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Review by kenthemadcarpenter posted 10-26-2015 12:53 PM 4726 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For years I had been getting away with my Black and Decker Jig Saw, and honestly I hated it. Then I saw a You tube video of a guy demonstrating an orbital jigsaw. So I finally broke out my wallet and bought a new Jigsaw, I was looking at several different models and decided on the Porter cable, The price was with in my range, I have and older Porta Cable Jig saw (when I say older, I mean it is older than me and still works great, except I can’t find that style of blades so I use her very sparingly) so I know they are reliable and built to last, So on with the review. I will start with the Pro’s first
1. The handle is perfectly ergonomically designed, which makes cutting easier.
2. It has the perfect amount of power for any cutting project.
3. It can accept both types of shank types. (T/U)
4. three orbital jig saw positions on the side which makes selection easy to change on the fly.
The Con’s (I regrettably admit there are cons for such a great tool. Sorry Porta Cable)
-1. This model is a variable speed Jig Saw, the problem with this is the placement of the speed control knob,
it is on the trigger it self, which can make changing the speed difficult on the fly, I would have preferred the knob on top that could be operated with the thumb.
-2. there is no on board blade storage, even my cheap black and decker had one.
-3. to change the bevel you need to do it the old fashioned way, some of the other models I looked at had a quick release leaver.
My overall review of this model is 4 stars overall, as far as value of the product it gets an A+, for ease of use A+
for the perfect balance of ease of use and power A+++.

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#1 posted 10-26-2015 06:25 PM

Nice balanced review. Couple of questions?

How is the cut quality? Did you try the orbital settings? If so, what effect did they have? Did it come with any included blades? What about dust collection – does it have any, if so, did you try it?

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#2 posted 10-26-2015 07:18 PM

The cut quality is excellent, whether or not you are using it on the first setting or the third, also (with the right blade) she cuts into corners and curves very nicely, it comes with a standard blade and it has a dust collection bag that twist on and off. Pending on the type of cut you are doing depends on what setting to use. Rough cut use the first setting for finer and tight curves use setting three

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#3 posted 10-28-2015 01:13 PM

I am curious why on tool blade storage is a negative. If you compare all brands of jigsaws, the least expensive ones are the only ones that provide on tool storage. Bosch, DeWalt, Makita and Festool do not, in my experience a separate case is the best place to store blades. Just my $0.02

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#4 posted 10-28-2015 01:51 PM

The reason a negative on the blade storage, is simple, if my cheap black and decker has one and by no means did add any additional bulk to it, there is no reason why porter cable or any other company can’t do it. My preference to an on board blade storage is because I am constantly changing between two different blade types, having it right on the tool itself makes changing on the fly quicker vs looking around to find my storage box. Had I bought a different jigsaw and gave a review, they would have gotten a negative in this area as well,

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