In case you need a piece of functional power equipment to cut through a variety of materials such as steel, wood, and PVC… you can use a jigsaw. So, what is a jigsaw? A jigsaw is a powerful and compatible tool, which is very popular to workers and mechanics.
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What is a jigsaw good for?
As said above, a jigsaw is perfect for making different types of cuts and on a lot of components. Then, how to use a jigsaw in the right way? Read more to explore.
A Step-By-Step Of How To Use A Jigsaw
Step 1: Select and set up the right blade
The first step of how to use a jigsaw is selecting and setting up the right blade for it. A jigsaw blade is usually made of carbon steel. There are some common types of blades you can find at the store, such as wood blades, coarse blades, or fine-toothed blades. Depending on the components that you want to cut, you can pick a bi-metal blade for thin metal.
You will also need the blade to be fine-toothed so that it can create clean and correct cuts. A blunt blade can bring you troubles such as spoiling the materials. For cutting wood faster, you should use a tough blade. This kind of blade often leaves a rugged surface on the wood.
Depending on the model of your jigsaw (which is written on the manual), you can choose T-connection blades or U-connection blades. Be sure that the jigsaw is turned off, unplugged, or disconnected from the power before you start to install or change the blade, for safety.
Step 2: How to use a jigsaw in the right and safe way
Next, we will learn the basics of how to use a jigsaw in the right and safe way. You need to set up the battery pack or connect the jigsaw to the power source. Check to make sure that the battery pack is in good condition, or the power source is stable. If not, your jigsaw may break down soon.
Wear protection, this includes a face mask and safety glasses. Clinch your material to the work surface to make it stay still. You can do this easily by using C-clamps. In case you are making vertical cuts on walls, you do not have to use clamps.
To start your jigsaw, you squeeze the trigger on the handle. Only release the trigger when you are done with the cut. You can also use the lock beside the trigger so that you do not have to hold the trigger all the time. There is also a dial on the front of the tool and you use this to control the speed of the blade.
Make the blade move faster by setting a higher number on the dial. So when you first start the jigsaw, you should keep the speed slow. For more accurate and beautiful cuts, use a pencil to draw the line you want to make the cut.
Step 3: Make different cuts with a jigsaw
Last but not least, let’s learn how to make different cuts. Slowly start at the edge of the component and gradually push the blade through it. Follow the pencil line you drew on the material to make sure you are creating an exact cut. Keep guiding until you finish cutting the material.
Turn the back of the jigsaw to cut along curves. You need a fine-toothed blade and the slowest setting speed to do this well. To ensure that you will get a flat outline, use a compass. To create a little cut, control the angle of the jigsaw’s shoe. Little cuts are popular for creating 45-degree angles and making smooth joints between the wood.
When you cut a hole in your components, you will need a drill to create starting points and ending points to support the jigsaw. Drill holes in your material and put the jigsaw blade on the hole, turn it on. Move the blade from hole to hole to get the job done.
Working happier, safer and more professional with your jigsaw
The jigsaw is one great power equipment you can have in your workplace. With it, your work with various materials is much easier and faster. The electrical cord should always be behind the saw when you are cutting, and to make sure it doesn’t fall out, wrap it around your arm. Jigsaws can also be used upside down when you are working on the ceiling. You can use the jigsaw to prune trees if the limbs are too big. So, when is your next time using the jigsaw?