Hart 20V Jigsaw Hands-On Review


by John T.

The first thing I want to say is that this is not a “how do i use my new 20V jig saw” post. There are plenty of those out there already! What I am going to share with you today is something different: a hands-on review of the Hart 20V Jigsaw Saw from Milwaukee Tool Company (MT).

I have owned several Milwaukee tools over the years, but none of them were anything like the 20V Jigsaw Saw. I had been using a regular old table saw for cutting small pieces of wood for many years before I got the 20V Saw. That was back when it cost $1,000 dollars! Nowadays it’s only $400 or less!

Why did I get a 20V Saw?

Well, because it was made by Milwaukee Tool Company (MT) and it was cheap! And I wanted one! So let me tell you how I used mine…

What Is A 20V Jig Saw For?

A 20V Jig Saw is designed specifically for cutting large pieces of lumber such as joists, beams, trusses and so forth. It is not intended to cut smaller materials such as drywall, subflooring or plywood. This is one of the few tools that truly has a use-it-or-not functionality.

What I mean by that is, if you are a carpenter or someone who works in construction and you don’t need to cut large pieces of wood all the time then there isn’t much of a reason for you to own this tool. If, on the other hand, you need to cut a lot of lumber on a regular basis then this tool is essential!

Why did I not have one before?

Well, it’s because I was lazy and would rather pay someone else to do that for me. Most of my work entails building furniture and I don’t need to cut wood to any great length. I prefer to use the table saw or the miter saw when cutting wood to precise lengths. The 20V Jig Saw is not designed to cut wood to a precise length but rather to cut it in a manner that it can be used for A-frames, bridging, building steps and so on.

I needed this saw for another reason as well: I like to build things. Even though I don’t make a living out of this, I still like working with my hands and building things. I needed a way to cut those larger pieces down the middle without hiring someone else to do it.

The main purpose for me, though, is that I needed this saw for my own personal safety. I have a lot of large beams and trusses in my yard that are over 5 feet in length and it’s unsafe for me (and anyone around me) to be trying to move and lift these with a regular saw. (I’ve already busted my knee enough times! ) The 20V Jig Saw makes short work of these larger pieces so that I can actually get them into my garage to work on them.

So I got the tool mostly for safety reasons but, like most tools, it can be used for a variety of things. In this case, its main purpose is cutting large pieces of lumber to length or width.

What Comes With The Tool?

The 20V Jig Saw comes with two batteries (4 Ah) a charger that runs off your main power and an electric brake. It doesn’t come with any blades so you will need to buy those as well. For the price, I think it’s a great deal and has more than enough power to cut through almost anything you would want to cut. The ONLY thing I wish it had is a laser sight but unfortunately it doesn’t!

The two batteries it comes with are the 4 Ah version and while I have yet to drain them both at the same time, I can tell you that I’ve been using this thing extensively for several weeks now and haven’t had to charge either one! Even after cutting through several 5×5 Oak beams! (Perhaps I’m not using it excessively but still, 2.5 Ah per battery is a lot of power!


Does It Have A Brake?

Yes it does have an electric brake and while this may seem like a no-brainer, some of the other jigsaw’s I looked at were as much as $200 and didn’t have a brake. So, just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it lacks quality!

What Blades Does It Use?

The saw takes the standard SawsAll blades which are the same brand blades that most of the other tools use. (The exception being the Planer which takes a unique blade.) So when you need to buy blades, you won’t have to search for them at some obscure website. You can get them at Amazon or at your local Home Depot.

What Kind Of Warranty Does It Have?

This tool comes with a standard 3-year warranty which is about average for this type of tool. (Once again, the Planer is the exception with a 2-year warranty. )

The Positives

It’s powerful and cuts through wood like a hot knife through butter. It has a lot of power for a tool in this price range.

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It’s lightweight and easy to handle. When cutting large pieces, this is a great thing because it reduces the amount of strain you have to put forth and makes it more comfortable to use for extended periods of time.

It has a lot of power and doesn’t seem to lose power during use. (Again, cutting through several 5×5 beams in a row didn’t make it lose power!)

It has an electric brake which is rare at this price range. (Most of the tools in this class don’t have a brake at all!)

The Negatives

It’s a little louder than I would like but then again, it is a jigsaw and they are all loud!

It doesn’t have a laser sight. (Not a huge deal but would be nice!)

The Bottom Line

All in all, this tool has been an excellent addition to my workshop! It gets used on a daily basis and I couldn’t be happier that it’s one of the tools in my toolbox! If you’re in the market for a jigsaw or are looking for a new one, I HIGHLY recommend this one!

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