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The Featured Tool of June 2012

  • Dewalt DCS331L1 20V MAX Li-Ion Jigsaw Kit

    A High-Performance Tool for Your High Expectations


    Adding to their 20V MAX lithium ion power tool platform, Dewalt has just released their DCS331L1 jigsaw, a powerful new tool designed for ultimate precision, ergonomics and optimal run-time. Engineered to ensure you enjoy the most efficient output and the absolute best productivity from your jigsaw, the tool incorporates high-performance features and comfort perks like variable speed control, keyless blade changes and an anti-slip grip. This renders the new Li-Ion jigsaw ideal for all types of crafter and professional. From carpenters and installers to any number of fabricators, the DCS331L1 is, perhaps, the most versatile jigsaw on the market.

    Designed to target multiple materials, multiple applications and the specific needs of dedicated crafters and tradesmen, Dewalt’s new jigsaw offers better accuracy and overall greater versatility. This ensures each of your projects is met with total high-performance and that your results will be consistently great regardless the application being performed. The tool’s all-metal lever-action keyless blade change capability enables users to change jigsaw blades quickly and easily with less time and less strife. Additionally, the saw features an all-metal keyless shoe bevel equipped with detents at 0, 15, 30, and 45-degrees. This ensures total cutting versatility, greater productivity and, of course, simple and accurate bevel cuts.

    The saw’s four-position orbital action ensures excellent user control, more efficient speed and better cut quality, and because the thing also offers variable speed control from 0 – 3,000 SPM (strokes per minute), the jigsaw is incredibly versatile and performs easily and optimally in a variety of circumstances. Dewalt’s DCS331L1 is also equip with an integrated adjustable dust blower designed to keep your cut-lines clear of dust and debris. This, and especially coupled with the jigsaw’s anti-slip comfort grip and overall lightweight of only 6.8-lbs, renders the saw comfortable to operate, simple to control and well-prepared to deliver excellent results.

    Altogether, the thing is an awesome tool with all the right bells and whistles to ensure your work is met with a real backbone. The only drawback with this kit, in fact, is that it includes only one battery pack. Of course, the tool is compatible with Dewalt’s other 20V MAX batteries, but it is simply convenient and, yes, really incredibly helpful to have a back-up battery on hand. Otherwise, though, the battery that is included offers 3.0-Ah for extended run-time and also features LED fuel gauge indicator lights to reflect charge level. So, despite there only being one included, Dewalt’s 20V MAX Li-Ion batteries will keep keep a tool kicking.

    Lastly, the jigsaw accepts T-shank jigsaw blades and also includes a fast charger, a jigsaw blade and kit box. For those of you not interested in these extras (the battery, charger, kit box and blade), the jigsaw is available also available as a bare tool under model number DCS331B. The bare tool costs about $149 while the kit (DCS331L1) costs about $279.