Corded and cordless models – both have their uses for the average DIYer and the contractor – however with the many varieties of models out there, what’s the best jigsaw for you?
I’ve taken the pleasure of putting five of the best cordless jigsaws under the microscope today, so you’re able to decide for yourself which suits your work and the features they hold.
Short for time? Read through our quick overview below:
- DEWALT DCS331B Cordless Jigsaw
- Makita XVJ03Z Cordless Jigsaw
- Ryobi One+ P5231 Cordless Jigsaw
- BLACK+DECKER BDCJS20C Cordless Jigsaw
- Ridgid R8832B Cordless Jigsaw
To make this review easier for you, 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 of these in the comment section at the bottom of this article.
Firstly, we’ll start off this cordless jigsaw review by looking at one of the premier models in the class, the DeWalt DCS331B.
If you’re an experienced woodworker, metalworker – whatever trade you may find yourself an enthusiast of, you’ll be well aware of both the quality and durability of the yellow and black of Dewalt. This model of jigsaw is no different in the quality and longevity department, covering a raft of features that I’ll go into within the next section.
This cordless jigsaw features a 20V battery, and is included within DeWalt’s 20V Max battery sharing platform. If you’re not too familiar with this, essentially this means you’re able to interchange your 20V batteries with other tools that require this battery – whatever that tool may be.
This isn’t the only notable aspect of the DCS331B, however. I’ve listed some of these important features and specifications in the list below.
- Included within the 20V max platform sharing system
- Stroke length of 1” with SPM range of 0-3,000
- Four position orbital action
- Keyless blade clamp that also accepts T-shanks blades
- Anti-slip comfort grip and adjustable dust blower built into the jigsaw
- 1 x DEWALT DCS331B Jigsaw
- 2 x Blades
My Favorite Feature: Four Bevel Detents With Keyless Shoe
- Bevel cuts are made easier thanks to four detents, giving you more versatility with your work
A feature not often found in many jigsaws, so it’s not a surprise as to why this is one of my favorite features.
When using a jigsaw, there’s many different applications to be used for, and it’s the different cuts made that make this tool so appealing to many users.
One of the cuts made are bevel cuts – and DeWalt have made these much easier with the DCS331B. This cordless jigsaw has four detends, with positions ranging from the following: 0°, 15°, 30° and 45°.
This makes bevel cuts incredibly easy to make, eliminating the need for guesswork if you’re under some stress on site, and is great tick for convenience, don’t you think?
Makita have the world’s largest 18V cordless tool range, and the XVJ03Z is another model within this lineup.
The XVJ03Z ensures that you’ll be cutting with precision, and also comfort when on the job. This is made so by a range of comfort features included in the design, such as an ergonomic design that minimizes fatigue when in use.
Control is at the forefront of this design, as without control – you simply won’t have the quality of cuts that you’re after. To make this happen, vibration is heavily reduces, and a blade roller guide is positioned closely to your workpiece so your accuracy is as good as you’d need it to be.
Have a look at some of the other useful aspects of this cordless jigsaw, as well as the specifications in the list below.
- 18V with variable speed motor that can reach a speed of 2,600 SPM
- Four position cut settings for fast cuts (3 orbital settings and one straight setting)
- 1” stroke length
- Built in LED light that illuminates any dim setting you may be working within
- Tool-less push in lock system for swift blade changes and adjustments
- 1 x Makita XVJ03Z Cordless Jigsaw
My Favorite Feature: Lightweight Design
- One of the lightest cordless jigsaws currently available on the market, reducing user fatigue when in use
As you’re aware now, there are many features within the XVJ03Z that can stand out and can be chosen as a favorite feature. Yet, I’ve chosen this purely for those on the go from site to site – and it’s this aspect where the XVJ03Z shines.
This cordless jigsaw model weighs only 6.1 lbs, and that;’s with the battery included. The total length of the XVJ03Z is 10-⅛” long, and it fits into your hand with a supreme comfort, which is essential for long sessions in use, and conditions that take more of you fatigue wise, such as hotter weather.
If you’re wearing gloves when using the XVJ03Z, you can utilize the two-finger variable speed trigger with ease – as this cordless jigsaw is designed for convenience.
The compact design of this model does not reduce power in any way, with a 2,600 SPM speed allowing you to make cuts quickly, without tiring yourself out. What do you think of this fatigue saving feature? It definitely will come in handy for many contractors, don’t you think?
If you’re looking at the price tags when looking for a new jigsaw, then you might want to keep reading – this model could be the one for you. One of the most cost-friendly cordless jigsaws on the list today, the P5231 combines before performance and power with a raft of innovative features, culminating in a jigsaw that is well worth its value for money.
Cordless jigsaws often get a bad rap from users when discussing the performance, especially within the power department. Yet that’s an aspect that won’t be discussed with the P5231, as it provides a cutting performance that is equivalent to a corded jigsaw – all within the convenience of a cordless model.
There are many additional features to list with the P5231, and I’ve noted them below, as well as the specs.
- 18V battery with a 1,100- 3,000 SPM variable speed motor
- 1” stroke length
- Tooless blade changes for swift blade adjustments
- 3 orbital cut settings that allow for a faster cut, as well as a true flush cut setting
- LED lighting for dim environments, as well as a built in dust blower for clearer vision when in use
- 1 x Ryobi One+ P5231 Cordless Jigsaw
- 1 x Woodcutting blade
- 1 x Allen wrench
My Favorite Feature: Blade Saving Base
- Get every last bit of use out of your blade by dropping the base of the tool, increasing longevity
Face it, you’ll agree with me on this one. One of the most annoying things that can happen when using your jigsaw, and any power tool for that matter, is the blade breaking or wearing down. Whilst you can purchase another blade, you want it to be as durable as possible, isn’t that right?
Ryobi knows this too, and have covered this by including a blade saving base. What does this do, exactly?
Well, the BladeSaver gives you the option to adjust the blade, allowing more teeth to be used. This means you can protect the worn and torn parts of the blade that have given you sessions of use, and use a fresher area of the blade – almost as if it were a new blade.
This gives the blade more value for the long run, as you won’t have to fork out extra cash for a new blade, you can simply adjust the blade saving base when you see fit.
Another inexpensive option on the list, the Back+Decker BDCJS20C doesn’t hold some of the glistening features as some of the cordless jigsaws on our list, yet it has all the core features you’d need in a jigsaw – and this makes it perfect for those looking to buy their first jigsaw.
There have been user reviews that state the battery life on this jigsaw isn’t as great as alternative saws, however for the price – it’s still good value for money. You won’t be able to use the BDCJS20C for longer periods like the DeWalt or Makita models within this article, yet it gets the job done in shorter bursts.
The upside is that this cordless jigsaw doesn’t ask you to purchase additional batteries or chargers, as this is all bundled with the jigsaw itself, as well as a standard jigsaw blade for universal use.
- 20V max with a max SPM of 2,500
- ¾” Stroke length
- Tooless blade changes, also accepts both U and T shank blades
- Wire guard for a cleaner line of sight, promoting visibility on your workpiece
- Variable speed trigger for greater control when in use
- 1 x BDCJS20 Jigsaw
- 1 x Jigsaw Blade
- 1 x Battery
- 1 x Charger
My Favorite Feature: Bevel Shoe For Angled Cuts
- With a 45° bevel shoe capacity, this allows for angled cuts in both directions to be made
If you’re looking to make angled cuts in both directions with a jigsaw for your projects, then you’re definitely in luck with the BDCJS20C. Black+Decker have included a 45° bevelling shoe, that allows for cuts to be made in both directions, which is great for versatility.
Not only is this a bonus for these particular cuts, yet there are other cuts in which this cordless jigsaw is perfect for. This includes plunge cuts, detailed and precision cuts, and also following curved lines.
The blade clamp is also keyless, however the shoe bevel isn’t keyless – yet this is a small trade off for the functionality of this model.
To round up our review on the five cordless jigsaws today, I’ll be looking into the Ridgid R8832B cordless jigsaw, a model that includes some inventive features, which we’ll get into.
The R8832B contains what Ridgid call, ‘advanced electronics,’ that combine intelligence and power into the one, cordless jigsaw. Unfortunately, this heavily relies on the use of the OCTANE batteries – a component that you’ll have to purchase separately.
When combined with this battery, the R8832B provides up to 45% faster cutting than that of its predecessor. Paired with the variable speed trigger and dial, you’ll be able to customize the speed based on the application you’re using the jigsaw for, which gives you a greater element of control.
What else can you find in this cordless jigsaw? I’ve listed these below.
- No load motor with a max speed of 3,500 SPM
- 1” stroke length
- Bevel cutting of 45°, so you won’t have to swap between tools when making angled cuts
- Ergonomic handle for greater control when in use, as well as an LED light that activated when switched on
- Lock on button reduces fatigue, eliminating the need to constantly hold the trigger when in use
- 1 x Ridgid R8832B Cordless Jigsaw
- 1 x Jigsaw Blade
- 1 x Vacuum attachment
My Favorite Feature: Brushless Motor
- The brushless motor allows for the jigsaw to run faster and longer than alternative jigsaws with brushed motors
If you’re a traditionalist, you may not like what you’re about to hear. It’s a fact that brushless motors are better than their brushed counterparts. Why is this?
Well, for one – longevity of the jigsaw doesn’t purely depend on the internal brushes of the motor, which can wear over time and many years of use. Instead, you’ll have a jigsaw that lasts longer, and will also not burn up as quickly as brushed motors – another very useful aspect to consider.
This is what the R8832B provides, an emphasis on efficiency and longevity, and much of this stems from the brushless motor.
It definitely enforces the notion of ‘advanced electronics’, Ridgid have stated, doesn’t it?
The Final Say
Now you’ve had a chance to read through these five cordless jigsaws, what do you think is the best option currently available?
I know our thoughts may differ, which is why I’d like to hear yours in the comments below.
Personally, I can’t go past the DeWalt DCS331B as the favorite. Featuring an all metal design that’ll provide incredible durability through its lifetime, as well as four detents four bevel adjustments amongst a variety of other features – DeWalt cover all basis whilst providing a great value for money.
Of course, if money is another aspect you’re watching, and aren’t too fussed on additional shiny features, the Black & Decker BDCJS20C may be more suited for you. The good thing is – you definitely have many choices available!