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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-04-2014, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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May I ask if any member has had experience with the above cordless jigsaws? Are the 10.8 jigsaws just as efficient as the 18v? What are the economics of a brushless jigsaw over a brushed cordless and are they economical over the life of the machine?
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Can't compare but use an 18v XRP DeWalt and find it really works well. Very efficient way to operate without dragging the cord. My guess is that 18 v is likely to have a little more oomph in harder woods. Interesting question. I started on the DeWalt trail with their wonderful circular saw and decided not to mix battery sizes or types. Which is one more thing to check: can you get all the battery operated tools you might want in 10 v?
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I've found that the higher voltages not only have more power but the batteries also last longer between charges. I was using a fairly new 12v PC drill on one jobsite and was needing to charge it at the end of the 8 hr shift. I picked up a new Craftsman 16.8v and it went 2 1/2 shifts on the same job. However, once in a while when I had limited clearance to use the drill the 12v would fit and the 16.8 v was too big. I have a 19.2v now and it is more powerful than the 16.8 was. The more volts, the more power it will have and possibly longer charge time to go with it.

The new brushless designs are supposed to be much more efficient and powerful so they don't directly compare to the old type from what I've read and they are quite a bit more expensive so far.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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The big question is what are you going to use it for? In my experience, in general, battery powered saws don't hold power long enough to be useful beyond a small number of quick cuts. If you truly have a need to make cuts away from an outlet, go with the highest possible battery power. Otherwise, you may be better off getting a corded jigsaw.

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Get a good corded jigsaw. They are lighter, usually smaller, and more comfortable to hold.

(usually cheaper, too!)

I have switched back to corded (either electric or air) for my 'big' drill (1/2 inch), my Sawzall, and have always used a corded Jigsaw.

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I have to agree with Doug and Mike about the battery power. Unless you are using it on job sites where you can't guarantee there will be power then you will be better off with corded. More power, less weight, better balance, and no recharges. Not to mention that if you buy a good one it will last a lifetime, unlike battery powered. I have a few battery powered drills that would still work if the batteries were good or the charger worked. Unfortunately it costs more to replace them than new ones cost. I keep one battery powered drill around these days and everything else has a cord.

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I have used most tools. If you want to use cordless it has to be 20v LI or it just will not work. If you are just buying one tool, get corded.
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I have used most tools. If you want to use cordless it has to be 20v LI or it just will not work. If you are just buying one tool, get corded.
Oh, WOW! Wish someone had told me that none of my cordless tools will work. I'd have never known

That said I have 3 jigsaws... all corded.

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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I meant I have had no luck with jig saw, recip saws or circular saws that were battery powered. I guess you could say they work if you call working cutting one 2x4 and then changing batteries. I do like my new 20v tools.
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When we moved into this house, the first thing I did was have electricians install a larger capacity circuit breaker - so the basement could be wired comfortably. I love the theory of cordless tools, but when they die - they are truly dead. It is quite likely that I'll never buy another cordless tool after my current (no pun intended) ones pass-away. With 20A outlets every 4 feet, my extension cords (when rarely necessary) are quite short. If I get into a situation where cordless tools are needed, I'll buy some new ones - because mine are now very close to "death's door".

Certainly price is an important consideration and corded tools are still available at some mighty nice prices. When I do things out of the reach of extension cords, I precut parts to fit my needs - after all my "cordless tape measure" will never die!

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