A reader wrote in with a great question. Where are the cordless brushless jig saws for woodworkers?
He’s right. There have been great advances in cordless circular saws, reciprocating saws, and miter saws. But when’s the last time a new jig saw was announced?
I have been reading your posts for a long time now and really enjoy them. I will be buying a cordless jigsaw some time in the near future. I have a few Milwaukee M18 tools but do not mind maybe running two battery brand platforms because this will allow me to pick the best from each brand as I expand.
Compared to Bosch’s best corded jigsaw, no brand other than the expensive Festool offers a higher end woodworking grade cordless jigsaw. Are any of the big brands like Bosch, Dewalt or Milwaukee going to finally upgrade to a brushless higher end jigsaw sometime soon? It seems they are upgrading everything but jigsaws nowadays.
Unfortunately, I haven’t heard of any plans for a new higher end cordless or brushless jig saw.
Cordless jig saws are convenient, but I’d think they would be far more popular with contractors and tradesmen than woodworkers.
Then there’s also the fact that most professional tool brands don’t have woodworkers at the tops of their minds when designing and marketing tools.
Of those that are interested in a cordless jig saw, how many need the features and performance of premium corded jig saws – such as Bosch’s – and how many are willing to spend the money for one?
While I too would like to see a woodworking-aimed premium cordless jig saw from popular cordless power tools brands, it doesn’t seem likely.
Let me ask you this: How many brands offer both D-handle and barrel-grip models?
Many brands only offer one style of cordless jig saw. And to be frank, what’s out there is pretty capable. No, they’re not quite up to “the best of the best” premium corded jig saws, but not a lot of cordless versions of woodworking power tools are.
Who else wants to see a brushless jig saw, and why? What kind of work would you use it for?