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SKIL 4290-02 4.5 Amp Variable Speed Jig Saw

by Skil
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  • Powerful 4.5 Amp motor
  • Tool-less blade change accepts both T and U shank blades
  • Quick change open foot design improves visibility of cut line
  • Features 2-finger variable speed trigger adjusts speed to the cut
  • Dust blower keeps cut line clear
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Technical Details
Part Number 4290-02
Item Weight4.8 pounds
Product Dimensions3.5 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
OriginChina
Item model number4290-02
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty Description1 year warranty/30 day money back guarantee
  
Additional Information
ASINB000P9H4VY
Best Sellers Rank #41,101 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 1, 2006
  
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From the Manufacturer

The Skil 4290-01 jig saw was designed with the end-user in mind. Its capabilities suit a wide range of applications from installing a new sink to creating items for your home such as seasonal lawn cut-outs, wine racks, serving trays, toys and more. The 4290-01 jig saw has the power and performance to get the job done right. The Skil 4290-01 jig saw is equipped with a tool-less blade change system that accepts both T and U shape blades and a powerful 4.5-Amp motor that can tackle cuts through mild steel, aluminum, hardwood and softwood. Along with these features, the 4290-01 jig saw includes an active dust blower so users can always see the cut line. The Skil 4290-01 jig saw equips do-it-yourselfers with a feature-loaded tool that will help them achieve success in almost any home project they take on. This SKIL jig saw is cULus certified. The amperage is 4.5, the voltage is 120, and the maximum bevel cut is 45-degrees. The no load SPM is 800 to 3,250 and the cord length is 6-inches. The total weight of the jig saw is 3.5-pounds. The 4290-02 includes the 4290 jig saw and one blade.

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4.2A Motor, Skill, Variable Speed, Jigsaw, Tool-Less Blade Change, Quick Change Foot, 2 Finger Trigger, Active Dust Blower & Canvas Bag.

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Customer Reviews

This jig saw handled it well.
M. Thompson
The Skill 4290-02 4.5 Amp saw is a replacement for a Craftsman Saw that I have no complaints with.
Edward J. Joy
This looked like a good alternative and it will probably work for the simple things I do.
Roger D. Dold

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Obscuron on May 31, 2012
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I spent more than a decade as a cabinetmaker/finish carpenter and moonlighting as a handyman on the weekends, so I have used at least a dozen different models of jig saw. Last year I sold all my tools and went back to grad school, but I soon realized that a jig saw is one tool I just had to have around my apartment.

I knew I couldn't justify buying a pro-grade orbital model, so I decided to give this Skil a try.

Pro: I really like the quick blade change feature and the fact that it can use T or U shank blades. T shanks usually better quality and they don't bend or break as much, but U shanks are available in any discount store. With this tool, you have a choice. The little blade drawer is a nice touch too and the tool seems to have plenty of power. All around, it is the best under $50 jig saw I've used.

Con: It isn't orbital. Of course, an orbital jig saw is going to cost 2-5x as much, so you get what you pay for. But the simple fact is that a non-orbital saw will always cut slower, tear out worse, and not cut as square. I used to be able to cut dovetails with my Bosch 1590--no joke. That is never going to happen with this saw. Still, it works fine for most of your normal home improvement and crafts work. Especially if you use sharp blades and cut relatively thin materials. If you ever need a really clean, square cut you'll need to cut it oversize and drum sand it.

Analysis: If you're a professional or a serious woodworker, save up for a pro jig saw. If you just need to have a jig saw around the house for occasional use, this is a good bargain.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Joy on January 30, 2010
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The Skill 4290-02 4.5 Amp saw is a replacement for a Craftsman Saw that I have no complaints with. The Skill is a plug in and the Craftsman is a Battery. The Skill Saw is one excellent choice. The price is reasonable and so far the quality and performance is second to none. It feels and handles exceptionally. The bit change is quick and effortless. The cuts are accurate and precise. I am extremely happy with my purchase.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lyle Hood on May 3, 2011
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I used this saw on a project today that required a 15 degree cut and found that the foot only can be set at 90 degrees or 45 degrees. The tool description states that it easyly cuts Angles (plural) which I interpeted as any angle. Which I think was misleading. It is a nice saw. Changing the blade is easy
Lyle
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence M. Hufty on January 17, 2011
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I am very happy with this Variable Speed Jig Saw, especially for the money. It has a strong motor, the variable controls work well, and it appears to be built quite well. I really like the container located in the bottom portion for storing blades, an issue I always seem to have. You must remember, though, this is a basic model. No laser light for guidance, only one blade supplied, and no case. But for less than $35, it is a great buy. Just don't expect anything but a basic jig saw. Would I buy again? In a heartbeat. Like I said, it is well made, it works, and the price is great.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Norm's Garage on December 19, 2011
I have used 2 jigsaws one from each end of the spectrum. At one end a Milwaukee 6266, at the other a B&D. I have gotten by with the B&D for a long time, but it is a most unpleasant experience in the process. The Milwaukee makes jigsawing fun again, but you get what you pay for. The 4290 leans closer to the Milwaukee end.

Here is what I like about the 4290. Out of the box it has a sturdy feel. All the parts seem robust. Cheaper saws feel jiggly. The foot, especially, is where jigsaws tend to skimp. The 4290 has a chunky base that feels like it stays put, square, and level over time. Another feature I like is the dial-in cutting speed. This feature, as on the Milwuakee, keeps a smooth steady pace as you go.

In terms of cutting capacity; 2x4 test - negative, the wood will cut your jigsaw first; 3/4" - accurate as Milwaukee but not as fast; laminate - piece of cake. Even with this entry level offering, the Skil brand impresses me with what they give you - features, quality, and cutting experience of a high end model, at a bargain price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hawthorn Binkley on September 29, 2010
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The overall feel of this jigsaw is solid and durable. Variable speed is nice and works fine. The motor feels very strong, and I expect to enjoy many years of use. I use mine for modifying computer cases, for which it's perfect. I'm sure to find hundreds more uses too. A must for any reasonable power tool collection. Skil on the whole makes solid, reliable basic budget power tools. This jigsaw is no exception.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dennyt on April 28, 2011
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This is a great saw, the variable speed makes it easy to cut metal & wood of varying thicknesses, and to avoid resonance on flexible workpieces.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim on June 20, 2012
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I got this saw for small projects and it definitely gets the job done. As other reviewers have mentioned, I wouldn't cut anything more than 3/4" pine. I didn't use the stock blade at all (I went with the Bosch blades) and it did just fine on 3/4" MDF and Pine. As you'd expect there was a noticeable difference between the two, but you could tell the saw was struggling to get through the pine. If you have larger, more intense projects, I'd suggest getting a more powerful/expensive saw.
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