What is the speed of a jigsaw?

     
     
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 Jigsaw speed, strokes per minute, spm 

The speed of a jigsaw is equal to the stroke rate of the blade. It is measured in strokes per minute (or spm).

 

The stroke rate is the number of times the blade of the tool moves up and down each minute.

 
     
 Jigsaw cutting aggressively through countertop 

Together with the stroke length, the speed of the tool determines its cutting efficiency. 

 

Jigsaws usually operate at between 500 and 3500spm. 

 
     
 Cutting wood with single speed jigsaw 

The speed of a jigsaw is either fixed or variable. Some jigsaws operate at a single, fixed speed.

 

A fixed speed jigsaw is sufficient if you are planning on using your tool for a single cutting task. However, in order to maximise the potential of your tool, choose a jigsaw capable of running at at least two different stroke rates.

 
     
 Variable speed dial of jigsaw 

Different materials and blades require different cutting speeds, with slower speeds more effective when cutting denser materials and faster speeds better for cutting soft woods. As a result, the majority of modern jigsaws have three or more speed settings.

 

For more information, see What is a variable speed jigsaw?

 
   Wonkee Donkee says: 'A variable speed jigsaw is much more versatile than a single speed tool. '  
     
   

What is no-load speed?

 
 Cordless jigsaw 

Some manufacturers will specify the 'no-load speed' of their jigsaws. 

 

This is the maximum speed the tool is able to reach before it makes contact with a workpiece.  

 
     
 Making contact with the workpiece 

However, a jigsaw is likely to operate at a speed much lower than the no-load speed.

 

When the blade of the tool makes contact with any workpiece, the speed of the machine can be reduced by as much as 30%. The degree to which the speed is lessened will depend upon the material being cut, with harder and tougher materials causing the jigsaw to slow down more. 

 
     
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