Skil’s 4690 corded jigsaw has proven itself to be a workhorse. Under our guidance in the Toolmonger shop it has cut curves in many projects both large and small and never let us down. There’s nothing remarkable about it, except that it takes on every project we give it without difficulty — there’s something to be said for that.
The biggest advantage: Folks who haven’t picked up a saw in years can grab a hold of this one and make their projects happen without trouble. It’s very intuitive and so inexpensive you don’t feel bad tossing it around or in the back of a truck. The way we look at it, that’s what it’s built for anyway.
Six amps of power and the five-position switch that controls the orbital motion are really the meat of the saw. With these two features the 4690 manages to get through just about anything, even giant wooden dinosaur bones. It did such a good job day-in and day-out when we needed it, we got a spare for the shop — which is high praise indeed for ones as cheap as we are.
The $60 you spend to bring one of these into the shop will be paid back in full very shortly after its arrival, which is about the best compliment we can give any tool.