Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 67
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by murph Wonderful saw
I had bought one of these for myself and just loved it. I do a lot of woodworking. My brother does also so when he saw the information on it he mentioned he would like to get one. He lives in an area that has no Home Depot. I surprised him by buying him one and having it shipped to him. Got their before the scheduled time. He also loves it! Easy to handle, cuts exact. Use it for arched cuts etc. Built the pictured chair and side table with it.
March 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BigDaveF150 Much better than I was expecting!
I went into my local Home Depot to pick up a Ryobi JS651L jig saw, sadly there wasn't one to be had in the store, and being in the middle of a project, with a busted 15+ year old saw, I needed one NOW... I liked what I saw on the floor model, so I took a shot. I had looked at this one previously, and was concerned about the blade lock / release mechanism using a swing arm and slot. I had read reviewers complaining that it was too hard to use. I guess if you have serious arthritis issues maybe. I managed to be able to swap the blades around pretty easily. Although the spring does tend to eject the blade with some force once released.
The saw itself is much more powerful than I had expected, and paired up with premium blades, this saw follows the line you point it at VERY well. Unlike my old saw, where the blade would not follow the line very well no matter what blades you used... I also liked the light feature on the saw which helps illuminate your cutting path. Even in a well lit shop, this provided enough contrast to make cutting easy...
While I would have preferred the other model for 2 reasons, #1. Inclusion of a storage case. I know a lot of guys like to have their tools loose. I like mine in cases, with the accessories close by or if possible in the case. Keeps my shop more organized.. I also would have liked to have the ability to use U shank blades as well as T shank. Although blade holding on T shank does seem more secure... For the money, I can live without U shank blades, And I already had a spare tool bag I am now storing this in... So it really is a win / win for me... I would knock this a bit harder if I had to spend money on buying a tool bag to store this in...
February 25, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by HankZ Very Happy
Bought this to cut a template for making plaques. Liked the variable speed feature, cut nicely, and effectively.
January 14, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MarvtheBarv Cheap and not durable at all
This is what I get for going for cheap power tools. I have only used this Jigsaw maybe three times and after using it on a door the blade roller assembly busted. The tiny proprietary rivet holding the roller on snapped and now the roller will not hold the t shank blade straight. It goes crooked. What a lousy piece of garbage that has not delivered on performance and definitely not on durability. I will try to see if I can get this warrantied or at least get a new roller assembly but for now, know that you must stay away from cheap power tools. They are cheap for a reason.
January 4, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Matt Read the manual, y'all
Like many other reviewers, I could not insert the blade. So I looked at the strange piece of paper with words all over it that came in the box...I believe it's called a "manual." TO INSERT THE BLADE, THE ORBITAL SELECTOR MUST BE SWITCHED TO SETTING #3.
To be fair, this is a dumb requirement that to me indicates lazy design; at the very least, there should be a notice of this requirement stamped on the tool itself. But really, read the darn manual, people. Still gets four stars, because once the blade is in, it's a really really great tool (especially for the sale price of $29.99)
November 11, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Richard Warranty not as stated
I purchased this jigsaw two years ago and only used it a couple of times. Two weeks ago I was cutting
through some thin plywood. It was cutting fine until I was almost done. The saw got slower and slower, and then stopped, never to go again. This Ryobi tool has a 3 year warranty which states that parts and labor will be covered with no charge to the customer. This is stated on the Home Depot website as well as the Ryobi Tools website. After having the tool repaired, I received a bill for $15. This was a minimum charge for the labor. This is not what the warranty states. I am disappointed that this minimum charge was never explained to me in writing or orally.
March 14, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by nick Blade insertion problem fixed?
The blade insertion problem may have been solved based on the revised instruction manual dated 2/14 as stated by a previous reviewer.....the new instruction manual does indicate the need to switch to position three. Being one of the individuals who had the blade insertion problem and returned the unit prior to that date I hope that is the case....I certainly did not see that detail in the instructions. Even the HD folks couldn't insert the blade. Being that inventory takes sometimes years to clear through the system I highly suggest bringing a blade to the store and try inserting it prior to purchase to see if it meets your needs. Also check the display model number with the model number on the box being purchased
November 17, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer JS481L model terrible!
We bought the JS481L model and the twist blade lock attachment is horrible. Even after the thing "locks" in place, it doesn't stay attached when the saw is turned on. This is one of those cases where you definitely get what you pay for. Unfortunately we went with the cheapest one because we only needed it for one small project. We ended up returning this model for a Rigid and have not had one problem. The blade locks in place perfectly, and the saw over all is much sturdier and easier to use. I would not recommend buying this product, no matter how appealing the price may be.
January 12, 2014