“ Brand: Power Devil / Product Type: Jigsaw „
~I've got the power (devil)~
The Power Devil range of power tools was one that I found could be picked up rather cheaply from Argos some time ago. When looking for a cheap yet reliable jigsaw I noticed the Power Devil jigsaw was priced very cheaply at well under £20 which made it a fair choice, as long as it worked as it should when in use. I recall that the cardboard packing that the jigsaw came in was not overly bulky or large, as you could just about fit the jigsaw back in to its box after use if you fiddled with the arrangement of the power cable and plug. The box did show an attractive looking photo of the actual product which I thought showed the jigsaw to be of a decent enough quality.
Out of the box the jigsaw is fairly heavy compared to its small to medium size and it does take a while to get used to handling the jigsaw and balancing the pressure you place on it when it is in use. The outer casing of the saw is made from a smooth red toned plastic material that has air vents cut through it at the sides, so as to allow a free flow of air when the machine is in use. I feel that the bright red material used has a nice neat look to it that makes the saw stand out when it is being used, which with these kinds of power tools is a bonus as the brighter they look the less likely you are to forget they are in your path in my opinion. I feel that the design of the saw is basic yet neat and works well enough bearing in mind its limitations.
~The power cable/ plug~
The insulated power cable is attached at the top of the back of the jigsaw just above the part where you hold on to the handle area, which I feel works well enough as it doesn't seem to get in the way of the business end of the machine when it is in use. The power cable comes with its own attached plug, which means the saw is near enough ready to use straight from the box once a new saw blade is installed. The plug that is factory fitted on the cable is a standard 3 pin type plug which provides a safe and secure connection to an electrical socket.
~A secure grip?~
The handle of the power tool is wide enough to allow a nice secure grip when using the machine and the push button activation switch is located at a good distance that allows for a smooth operation of it when using the jigsaw. I found that the saw can feel rather heavy at times, as when I used it for DIY purposes it was often very tiring to hold the saw steady once it was switched on and cutting through wood etc. The fact that your hand is pointing down whilst you are trying to balance the machine and use the power button smoothly can tend to make the use of the saw over long periods even more tiring if grip is a problem.
Having mentioned the weightiness of the jigsaw I do feel that once you get used to using the saw it does become easier to handle (even with the weight issue) than when you first switch it on and begin to use it to cut with. Holding the saw when in use over an extended period of time can be rather tiring in my opinion, although short 15 minute breaks can and do help with this.
~The dust guard~
The business end of the saw does have a built in dust guard to it that is made from a durable clear plastic and this can be slid up when the saw is not in use and down when the blade is in use. The idea of this is that it can stop dust and wood cuttings from flying upwards towards you when you are busily cutting through wood, laminate etc. In use I found that the guard did in fact work quite well, although I didn't tend to have it in use all the time, as when cutting more intricate shapes you do need to be able to really see what the cutting blade is doing so as not to make mistakes. Of course you should always wear safety googles when using these types of tools, meaning that not using the plastic guard wasn't too much of an issue during the times it wasn't being used in my opinion. For simple straight lines and cuts though I would recommend using the guard as it does stop a fair amount of dust and cuttings from springing up as the jigsaw blade cuts through all sorts of materials.
The push button power trigger has to be pressed with a sure and steady hold to get an even cutting speed when using this saw, as the slightest lifting of pressure will result in the blade slowing and the final cut being less sharp and neat to look at. This doesn't matter for those times when the final product is also going to be sanded down at the edges, however for jobs where you don't plan to sand the edge then you do need to pay attention to what you are doing. It can be easy to let the cutting blade run away with itself when you first use the saw although I found that once I became used to the saw it was slightly easier to control.
~The cutting blade~
The cutting blade that came with the saw soon became too blunt to use and new replacement blades had to be sought out so that it could still be used. I found that most standard jigsaw blades fitted the machine well enough and was lucky enough to be able to pick up several cheap multi pack sets of blades which had a variety of cutting edges to them. In use I found that the saw could be used to good effect when cutting through laminate flooring etc, although when cutting longer lengths of wood or laminate the vibration you get when using the saw is a little distracting and uncomfortable at the same time.
~What can this cut?~
The saw cannot really handle very thick pieces of wood and whilst it can be used to cut through metal, I feel it doesn't handle thicker metals at all well and the use of this tool for such purposes should in my opinion be avoided for safety reasons. You may be able to fit a metal cutting blade to the saw, which is fine with very thin and easy to cut metals, but once you try to cut thicker and stronger metals I feel you are at risk of the cutting blade snapping under pressure, which is something I wouldn't want to risk.
~Replacing the blades~
Replacing spent blades is easy enough as you get a super skinny allen key with the saw that can be used to tighten or un-tighten the fitting for the jigsaw blade with relative ease. You really do need to get used to how much pressure you need to exert with the allen key when exchanging blades as it is really important that any blade is fitted correctly before using the jigsaw for safety reasons. Other than that I feel the jigsaw is relatively easy to work with as long as it is used with care and consideration.
If you do find the Power devil too heavy to handle you can take regular breaks from using it so as to limit hand and wrist strain which I find works best. My rating for the Power Devil jigsaw is 4 stars as whilst it is a very basic tool it can be reliable if used with care. It looks neat and smart and has enough power to be able to cut through thinner woods and metals as well as other materials. It can be heavy to handle over long periods which is something to consider and may not suit certain DIY jobs at all as I wouldn't say these are heavy duty machines.
I bought a Power Devil Jigsaw from Screwfix last year; it has come in very useful on many occasions, especially helping out my Dad. The Power Devil Jigsaw uses Black and Decker fitting Blades. I also bought a 10 pack of assorted blades (Black and Decker bought from DIY store). The Power Devil is a lot cheaper then a lot on the market I have had no problems with it. I have used the jigsaw for an assortment of jobs; these include cutting Hollow doors to insert air vents using a double-sided blade for forward and backwards cuts. Cutting through chipboard and hard board using a fine cut blade to get a perfect finish. Installing shelving into a cupboard, using a scrolling blade to cut holes, so shelves fit round pipes. It is a very versatile power tool and well worth investing in one.
I bought a variable speed Power Devil jigsaw from Argos to replace my old, and rather knackered, Black & Decker one. This was on offer at £15 and came with a dozen blades. It has variable speed which is great for cutting delicate materials as it lets you start off gently it also has blade guard and adjustable cutting angle. I like their range of power tools, they are well made, have plenty of feature and are very reasonably priced.