Jigsaw Corded or Cordless: Showdown!
Jigsaw Corded or Cordless: Showdown!
Which is a better buy, a corded or cordless jigsaw? In this corded and cordless jigsaw review, Andrew compared his favorite corded jigsaw to a new 20 volt cordless model. In this cordless jigsaw comparison, Andrew tries each saw in some taxing situations to see how they measure up.
Bosch JS470E Jigsaw
Porter-Cable 20 volt max Lithium cordless jigsaw
I would be interested in seeing how easy angle adjustments are made and do they hold?
The Bosch costs like 3x more than that Porter Cable…
At 8:30 that you went through the 1st thick wall to fast with the Port Cable, not happening that fast, tells me it was precut. Plus you probably damaged the blade with the 1st cut and should have put a new blade in the Bosch. There is know doubt in my mind that the Bosch corded should have out done the cordless Porter Cable. Mobility belongs to Port Cable.
This video should have been called "What not to do with a jigsaw". This comparison was unhelpful for anyone planning on using their jigsaw correctly for reasonable tasks.
porter cable is a cheap brand as far as cordless tools
I have an older Bosch and constantly have tracking issues out of it. I’ve owned 3 over the years and have always had good luck with them. Recently purchased a PC cordless and love it. So much easier to work with. I’m sure my Bosch is lots of operator error but just not certain what it is. The PC has yet to fail me. Think I’ll stick with the PC for awhile.
First, tighten ‘right’ the material to be cut (that’s safety) second,..do not compare cordless to corded tools,..
A high end corded vs a mid grade battery.
First a fair test like this the porter cable should have a freshly charged battery for each cut. The bosch is getting full power for each cut. Second each saw should have a new blade for each cut the exact same blade unused. To me this is a fair test!!!!
120 volts ac compared to 20 volt dc – – – – dugh?
I have that PC saw. I use it when the work will take less time than unwinding plugging and rewinding the cord of my bosch barrel handle saw. The blade on the PC saw falls out doing tight curves.
use quality packing tape to the bottom plate to fix the scuffing problem/ or apply on Plexycoat
In the first cut you made you had the orbital setting on the Porter Cable set to 2. However the instructions say to put it on zero when cutting curves. That’s probably why the cut came out rough…
battery vs corded….. not really a fair comparison.
Porter cable the king of power tools…msybe get a Makita brushless or dewalt.
Gala apples to granny smiths.. big difference
Well, you’re obviously going to get more power with a corded saw. It just comes down to whether you want a little better performance or a little better convenience.
I bought this jigsaw yesterday and the clamp that holds the beveling clamp on the bottom chartered today. The clamp is made from a cheap porous metal instead of a hardened metal. I will get another Porter Cable 20v jig saw but I will have to make a custom holding clamp from a hardened metal. I do like the PC line of tools and I have several PC tools but the holding clamp needs to be made from a hardened metal instead of the cheap porous metal.
change your blade, using the wrong blade for tight radius cuts. Bosch makes a specific blade that would have worked better
Great video. Thank you
Did you know you have to reduce the speed on jigsaws when cutting metal
I have the same Bosch jigsaw, js470e. All I can say is that its a monster. I dont think there is anything out there thats better.
Este guarute no sabe usar herramienta
Great video. Thx.
Thanks for the review! I think it’s all about intended use. Light cutting or quick diy projects I think this would work. But heavy cutting or just heavy use in general is always going to benefit from the endless power of a cord (and likely better internal components). I’m getting this in a kit soon and I also got a couple 5ah batteries specifically for the saws in the kit because I know they are hungry for power. I’m not expecting to cut a car in half, just stuff around the house and light remodel work.
I bought Porter Cable when it was still Porter Cable, made in the USA. I still have a couple pcs. Now, I selectively buy Bosch, but also buy Metabo, Fein and Festool.
You can just buy a dewalt base that comes with a plastic insert fits on the Porter Cable
nice, thanks for showing.
BOSCH is just so much better, clean cut, and seems steady and easy to use it.
Use a thinner blade for tight turns. Also hold the Porter Cable firmer and more downward pressure.
You have to take into account cordless tools naturally don’t have as much power as corded. Also saws use A LOT more power than drills, use a bigger battery if you’re making more than a few cuts at a time. I have a PC Driver, Drill combo with two 2ah batteries and a Circular Saw-the saw cuts clean and fast with the 2ah but not nearly as well with a 1.3ah battery. (PC also has a 1.5ah and a 2ah but I haven’t used those yet) As batteries get larger they give more power and runtime.
And why would anyone use a jigsaw to cross cut a 4×4?!
*Works great. For the price this thing is awesome **MyBest.Tools** Rips through plywood no problem. The quick release mechanism to put in blades is great too – very fast and secure.*
I’m a corded man I like battery tools however the batteries keep changing and for a replacement it’s just as cheap to buy a brand new tool. Learn my lesson. Corded tools last longer then battery powered tools. Makes more sense financially. However if you got money to buy news tools when the batteries wear out go for it
I would like to have seen a new blade go into the corded jigsaw for the metal cutting test.
I have the same porter cable it’s pretty good saw for the money
Makita corded and porter cable cordless are the way to go had bosch I personally don’t like it
How can u compare portercable to Bosch. Mind blowing lol
In all fairness that Bosch is probably the most powerful jigsaw on the market, porter cable makes a 4amp battery which would give extra power
Where did u buy the indicator for the portercable battery?
I can’t find it anywhere!!!
Did he placed the metal blade backwards on the Bosch? That table is not securing the material well enough. I think he used both tools incorrectly.
Pointless.. Really? blades cut the materials not how much force you use. If you want to make tight radius cuts use a scrolling blade.. Not only that the bosch is a professional tool. The other tool looks like a supermarket own brand.. Pointless review..
Wrong blade for tight radius
I watched this yesterday and “slept on it”, but I’m afraid I must comment. Firstly, it’s not right to compare corded to cordless. I’m sure that the corded can provide both more power and higher rpm simultaneously than the cordless. Then since a jigsaw cuts on the upstroke, it is essential to have the workpiece both clamped at the far end and the near end unless you are careful not to allow any upward movement of the saw plate, which I detected. Additionally when the cordless appeared to slow you not only lifted the saw plate from the workpiece, but you tilted it forward negating the forward undercutting produced by the orbital action. You must let the machine do the work.
Why pick the absolute worst cordless jigsaw? No Makita, Milwaukee, or DeWalt…
is this orbital jigsaw?
Corded I like Ryobi.
A cordless porter cable against a corded Bosch. What did you think was going to happen? Not even a fair fight.
That line wasn’t straight. LOL
There’s a substantial price difference between those two. In addition, that battery pack is tiny. On my cordless I use 5 Ah batteries on the jigsaw, circular saw and SDS drill and all work really well in my experience. For me, the convenience factor of cordless is enormous.
*I use this saw regularly and if you actually read the instructions, this saw is fool proof. It makes absolutely straight cuts>>>**ur2.pl/822** I set the orbital control on "1" for most cuts. Perfection! Regarding blade retention, I’ve noticed that you need to make sure the blade is fully seated in the chuck. It will work with the bade not fully seated, but you run the risk of the blade falling out. Also, the base adjustment does in fact have a detent for 0 degrees. You pull/push the base plate to engage the 0 degree detent. Overall, great saw!*