Ryobi P523 18V One+ Cordless Orbital Saw Review: Pros & Cons
1) Easy to use.
No complicated controls or buttons. Just push the button and start cutting!
(Or cut yourself!)
2) Great battery life.
You can operate it for up to 5 hours without recharging it at all. That’s longer than most other corded saws out there!
3) Compact size.
Only weighs around 1 pound. It fits easily into your pocket or bag.
4) Durable construction.
The body is made from high quality aluminum alloy and the blade is made from stainless steel. These two materials are very strong and durable, which makes them suitable for outdoor use too!
1) Not as powerful as some others out there like the Makita 12V 2-Speed Orbital Saw (which costs much more).
2) It does not come with a stand.
However, you can purchase one separately.
3) Battery life is only good for short cuts and if you’re using it outdoors.
If you want to do long cuts or even large pieces of wood, then it might not last very long at all!
4) The blade is only 5.
5 inches long. This means that you might not be able to make some of the deeper cuts that you want to.
You will need to change the blade type to a longer one if you want to do this.
It is clear from testing that the Ryobi P523 18V One+ cordless Jig Saw is a great tool for specialized cutting jobs in and around your home! It is very portable, very easy to use and has an additional safety feature.
The only problem is that it is not powerful enough to do large or long cuts. If you only want a cheap tool for small cuts around the home then it could be right up your street!
These corded saws are perfect for all sorts of work. They are very popular with both amateurs and professionals alike.
With any jigsaw you want to get the best one that you can possibly afford. Even the most expensive model is going to be much cheaper than hiring a professional to do the job for you!
You’ll need a jigsaw if you want to make curved cuts in wood or other materials. While a jigsaw can’t replace a bandsaw for many jobs, it does have some advantages of its own.
Jigsaws are lighter and less tiring to use than a bandsaw for prolonged periods, they can get into tighter spaces easier and you don’t need to fuss with keeping bandsaw blades tensioned and aligned. They also tend to be more affordable than a quality bandsaw.
When it comes to cordless jigsaws, you have the option of either getting one with replaceable batteries or one with a built-in rechargeable battery pack. Either should provide adequate power for most jobs.
Just be aware that a cordless jigsaw is going to have less power than a corded jigsaw. When using a cordless saw, the battery life and how long it takes to recharge are major factors in how much you can get done between charges.
Another important factor is how well the saw holds the blade. While this may seem like a given, holddowns are often overlooked or improperly designed.
When shopping for a jigsaw, take the time to see how well the holddown works and if it’s a stock blade that comes with the saw. Many times vendors will improve the stock blade that comes with a jigsaw by installing a better quality aftermarket blade.
Also be on the lookout for key features such as built-in lights and variable speed controls. If you’re going to be using it under less than ideal lighting conditions, a light on the saw might be helpful.
A speed control is also useful for getting a more precise cut.
Professional jigsaws can cost $500 or more, but you certainly don’t need to spend that much to get a quality tool for your workshop or business. There are many good quality jigsaws on the market that will cost you under $200 and still provide everything you need for most jobs.
Of course if you only plan on using it occasionally, you can find some cheaper models that should meet your needs.
When looking at jigsaws, you’ll notice that the bigger the blade, the bigger the jigsaw itself. For most people, a standard 7 – 1/4″ blade is more than enough for all home projects.
The larger the blade, the deeper you can cut before changing the blade. However, most people don’t need to make cuts deeper than about an 1-1/2″ to 2″. Also larger blades are heavier and harder to control. Before you buy any jigsaw, take it for a test run and make sure that it’s comfortable and easy for you to handle.
A jigsaw blade consists of two parts, the saw and the hook. The saw is the part of the blade that does the cutting.
The saw teeth are typically small and thin, similar to a table saw blade. The hook is the backside of the blade and is not supposed to touch the material you are cutting. Rather, it is supposed to ride up on the previously cut surface and self align the tooth pattern so that it can then cut the next layer. If the hook is not aligned properly when making a cut, it will tear out the material instead of cutting it.
What is the best blade for your jigsaw?
That depends on what you intend to use it for. There are a number of good quality blades on the market. When buying a new jigsaw, it usually comes with a blade that should work fine for most household chores. It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money on an expensive blade when you’re just getting started. However, don’t buy the cheap junk blades that you see at big box stores either. These are really cheap, inferior blades that will wear out quickly and won’t make clean cuts.
The most important part of choosing a blade is the style of tooth pattern. There are many different types of cut from staggered teeth (for wood) to chip breaker (for plaster) and more.
Whatever you do, never attempt to resharpen a jigsaw blade! If you cannot tell by looking at the worn tooth pattern, it’s best to take it to a local hardware store or woodworking shop and have them sharpen it for you. Always make sure that the teeth are aligned properly on the hook as well.
Most blades will have “TOP” and “BOT” marked on them somewhere. This just means the top of the teeth are facing forward when you hold the blade upright with the hook into your body.
You can also tell by holding the blade on its edge and seeing if the hooks point toward the ground (for Top) or toward the sky (for Bottom).
When you start making cuts, the saw dust that is usually thrown to the side will now be blown directly at you. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to wear a dust mask.
It will prevent a lot of frustration and keep you from having to clean off your workpiece as often.
CAUTION! – Whether you are using a jigsaw or a bandsaw, the same rules apply.
Always secure your workpiece with clamps or at least two sturdy helpers. A workpiece secured by only one end is going to want to move when you start cutting into it. The smaller the piece, the more likely it is to bounce or kick and potentially damage your tool or worse, cause an accident. Larger panels can also do this, but it’s much less likely especially with a jigsaw. Since most of the cuts you’ll be making are curved, clamps won’t work as well. Instead, you’ll need to build something called a “surfboard” (shown in photo) to secure your board while you cut. This device is really easy to build using just a couple scraps of wood.
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