Kit and Tools Tuesdays - IRWIN JACK PLUS Range archive

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Anthony Bailey takes a look at the brand new handle design and colour-coded IRWIN JACK PLUS range

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Every saw manufacturer wants to be a cut above the rest and IRWIN, with the relaunch of their JACK saws range is no exception. Are these truly the weapon of choice? A site saw for sore eyes? We managed to get our hands on an early production version to 'try our hand' with it.

New developments

It is very easy to dismiss a mass produced product as simply 'more of the same'. However, IRWIN has made it clear that they don't make anything unless it is better or different to the rest of the field. IRWIN JACK is a Danish brand, manufactured in Denmark and universally recognised for producing top quality, reliable handsaws.

The new, relaunched versions have the same blades as before with their patented triple angle, hardened tooth form on a C75 steel blade coated with waterborne lacquer to retard rusting. The new feature, which they spent many hours of development work on, was the handle. The reason being that the blades can cut almost any standard building site material but to allow the user to apply maximum effort effectively with gloved hands, a much larger hand grip was required. Modern building site safety entails wearing PPE, including protective rigger gloves, which makes it hard to hold a saw properly. Even so, IRWIN have covered the hand grip with elastomer for comfort and solid grip with or without gloves on.

The teeth are wickedly sharp so the extra control should make for faster, more accurate cutting in comfort.

A saw for every job

At the same time the JACK range has had a 355mm toolbox-sized version added in the orange Universal cut series and there are green handled coarse tooth and purple fine-toothed variants available, the colour coding making selection for each job very easy to do.

Tradesmen working in roofing, rough timber, interior fits, skirting, architraves, cutting plastic and studding can choose from the following:

JACK 880 Universal with orange handle - 8tpi - in lengths: 510mm, 560mm and 355mm

JACK 770 Coarse with green handle - 7tpi - in 560mm length

JACK 990 Fine with purple handle - 9tpi - in lengths: 330mm and 560mm

BLACK JACK with black handle - 8tpi - in 560mm length


Briony Darnley

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The Numbers

Prices range from £12.42 for the toolbox saw up to £18.47 for the coated saw. The orange general purpose model on test is £14.94. All prices are RRP inc VAT, but all Jack saws can be bought at a discount, so shop around