Jigsaw Innovation: Design at its Best
I had the chance to read about Milwaukee’s new jigsaw a week or so back. In doing so, what caught my attention is how the base or shoe is adjusted. This new feature is, on its own, the reason I asked the company to ship us a sample for review.
Here’s the deal: How many times have you adjusted a jigsaw by first finding the appropriate hex key wrench , or ill-fitting screwdriver if the wrench has been long gone , and digging into the bottom of the tool to loosen a bolt? That is a pain; not to mention how difficult it is to dial in your exact angle setting with the tool flipped upside down so you can tighten the bolt when you do get the angle right.
That challenge disappears with Milwaukee’s 2645-20 jigsaw. Now you simply flip a lever to loosen the shoe, position the angle wherever you need, then slide the lever back as everything tightens up for work. The company has included four detents set to the most-used angles and the tilt is in either direction. And if none of those settings is right for your job, slide the shoe forward, angle the shoe to your liking then flip the lever back. Bingo. Your angle is set. That’s sweet.
This tool is not for the weak armed. It weighs in at 6 pounds 3.8 ounces. And that’s without the 18-volt battery. Add the battery to the mix and the scale’s digital readout is bouncing just south of 7-1/2 pounds. It’s a big-boy toy and I, for one, will be happy to not have my jigsaw bouncing all over the workpiece as the cut is made. (We’ll see what happens when I get this jigsaw into the shop.)
There are a number of other features that I notice and I am intrigued by. Those I’ll get into more after I spend a little one-on-one time with my new friend. While the kit is not yet widely available, it’s currently available at toolbarn.com for $359.
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