A jigsaw isn't the first power tool most tradesmen buy, but if you do trim work or install cabinets, you've got to have one. Over the years, I've owned or used many different saws, so I was pleased recently at the chance to try out some newer models. Jigsaws come in two basic styles, barrel grip and overhand grip. I prefer overhand grip because that's what I'm used to and because the trigger usually doubles as a speed control. By comparison, barrel-grip saws have simple on/off switches; speed is regulated by a separate mechanism. I often change speed during cuts, going fast on the straight parts, slow on the curved. Carpenters who like barrel grips claim they're
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