New Craftsman Nextec 12V Jig Saw

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New Craftsman Nextec 12V Jig Saw

Craftsman Nextec has announced a compact palm-grip 12V saw the new site, which boasts a compact shape and low center of gravity for better control. This design is different from the new Milwaukee M12 jig saw and jig saws JobMax RIDGID introduced late last year.

The Craftsman Nextec jig saws variable speed motor bearing strokes per minute 1400-2500, and stroke is the 5/8 time “. It also features a smooth steel shoe, integrated LED worklight, and LED Measurement battery power. there seems to be a shift tongue free tool, but the details of products, we dug up did not mention it.

One drawback to this design is the power switch position, which seems to be too far down on the side of the tool to access the thumb with one hand comfortably. Typically, the first full-size clamps and barrel-grip jig saws are often easier to achieve control. And although the shoe is described as “smooth steel,” we want to see a non-mar shoe or accessory attach.

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Milwaukee Cordless Jig Saw 2445-21

Milwaukee M12 Jig Saw
Milwaukee M12 Jig Saw

Milwaukee just announced official details about their new M12 cordless jig saw that we discussed back in July. The new jig saw features a Hybrid Grip design, which is said to give users the best of both top-handle and barrel-grip worlds.

The jig saw is also described as the most compact and lightest professional cordless jig saw option available on the market today. It was designed to provide a quick and powerful portable cutting solution for carpenters, remodelers, plumbers, electricians, and other professional tradesmen, but we have a feeling that DIYers will be hankering for one as well.

 About SPECIFICATIONS New Craftsman Nextec Jig Saw

  • Quick-Lok t-shank blade clamp with tool-free blade change
  • Tool-free 45° bevel capacity
  • LED work light
  • 3/4″ stroke length
  • 0-2800 SPM variable speed
  • 45° bevel capacity
  • 4.1 lbs weight
  • 8.75″ length

The new jig saw comes with a 10 TPI wood-cutting blade, anti-splintering insert, non-marring shoe, and contractor bag, and will be available as part of a kit (2445-21) that includes 1 RedLithium battery and a 30-minute charger, and by itself (2445-20).

It will be interesting to see how the Milwaukee M12 version compares to the new Ridgid JobMax jig saw attachment that is due out this season.

Milwaukee expects for the jig saw kits to reach store shelves mid-late October, and suggested retail pricing will be $149-169. The bare-tool will of course be lower priced.

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Ridgid JobMax Jig Saw Tool Head

Ridgid JobMax Jig Saw Head
Ridgid JobMax Jig Saw Head

$ RIDGID ZRR8223407 JobMax Jig Saw

I was thinking, the Ridgid JobMax modular tool system could really use a saw of some kind to make it more versatile. Yes, there’s the oscillating multi-tool, but a traditional reciprocating saw or jig saw attachment sure would be nice.

Poof – I have my wish! Ridgid is soon coming out with a new JobMax jig saw head! In my opinion, this makes the new corded JobMax starter kit a bit more desirable over thecordless 12V lithium ion JobMax starter kit. The jig saw head is said to be good for cutting wood, laminate, drywall, metal, and plastic, with the appropriate blade of course.

I have to say, I think that this attachment is going to look comically amusing with the large JobMax handle sticking out of it. But who cares what it looks like, as long as it works well, right?

Pricing and availability information is not yet available. But if I had to guess, I’d think the tool head will go for $50 and may be available in late September or early October.


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