Cordless jigsaws are extremely useful tools, you can use them for cutting straights or cutting curves. Many of our reviewed jigsaws feature power-sharing batteries, which allow you to swap the same battery into different tools. This is strictly within each company’s range – for the time being. Whether it’s curves or metal, hedges or mitres. Whatever you want to cut a jigsaw can be sure to help.
We’ve considered what’s good for a professional, and what’s good for the layperson who is into DIY to produce our picks of the current crop of cordless jigsaws.
Bosch PST 18 LI
Bosch’s PST18 LI is an ideal jigsaw for small and medium projects and work. It’s lightweight, cordless and has computationally controlled power management to get the most from the battery, motor and gearbox.
The cordless drill is one of the ‘Power4All’ tools – in the 18 V category. The lithium battery and charger are sold separately and are compatible across the range. Charge times are quick and run times are long. Battery and charger are sold separately; so consider whether you want to move wholesale to Bosch for your kit.
When it comes to making cuts the PST 18 works with wood and sheet metal. It cuts up to 80mm deep into wood and to a depth of 5mm through sheet metal. The blade reciprocates along a 4-point orbital axis- it moves in a slightly circular motion, for some reason, this is smoother, I didn’t take physics so it is a little beyond my understanding.
Bosch PST 18 LI Features
- CutControl adds precision when following a line
- 4-stage orbital action leaves cuts smooth and tear-free
- Special blast function rids the cut area of dust
- Compact and ergonomic
The CutControl feature controls the stroke rate of the blade, triggers allow you to reduce the blade speed or increase it. The maximum no-load speed, to give you an idea, runs at 2400 strokes per minute. Having a speed trigger means cutting through different materials is safe and accurate – we didn’t find any problems with ragged edges and were able to make pretty succinct turns whilst clicking through the options. The speed control also helps reduce unwanted vibrations.
CutControl is augmented by, perhaps driven by, Bosch’s Syneon Chip – this chip has been dialled in to improve communication between the battery, the motor and the gearbox perhaps you could call it ‘smart’ but we’d say it is more ‘fancy’. Bosch claim this chip not only improves power and cut but battery life too. Without a Syneon-less jig, we’ll just have to take their word for it.
Along with these high-tech features there are some more standard fare- an integrated light (the PowerLight) illuminates the work area and a fan blows dust away from the cutting point – though there’s not an extraction port or dust bag on this jigsaw. A little neat feature on the fan is the ‘blast’ function which quickly clears a build-up of detritus.
Bosch provides a free 2-year guarantee on the PST 18 LI jig, this is extendable to 3 years if you register at MyBosch within 28 days of purchase.
Conclusions on the PST 18 LI
This jigsaw is lightweight, compact and highly mobile. It is a really handy bit of kit. I like the speed control, and all the different ways it is deployed – through the switch and through auto control of the motor (thanks Syneon). The cutting power is resolute, I tackled the almost the full 80mm range (through wood of course) with an expected amount of resistance.
I would say this is a great tool for someone looking to refresh or get their first, large set of tools. This is because of the multi-purpose battery. It is an expense, but Bosch make so many proper tools in their Power4All range you won’t be left hanging – and neither will your cuts.
Bosch PST 18 LI Technical Specifications
- Cutting Depth (Wood) – 80mm
- Cutting Depth (Steel) – 5mm
- No-load stroke rate – 2400 spm
- Weight – 1.6kg
- Battery Voltage – 18 V
- Integrated Work Light – Yes
- Dust Extraction Port – No
DeWalt’s DCS33N is a cordless jig powered by DeWalt’s new (ish) XR lithium-ion batteries. The multi-purpose battery is suitable with other tools in the DeWalt stable. This is a favoured tool of the professional, and there are some traits which make this apparent. Clocking up to 3000 strokes per minute is one, a wide-swinging adjustable bevel is two, and a fan-cooled motor that’s amenable to replacement and repair is another.
Capable of cutting through wood and metal, to 135mm and 10mm respectively, the DCSS3N has powerful applications. You can control the blade speed manually or ‘intelligently’ with a trigger and it features a lock-off switch to make quick, precise and controlled cuts. The lock-off also kicks in if you hit something unsavoury.
DeWalt DCS331N Features
- Cuts through sheet metal and wood
- Highly efficient power at 3000 strokes per minute
- Variable speed and auto-lock switch for controlled cuts
- Available with ultra-powerful 5.0Ah battery
- Part of a battery sharing range of tools
When cutting the blade moves in a 3-position pendulum fashion, this makes controlling the aggressiveness and the smoothness of cuts simple. With some jigsaws, a key is necessary to alter the bevel. On the DeWalt this is done tool-free with the push of a button. you can swing the bevel to 45 degrees in either direction.
In terms of vibration reduction, DeWalt have a counter-balancing mechanism within the jig, it gives it its nice weight. There is also a rubber grip to prevent vibrations wreaking too much havoc on your hands and arms during prolonged usage.
When the PM47 motor is running it is cooled by a fan. Should you get some heavy wear and tear out of the DeWalt it is possible to replace the brushes in the motor too. Brushless motors are able to apply more rotational force, which is good, and therefore they do not tend to require cooling or replacement parts. But they are more difficult to repair than brushed motors.
Moreover, the modular design of the DCS331N makes it very easy to service and replace worn out parts.
DeWalt have patented their keyless system for changing blades, and the DCS331N accepts standard T-Shank blades. A nice mix of proprietary and common technology there. All in all the design is highly ergonomic, and while cordless you do have the option of attaching the jig to a dust extraction system through the port on the back.
Unfortunately the battery and charger tend to be sold separately, there’s a whole host of DeWalt products which do take this battery however, so it is worth considering if you need a cordless drill or a sander for example.
Conclusions on the DeWalt DCS331N
This jigsaw, with its modular design and high power, is an ideal tool for a professional carpenter or joiner. Cordless means mobility and when combined with the superb battery life you’ll be ever thankful you don’t have to go near an extension cord again.
As this jig can cut through up to 10mm of sheet metal and 135mm of wood, it is apparent that this is a professional tool. DIY geeks will also find a lot to enjoy but may prefer something less beefy and more attuned to their needs – nice to have the capacity though isn’t it?
DeWalt DCS331N Technical Specifications
- Power Output – 400 W
- No Load Stroke Rate – 3000 spm
- Stroke Length – 26mm
- Bevel Capacity – 45 degrees
- Weight – 2.4kg
- Dimensions (L, H) – 305mm, 215mm
- Wood Cut Depth – 135mm
- Metal Cut Depth – 10mm
Worx have made a 20 V cordless saw, that is actually two saws in one. You can choose between the multi-faceted reciprocating saw and a precise jigsaw within seconds. Change on a whim. Being cordless, compact and lightweight the Worx is perfect for using anywhere. Worx have tried to make this saw thrive in small spaces too.
The WX550.2 accepts all standard jigsaw blades, t-shanks, which can be changed through the tool-free clamp mechanism. You can have the power and assertive cuts of a reciprocating saw and the accuracy of a jigsaw in one body. The head pivots in two directions making this possible.
Worx WX550.2 Features
- Comes with a range of blades for indoor and outdoor use
- Blade swings around to use as a hedge trimmer or tree pruner
- Shared battery compatibility with other Worx tools
- Variable speed control
There is a dust blower, but no extraction port, which keeps the working area clean during cuts. Wonderfully, the Worx has a tree pruning blade suitable for trimming trees and bushes.
Worx also have a power share element to their tools. The lithium-ion battery is the premier energy source of today and Worx 20 V battery works across any 20 V tool in the power tool and garden tool range. We’d recommend getting a 3.0Ah or a 4.0Ah battery to bump up the battery life.
Conclusions on the Worx WX550.2
This Worx cordless jigsaw is perfect for DIY projects around the house – you get two saws in one, and a hedge trimmer to boot. Professional tradesmen also have reason to be interested as the Worx is still a powerful little tool – the downside here is that it does not cut through sheet metal. This Worx tool can get still through some tough stuff and whilst making nice clean cuts. If you’re more of a gardener/joiner than a welder/carpenter the hedge trimmer could come in useful.
Worx WX550.2 Technical Specifications
- Weight – 2.8kg
- Pendulum Action – 3 stage
- Voltage – 20 V
- Blades – 3 jigsaw, 1 reciprocating, 1 wood pruning
Bosch Professional GST 12V-70
The Bosch Professional GST 12V-70 is the perfect cordless jigsaw for professional work. It’s a lightweight and compact design that dishes out curves and precision. The refined design allows you to cut comfortably from below and has a slim-line grip handle for easy manoeuvrability. The handle is closer than any other jig to the cutting line – meaning precise cuts are easy to make.
The GST 12V works with 10.8 V and 12 V batteries. When used with a 2.0Ah battery you can cut all day without compromising on cut quality.
Bosch’s SDS-system allows you to change saw blades without a tool and in seconds. It has a double bevel that lets you get mitres at 45 degrees in either direction. This is ideal for straight and perfect cuts. The compact and lightweight design mean its manoeuvrability is top of its class. There’s an adjustable pendulum action – choose either three or four-stage swing, which makes tear-free cuts the norm.
The cutting area is flanked by two highly robust aluminium plates to keep you going in the right direction. A bright LED light shines down to illuminate your working area. The size and light make this perfect for working inside roofs and other confined areas.
Bosch GST 12 V Features
- Super compact and lightweight
- High-performance sawing for long durations with the 2.0Ah battery
- Slim grip which keeps you close to the cutting action
- Designed with EMP and ECM to protect the inner-workings
This jigsaw can make excellent separating cuts or cutouts on a range of materials. Plastic, wood, metal, ceramic plates and even tear-prone rubber, are all within its grasp. The jig comes with two blades – the T 144 D blade for speedily cutting wood and the T 308 B blade for extremely clean cuts.
There’s a great Electronic Motor Protection (EMP) feature – though this is not the Syneon Chip found on the Bosch PST – it still protects the motor from any overload which might occur in heavy work.
To protect the battery from any large loads and overheating, there is Bosch’s Electronic Cell Protection (ECP), this helps to dissipate heat using heatsinks and ventilation. Having this feature means batteries will last longer. You can also conduct deep discharge to help batteries charge through full cycles. Included in the set is a quick charger to keep your batteries fresh.
Another safety feature is the anti-splinter guard, which does a good job of limiting sparks flight paths too. Importantly, considering working in tight spaces, the Bosch GST 12 V has a dust extraction port, which you can hook up to an extraction system or dust bag – which is included.
Conclusions on the Bosch Professional GST 12V-70
The Bosch has many features which will endear it to professionals. The dust extraction system being one, and the ability to cut through a whole host of materials from metal to rubber via wood and plastic being the other – what else are you buying a saw for anyway?
I like the quick charger, the compact size and the mitre action on the GST, the only downside might be the batteries. Although the quick charger is fast, you’ll still want a spare, and unlike many other cordless jigsaws we’ve reviewed here, the batteries aren’t interchangeable.
Bosch Professional GST 12 V Technical Specifications
- Stroke Length – 18mm
- Mitre Cuts – 0 – 45 degrees
- Battery Capacity/Voltage: 2.0 Ah / 10.8V/12 V
- Weight: 1.5kg
- Cutting depth (wood, aluminium, metal) – 70mm, 3mm, 3mm
DeWalt 18V XR
Dewalt XR Features
- 3 position pendulum for snag-free cuts
- Gets through metal, plastic, wood and rubber
- Extensive anti-vibration measures and brushless motors
Conclusions on the DeWalt XR
DeWalt’s XR is a very similar, but brushless version, of the other DeWalt in this review, the DCS331N. Choosing between them comes down to a preference for brushed or brushless motors. Brush motors are easier and cheaper to have repaired, while the brushless model has an improved battery life. This fine choice then comes down to what sort of batteries you have already got and whether you’re making a big shift in your toolbox.
DeWalt XR Technical Specifications
- Power – 400 W
- No-load Stroke Rate – 0-3000 spm
- Stroke Length – 26mm
- Bevel Capacity – 45 degrees