“ Brand: Black & Decker / Product Type: Other Powersaws „
As power jigsaws go the Black & Decker KS633 sits in the middle of the range. The only thing it lacks compared to the more expensive ones is a rheostat style speed adjustment system and frankly I've never missed mine not having that extra.
The saw does have variable speed and is very easy to use and comes with a selection of blades for cutting different materials. Changing the blades is a lot easier now that Black & Decker have a new system and you do not even need a screwdriver to change blades. This is probably just as well as the blades never seem to last very long though that could be my cutting technique. The cutting edges are reasonably fine for accurate work. As dust is kept to a minimum by the clever guard arrangement at the front, it is as easy to follow your lines as a well rehearsed actor.
One factor to consider when using the saw is noise - this jigsaw is not quiet. When cutting wood it is bad enough but when cutting metal it is particularly nasty. If you don't have proper ear protection then at least use some cotton wool to protect your hearing. Whilst we are on the subject of safety some more tips - never use a jigsaw without an electrical safety trip either through the plug or through the fuse box. I would also recommend eye protection when cutting metal, if you have ever had something sharp in your eye you know how painful that can be. A metal swarth from a cutting tool can fly in your eye at the same speed the saw is moving.
The saw will also cut at 45 degree angles and will cut to a depth of just over 2 inches (65mm to be exact). These days you also get a reasonable amount of cable which means less need to use an extension lead. This drill has a 3 metre cable. If you have a lot of cutting to do this saw will certainly save you a lot of time. The saw is available at Argos (Cat No 710/3292) price £29.99.
After years of despairing against my parents desire to buy me a jigsaw for every Christmas and birthday present since I was 5 years old, I had finally managed to convince them that it wasn't really my scene to rearrange those pointless 60's panoramas or watercolour sea battles. Recently however, we have been doing a lot of work on our house for the first time in years, and as I was struggling with some of the work, I decided that instead of asking for the latest game, or CD, I would be immensely practical, and ask for a jigsaw. I expected the 'jokes' about how many pieces I felt I could cope with, and wasn't disappointed. The model I was given was the Black & Decker KS633. This was, I was sure, more than adequate for the jobs I had in mind, and would probably been the model I would have chosen had my parents not been so generous. The instructions provided are very comprehensive, and are really more than really required as the set up is virtually idiot proof. The saw blades are very easy to install, with no screwdriver needed, and the dust guard simply snaps on over the front of the saw. There are various speed settings, usable for different materials and thicknesses, and the instructions give fairly good indications on ideal settings. The air intake which cools the motor is utilised as a fan which can be set to blow sawdust away from the saw-blade, thus giving a very clear sight-line to your intended cutting line. The cutting action is a lot smoother than other jigsaws I have used, although this was brand new. It cut very easily through everything I tried (even the things that didn't really need cutting - it was a new tool after all!). It did struggle a little when I cut through a 2x4 beam, but that was outside its specifications so was to be expected. There are 2 very tiny niggles with it: I don't know if my technique was slightly out, as I am no carpenter, but the blades see
med to become blunt very quickly. I initially assumed that this was down to the quality of the blade, but as these were manufactured by B&D they have no excuses there - they came as part of the package. The other is the noise. When cutting through thicker pieces of wood, the noise is terrible. I tried to cut a small, thin piece of metal, and I gave up before I ruptured my eardrums. I work in a factory which breaks every noise law in existence, yet we still have to provide warnings and ear defenders at every entrance and exit. It wouldn't have been a great expense for B&D to provide a few disposable ear plugs - a box of 500 costs less than £10. Apart from the niggles, this an excellent piece of kit. It does absolutely everything it sets out to do and is more than adequate for most household chores. For a price tag of less than £30, this has to classed as an essential component of any well equipped toolbox.