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lzk444

05:08AM | 11/22/04
Member Since: 08/26/04
11 lifetime posts
Hello,

We recently bought a home, and the need to get things done around the house are never ending. I need to get some minor framing done (cutting 2x4's), and I also need to cut some metal shelving brackets. I was thinking of getting a plain old hack-saw and another wood saw, but I thought I might as well get a powered (cordless or corded) one. But I can't decide between a reciprocating or a jig saw (or maybe handheld circular). Which of these is most versatile/useful one for light-duty housework? I want to buy just one power saw and get the most uses out of it. The guy at HD said buy a cordless jig saw, not reciprocating. Just wondering if other people had opinions/ideas?

Thanks

lzk


lzk444

09:09AM | 11/22/04
Member Since: 08/26/04
11 lifetime posts
Thanks for your reply. I was surfing around some more and I found that Black and Decker makes a combination power hand-saw/jig-saw called Navigator SC500. It does seem a bit underpowered, but I think it might suffice for now. Anybody used this saw?

See Link:

http://www.blackanddecker.com/productguide/ProductDetail.aspx?PID=3818&RHID=901&P=ProductDetail.aspx&ATT=AttachmentDetail.aspx&ACC=AccessoryDetail.aspx&ACS=AccessoySet.aspx&R=ProductListByType.aspx

Thanks again

lzk


tperez

03:32PM | 11/22/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
That B&D looks pretty inovative, but it also looks quite odd and cumbersome. I would really suggest you invest into two saws. The right tool for the job not only makes the job easier, it makes it safer. Check garage sales in your area for someone selling tools. Invest in a homeowners grade tool and not the professional grade. For the price of a pro tool you can probably get the two saws you want. If you must get one saw, get a Jig Saw. They are more versatile than you think and can get into pretty tight spaces. Accuracy suffers a bit with a Jig Saw, but you will be able to cut curves so use a hand saw to cut your 2x4s or borrow a circular saw.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!

lzk444

08:52AM | 11/23/04
Member Since: 08/26/04
11 lifetime posts
Thanks. I checked out jig-saws and found several kinds: with orbital motion, with scrolling etc. Are these essential? Also is 3.5 Amp power jig-saw enough?

lzk

tperez

07:44AM | 11/24/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
I find that the orbital and scrolling features are not much more than a gimmick. I have a basic BD jig saw and it does everything I ask it to. I have cut into Door Jambs,Counter Tops for sink installs, Hardi plank, Flooring, Allthread, Copper Pipe,EMT, Almost any surface I have tried it worked.

I also mount my Jig saw to the Jig saw table with a scroll blade and I do some more intricate scroll cutting.

A 3.5 amp saw would be just fine. It will handle any cutting job you ask. Mine is actually a 2.2 amp.

Get variable speed and several different types of blades.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!


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