A jigsaw is a type of reciprocating saw. It cuts an accurate curved line using an up-and-down motion. Guides can be clamped onto the base plate for making parallel or circular cuts. Shallow blades are more maneuverable than deeper ones. Miter cuts can be made by tilting the saw's main body. Use on a high speed for cutting wood and a slower speed for cutting metal or ceramic tiles.
Position a new blade against the guide roller. Release the blade change lever to secure it or tighten according to the tool's mechanism.
Rest the front edge of the base plate on the material to be cut, with the blade at a right angle to the marked guide line.
Adjust the speed and rotary action settings, if necessary, before starting up the saw. Progress along the guide line to make the cut.
Drill a hole at one edge of the cut, using a wood bit with a diameter large enough to accommodate the jigsaw blade.
Insert the jigsaw blade through the hole and make your cut. Take care to support the wood and follow the guide line carefully.
This saw is used for more arduous tasks like demolition work. It works with an up-and-down (reciprocating) motion. Some saws have a back-and-forth (orbital or pendulum) action that cuts more easily and quickly, minimizes blade wear, and aids sawdust removal from the cutting point. The blade and orbital setting changes vary by saw.
Insert a blade as described by the manual. In this instance, an Allen key is needed.
Press the base plate onto the material to be cut, and apply even pressure as you progress through the cut along a guide line.