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Jigsaw - Information

The Shopsmith Jigsaw is no longer in production or being sold.

Some of it's features include:

The jigsaw is designed to cut curved lines, whether they're exterior cuts started from the edge of the stock, or internal, "piercing" cuts started from the middle of the workpiece (an operation not possible on a bandsaw).

Piercing cuts are made by drilling a pilot hole in the stock, inserting the blade through the hole and beginning the cut from there. While a hand-held saber saw can make piercing cuts as well, it can't come close to the accuracy and ease of working with a table jigsaw. With the Shopsmith Jigsaw, there are no clamps or jigs, or bending over the tool in an attempt to see the line your trying to cut. Every operation is simplicity itself.

And safety matches ease stride for stride on the jigsaw. It cuts slowly with the blade always in plain view, and guarded by the hold-down; it's the ideal machine for introducing youngsters to the use of power tools.

Cutting intricate curves and scrolls in metals is a good example of the jigsaw's versatile capabilities when the proper blade is used. Or switch to an extremely fine jeweler's blade, and you'll find it's marquetry. These operations are usually associated with veneer work, whereby beautiful pictures and designs are made by cutting and assembling small pieces of different colored woods.

With the capabilities of making such intricate cuts, it's hard to believe the SHopsmith Jigsaw can also cut through 2x4's -- but it's true! And by tilting the table, you can easily and accurately cut bevels on either straight or curved edges.

It's even possible to cut circles and discs on the jigsaw without ever drawing them on your stock. Simply use the outboard pivot and rotate your work piece through the moving blade.

"Power filing" is yet another unique jigsaw operation. Simply replace a blade with any of several different shaped files to suit your needs.

Manuals:
Manual, Parts List and Exploded View Drawing (Older Jigsaw - NOT Scroll Saw) - Item #877086

How Old Is It:
Below is a chart indicating the Serial Numbers of the Jigsaws made in various years.

Jan. Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1954 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 50001 50013 52489 56410
1955 58447 59259 59926 60738 61439 62716 63863 64591 65979 67415 68642 --
1956 69616 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1957 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 77741
1958 -- -- -- -- 81759 82254 -- -- -- -- -- --
1959 -- -- -- -- -- 82454 -- -- 82675 -- -- 83110
1960 83354 83700 84149 -- 84189 85150 -- -- -- -- -- --
1961 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1978 03065 03087 03160 3286 3436 3511 3602 3702 3859 4050 4265 4385
1979 4635 4978 5300 5643 5821 6067 6113 6251 6509 6868 7188 7434
1980 8234 8581 9082 9754 10219 10775 11281 11936 12486 13031 13666 14219
1981 14550 15000 15311 15568 16161 17135 17951 18469 18973 19289 20231 20882
1982 21332 21859 22473 23112 23389 23891 24260 24620 24960 25291 25460 25945
1983 19752 26572 27474 28155 28671 29312 29912 30432 31067 31507 31919 32299
1984 33071 33688 34459 35005 35547 36078 36502 36789 37703 38132 38594 39189
1985 39966 40773 41122 41461 41733 42085 -- 42290 42732 43140 43514 44126
1986 44879 45443 -- 46089 46424 47087 47474 47607 48361 48564 48897 49340
1987 50050 50414 50654 50813 50872 51202 51628 51629 51754 51859 51969
From Dec 1987 on, Jigsaws have date codes.
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