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Comparison Guide
Mini Jigsaws

Proxxon Jigsaw STS 12/E
$64.50

Proxxon Jigsaw.

The Proxxon STS 12/E (with adjustable speed control) is Turtle Feathers' top recommendation for most people, and for most situations. This mini jigsaw is the most versatile of all the saws that we carry. Turtle Feathers recommends this saw as the best first saw for gourd crafters. (The MicroLux 'Cross' Saw is an ideal second saw for gourd crafters, because of its advantage in doing highly detailed work.) The STS includes a flat base plate, a ball base plate, one coarse blade, one fine blade, one hex key with which to change blades, an owners' booklet, and a two year warranty. It is the second most heavy duty of our saw selection; only the Proxxon Super Jigsaw SS 115 (the best choice for woodworkers), is more heavy duty.

Regarding the two base plates that come with the STS:  The 'flat' base plate provides the most stability; the 'ball' base plate is the most maneuverable, allowing the clearest view when making intricate cuts or cutting tight curves. The base plates are attached with a single Phillips head screw; thus changing from one to the other is a simple matter.

Two year warranty. (Approximately 1 pound and 3 ounces - 7 1/2" long, 2" wide, and 3 1/2" high.)

 

Turtle Feathers also offers this saw as a 'package'. The package includes the saw, the transformer, the Foot Switch, two extra packages of coarse blades, and one extra package of fine blades.

~ Package price with 5 amp transformer: $150.00

~ Package price with 2 amp transformer: $115.00

~ Note: This saw requires the use of a transformer.

Proxxon Transformers

Proxxon 5 amp transformer.
$58.50 - Heavy Duty, with speed control.

Proxxon 2 amp transformer.
$21.80

Proxxon Jigsaw Blades

$3.75 - Coarse blades, package of two.

$4.75 - Fine blades, package of two.

Proxxon Jigsaw STS 12/E Options:

Proxxon Foot Switch FS
$21.80 - Though optional, the Foot Switch is recommended for use with this saw. The Foot Switch acts as a remote 'on/off' switch. One end plugs into a standard power outlet, and the other end plugs into the transformer. Due to an inconveniently located on/off switch on the saw itself, the addition of the Foot Switch makes the STS much easier to manage, and is strongly preferred by most users.

Proxxon 'Saw Clamp'
$9.00 - The Saw Clamp converts the saw to 'hands free' use. The clamp is placed around the saw which is, in turn, placed into a standard vise, which acts as a 'third hand', holding the saw rock steady. The user now has two hands free with which to guide the work.

~ Need a vise to use with the Saw Clamp? We stock two good ones.

Proxxon FMS 75 Vise
$35.00 - Vise with powerful 'suction' base.

Proxxon FMZ Vise
$35.00 - Vise with dual mounting capability. The FMZ 'screw clamps' to edge of table or work surface; or can be bolted to the work table as a permanent mount.

Mini Tool Conversion Cords   $4.50 each

Replacement 'Ball' Base Plate   $3.00

Set Screw & Hex Key Set   $2.00

 

Proxxon Super Jig Saw SS 115/E
$135.00

Proxxon Super Jig Saw SS 115/E.

The Proxxon Super Jig Saw SS 115/E, is for woodworkers and other heavy-duty users. The SS 15/E is the only saw that does not require a transformer, and conveniently plugs directly into any standard electrical outlet. The base plate is adjustable up to a 45-degree angle; allowing for quick and easy bevel cuts (miter cuts). The base plate is marked in 15-degree increments. The Super Jig Saw comes with a rip fence, adjustable to 4 1/2", making straight parallel cuts a snap.

Variable speed control helps to make this saw ideal for cutting tight curves. The Super Jig Saw comes with a rip fence, two coarse blades, two fine blades, a hex key for changing blades, a hex key for adjusting the base plate angle (bevels and miter cuts), an owner's manual, and a heavy duty plastic carrying case for stowing the whole lot

Two year warranty. (Approximately 2 pounds - 8 1/2" long, 2" wide, 4" high.)

Proxxon Jigsaw Blades

$3.75 - Coarse blades, package of two.

$4.75 - Fine blades, package of two.

Proxxon Super Jig Saw SS 115/E Options:

Proxxon Foot Switch FS
$21.80 - Though optional, the Foot Switch is recommended for use with this saw. The Foot Switch acts as a remote 'on/off' switch. One end plugs into a standard power outlet, and the other end plugs into the saw. Due to an inconveniently located on/off switch on the saw itself, the addition of the Foot Switch makes the STS much easier to manage, and is strongly preferred by most users.

Proxxon 'Saw Clamp'
$9.00 - The Saw Clamp converts the saw to 'hands free' use. The clamp is placed around the saw which is, in turn, placed into a standard vise, which acts as a 'third hand', holding the saw rock steady. The user now has two hands free with which to guide the work.

~ Need a vise to use with the Saw Clamp? We stock two good ones.

Proxxon FMS 75 Vise
$35.00 - Vise with powerful 'suction' base.

Proxxon FMZ Vise
$35.00 - Vise with dual mounting capability. The FMZ 'screw clamps' to edge of table or work surface; or can be bolted to the work table as a permanent mount.

Set Screw & Hex Key Set   $2.00

 

MicroLux Mini Jigsaws
$60.00 and $65.00

MicroLux Jigsaw.

The MicroLux mini jigsaws are excellent choices for fine detail work. They are the very smallest and lightest of the all of the mini jigsaws available, and use the very smallest blades. If intricate detail work is anticipated to be the primary use, then the MicroLux saws are, without question, the very best choice available. There are two models available, identical except for the base plate design. There is the MicroLux 'flat foot' saw, and the 'Gourd/Cross' saw has a 'ball' base plate. Each saw comes with a strip of 10 coarse blades and a mini 'screw key' for changing blades. (Approximately 12 ounces - 4" long, 2 3/4" high, 1 1/2" wide.)

Please note that the MicroLux saws are a poor selection for use as a 'general purpose' saw, and will not stand up to prolonged or repeated general purpose use. Many crafters elect to use one of the MicroLux saws as a 'second' saw, in conjunction with the Proxxon STS, using whichever is the most appropriate for the task at hand.

The MicroLux saws can be used with the Proxxon transformers. Believing the overall quality of the Proxxon transformers to be superior, we do not carry the MicroLux transformers. (Note: The MicroLux transformers are inadequate for Proxxon mini tools, and should not be used as a substitute.) Note: The MicroLux mini jigsaws do not feature speed control. This may influence the transformer selection. In addition to being more powerful the 5 amp transformer also has adjustable speed control, while the 2 amp transformer does not.

Over the years, we have observed that many users think that they will be using a mini jigsaw primarily for detail work, but in actuality, most people, most of the time, are using their saws for heavier duty general purpose cutting. Due to an inordinate number of MicroLux saws needing to be replaced due to misuse, Turtle Feathers does not directly back any warranty with the MicroLux saws and they are sold on an 'as is' basis.

~ Note: This saw requires the use of a transformer.

Proxxon Transformers

Proxxon 5 amp transformer.
$58.50 - Heavy Duty, with speed control.

Proxxon 2 amp transformer.
$21.80

~ Note: This saw uses MicroLux blades; available in coarse and fine.

MicroLux Blades, strip of ten, coarse or fine.   $6.70

MicroLux Blades, one, diamond.   $11.30

MicroLux Jigsaw Options:

Mini Tool Conversion Cords   $4.50 each

Set Screw & Hex Key Set   $2.00
Note: We stock the older set style screws that take a hex key, but not the newer 'screw driver' style set screws. The set screws are the same size, and interchangeable.