Dewalt Jigsaw Review
If you’re looking for a Dewalt Jigsaw Review – you are in the right place. In this review we are going to discuss what options are available, which product might be the right for you, what features you should look for and of course advantages & drawbacks of particular products. Also we’ll include other customers’ ratings and share some opinions about Dewalt’s jigsaws.
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Dewalt Jigsaw – what is available for you?
There are several options on the market which you can choose from (some available as a kit and tool only). Below is the list of the models and further down we’ll do a quick comparison of these.
1. DW331K Variable Speed Top-Handle Jig Saw Kit (replacement for DW321K)
2. DW317K Compact Jig Saw
1. DC308K 36V Cordless Li-Ion Jig Saw Kit
2. DC318K 28-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Jig Saw Kit with Nano Technology
3. DC330K 18V Cordless Jig Saw Kit with Keyless Blade Change (available as tool only – DC330B)
4. DCS330L 18V Cordless Li-Ion Jig Saw Kit
Cordless jigsaws have obvious advantages (i.e.portability and flexibility of working in different environments) and in case of these jigsaws their power (especially for DC318K) and speed is not significantly different than corded ones (cordless up to 3000 SPM and corded up to 3100 SPM).
Their main drawback is the battery life which is reported to be not very long, so for more bigger tasks this might be an issue. Also the weight of cordless jigsaws is around 1lb more than corded ones but such difference should not be a huge problem. Some reviewers are reporting that heavier jigsaws give more control during the cuts.
All of Dewalt’s jigsaws feature so called keyless blade clamp which is a tool-free blade change system. Although it might sound as a great advantage we found several reviewers complaining about this and because of that their rating was quite low. Surprisingly on average all products have positive reviews, so actually we are not sure where the problem lies here.
Another two features that are common for all the jigsaws are variable stroke speed and stroke length. Variable speed gives you more control over the cutting material. Stroke length is 1″ which means that jigsaws are able to cut through almost any range of thick material.
Additionally jigsaws are equipped with orbital action setting that is also improving cutting quality as it helps to avoid chipping or splintering when cutting different types of materials.
Dust blower is another great thing to have as it removes all the saw dust off the line of the cut. When cutting metal though make sure the blower is off as airborne metal fragments are hazardous. There’s only one model not equipped with that feature – DW317K.
For bevel cuts all Dewalt’s jigsaws have ability to adjust the shoe of the saw in the range of 0 to 45 degrees.
Customer’s ratings & feedback
Overall the reviews are positive and ratings are 4+ on average. Some of the reviews are contradictory which makes it hard to address the negative ones. (One reviewer commented on other negative reviews by saying: “Don’t know what saw the others were reviewing!”)
Below is short list of what reviewers are saying:
“I installed a new bosch T blade with an agressive tooth design and wow this saw kicks A$$. The one star reviews must be from makita employees or something.”
“The DeWalt is sitting in a closet and I can’t think of anyone who I dislike enough to “give” this frustrating tool for free!”
* Quick blade change – It look me a few tries to figure out how this worked to prevent from spitting a blade mid cut, now it is fast and easy.
* Blade angle adjustment – This is my favorite feature. When working in finish materials I can use the least aggressive setting and minimize tear out on the piece, thereby minimizing standing and finish work. The most aggressive setting powers through even very hard material quickly and smoothly.
* Adjustable blower – Not quite sure why this is variable I only use full on and off.
* Variable speed – As with the blade angle adjustment this is priceless for creating a clean tear out free cut on valuable materials
* Optional flush cut blades – If you are attempting to cut out a piece of floor or modify an existing peice of furnature the ablity to cut right up to the front of the base plate is extremely helpful.
* Learning Curve – The toolless blade change has a learning curve. It can be quite disconcerting to see it spit a blade when you are mid cut. “
Watch below quick video to see Dewalt jigsaw in action: