Ok, the story is that I needed a jigsaw because I'm doing a lot of
tatting about and chopping bits of wood. Most of the work isn't vitally
accurate so I just went for a Ferm (Screwfix 11932) with blade pack
17632, though I did also get a pack of down-cutting blades (41316?)
This is ok for most cutting-to-length jobs, but I have had *real*
problems when I need to get anything like an accurate cut. Yesterday,
for example, I completely ruined a knotty pine door when trying to take
1/4 inch off the bottom - I clamped up a straight edge, fitted a new
blade, ran the thing without too much forward pressure and noticed after
a few inches that the cut seemed to be wandering *towards*
Well, that wasn't really a problem because I was taking off slightly
less than needed and intending to finish off with an electric plane I'd
borrowed, but when I pulled the saw out of the cut and checked, on the
bottom side - where I couldn't see what was going on - the darned thing
had bent so much that it was some 3/4 inch away from the edge of the
door. I was extremely surprised that the blade hadn't snapped with this
much bend on it.
So, one door ruined (it might come up ok with some glue and filler), but
that's better than ruining the kitchen worktop which is the next item on
the list - one straight cut to size (will be going against a wall, so no
need for absolute accuracy, but the straighter the better), and two
holes to cut for sink and hob. These latter *will*
need to be quite
accurate. It's a block wood worktop by the way.
1: Is this "blade wander" something all jigsaws suffer from, or is it
just the cheap Ferm thing?
2: Could I have done anything to prevent the wander? Different
technique, different blades?
3: I know a circular saw would probably be best for the straight cut,
but I will really need a jigsaw for the holes, so any recommendations?
Don't worry about price for now because I want to know what you think
are useful features, but I will have a budget when considering buying.
I'll probably go for a mains saw, but so long as it's not ridiculously
expensive I'd consider a battery saw too.
Any advice greatfully received!
Martin Angove: http://www.tridwr.demon.co.uk /
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