The jigsaw is a handheld tool that is very useful for cutting arbitrary curves in materials. Unlike other saws, it is actually much more difficult to cut straight lines with a jigsaw. The jigsaw has a powerful motor driving a reciprocating saw blade. Depending on the type of blade installed, you can use a jigsaw to cut a wide variety of materials including wood, metal, plastic, etc.
- Make sure you are using the right blade for the material you want to cut. Do not use a metal blade to cut wood or vice versa.
- Check that the blade is installed correctly and held firmly. The teeth of the blade should be facing the front of the saw and you should hear a click when you insert the blade.
- If using the jigsaw to cut in the middle of the material, i.e. not from an edge, DRILL A PILOT HOLE FIRST (larger than the saw blade). Drill the hole where you want to start cutting and place the blade in the hole. The blade should easily fit in the hole without touching the wood.
- CLAMP DOWN YOUR WORK and make sure that you have enough clearance under the material for the saw blade to go up and down without hitting anything.
- NEVER start saw while blade is touching the wood or you will risk kickback.
- Position the jigsaw with the front part of the shoe on the workpiece, but the blade should not touch the work piece.
- Press the trigger a bit to start the saw on a slow speed in case there is kickback. Then press down trigger more fully and allow the blade to come to the desired speed before starting to cut. decreasing the pressure on the trigger will change the speed of the blade.
- When done with cut, release the trigger and WAIT FOR TOOL TO COME TO FULL STOP before laying it down.
- CLEAN UP!! Return the jigsaw to its storage case. Leave your work area clean and clear of scraps and saw dust.
Tips and Safety Notes:
- USE CLAMPS to help you secure your material to the work surface.
- When installing, removing, or otherwise examining the blade, MAKE SURE SAW IS UNPLUGGED FROM THE WALL!
- Like all saws, KEEP HANDS AWAY FROM PATH OF BLADE.
- Usually it’s easier to drill multiple pilot holes when cutting closed shapes in the middle of the material.