Though we love the idea of cordless jigsaws, short runtimes have generally kept us tied to the outlet. There’s nothing more disappointing than getting halfway through a project and having the saw run out of juice. So, when DeWalt added a jigsaw to their 36V line this year, it caught our attention.
It’s always difficult to list the runtime in specs as it varies significantly depending on what you’re doing with the tool, but DeWalt says this particular saw (the DC308K, by the way) can cut an average of 62′ of 1″ laminated particle board on a single charge. They claim that’s about twice what you get from the best 18V jigsaws.
Besides the increased juice, the DC308K features an all-metal lever-action keyless blade change mechanism as well as a keyless shoe bevel with detents at 0, 15, 30, and 45 degrees. A four-position orbital action lets you set how “aggressive” you’d like the unit to cut by altering the angle of the blade, and there’s an adjustable blower to help you see what you’re cutting.
DeWalt claims the new 36V weighs about the same as their old 18V, and indeed the shipping weight of the two tools varies only two pounds.
One note: With great power comes great responsibility. Street pricing starts around $400.
We look forward to seeing this tool in action. It may be time for us to give in and cut the cord on the jigsaw front.