Roger Bisby reviews the Triton Jig Saw
Triton power tools have come a long way since I first started testing them for this magazine. The range has grown and now includes circular saws, routers, biscuit jointers, a track saw and sanders as well as drills and impact drivers.
Their latest jig saw fits nicely into this, predominately woodworking, range and even has an attachment for the same track as their track saw.
This is an interesting idea, but often the reason a jig saw wanders off the cut line is because the blade bends.
My way of avoiding this is to use the old style rigid blades rather than the newer (more expensive) bi-metal blades that bend rather than snap.
That said, I was interested to try the saw with a rigid blade and it worked well, not as well as a track saw, but much better than my freehand line.
That said you could probably achieve the same thing with a straight edge clamped onto the workpiece. The jig saw also has a fence so there are plenty of ways to stay on the straight and narrow.
The saw is a body grip rather than a D handle and the UK is predominately a fan of the D handle, but before you dismiss it I would urge you to give it a go – you might just prefer it.
Often the body grip is used upside down on the underside of the workpiece. This avoids breakout on the face of the material, so it is ideal for cutting out sink openings and other apertures. The post on the handle is excellent for scrolling work.
The saw has plenty of power, with 750 watts on the 240 volt machine and a speed control with click settings. The blade change is the, now customary, key-less lever.
There is a dust extractor tube which, for once, has a really positive click into the port which is situated at the back of the blade. I like the fact that this saw also comes in its own holdall and that it has a spare pair of carbon brushes.
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