A jigsaw is a handy tool that can produce both straight-lined and curved cuts. Certain jigsaw models also include beveling capabilities for making angled cuts without having to curve your body. The jigsaw can work on all sorts of materials, including metal, wood, ceramic, and much more. In fact, some would argue that jigsaws are so versatile that they could replace circular saws, band saws, scroll saws, and even routers.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at one of DEWALT’s most highly-rated jigsaws: the DW331K Top Handle Jig-Saw. Typically, when looking at DEWALT products, there’s nothing to fear. Let’s take a quick look at what this jigsaw has to offer.
Motor and Strokes-per-Minute
Typically, the more powerful the motor, the easier it will be to cut through all sorts of materials. This DEWALT jigsaw comes with a 6.5 amp motor that delivers between 500 and 3,100 SPM which is faster than most corded jigsaws out there. In addition, this unit comes with a touch-sensitive variable speed trigger which allows users the versatility to work on soft and hard materials. The depth of each cut is roughly 1-inch below the surface of your material.
All jigsaws cut using a reciprocating motion, but the best jigsaws come with adjustable orbital settings. Straight and curved cuts require different orbital settings to reduce burning and avoid kickback. The DW331K comes with 4 orbital positions to produce high-quality and quick cuts.
Although cordless models are built for extreme portability, that doesn’t give the DW331K a reason to be too heavy. Luckily, this unit weighs only 6.4 pounds, so lifting and navigating the jigsaw through wood or other materials is a breeze. In addition, the non-marring plastic shoe should help handle the weight and provide balance.
Although producing bevel cuts aren’t all that commonly done with a jigsaw, it’s still a great feature to have. The DW331K comes with a metallic shoe bevel with premade detents at 0°, 15°, 30°, and 45°. If you need to produce cuts at other angles (e.g. 39.5°), then you’ll need to be extremely careful since the knob won’t catch a detent and stay in position.
Integrated Dust Blower
If you’ve ever worked with stocks of wood, then you’ll know how much trouble sawdust actually is. The most annoying thing that sawdust can do is obstruct your vision so you’ll need to turn off your power tool to manually blow the sawdust away.
With the DW331K, you don’t need to worry about dust getting in the way since it comes with an integrated dust blower. We find that the dust blower works effectively in eliminating the cumbersome dust from penetrating the cuts and wearing down the T-shank blades.
If you’re in the market for a high-quality jigsaw, then there’s no point looking beyond the DEWALT DW331K. This unit comes with every feature that you’d ever need in a jigsaw, though some might argue that there are certain capabilities (e.g. bevel and 4-position orbital action) that many woodworkers will never utilize since there are dedicated power tools made for those applications.
However, if you’re looking for an all-purpose jigsaw that can produce cuts that other tools are made to do, then the DEWALT DW331K 6.5 Amp Top Handle Jig-Saw is the tool you’re looking for.