The jigsaw can be used to make both straight and curved cuts.
Other tools like the band saw and the scroll saw can make these curvy cuts as well however, the jigsaw is cheaper, smaller and simple to use. These tools are also limited to the width of material they can cut due to their size and structure.
The jig saw is the perfect tool for cutting out circles and scrolls. I use mine for the fancy feet on my cabinets and to make beautiful corbels and brackets.
The versatility of a jigsaw is a result of the large selection of blades it can accommodate. With the right blades it can cut through wood, pvc pipe, ceramic tile, plywood and plastic.
This tool is great for beginners as it is relatively safe to use and simple to operate.
Jigsaws can range in price from under $100 to upwards of $600. The Skil brand shown here actually had great reviews for what the best budget jigsaw. The Dewalt, Porter Cable and Makita are both really good brand were between $100 and $200 and have great reviews as well.
Jigsaws are available as battery operated and corded.
Battery operated jigsaws are heavier than corded jigsaws, so if you are going to be using it a fair amount of time, then a corded one is easier on the arm.
Cordless jigsaws are great for working on job sites where you are all over the place and an extension cord becomes a nuisance.
Electric jigsaws are less expensive and lighter and obviously do not have a battery that needs charges and replacing.
If purchasing a jigsaw, buy one that uses t-shank blades.