Are you wondering what type of saw to get between a bandsaw and a jigsaw? Woodworking can be a rewarding hobby and profession. Using the right tools makes it even more gratifying. It is important that you know what product you want at the end of the day. 

This will help you get the right tools. Whilst the bandsaw and the jigsaw may perform similar functions, they are also different. In this article, we take a look at what separates them. This is with special focus on saws meant for wood.

Jigsaw highlights

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Jig Saw

A jigsaw is the perfect DIY power tool that you can easily use at home. It is known as one of the number one DIY power tools that make woodworking at home easier.

Jigsaws are a great way to cut intricate designs and make curved shapes, at home. There are different companies that make these saws, it is up to you to choose the one that has the features you need. 

This tool uses a blade to cut into either metal or wood. The type that you choose, will depend on what you want to do with it. A jigsaw should have a reciprocating blade and be powered by a motor. With this power tool, you can cut angles up to 45 degrees. 

The blade that you choose to use on the saw, has a certain number of teeth. This matters a great deal in terms of the jigsaw’s performance. The way the teeth on the blade are shaped, and spaced, influences how the jigsaw performs, from the cleanliness of the cuts to the speed with which the cuts are made. 

The material used to make the blades depends on what you will be using it for. Blades for wood are usually made of high carbon steel, which is durable and will make the cuts that you need. High carbon steel blades are the best blades for soft materials like wood. 

The jigsaw needs to be guided when you are making curved cuts. This is how you will get precise shapes. It is very important that you make sure the blades are very sharp. This is what will give you the precision you want.

The versatility of a jigsaw depends on the components that you get for it. The base of the saw will usually rest on the wood, whilst the blade does the cutting. Whilst there are different blades to use you can also find universal blades that can be used to make a variety of cuts. 

Pros of the Jigsaw

  • It can be used by a beginner
  • It can be used to make both straight and curved lines and shapes. 
  • It is safe
  • It is easy to use

Bandsaw highlights

WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw

A bandsaw is a perfect tool for heavier jobs than what you would ordinarily use the jigsaw for. Loosely put, it is a set of wheels with a blade between them. The blade rotates, as it is powered by a motor, and this is how it cuts the stock that you feed through it

They come in different sizes and the size of the bandsaw determines the size of wood that it can handle. You can also get bandsaws that sit on benchtops, or those that sit on the floor. 

A bandsaw also has a table, that you will need to consider. This machine can cut a variety of shapes and sizes of stock, but the precision and efficiency are determined by factors such as the table size and control that you have over the wood. The larger the table, the easier it will be to control and push the wood through.

The cuts made by bandsaws are more precise, more uniform, and more controlled. It can be used to resaw or cut lumber into thinner slabs, in addition to carving curved shapes and other irregular shapes. 

This tool is usually the first stationery tool you will buy for a shop. The blades on a bandsaw, run on rubber covered wheels. This mechanism helps to add to the steadiness of the saw and the precision of the cuts. They also have a tension guide that is used to match the tension of the blade to its width. 

Pros of the bandsaw

  • It is powerful and steady
  • You can work on bigger projects 
  • It is durable
  • It cuts your working time in half

What we didn’t like in each saw

Whilst the jigsaw has a lot of advantages and it is a great and handy tool to have, the blades are usually small and unsupported. Whilst the material the blade is made of is strong, how they are mounted onto the jigsaw, is not always the strongest.

You have to steer a jigsaw in order to get curved shapes, and if you do not have a good hand technique, you will not get the lines and shapes that you want. 

The bandsaw will probably not be the first tool that you buy as you start. It requires some technique that is not what a beginner will have. This is the type of saw that you will find in light industry workshops, and so if you are looking for a DIY saw, this one will not cut it.

Conclusion

The major difference between a bandsaw and a jigsaw is that a jigsaw is a hand tool, that is most commonly used around the home. It is something that even a beginner can use. A bandsaw is more of a workshop tool that needs a bit more expertise than a jigsaw. 

The bandsaw makes more uniform cuts and is generally more powerful, used for heavier work than what you would use a jigsaw for. Most bandsaws are powered by an electric motor. Just like with a jigsaw, bandsaws can use a variety of blades. However, you can use a general blade on various projects. 

Both saws are great. But the one that works for you, will depend on the size of the project that you want to work on.  Happy shopping!

David D. Hughes