Figure 16-38. Doing sabre sawing with the jigsaw's arm removed. Work carefully so you don't bend the blade or cause it to move off the cutline.
Your jigsaw can easily be converted to a sabre saw, following the procedures in the Owners Manual. This setup is useful when you need to cut patterns in large workpieces or make piercing cuts in thick stock.
If the workpiece is large enough, you may need additional support to cut it safely. Slide the Mark V worktable toward the power plant and lock it in place. Adjust the worktable so that it's at the same height as the jigsaw table. When you cut, let the workpiece rest on both tables. (Figure 16-38). Feed the workpiece slowly.
Figure 16-39. You can use the sabre saw setup when doing piercing on heavy stock.
Figure 16-40. When blade length and stock thickness allow, you can use the blade guides and the spring hold-down when sabre sawing.
You can do sabre sawing even without removing the tubular arm if the work size permits; even piercing, when needed on heavy stock, can be done this way (Figure 16-39). When the blade is long enough and stock thickness allows it, the blade guides and spring holddown can be utilized (Figure 16-40).