My First Power Tool Experience! {Ryobi Jig Saw Review}

Ryobi Cordless Jig Saw: Easy to use and perfect for DIY projects.

“Look, Mom! I can use power tools!”  Meet my new Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless Orbital Jig Saw:

Ryobi Cordless Jig Saw: Easy to use and perfect for DIY projects.

If you had told me a year ago that I would be standing in my garage cutting MDF with a jig saw someday, I would have laughed in your face. This whole blog/DIY experience has been amazing for so many reasons, and one of those is that it allows me to learn and to challenge myself by trying new things I didn’t know or believe that I was capable of. If you were to rate my knowledge of and experience with power tools on a scale from 1-10, I would be a negative 7. To be honest, they scare me. However, after attending the Haven conference and seeing Ana White whip together furniture from scratch while wearing high heels, I thought to myself – “Hey, I can do that!” (minus the heels). I have made it my goal to build a piece of furniture from scratch within the next year. I am well aware that I have a long way to go – but hey, I’ve gotta start somewhere, right?

Luckily, the awesome people at Ryobi Tools were kind enough to send me my very first power tool: a cordless jig saw. I have big plans for this saw (twin headboards for my boys – from scratch!, for example), but I wanted to take baby steps and just play around with it a little bit to try it out. For my test project, I opted to cut a circle out of MDF. (Hey, I warned you they were baby steps!). I plan on turning it into a mirror or wall art or something fun, but for now I just wanted to learn how to handle this jig saw. If you are looking for a jig saw — or if you want something a little less intimidating than a circular saw or a table saw to start with, for instance — I highly recommend this one! I love that it is cordless, because as clumsy as I am, I’d probably saw right through the cord. (Ok, hopefully not, but it is definitely a convenient feature.) I also love that it is lightweight and someone like me with no “guns” (aka muscles) can handle it.

There’s a handy little compartment built into the bottom to store blades, which is very convenient:

Ryobi Cordless Jig Saw: Easy to use and perfect for DIY projects.

It came with two blades, and there is also a handy dandy laser guide that you can switch on or off, which helps with accuracy. The blades are extremely easy to change, and there are 4 orbital positions for a variety of cut options. You can also adjust speed easily depending on how much trigger pressure you use. The battery attaches easily and can be just as easily removed when it’s time to charge it. I noticed it charges very quickly too. So the final verdict on this saw? I love it. And let’s put it this way, if I can use this saw, then anyone can use this saw.

Here’s my slightly less than perfect but “it’ll do” circle aftermath. Turned out ok for my very first try!

Ryobi Cordless Jig Saw: Easy to use and perfect for DIY projects.

I’m learning to be less intimidated by things I thought I couldn’t do. If I want to do something, then I’m going to learn how to do it, period. I’m excited to learn more about power tools, and look forward to putting this jig saw to good use. My husband wants to learn how to use it too, but I told him to get his own. (Totally kidding! I’ll share.)

For more information on this saw, or any of the other tools that Ryobi offers, be sure to visit their site. You can even join the Ryobi Nation, which is a project sharing community where you can upload or view projects and receive special offers.

Have you ventured into the world of power tools? Are you thinking about it? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Disclosure: I received this product for free to review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza says

    I have always wanted to try using power tools, too, and was also impressed with Ana at Haven. Good for you for jumping right in! I think your circle is impressive! Keep up the good work and keep us posted on your sawing projects!

  2. Vanessa Barker says

    I LOVE my Ryobi Jig Saw. It’s so funny the looks I get from my neighbors when I’m out working my power tools without my hubby home! Or even better, when I’m working them and he’s sitting watching!
    I LOVE being a power tools girl!

  3. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    Yay! I won a Ryobi Jig Saw at Haven and gave it to my husband b/c I have zero knowledge or experience with power tools, save for a belt sander. ;) Glad to hear it works well…the hubs was doubtful when he saw the blade, but we’ll have to give it a shot. Great review!

  4. Mary Beth says

    I really enjoyed your review ~ I have been wanting one of these but have been absolutely terrified to use one….but now…I think I may give it a go!

  5. Anonymous says

    This is a great article, found it really helpful. The thing is that last week my cordless drill broke!, then I looked around the workshop and thought, all of this stuff is 3 to 4 years old, so it’s about time I got some new equipment. So I decide to get some Ryobi equipment because they are good quality. I brought some of a website called CBS Powertools, they had great deals! Would definitely recommend these guys.

  6. Alphonse Daigle says

    Good job on working with your first power tool! You did pretty well in using that jig saw. It seems to be a convenient power tool for first time users because it is lightweight and cordless. It’s great that you are learning and trying out new things too.

    Alphonse Daigle

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