Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 60
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by ReviewerNicknameUsed Nice saw, but won't take U-Shank blades
This appears to be a decent saw, particularly for the price, but be aware you're limited to T-shank blades as this saw won't take U-shank blades.
October 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by radorod powerful, solid, good blade system
This thing cuts through 5/8 plywood like it's not even there. Nice, powerful motor cuts 5x faster than my old jigsaw. The tool-less blade changing system works really well, but took me a couple minutes to figure out (be sure to seat the blade home hard before letting go of the twist mechanism or it won't stay in properly). This is not a criticism; just a tip. The base is nice and flat and stable.
My only criticisms are:
1) The miter gauge is almost useless with the degree numbers almost completely hidden by the dust collector port. I don't know what they were thinking. If you'll need to do a lot of miter changes or expect to be able to set repeatable angles then you'll need to use some kind of external gauge, or look to a different model. Also, its a bit of a drag needing an allen key to adjust the miter, but at least once it's snugged up it stays where you've set it. If you're like me and do most of your cuts at 90 anyway, then I'd overlook this design weakness because the rest of the tool is great.
2) The power cord is made of the stiffest plastic of any hand tool I've ever owned. I'm being nit-picky, but it's true. I'm not crazy about it.
While I've only used it for one small project so far, if it holds up, which it feels like it will, then it's a nice tool which I'd purchase again. No regrets. Recommended.
March 30, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BodgeUpBazza Good for home use
Pleasantly surprised by this. Has a good range of speeds and the dust collection does a reasonable job considering the price point. The only negative is that at times it seems the speed will vary slightly, even when not actually cutting - not a major issue as I don't use jig saws all that much.
For an occasional user, it seems close to ideal.
June 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kmacnm Excellent value for a quality tool!
Excellent value for such a quality tool! Bang for the buck, mighty hard to beat at this price point. First impression of this saw when you pick it up is the feel of quality! This saw has a robust 6.1 amp motor for plenty of cutting power. The saw feels very solid in your hand. It's a little heavy, which is a good thing as it helps to dampen the vibrations. Makes for a solid platform from which to operate. The Speed Match feature allows you to choose the intensity of the orbital action in conjunction with the variable speed control to best accomplish the task at hand given the material type you are working with. You can adjust for precision or speed, or a combination of both! Very versatile! The high intensity LED lights up your cutting area and the blow port keeps debris clear from your cut line so you can easily see what you're doing. Two excellent features! Along with the no mar large base plate, the vacuum port for dust removal, the no tool rapid blade change apparatus, the straight cut edge guide, the blade support roller, the hand grip, the variable speed control, the orbital function, all contribute to this saw being an absolute pleasure to operate! Not to mention the bright, hard to lose, green canvas carrying case, make this a tremendously efficient and effective tool that is easy to operate combined with the ability to perform most any task you'll ever need a jigsaw to do! I highly recommend this jigsaw for the DIY'er home improvement folks! Given the features, performance, value and price point, I don't know how you could possibly go wrong with this saw! I highly recommend this tool as a very sound, no regrets, purchase! I have every expectation that this saw will last a very good long time! Nice going Ryobi! :)
May 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by the1blast Sink cutout, door trim, pergola 2x6 decorative end cuts
I got this jigsaw to cut out a Formica counter top, which worked great. Cut pie slices out to create a small circle. I then used it to cut decorative end cuts on 2 X 6 treated wood, while 8' in the air and then used it to cut a door jam board to be shorter for wheel chairs. Not having used one before I felt confident using it with the easy selector knob. The angle adjustment became loose and I finally had to read the manual to figure out how to lock it in place. Practice on a test board helps.
July 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dskja Excellent saw
We built an outdoor pergola, using 4"x6" wood that I needed to cut through, along with 2"x6" wood on which we cut out a pattern for the roof ends. This saw cut through the wood with no problem and was easy to handle.
May 12, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Furnituremaker Would not Reccommend
I bought this model because it had 6.1 amps and seemed as though it would be sturdier and more powerful than my previous one which was a less expensive Black and Decker also from Home Depot. The shoe is too thick and gets in the way. If you want to start your cut less than 2" away from the end of a piece of wood it is nearly impossible. This makes it almost useless for me.
The shoe also needs constant tightening with an allen wrench so it stays straight. I would recommend getting the Black and Decker. It was cheaper and lasted about 7 year years with vigorous use.
The ryobi is already falling apart.
June 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cmill Very nice saw for the price.
I never know how much I needed a jig saw like this until I purchased one. So far, it has helped my when building a shed and a play set for my kids. I am glad I went with the 6.1 for the extra power. It comes with a couple blades, but I would suggest you purchase better ones. Feels solid in you hand, and will cut through anything. It's also very east to adjust for different cut, and to insert/remove blades from this saw. It cuts straight, and it not to heavy, so anyone can use this. You will be very happy with this.
May 27, 2015