More recently, in the arsenal of every master there was a hacksaw, with which it was possible to cut almost any material. Today, this hand tool is already a thing of the past, and in domestic conditions and in production it is increasingly being replaced by an electric jigsaw or a circular saw. It remains only to decide which of these power tools is better to choose for each specific case.
Advantages and disadvantages of the electric jigsaw
The principle of operation of this popular tool is based on the reciprocating movements of the file, which is able to cut the workpiece not only in a straight line and at an angle, but also along a curly line. the cut at the same time turns out to be very even, and the thickness of the workpiece directly depends on the length of the blade, which is chosen for the material (wood, metal, etc.).
Among the main advantages of this device, professionals and amateurs note above all:
- compact size and light weight;
- convenient control, which can be operated with one hand;
- simplified replacement of the cutting blade;
- the ability to start work from any place of the part being processed if there is a pre-drilled hole (for file size);
- shaped sawing of materials.
The jigsaw also has its drawbacks, and almost all of them are associated with the cutting blade, which wears out quickly (has to be changed often), and with significant overheating “gives” an uneven cut. In addition, the settings of this power tool do not allow you to adjust the depth of cut.
Advantages and disadvantages of a circular saw
This tooling device cuts materials with a toothed disc. Manufacturers equip the “circular” with a powerful electric motor. Therefore, during operation, you need to control this tool with both hands. At the same time, the operator has the option of adjusting the cutting depth or using the circular saw as a stationary machine.
The advantages of the “circular” are:
- high performance;
- very smooth cutting of materials in the longitudinal and transverse directions;
- resistance to overheating, due to which you have to interrupt work and wait for the tool to cool down;
- disk life (consumables change very rarely).
The circular saw also has its drawbacks. First of all, they are large sizes and decent weight, as well as quite complicated disc replacement. In addition, this tool is not suitable for shape sawing and does not allow starting work from the middle of the workpiece.
What to choose
The final choice of the tool in this case directly depends on the tasks that it will solve. Of course, a “circular” and an electric jigsaw can replace each other in certain situations, but in fact they are completely different tools, each having their own advantages and disadvantages.
Therefore, a jigsaw is more suitable for craftsmen who are not interested in speed, but in the quality of work. In addition, this tool allows you to switch to processing different materials in minutes, which are required to replace the file.
The circular saw is far superior to its competitor in terms of the volume of transverse and longitudinal sawing of the material. However, this power tool is not available for sawing curly workpieces, and the complicated replacement of the saw blade leads to a significant loss of time when switching to sawing another material.
Thus, the electric jigsaw is more suitable for home use and solving complex tasks (in small volumes), and the “circular” will be an ideal tool for professionals who regularly engage in longitudinal and perpendicular sawing of various materials .