Craftsman 28223 2 in 1 Handle 6.0 Amp/VS Orbital Scrolling Sabre Saw

Craftsman 28223 2 in 1 Handle 6.0 Amp/VS Orbital Scrolling Sabre Saw Add to MyBests

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I must confess, this saw surprised me. While I have always liked Craftsman tools, it’s been a while since I was willing to call one the best-of-the-best. There’s just too much market competition out there and Craftsman has had trouble keeping up. However, I am truly impressed by this saw.

To start, Craftsman solved the age-old problem of whether you should get a barrel bodied saw or one with a D-handle. This saw can be used either way and has two triggers to accommodate it. The D-handle switch has a constant on button, as well as a two-finger trigger. Both handles are also made with a soft-grip for operator comfort.

The 6.0 Amp motor is an all ball-bearing construction and runs from 800-3,000 strokes per minute (SPM). It has a variable speed dial, allowing you to select the right speed for the material you’re cutting. There are four orbital settings to select from along with the option for straight cutting. Blade travel is a massive 15-16 inch. This saw also has a blade which rotates 360 degrees (What we used to call a scrolling head.) This is something you almost never see on a jigsaw these days but it makes cutting easier at odd angles and for following your line on complex cuts. You can simply just rotate the blade rather than the whole tool.

The features just keep coming with this tool. There is an on-demand laser cutting guide to help you cut straighter, an oversize shoe cast for flatness with a resin overshoe and a blade support roller keeps the blade straight and free from twisting. There is an integral dust port with a vacuum adapter built-in so all you have to do is connect your shop vac. Like the others, this tool features quick release, tool-free blade changing, and can take either T shank or U shank blades. A very impressive tool for the price you’re paying.Rating: 5/5