Skil 500 Watt 4270 Jigsaw archive
Thursday 17 June 2010
Anthony Bailey finds out if this jigsaw is as skillfully made as its name suggests
Skil are part of the Bosch group of powertool companies but have their own dedicated range that covers both home and professional use. A lot of trade users will use a Skilsaw, often used as a generic term for a portable saw and what Skil are best known for. Among the range are a couple jigsaws, this one being the 4270 model.
It is well-built but not heavy, with a very solid plastic casing with a rubber overmould handgrip and a cast aluminium soleplate to give a rigid flat running surface. It has a modern design style and yet is comfortable to grip both at the rounded front, with its comfortable flared sides, and also the enclosed handgrip with its long switch trigger underneath, and a sideways on-lock that releases when the trigger is squeezed. There is also a variable speed control.
There are plenty of ventilation slots on the sides and an integral dust port at the rear. There is a switch to activate the dust blower to keep the cut line clear. The soleplate has a toothed semicircular fitting that the body sits on and by use of an Allen key, the toothing allows the body to tilt and be set to the desired angle for bevel cuts.
Two Allen keys are located on the rubber cable shroud, the other one is used to lock the blade in place - it takes standard Bosch type blades. The blade rides on a large roller support which adjusts from 'turbo' and moves the blade forward on the upstroke in a pendulum action for fast cutting, to 'curve'for slow cuts that stay on line when cutting curved shapes. In front is a clear plastic blade guard to keep fingers away.
The verdictThe curve setting is painfully slow without the pendulum action but is OK on thinner material. On the other hand, the turbo setting is fast and efficient, and gives a pretty straight cut â€“ it can also do curves on thick material successfully, too. Neither
the extraction or the blow action seemed to work - dust got sprayed liberally in the working area in both modes. There was plenty of power for most jobs. The soleplate was commendably flat and non-scratching for vulnerable surfaces.