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The Craftsman 19.2v cordless jig saw with laser track is a workhoarse. I strongly suggest using the lithium-ion battery for longer work time between charges. The other thing, I would suggest to extend battery power & shorten work time is to keep blades fresh. Don't force the cut, just let the saw do the work for you. All, you need to do is guide where you want the cut to be. If the blades are dull, then it will make your work harder to do & use more power, this decreasing your battery charge life. To help keep your cuttings off of your cutting line so that you can see where the blade is, I use a shop vac with hose clamped by where you are cutting. Make sure you are using the right blades for the right job ( i would suggest the Craftsman multi-blade accessory pack, it has both metal & wood blades, as well as scroll blades for making tighter cuts without causing binding or kickback on the blade). I have used my saw, cutting 3/4" plywood, & regular hard board & the jigsaw has more than enough power to make the cuts. The parts that I didn't like; very limited space for extra blades ( i think there is only room for one extra blade, besides the one in the tool - less chuck. The next thing, that might have been nice to have with the jig saw, is a pouch to keep it & your accessories in, while you're not using it, to keep dust out of it. Other than those two issues, I have no complaints. This would make a dependable addition to your C3 portable power tool collection (best of all, the batteries are interchangable with your other C3 tools. One charger & one battery. That's worth a ton in itself...
Like all Craftsman tools, this one features the new annoying "safety" which requires you to slide a switch over with one hand while pulling the trigger with the other and I suppose with your 3rd hand you're supposed to hold the wood or whatever you are cutting. This is stupidity. The only reason I bought this saw is because I'm locked into Craftsman b/c of the batteries. This "safety" on all tools is dangerous and should be replaced.
El Cajon, CA
The adjustable stroke is a great feature and main reason I bought, but the lack of a cord really makes jobsite work easy. The Laser guide is truly a godsend for cutting curved things like barrels.
Des Moines, IA
Picked up this jig saw to do some trim work around the house. The Laser Trac makes it very easy to use, even if you're not very handy. Craftsman power tools are fantastic!
I have only used it twice now but it worked great both times. I use a jig saw on a regular basis and it was really nice not having a cord to get in the way. Unfortunately it takes different blades than my trustworthy old corded "Stanley" (blade type info should be on the outside of the box). I was a little concerned about battery life but it made all the cuts I needed on one battery. Speaking of batteries the only reason it's not 5 stars is because it doesn't come with one.
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This saw is hefty and solid feeling in your hand. It sounds and feels very powerful, and yet, oh so smooth at the same time. I would say that it seems pretty quiet for a jigsaw. It does not jump around in your hand and the vibration is nicely damped. The blower did a good job of keeping my cut line clear of sawdust. Overall a very high quality saw and a pleasure to use.
Royal Oak, MI
I don't need a corded saw but the convenience of a portable saw. This saw hits the spot. Built in laser is nice, I have 3 batteries so I will never run out of power.
Canal Fulton, OH
West Chicago, IL
I have several 19.2 tools and wanted to get this jigsaw for a while. When my very old Black and Decker jig died during a project, I decided to pick this up. I had already upgraded to the lithium-ion battery so this was a no brainer. Nice weight and the laser trac comes in handy as I was always having to blow away the saw dust when cutting.
This C3 jig saw works great and it is very powerful. It is just the right weight. The only disadvantage to it is the laser trac is so bright it makes your marking line very hard to see almost impossible.
I only buy the best. The product is excellent. Its easy to use. Its comfortable and it definetly does the job. Fid i mention that the price is as resonable as it can get?
Thousand Oaks, CA
This is a great little jig saw with a useful laser guide. It's most useful feature is compatibility with other C3 tools, so batteries are never an issue. I've used corded jig saws in the past and find this cordless one to deliver everything I need for small- and medium-sized projects.
Stevenson Ranch, CA
I purchased this last night and like most people, I was eager to cut. I tested it on a 1x4 pine boards. The saw slowly made it through the board. It's lack of power and speed left the wood frayed and chewed. Yes my battery was fully charged and I was using a brand new craftsman professional wood blade. This saw is weak. I will now be adding to my Milwaukee M18 collection. Everything Milwaukee has is amazing. The only thing C3 I have left is the brad nailer. Go a different route. What happened to Craftsman??? They used to be do reputable....
I can see why there are so many complaints about this item. I tried cutting a 2X4 with a NiCad battery and the 2X4 laughed at me so I put in the LI-Ion battery and then it was cutting fine, but it stopped and started 6 times while cutting. This must be a defect in the battery protection circuits, The battery is nearly new and fully charged but I tried another fully charged one and it kept doing the same thing. The base adjustment is cheesy, even the Black & Decker equivalent model is easier to use. I did manage to cut the 2X4 several times and the battery didn't run down, but it was annoying with all the quick stop and go problems. The orbital action did make it try to jump, but that's normal with any jigsaw. It worked fine for a light load in 1/4" plywood, but I hardly ever cut that so it's not much use. I tried to cut off a 1/2" piece of allthread and it laughed at the saw too. I could have cut it faster with a hacksaw. I'm taking this thing back because it's not worth the money