A JigSaw cutter is one of the most prominent tools that you will find in a Woodworker or a hobbyist’s tool kit. The Jigsaw cutter is the second most used power tool after the Power Drill in a woodworker’s workshop. Portable and versatile, the machine packs a punch and helps one cut very precise designs from basic straight lines to delicate curves of your choice.
It can not just work beautiful cuts on plywood or wood, the Jigsaw cutter can carve out metal, countertops, tiles and laminate flooring materials as well. A jigsaw cutter is picked solely based on its power and standard. We determine this by considering three major factors;
- Type of the machine: This refers to whether the cutter is corded or cordless. Corded Jigsaw cutters are mostly heavy duty and are used by professionals and full-time furniture makers, workshop personnel etc., Cordless works great for people in household chores and hobbyists. They are light in weight and are compact in nature.
- Power: The general and average power rating of a cordless hobby styled (and also a few professional models) of jigsaw cutter is about 600 watts. This tends to increase depending on the heavy-duty nature of the machine.
- Blades: This is an important element of a Jigsaw cutter as it will determine what can be cut and what cannot be cut using that particular Jigsaw cutter. Blades for a jigsaw cutter are named after the material they are to be cut with. For metal, there is the metal cutting blade and for wood, there is the wood cutting blade. You can pick either of this depending on your choice of cutting. More on this, soon.
Apart from these three, there is a wide range of other factors that determine whether you should pick a particular jigsaw cutter or not. We will be covering them and answer a few more questions in the Buying Guide section of the article. Be sure to check that out as well. Now let us jump right into listing out and reviewing the top and the Best Jigsaw cutters in India.
List of the best Jigsaw Cutters in India:
|Jigsaw Cutters||Wattage||Pendulum Action||Warranty||Buy Now|
|Black & Decker Jigsaw||600 watts||Yes||1 year||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Bosch GST Jigsaw||650 watts||Yes||1 year||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|KHADIJA HI-MAX Powerful Jigsaw||710 watts||No||N/A||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Dewalt Heavy Duty Jigsaw||500 watts||No||1 year||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|POWERTUFF Powerful Jigsaw||710 watts||No||N/A||CHECK ON AMAZON|
5 Best Jigsaw Cutters: Reviews
First on our list is the Black and Decker KS900EKX, a 600 watt pendulum Jigsaw Cutter. The KS900EKX has a variable speed setting and a slightline autoselect.
Its variable strokes can be ranged between 800 to about 3200 strokes per minute. The action is linear and there is no pendulum action available in it.
The pendulum action allows for a swift cutting whereas the slightline channel allows you to follow on a single line for cut. The machine comes with a lock on switch and a bevel cut angle range between 0 degrees and 45 degrees.
It provides you with a single blade and this can cut a wood that is 85 mm deep. For steel the depth of cut is 5 mm, for aluminium, it is 15 mm respectively.
Additionally, there is a dust blower and a dust extraction in the machine for better clean up and a soft grip to make you holding it much easier. The superlok blade clam will make the U & T Shank blade changing much more easier and faster. The magnetic on-board blade change will let you store a wide range of blades inside the tool itself.
The pad size is 2 inches and the vibration level is 2.5 m/sec (decent). It is a wired machine and requires about 220-240 v with a 1.6 Ampere current range to operate. It comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase.
Things we liked about the machine:
- Corded Jigsaw Cutter
- 600 watt power rating
- Blade storage compartment
- Dust blower and dust extraction
- Superlok blade clam
- Slightline channel for along the line cut
- 800 to 3200 strokes per minute speed
- Variable speed
- Pendulum action
- Depth Cut
a. Wood- 85 mm deep
b. Steel- 5 mm Deep
c. Aluminium-15 mm
- Pad Size- 2 inches
- 1 year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase
Things we didn’t like about it:
None too specific to mention
Next on our list is the Bosch 06015A80F0 GST, a 650 watt professional Jigsaw. It is an economical and durably designed jigsaw cutter from Bosch that is available in a wide range of combinations.
With its variable stroke rate, you can change the variable speed wheel to suit your cut’s speed requirement. The machine is compactly designed for minimal vibration and is light in weight with a slim handle for better DIY usage.
On a no Load speed, the machine has a variable speed between 800 to 3100 strokes per minute. The machine does not have any pendulum action but is suitable for both straight and curved cuts at mitre angles between 0 degrees to 45 degrees.
As for the depth of the cuts, the machine can make the following cuts. For wood it is, 65 mm, for steel it is 5 mm and for aluminium, it is 10 mm. It is mainly made for carpenters, woodworkers and other workmen as such.
Apart from just the Jigsaw, you can also buy into a combo of the Jigsaw with a marble cutter or an angle grinder. Unfortunately, there is no specified warranty on this otherwise well rated product.
Things we liked about the machine:
- 650 watts Corded jigsaw cutter machine
- Minimal vibration
- Light in weight and good for DIY and also for professional usage.
- Variable speed settings
- 800 to 3100 strokes per minute
- Curved cuts up to 45 degrees angle
- Depth Cut Capacity
a. Wood- upto 65 mm,
b. Steel- upto 5 mm
c. Aluminium- upto 10 mm.
- Available in many combos
Things we didn’t like about it:
- No warranty specification
- No pendulum action
- Could have used a few more details such as a dust blower etc.,
Next on our list is the Khadija Hi-Max, a powerful Jigsaw Machine mostly useful for carpentry and other areas of work too.
The machine comes with a variable speed knob and a powerful 710 watts motor. It also comes with a 10 pieces set of blades too. (5 pieces of T144D and and 5 pieces of T244D for different sizes of wood depth cuts).
The notch at the front end is highly useful and the machine itself is light in weight. As mentioned before, with its variable speed trigger, you can improve the overall quality of the cut on many types of materials and different tasks.
However, the product lacks a huge lot of professionality. For instance, there is no lining guide or the parallel RIP guide to the base which does not help with RIP cuts. The blade too struggles to fit in to the machine.
Also, there is no mentioning of the warranty on the product which falls under one of the disadvantages. Apart from the usual, there is an LED light which proves a little useful.
Things we liked about this product:
- Corded 720 watt jigsaw cutter machine
- Variable speed settings
- LED Light
- 10 pieces blades set provided
Things we didn’t like about it:
- No warranty
- No guided cuts or pendulum action
- No proper product literature provided by the manufacturer
Dewalt is an entry level heavy duty jigsaw cutter. The DW349 is a 500 watt machine that is compact, ergonomic and has a design that gives ample comfort to the users.
Versatile in its function, the machine is light in weight as well. The machine has a low profile dust extraction shield. It is bi directional vacuum spot for a clean, efficient and a cutting edge performance.
Base plates of these machines are what define the quality of a Jigsaw cutter. While most good quality Jigsaw cutters come with a metal housing. This comes with a Nylon (PA6 GF) which is strong as aluminium but it cannot perform under stress.
While using the machine, the jigsaw undergoes through a huge compressive stress and the gearbox of this machine cannot handle it unlike the metal gear housing of the other quality machines. If you use a cheaper saw with such polymer gear housing, it WILL hinder your precision and cutting capacity,
Even the blade suffers as it is not exactly perpendicular to the base plate making it not so even at cutting it in a line.
The machine comes with a speed control knob and a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase.
Things we liked about the machine
- Entry level corded machine with an ergonomic build
- Light in weight
- Uses just about 500 watts of power
- Speed control knobs
- High quality Nylon (PA6 GF) housing
- 1 year warranty
Things we didn’t like about it:
- Though the Nylon (PA6 GF) is strong, it does not deal well with stress
- Could have had better features and more quality
Powertuff Yoca is the most economical yet heavy duty jigsaw machine in the entire list. The machine comes with a powerful heavy duty 710 watt motor and a variable speed trigger.
This trigger can help improve the quality of the cut that you will be performing on the material. The cutting length of this machine is about 70 mm and it comes with a total of 5 free jigsaw blades that can be used to cut both Wood and Metal too.
The fastest this machine can go is about 3000 RPM or strokes per minute which is decent if not good for such a budget friendly jigsaw cutter. Furthermore, this can be perfect for DIY projects etc.,
There is no mention of any warranty as such on the product which stands as a disappointment apart from not providing a good measure of other features too.
Things we liked about this machine:
- Budget friendly
- Easy to use and perfect for beginners
- 710 watts heavy duty
- 3000 Strokes per minute speed
- 70 mm cutting length
- 5 free blades
- Variable speed
Things we didn’t like about it
- Not so good for professionals
- Lacks warranty
- Could have had better build quality and added features such as the pendulum action or dust blowers etc.,
Buying Guide: How to pick the perfect Jigsaw Cutter?
A jigsaw cutter is a powerful tool that is not something a general hobbyist might use with proficiency. Expert hobbyists or people with professional expertise are more suited for handling such power tools. Keeping that in point, the buying guide is intended to educate audiences of all levels of expertise (beginner, intermediate and expert).
Types of Jigsaw Cutters
By now, all of us know and understand that a Jigsaw cutter is available in two models
- Corded Jigsaw Cutter and
- Cordless Jigsaw Cutter
1. Corded Jigsaw Cutters:
Normally, Jigsaw cutters are usually and widely used and available in Corded variants only. Out of the two types, these are said to be the most powerful ones as they are connected with a continuous supply of power and thus have no charging hassles with their limitless run-times.
They are very effective for cutting through tough materials such as metal or hardwood thanks to their superior power and uninterrupted power supply.
Surprisingly enough, corded jigsaw cutters tend to weigh comparatively lesser than that of their cordless counterparts. For workers who use the machine for long durations of time, this is a boon.
With all of those advantages, the corded jigsaw cutter comes with a couple of drawbacks and the length of the cord is the first on the list. The limited length of the cord makes it difficult to be portable. Also, you cannot use the machine elsewhere apart from your garage or places with a pluggable power supply.
Also, there is the threat that the cord may get in your way when you are delicately cutting something and this may prove to be hazardous or cause damage to the machine itself.
2. Cordless Jigsaw Cutter Machines:
A relatively new phenomenon, a cordless jigsaw cutter machine is a portable model and is much on the rage. These models do not come with a trailing power lead and thus are much more flexible in their usage. They come with batteries which need to be charged or there are models which can be used either way.
The cordless nature of these machines makes them highly portable for onsite work and thus are very popular among trade smiths and fieldwork professionals. They are also very popular and commonly used by DIY hobbyists and for people who buy it for household repair work.
While they are compact, they do come with their own fair share of drawbacks and the first of those is the fact that it just cannot cut everything. For instance, if you plan on cutting something heavy-duty such as hard metal etc., the cordless jigsaw cutter may not be your first choice.
The second issue that these machines possess is limited battery power. There are chargeable variants and also variants wherein you will be using an 18 volt, 24 volts or 36-volt batteries. These are not so ideal if you are planning on using the machine for longer durations of time.
Also, one last nail to the coffin is the fact that cordless jigsaw cutters are generally pricier than a corded jigsaw machine. But then again, these stand on their own with their compact, mobility and highly easy to use nature.
Factors to look for before choosing a Jigsaw cutter
Now let us look at some of the most important factors that you need to look for before picking a Jigsaw cutter.
Power rating will show you how heavy duty the machine can get. While as mentioned before, the general rating of a jigsaw cutter would be about 600 watts, the power rating for high level, corded machines may go much higher and this will usually be of the order 1000 or 2000 watts too.
Such high powered devices are used to cut and carve out heavy metals and are usually used at an industrial level and may not be ideal for common household, Hobby or DIY projects.
The following is a brief guide to the material cutting types and the power rating they will be requiring. Also, please note that the power rating of the machine will decide the weight of the machine (more on this soon)
Up to 350 Watts: Small efficiency and low cutting strength. Used for basic DIY projects.
500 Watts: Medium cutting strength and is used to cut a depth of about 60 mm -70 mm deep wood or 10 mm of aluminium or 5 mm of steel.
700 Watts: High Cutting Strength. Can be used to cut up to 10 mm deep steel, 100 mm deep in Wood or 30 mm deep in aluminium.
850 watts: High levels on par with the 700-watt models. Same cutting strengths but better comfort in usage
Again, as mentioned before, Blades for a Jigsaw cutter are chosen depending on the item that you are about to cut. For instance, there is the metal cutting blade for cutting metal and then there is the wood cutting blade for, you see, cutting wood.
You would be classifying and differentiating from one blade type with another based on a handful of features such as
- Blades with a varied number of teeth per inch (TPI)
- Blades that come with cutting edges for soft material
- Cranked Blades for flush cutting setback removal
- Thin blades for better and sleeker curve cuts
- Push stroke blades for safe top surface cuts.
Most of the DIY jigsaw cutter machines come with a free pack of blades (usually 5-10 in nos). All of these blades come with a label as in which material they can best cut with. If you are a DIY enthusiast, then it is better that you go with a cordless model Jigsaw cutter and in particular, the one with a free pack of blades and this would be more convenient than trying to choose a set of blades every time you wish to cut some new material.
3. Strokes per minute
This refers to the speed at which the machine can deliver in a single minute (do not confuse with the actual speed change settings of the machine). The average Stroke speed of a jigsaw machine should be at the least between the range of 800 to about 3200 strokes per minute
Here is your quick guide on choosing the type of strokes that you will be used for different material types.
- Fast: Higher than 2000 strokers per minute:- Used for wood
- Medium: 1500 -2000 strokes per minute:- Used for Plastic and Non-Iron Metals
- Slow: 500-1000 Strokes per minutes:- Used for Wall tiles, Ceramics and Glass
4. Variable Speed
Variable speed, as the name suggests is the control over how you can set up the speed of the machine. While the top speed of the machine is determined by the maximum strokes of the blade per minute, the variable speed is about the control over this speed.
Either model, the corded and the cordless variants of the Jigsaw cutters mostly come with a variable speed that you can switch between and go about your work.
A few models of jigsaw cutters come with a variable speed knob whereas a few models come with strict speed settings. A rule of thumb, always go for the knob version as it will give you a lot more control over the machine than you would go for.
5. Orbital Action
The orbital action of a Jigsaw cutter refers to the fashion of the motion of the blade. General Jigsaws move their blades in a straight line motion, i.e, the up or down motion.
Orbital action jigsaw cutters move the machine in such a way that the blade moves slightly to the front into the piece in an upswing fashion and then comes back slightly towards the back as a downstroke. The blade then resets for the next stroke in a similar fashion. Such a cutting pattern is called an orbital cutting action.
Such elliptical motion of the blade will give you a far more effective, smoother and a neat cut than that of the standard motion. Also, the orbital action of a jigsaw helps in reducing the wear and tear of the machine as a whole. This will increase the life of the machine.
Almost all of the modern types of Jigsaw machines come with orbital action. The best part is that you can adjust the angle of action and thus this will give you further control over how you want your cut to be.
While you are working on a project and are in the zone, you do not want the weight of the machine cause delays or errors.
The problem with heavy-duty jigsaws is that you may buy one for the fear of a future need but they end up spoiling your current cuts as your hand may not be able to properly hold them. Thus in order to minimize such errors, you will always look for the weight of the machine before buying.
Lighter saw leads to easier and smoother cuts as your hand is free to work the way you want. One of the predicted disadvantages with lighter saws is that you may not be able to cut heavy-duty items.
As mentioned before, the weight of the machine is totally dependent and is directly proportional to the power rating of the jigsaw cutter. Thus you are to choose the type of cutter you want depending on your cutting needs and most importantly, your frequency of cutting the type of material you are buying it for.
7. Additional Features:
Apart from the above mentioned inclusions and factors, you can also compare and pick a Jigsaw cutter depending on a few additional features which may or may not be found in all of the cutters. A few are mentioned below
- Simple blade change system: where you can change the blade in a single click.
- Blade Storage: Ability to store your blades in a small attached plastic casing so they are always within the reach while working.
- Duct extraction system: That will act as either a filter or can be connected to a vacuum cleaner to make your working space free from wood-chips and sawdust
- Dust Blowers: integrated blowers will help improve the visibility of the cutting line
- Cutting Guide: Could be a simple linear or a laser guide that will help to minimise the blade deviation
- Tilting Baseplate: This will help in getting you an accurate cutting angle up to 45 degrees.
- Chip Guards: These surround the blade and aid in the reduction of chipping. Helpful when working on laminates
- Handle grip: Top handle grip is more comfortable than barrel grip but barrel grip gives you a more accurate cut
Finally, we have a warranty of the product. When we look at buying anything that is of such large power, a warrantied product weighs more towards the trust end compared to a non-warranted item and it is no different when it comes to a Jigsaw cutter as well. The general range of warranty lies between 6 months and 1 year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Orbital jigsaw gives you an aggressive cutting action and thus is more effective for making fast and rough cuts through thick elements such as softwood etc. a standard action regular jigsaw does not provide any of that. Also, orbital jigsaw at its lowest setting can get the job done faster in any type of cut needed.
A pendulum jigsaw is a technology that is built into the modern jigsaws. With this, you can move the jigsaw blade in a circular motion. As the blade moves up and down, the pendulum action also moves backwards and forwards thus giving you an angular cut.
While most of the Jigsaw blades are about 4 inches long, they can be used to cut about 3 inches deep in wood. But depending on the situations, the strength of the material, the power of the jigsaw and other factors, it can cut deeper or maybe lower too. Higher powered jigsaw with a deeper and stronger blade gives you a very good vantage point.
pendulum movements in a Jigsaw mean that the blade will swing in a semi circular fashion back and forth. This will give it a limited space and repeated motion along the same spot with its razor sharp surface will lead to a cut in that spot.
Wrapping it up:
The Black & Decker KS900EKX 600-Watt Autoselect Pendulum Jigsaw let you cut about 85 mm deep in wood, 5 mm deep in steel and about 15 mm deep in aluminium. Also, it has amazing features such as a blade storage compartment, superlok blade clam, slightline channel for a straight cut and a variable speed from 800 strokes to 3200 strokes per minute. Apart from that, its pendulum action, 2 inches pad size and a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty made it win being the best jigsaw cutters in India.
While that was our list, we would like to hear more from you. Did we miss out on anything? Or do you want us to add something to this list? Or is it that you have some questions for us regarding jigsaw cutters or any other similar machines? If so, feel free to write to us in the comments section below. Our product expert team will write back to you as soon as possible.