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Jigsaws are most maker’s least favorite power saw. I am not one of those makers. Let me tell you why. I understand the limits of this type of tool and I only use it for it’s strengths. Before I had a bandsaw, this was the only saw I had that could cut curves. Even after I got my bandsaw, this is still the only saw I have that can cut inside curves.

Makita 4350FCT Top Handle Jig Saw, with 'Tool-less' Blade Change
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Makita 4350FCT Top Handle Jig Saw, with "Tool-less" Blade Change
  • 3 orbital settings plus straight cutting with powerful 6.3 AMP motor for cutting in all varieties of materials
  • Variable speed control dial (800-2,800 SPM) enables user to match the speed to the application for superior results
  • Tool-less blade change system for fast and easy blade installation and removal
  • Uses Tang shank blades
  • 40% less tool vibration with the lowest noise level in its class

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All that said, this is a fantastic jigsaw. The Makita 4329 3.9 Amp Variable-Speed Top-Handle Jig Saw has all of the features you’d expect from a modern jigsaw; variable speed, orbital cutting, adjustable base for cutting miters, and dust collection. The last two I’ve never used. I would never cut miters with a jigsaw. The Makita 4329 has a 3.9 amp motor, which means that it’s more on the compact side and is not really a production shop jigsaw. You’ll probably want something with a bigger motor if you’re using it all day every day. That being said, for the weekend warrior, this is a terrific saw. It also comes with a hard case, which is great for throwing it in the truck and using it on a job site.

The orbital feature means that you can cut faster, but that usually induces quite a bit of tear-out, therefore I keep it off. The variable speed also allows you to minimize tear-out by adjusting for material requirements. If using it for straight cuts, I strongly suggest clamping a straight edge to your workpiece and running the saw against it.

The last point I want to make is that it uses the t-shank quick-change blade, which is pretty standard on a modern jigsaw, but still something to be happy about. I’ve used jigsaws that used the old style straight shank and allen key. No thanks.

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