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Skil, Milwaukee, Black & Decker Comparison,
This review is from: SKIL 4290-02 4.5 Amp Variable Speed Jig Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)
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.