Until today, I’d never cut with a barrel grip jigsaw. Granted, most of my experience was with relatively inexpensive jigsaws, which pretty much universally means top grip. But I hear that “experienced” users — and almost everyone in Europe — love the barrel grip, so I jumped at the chance to give one a go.
My experience was quite positive. It’s a little different at first, but after just a minute or two I felt like I had great control of it. And with my hand behind (for the most part) instead of between me and my work, I had a much better view of the cut.
But what do you think? I’m sure some of you have spent far more than my quick five minutes with one. Are you a fan of the barrel grip, or do you like the old-fashioned top grip? And far more importantly: Why?