Because of its lower profile, I prefer a barrel-grip jigsaw to a top-handle. I feel as if having my hand closer to the work gives me better control, not only because the tool feels less tippy, but because I find it slightly easier to guide.
And I quite like this new 12-volt, lithium-ion powered one from Bosch (JS120BN) – it is lightweight (3.3 pounds) with six speed settings (and a no-load speed of 1,500 to 2,800 strokes per minute), a 3⁄4″ stroke capable of cutting up to 2-3⁄4″-thick material, three orbital settings and an LED light (that can be turned off). The aluminum footplate adjusts with an on-board Allen wrench for bevel cuts up to 45°, and it locks down tight.
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