The Black & Decker JS660 variable-speed orbital jigsaw looks a little out of place when mixed in with the other corded jigs at the local big box. For starters, it’s got a huge See-N-Say-looking “Smart Select” dial that functions as the orbital and speed control and which is -– colorful.
It’s not that we don’t understand what it’s designed to combat and who the saw is aimed at. The consumer who doesn’t know a thing about jigsaws and doesn’t have a ton of cash on hand could spend $40 and get a 5A, seven-position saw with pictures that explain what each setting is good for and how you should be cutting with it.
There’s a market for that, and it’s cool that B&D wants to help those folks out. I dig the idea — it’s just I can’t picture a full-grown person whipping one of these out in front of someone else and not cringing just a little bit.
We’ve always maintained that what a tool looks like doesn’t really matter. That’s still true. To be completely fair, getting the job done is worth a great deal more respect than having a sedate-looking saw — however, I’d personally have a little trouble with the Fisher-Price aspect of this particular rig. Of course, if it was this or nothing I’d have to say functionality beats looking cool any day.