Pedulum action jigsaw, what does it mean/do?

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  1. Guest

    A rather naive question but I can't work it out. What does 'pendulum
    action' do for one in a jigsaw? My latest jigsaw has switchable
    pendulum action but I really can't tell much difference with it on or
    off (maybe it's a crap jigsaw).

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    Chris Green
     
    , May 11, 2004
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  2. Grunff Guest

    wrote:
    > A rather naive question but I can't work it out. What does 'pendulum
    > action' do for one in a jigsaw? My latest jigsaw has switchable
    > pendulum action but I really can't tell much difference with it on or
    > off (maybe it's a crap jigsaw).



    Moves the blade away from the cut on the down (non-cutting) stroke. The
    result is less heat and less effort pushing the saw. Without pendulum a
    lot of your effort goes into pushing the saw forward on it's non-cutting
    stroke, and you get a lot of unnecessary heat.

    I find it particularly useful when cutting 3/4" wbp. You won't notice
    the difference on soft things linke 1/2" mdf etc.

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    Grunff
     
    Grunff, May 11, 2004
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  3. Dave Plowman Guest

    In article <>,
    <> wrote:
    > A rather naive question but I can't work it out. What does 'pendulum
    > action' do for one in a jigsaw? My latest jigsaw has switchable
    > pendulum action but I really can't tell much difference with it on or
    > off (maybe it's a crap jigsaw).


    There should be a vast difference when cutting something like say 3/4"
    chipboard - it will be much faster but less accurate with the pendulum
    action on.

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    Dave Plowman London SW 12
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    Dave Plowman, May 11, 2004
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  4. Guest

    Dave Plowman <> wrote:
    > In article <>,
    > <> wrote:
    > > A rather naive question but I can't work it out. What does 'pendulum
    > > action' do for one in a jigsaw? My latest jigsaw has switchable
    > > pendulum action but I really can't tell much difference with it on or
    > > off (maybe it's a crap jigsaw).

    >
    > There should be a vast difference when cutting something like say 3/4"
    > chipboard - it will be much faster but less accurate with the pendulum
    > action on.
    >

    I rarely cut anything that heavy with the jigsaw as I have a Skil
    Classic circular saw that does all that sort of work. I only use the
    jigsaw for non-straight cuts and/or when opening out blind holes (e.g.
    putting dry-line boxes in plasterboard). So that's probably why I
    haven't noticed any difference.

    Why call it 'pendulum' action though, it doesn't seem very
    descriptive.

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    Chris Green
     
    , May 11, 2004
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  5. IMM Guest

    <> wrote in message news:...

    > A rather naive question but I can't work it out. What does 'pendulum
    > action' do for one in a jigsaw? My latest jigsaw has switchable
    > pendulum action but I really can't tell much difference with it on or
    > off (maybe it's a crap jigsaw).


    Andy has one and uses it all day long, for the hell of it.
     
    IMM, May 11, 2004
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  6. Jim White Guest

    Are "pendulum" and "orbital" actions the same thing? And what is a
    "Scrolling" action?

    "IMM" <> wrote in message
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    >
    > <> wrote in message news:...
    >
    > > A rather naive question but I can't work it out. What does 'pendulum
    > > action' do for one in a jigsaw? My latest jigsaw has switchable
    > > pendulum action but I really can't tell much difference with it on or
    > > off (maybe it's a crap jigsaw).

    >
    > Andy has one and uses it all day long, for the hell of it.
    >
    >
     
    Jim White, May 11, 2004
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