Jigsaw vs. Circular Saw – Which One Should You Get First?

Introducing the Jigsaw

If you have been searching for this, chances are that you already know what jigsaw are. Also known as a Bayonet saw, this power tool is made of an electric motor and a revolving saw blade. The Jigsaw allows up to 45 degrees of angular cuts with respect to the vertical axis of the object. There are a wide variety of blades that are used – Crank blades, Blank edge blades, Thin blades and Push stroke cutting blades.

Introducing the Circular Saw

In vogue since the 18th century, circular saws involve the saw using an abrasive blade to cut through different materials. The blades of such saws are specifically designed based on the type of materials that require cutting. While conventionally powered by electricity, modern variants of the circular saw also include designs working on gasoline or hydraulic motors. Given its wide range of industrial applications and product oriented blades, there are over 15 types of circular saws that are used today. The most common ones being Abrasive saw, Concrete cutter, Panel saw and Table saw.

Working Patterns

The Circular saw and the Jigsaw differ radically in their respective applications.

A circular saw is preferred in tasks that require precision. For instance, straight cuts on a wood strip or metal sheets. It is extremely difficult to make curved cuts with these saws. For added accuracy, some variants even use a laser line that allows the user to guide the saw more easily.

Jigsaw is ideal for making cuts in non-linear manners. It is comparatively easy to conduct beveling and pivoting on a wide array of materials using this type of saw. However, if you need long straight cuts, a jigsaw isn’t probably the type you should be using.


Control is more often than not a huge decisive factor when it comes to saw selection. Failure to make a distinction between this could mean a serious compromise of safety and subsequently serious injuries.

The circular saw is easier to control with respect to the jigsaw. As the blades of the circular saw are heavier than the jigsaw counterparts, the saw in itself is way for stable and does not tend to vibrate heavily while making cuts. However, the weight and the size of the blades while lending stability would also mean that it would be difficult to make curved cuts using this type of saw.

The blades of the jigsaw by comparison are far smaller, weaker and unsupported at the lower end. While this helps the user a greater control of the blade while making curved cuts, it also means that the saw in itself is a bit unstable and there are greater chances of injury when it comes to jigsaws. However, you can take the added precautionary measure of welding heavy sole plates on your jigsaw to give in the extra weight and stability thus increasing your control over your saw.  


The blades of a circular saw are potent enough to cut through even hardwoods. The larger blade size means that coarser materials are easier to cut. The golden rule when It comes to blades is that the bigger the blades, the wider the boards that can be sawed. Since the circular saw aims at performance primarily it also makes means that their motors are more powerful and potent. However, the speed and power of the circular blade come at a steep price. It leaves marks on the plastic and metal edges it makes the cut through and have to be removed by sand paper.

A jigsaw blade on the other hand though smaller and weaker makes up through its precision and versatility in terms of making cuts. The cuts are cleaner and you wouldn’t need sandpaper to smooth out the edges. Less work for the lads.


While the dedicated user may need both types to work efficiently, it may not be possible to procure both due to budget constraints, power usage and storage capacity and therefore it is through careful and conscious selection that you can decide between the type of saw you wish to invest in.

  • December 21, 2016
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