The CJ18DGLP4 cordless jig saw by Hitachi features a lightweight, ergonomic design that promotes longer use while minimizing user fatigue. This cordless jigsaw offers ultimate portability and freedom of movement. Since it’s battery-powered it also means you won’t have to worry about outlet access so it’s a good choice for outdoor jobs. A great buy for beginners and DIYers alike, this saw can handle smaller jobs around the home, with speed and precision.
Our Verdict: This cordless jigsaw is designed primarily for small jobs around the home. This isn’t a saw you can use for work or major remodeling projects. However, its lightweight, ergonomic design and its intuitive controls make it perfect for beginners in need of a moderately powered saw that can handle small jobs. The fact that it’s cordless will be a huge selling point for some users since it provides freedom of movement and eliminates the need for outlet access. Keep in mind this is a bare bones package and only includes the saw itself. The lithium-ion batteries and battery charger are sold separately, however, the saw is compatible with any eighteen volt Hitachi batteries.
Overview and Features
Many people will turn to cordless power tools because they’re more convenient to use for outdoor jobs. But with a cordless jigsaw, you’ll need to take into account the short battery life and the lack of power. Overall, Hitachi did a great job of designing a beginner-friendly saw that offers a solid performance.
This is one of Hitachi’s lower-priced jigsaws, but it comes with some great features that make it a good choice for newbies and DIYers. This isn’t a pro-quality saw, but it’s a great option if you’re in need of an affordable jigsaw that can handle smaller jobs around the home.
However, if you’re on a tight budget, you’ll need to factor in the cost of a couple of lithium-ion batteries and a battery charger since this is a bare package that comes with the saw only.
The built-in LED light is designed to light up your workpiece and cutting path, for improved cutting accuracy. However, you’ll find that the light doesn’t help much in bright lighting conditions.
The saw’s top handle and ergonomic design allow users to operate the saw perpendicular to the surface. Weighing in at just four pounds, you can operate the saw for a longer period of time. The saw’s balanced body also provides better control and easier handling. If you’re taking on a big job around the home, then this type of fatigue-free performance will be crucial. The saw also comes with on-tool blade storage that can hold up to six blades.
For a cordless model, this saw performs well. But because it runs on an eighteen-volt battery you can’t expect the same type of performance you’ll get from corded models. Additionally, it can’t handle bigger jobs, so it’s ideal for light duty applications only. Yet, it can still handle tough surfaces such as hardboards and steel sheets. The motor delivers zero to twenty-four hundred strokes per minute.
A jigsaw designed for heavy duty use can typically deliver around thirty-five hundred strokes per minute, while this model can only handle up to twenty-four hundred strokes per minute. Because of this, we recommend sticking to smaller tasks with this saw.
Blade Changing System
The saw’s tool-less blade changing system allows you to quickly change out the blade, no tools required. It also prevents users from coming into contact with a hot blade, so it’s a great safety feature to have.
The saw has three orbital modes to choose from for use on soft materials such as PVC pipe or plastic.
The tilting bevel provides a forty-five degree cutting angle.
If you’re new to jigsaw use, before you use this model we recommend reading the included user’s manual. It’s important for users to have a solid understanding in regard to what this model can and can’t do. Like other types of cordless power tools, this model is not able to perform like its corded counterpart. However, for small jobs, this saw handles well. The cordless design is essentially a tradeoff for a lack of power.
- Tool-less blade changing system
- Variable speed
- Lifetime warranty
- Lightweight design
- On-tool blade storage allows you to store six blades for easy access
- Charger and battery not included
Can This Jigsaw Handle Thick Cuts?
Unfortunately, it can’t. This model should not be used on material that’s over two inches thick, otherwise, the blade may jam or the saw will start to overheat. The best jigsaw can handle material that’s three to five inches thick, but most cordless models will struggle with tougher materials. If you’re in need of a saw that has a more impressive cutting depth, then we recommend the Dewalt DCS331BR 20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion Jigsaw Bare Tool.
What Type of Material Can This Jigsaw Handle?
This saw can slice through one inch thick materials such as fiberboard and plywood and other types of softwoods, although it can struggle to slice through steel sheets. Using this saw can be tricky if you’re used to a corded full-size jigsaw. Beginners may also struggle to use this saw correctly if they don’t understand it’s limitations. To learn how to operate both corded and cordless saws click here to read our article on how to use jigsaw.
Conclusion and Rating
This jigsaw by Hitachi is ideal for small jobs around the home, indoors and out. While it may not be considered a heavy-duty jigsaw, which makes it a poor choice for pro use, it does offer the type of reliable performance most buyers can appreciate. Its ergonomic, lightweight design promotes longer use, while the tool-less blade changing system makes this model very beginner-friendly. We gave this saw a rating of four and a half out of five stars.