My jig saw was dying. Per my research this Craftsman jigsaw had more desired features than any other jigsaw in my price range of $60 to $80. Tool-less blade change; accepts T & U shank blades; LaserTrac light; LED worklight; 2-way sawdust removal; 5 position orbital action; 6 amp motor; variable speed range; 360 degree scroll action and D-handle and scroll handle. Still a couple of reviews criticized the blade clamp as having a short life. I handled this concern by waiting until the jigsaw went on sale; then buying the Sears "Purchase-Protect" 3 year replacement plan so that my total cost was still within my budget. Another review criticized blade performance but said Bosch blades were best. My test confirmed that. I first cut a 2X4 using an old 12 tooth blade with the control lever shifted to "Smooth" and the variable speed dial at 6. After only cutting 1" into the 2x4 with the laser continuously on my cut line the blade had floated to the left 1/16". Next was a Sears blade, the 6 tooth blade that came with the jigsaw. After 1" it had floated off the cut line to the left by 1/32". Next was a Bosch wood 6 tooth blade. After 1" it was right on my cut line. Next was a Bosch wood 10 tooth blade. It also stayed right on the cut line. I was impressed. A jigsaw is really not intended to be used to cut through 2x 4s. I believe this jigsaw will get the job done for me and I'll stick with Bosch blades.
This jigsaw seems heavy, sturdy, and well built (and that is how I made the mistake buying it) but wait until you start using it. Ergonomics put on this tool are just HORRIBLE.... placement and operating the switches / buttons is unnacceptable. This tool is totally unbalanced (no matter what you cut against) - it vibrates a lot, ....is flimsy and badly designed. I feel it can become a hazard to operate it (like my $9.99 jig saw bought from Freight Harbor Tools store). The two blades that came with it have been warped / bent and unusuable any more (after a 2-3 minute of operation for each blade - no force applied other than trying to hold the tool straight and avoid vibrations). The Operator's Manual does not provide many important information (such as when Scrolling how to avoid the back of the blade touching the guide), has many errors, and does not explain well.
Last, this tool seems to have a short life expectancy - it is not worth the hassle of trying to figure out how to operate it, feel unsafe while using it, contacting Craftsman when it breaks down, etc, etc.
Have bought 3 other Craftsman tools (electric) in the last 4-5 years and all 3 have given me problems (from malfunctioning to not working at all). This tools is going back to Sears and will never buy again Craftsman. It is truly a shame how good-quality company it was 15-20 years ago and what it has become! I have lost any trust on this company!
I use this product around the house almost always.work's great,the best sabre saw I have ever owned
and ordering from sears was a very good experience
Did the job I bought it for. Great product and good price.
Our company used this saw to cut a hole in the floor for a vent for the cooling system in a church. The hole existed, but was not large enough to for the vent cover we needed to install. The saw worked great without any problems. The subfloor was to thick for this saw to cut through fast enough and we had to move to a saws-all to complete the project. Overall, this is a great saw. I really like the ability to disengage the fixed head and turn the saw blade only. You could not find a better scrolling saw on the market in my opinion.
it was the best deal on the net, heavy duty, and it was delivered so fast. after trying it out I liked it even more and I bought an other one for my brother.
The variable speed did not work. And the saw blade was
almost impossible to put in and take out . I would like to
have it replaced with one that works properly. I do like the saw.
Got this tool for Christmas and tested it the next day. I liked the overall heft and feel of the tool. The ability to remove the handle is also nice. It cuts straight and the speeds are easy to dial in. Overall it's a very nice tool except for one item. The base of the tool is difficult to angle for angled cuts. You have to loosen the base with the supplied hex key and then tighten it when you get to the right angle. Forget about setting a good angle, it's just too difficult.