SKIL jigsaws

These high-quality jigsaws come from the inventor of the circular saw. The SKIL jigsaws are ideal for curved and straight sawing jobs in wood, aluminium and steel.

    Tool usage

    What is the orbital setting on a jigsaw meant for?

    1. What is the orbital setting on a jigsaw meant for?
      If the jigsaw has an orbital setting, it makes the blade follow a circular movement which enables you to saw faster in a straight line. More orbital action gives faster sawing. The less orbital action you use, the more accurate your cut.

    How to use variable speed on a jigsaw

    1. How to use variable speed on a jigsaw
      A speed dial wheel – if your jigsaw has one – lets you adjust the sawing speed for different materials. Generally, a slower speed is recommended for harder materials such as hard wood, fiberglass, aluminium and steel. A higher sawing speed can be used with softer materials such as pine, composites, plywood and fiberboard. Variable speed also lets you start cutting slowly and precisely at first, before moving up to full speed when the saw is on the right track.

    How to get an optimal sawing performance with a jigsaw

    1. How to get an optimal sawing performance
      Let the saw do the work for you. Applying too much forward pressure will reduce the speed of the blade, resulting in a lower working speed.

    Different sawblade systems for jigsaws

    1. Different sawblade systems for jigsaws
      There are 2 types of blade system: T-shank (1) and U-shank (2). The names refer to the shape of the blade's top, that you put into the tool. Some jigsaws only take T-shank blades and others only U-shank blades, while some take both blade types. When you need new blades, first check which type your jigsaw uses.

    Which saw to use for each job?

    1. Which saw to use for each job?

    2. = Speed
      = Accuracy
      = Sawing curves
      = Sawing straight
      = Sawing in hard-to-reach areas
    3. 1) Jigsaw
      A jigsaw is the most versatile kind of saw. It can accurately cut both straight lines and curves. Especially for sawing curves, a jigsaw is clearly the best option. A jigsaw can use a wide variety of blades, optimized for different materials, accuracy, speed and curves. Examples of materials that can be cut are wood, metal, plastic, drywall, laminated boards and even ceramic tiles.
    4. 2) Circular saw
      A circular saw is mostly used for fast, accurate cutting of straight lines. It excels in making long cuts in thicker materials. Circular saws are mainly used for wood, although they can also cut other materials – in some cases using a special saw blade. Some of the most common materials that can be cut using a circular saw are chipboard, plywood, wooden beams, hardwood flooring and underlayment panels.
    5. 3) Reciprocating saw
      A recip saw – short for reciprocating saw or sabre saw – is mainly used for rough cutting, pruning and demolition work. Different blades are available for specific materials such as wood and metal.
    6. 4) Multisaw
      A multisaw is ideal for cutting a wide range of materials: you only need one tool to cut many different materials. From wood to tiles, laminate flooring to aluminum and PVC. It saws straight lines accurately, and is also very handy for plunge cutting. A multisaw can be used with kinds of saw blades, for example diamond disks, HSS blades and Carbide Tipped blades. These blades are all available in most DIY shops.

    Which jigsaw blade to use for which material?

    1. Which jigsaw blade to use for which material?

      Various types of saw blade are available for jigsaws, depending on whether you’re working on wood, metal, plastic or laminate, say. Special blades are also available to saw curves. Always check the packaging to see what the blade is designed for.

      How coarse or fine the result is, depends on both the number and size of the teeth. Generally speaking, the more teeth there are, the finer the results.

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