Submitted by: Greg Lobb
I had upgraded to the Dewalt 20v system from an aging Ryobi set. Modern Lithium-ion systems open up the market to include tools more practical without a cord, a jigsaw is an ideal candidate to go cordless.
I replaced a budget Black & Decker with the DeWalt DCS331B jigsaw and it was a huge step up. This currently retails for $149 for the bare tool. This is a good tool that’s even better when coupled with quality blades. I’ve partnered my saw with a set of Bosch blades (T14CPSC) and have tackled cuts in steel, hardwood, plywood, foam and various types of flooring with no sacrifice in power. The importance of the speed of the cut shows with splintering types of wood, slow it down for better results.
This particular jigsaw model can be a little cumbersome to handle and blades changes can be a little tricky, even with two hands, but manageable. On a few occasions, I have had the blade spit out mid-cut, particular attention should be paid to get a proper seating when installing a blade. I find the handle to be very ergonomic and long sessions are not fatiguing. A fully charged battery will offer a very long run-time.
The unit has a small blower to clear the cutting path, it doesn’t perform as well I would expect and find myself blowing away more than I should. The addition of a small LED light also would have proved valuable. The base bevels with positive stops at 0, 15, 30 and 45 degrees, this should cover most situations when beveling is required.