Well, the patented counterbalance mechanism aims to reduce vibration and user fatigue, and is built into the jigsaw itself. It also sports an overly-large rubber grip which is used to increase comfort and reduce the overall vibration.
With these features combined, you have a corded jigsaw model that assists you in working longer, not only during your sessions – but for many years to come.
The BDEJS600C is an inexpensive corded jigsaw that is, contrary to many beliefs when discussing lower cost power tools, built with quality products that culminate in a very durable tool.
It’s a multi-faceted corded jigsaw that covers all the bases, from a beveling ability of up to 45°, to a customized four orbital setting range that allows for multi-directional cutting. This can be adjusted on the fly, so it reduces the time in swapping between settings, saving you precious extra seconds when on the job.
I’ve listed all of the features and specs you’ll need to know of within this model, so have a read and let me know your thoughts in the comment section.
- 5 amp motor that can reach 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°
- Wire guard provides a clearer line of sight when cutting, reducing obstructions
- 1 x Black & Decker BDEJS600C Jigsaw
- 1 x Jigsaw blade
My Favorite Feature: Adjustable Shoe
- Adjustable shoe provides a stable cutting platform to work on your pieces with
When you’re making cuts, whether it’s a curved or plunge cut – you need stability. No stability means an erratic cut, which can harm the quality of your work, and also the material you’re cutting. That’s something you’d be looking to avoid, isn’t it?
The adjustable shoe allows for an immediate response to different surfaces, allowing for a stronger foundation when making cuts. This is also a great aspect when utilizing the bevel ability, of 45° in both directions, so you won’t have to worry about misaligning your cuts thanks to an unstable platform.
In addition to this, the overall feel of this model provides additional comfort when in use, which is another great bonus, thanks to the comfortable grip that Black+Decker have added.
Porter-Cable don’t have the widest selection of jigsaws as the other manufacturers do, yet the range they do have place an emphasis on an important mantra; quality over quantity.
The PCE345 is a versatile jigsaw that aims to provide optimal cutting results, driven by a range of useful features. One of the most noteworthy features is the 7 position speed dial, a component I’ve described in depth within this review.
To provide optimal results, Porter-Cable look to reduce the time you spend on the little, inconvenient time wasters such as changing blades. How do they achieve this? I’ve noted the features and specs below.
- 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: 7 Position Speed Dial
- Adjust the speed of the jigsaw accordingly to your application, providing more versatility
Most jigsaws come with a variable speed trigger and/or dial function, that allows you to control the speed in relation to the material you’re cutting. With the PCE345, this is no different – however there are some slight alterations that make this model quite unique.
The variable speed dial and trigger are located in the same position, with the dial being integrated into the trigger. This means that you’re able to adjust the speed and also lock onto your favored speed based on the application.
When discussing the speed of this jigsaw, which can reach 3,200 SPM, the dial has seven positions of speed to choose from. This allows you to have almost all materials covered when cutting, as you can adjust the speed as you see fit. With the 6 amp motor, you’ll have a jigsaw that can tackle all the jobs you need it to do.
The last to look at today in our review, is the SKIL 4495-02 corded jigsaw. It’s another relatively inexpensive option, which is great to consider, especially if you’re watching your budget.
The SKIL 4495-02 is a lightweight jigsaw with a total weight of 5 lbs, so it won’t cause a great deal of stress upon you when in use, as well as being paired with an oversized, easy grip handle.
Comfort aside, the 4495-02 covers most of the aspects you’d want in corded jigsaw. A powerful, 6 amp motor will cut through a majority of materials, and a two-direction bevel ability can assist with angled cuts.
What else is there to like about the 4495-02? I’ve listed some more notable features and specs below, so you can see for yourself.
- 6 amp motor with SPM of 3,200
- Variable speed trigger for handling a majority of applications
- Custom molded tool rest design that prevents blades from damaging materials
- Integrated laser guide for more accurate, straight cuts
- 4 position orbital cut control for fast and smooth cuts
- 1 x SKIL 4495-02 Corded Jigsaw
My Favorite Feature: 6 Amp Motor
- Value for money with a 6 amp motor capable of reaching speeds of up to 3,200 SPM
Whatever the application you’re using this corded jigsaw for, you can be assured that the 4495-02 is able to take the job on.
How so? Well, a 6 amp motor with a no-load speed of 800 to 3,200 SPM definitely helps, doesn’t it?
This allows you to use the 4495-02 for a range of tasks, and it’s one of the most powerful corded jigsaws when you look at the value for money. The cuts provided with thanks to the motor are not only powerful, but only result in smooth and clean cuts.
A laser guide provided will assure that any cut, from aggressive to smooth, will be as accurate as you could need them to be.
The Final Say
Now that we’ve reached the end of our review, I’d be interested to hear what you think of these five corded jigsaws, as well as their features. Let me know if you think I’ve missed something in the comments below, and tell me your favorite of the list.
The Bosch JS470E gives you complete freedom over your speeds, direction you’re looking to cut upon, and is backed by a powerful motor that can handle a range of applications. It may be on the higher end of the price range, yet it’s a corded jigsaw that’ll give you plenty of years of service with its durability.
There’s definitely a corded jigsaw on this list that will fit somewhere in your budget, so don’t stress if you’re yet to find one perfect for you, I hope I’ve made it a little easier for you to decide.