DEWALT 20V MAX XR Jig Saw, Tool Only (DCS334B)

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Jerry O'Rourke
Product Review By, Jerry O'Rourke.

Introduction

A good quality jigsaw is a must-have tool for every professional and amateur woodworker and DIYer needing to cut curves and stencilled designs.

DeWalt’s immense range of power tools now includes the 20V Max XR Jigsaw. Will DeWalt’s 20V Max XR jigsaw delight or disappoint consumers?

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20V MAX XR Jig Saw
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  • Brushless motor
  • Bright LED light
  • Variable speed trigger
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Product Review

 

Performance

This DeWalt jigsaw disappoints a little in the stroke speed department. Its 3200 SPM is slightly lower than what is offered by similarly priced machines; however, the range of speeds provided by DeWalt’s 20V Max XR jigsaw is plenty for most tasks.

Where the 20V Max XR excels in terms of its performance, is in its comparatively longer running times. Compared to its predecessor, the DeWalt DCS331 jigsaw, the 20V Max XR offers significantly longer usage times thanks to its brushless motor powered by a 20V lithium-ion battery.

Overall, performance-wise, the DeWalt 20V Max XR provides enough cutting power and plenty of usage time, so its lower stroke rate shouldn’t detract from what else it offers.

Usability

In this area is where the DeWalt 20V Max XR Jigsaw shines. Packed with nifty features, the Max XR is a pleasure to use. Its thoughtfully designed rubber-coated handle allows one to get a firm grip of the jigsaw to steady it while operating at its highest speeds.

Its variable speed switch lies in easy reach, and with LED lighting to illuminate darker work surfaces and its keyless blade change capability, it truly is an excellent example of ergonomic power tool design.

Moreover, the Max XR Jigsaw offers four bevel stops at 0, 15, 30, and 45 degrees, which gives most woodworkers plenty of scope for cutting.

Pricing

The DeWalt 20V Max XR Jigsaw is typically priced between the $100 – $200 range (bare), but the price can rise above the $300 range with the 5.0 Ah battery kit. These prices may be off-putting for some who might expect the inclusion of a battery kit even at a lower price point.

However, DeWalt offers a three-year warranty, one-year free servicing, and a 90-day money-back guarantee, which might give some buyers enough peace of mind to part with their hard-earned cash.

Pros

  • Extensive running time from its 20V lithium-ion battery
  • A robust design which includes an easy-to-grip handle
  • Efficient brushless motor
  • Nifty LED lighting to illuminate shady areas on the workspace
  • Range of bevel angles
  • Keyless blade changing for user convenience
  • DeWalt’s three-year warranty, one-year free servicing and 90-day money back guarantee

Cons

  • Lower stroke speed than other jigsaws, including Max XR’s predecessor
  • Considerably more expensive to buy the version that comes equipped with a charging kit

Features & Specifications

  • Weight4.2 lbs
  • Volts ⇒ 20 Volts
  • MaterialMetal
  • Battery & Charger Sold Separately
  • Power SourceCordless

Recap

DeWalt has once again produced an excellent power tool that is dependable and packed with user-friendly features to delight both amateur woodworkers and professional craftsmen and women.

Its LED lighting functions and keyless blade changing facility combined with its running time make it a worthwhile investment. It’s a shame that the battery charging kits bump the price up substantially, however.

All in all, the DeWalt’s 20V Max XR jigsaw is a well rounded, competitively priced saw that gets the job done.

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