Summary: Prior to buying this jig saw I used a Ski jig saw that had seen better days.It's hard to believe the difference between the two saws .The depth and speed of cut was so much deeper and faster.This saw has saved me lots of time compared to my old saw and the cuts are cleaner and more accurate.This thing cuts through wood like it is butter.I'm happy with this purchase.
Summary: Compared to my old Craftsman jig saw, this is a breeze. Switching out blades used to take 5-10 min. with a screw driver. Now I can change out blades in less than 2 min. The unit is lighter than my old one and easier to maneuver. I have only had it a month so I can not comment on durability. The only drawback I can see is any accessories are extra instead of included.
One of several Hitachi hand tools I own and they all are outstanding.
JamesE, Hitachi Power Tools
18 November 2013
Summary: I have only had this saw for about a month and have used it a couple of times with very good results. Changing blades is easy and the lack of vibration is noticeable. It has more than ample power. I am looking forward to many hours of productive use.
Summary: Good handling. All features very usable. Like the easy blade change. Like the solid cast shoe (base plate). Very true cutting, smooth cutting, always clear line. Good handling. Good finish. Quieter. Solid. Easy storage.
Summary: I like the cusioned handle which cut vibrations. The solid base was the best selling point I looked at when selecting the tool. The other jig saws had stamped metal bases which when tite had play. I noticed while using the saw it was very smoth , could turn tite cornners, and easly cut gaps for 90 degree turns. the orbiting feature allows you to cut thick stock with out alot of pressure.