DeWALT Electric Jigsaw Kit, 18V

DeWALT’s entry into the jigsaw market is an ambitious little battery-powered machine. I wonder why it’s cordless. Jigsawing is hardly a field exercise. Or maybe it’s a must for remodelers and restorers?

Anyway, weighing just 7.5 lbs. this jigsaw kit is the subject of some quite breathtaking claims by the manufacturers. They say it is suitable for a “multltude of materials and applications”.

My question is: is this little machine up to it? Judge for yourself.

It has the minimum of bells and whistles you would expect from a bench-top jigsaw for light home and commercial applications, including an “all-metal lever-action keyless blade change” allowing quick and easy blade changes. The all-metal keyless shoe bevel with detents at O, 15, 30 and 45 degrees provides versatility for easy bevel cutting.

The 4-Position orbital action provides control of cut quality and speed and the adjustable dust blower keeps line of cut clear of dust and chips. The DeWALT Jigsaw Kit has variable speed 0-3,000 SPM for versatility and 1″ stroke length. The XRP extended run-time battery provides long run-time and battery life. You also get a machine with an anti-slip comfort grip.

The package is promising. You get a one hour charger, an 18V XRP battery pack, jig saw blades, and a heavy-duty kit box. The shipping weight is 12.75 lbs.

Hey, if it works, this is a bargain at $309.99 and you can get it here.

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