Skil Cordless Jigsaw Review | PWRCore 20 Brushless JS820202

Skil PWRCore 20 Cordless Jigsaw Pops Pro Features in a High-Value Package

This isn’t our first go-around with the brushless Skil PWRCore 20 cordless jigsaw. In our Best Cordless Jigsaw article, we gave a brief overview of its features and design notes. Now it’s time to dig deeper and help you decide if it’s a good fit for your workshop.


  • Low vibration
  • Excellent control
  • Tool-free bevel adjustment
  • Dust blower on/off switch
  • Fast charging time


  • No siginificant drawbacks

Skil PWRCore 20 Cordless Jigsaw Performance

Cutting Speed

The no-load speed on this cordless jigsaw clocks in right at 3000 SPM. This is a bit slower than some of the top-tier Pro models, but it still cuts very well. Based on our testing, you need to slow down a little compared to other models to get the highest cut quality, so be careful not to rush it when you need the best results.

Orbital Action

Skil’s brushless jigsaw features three levels of orbital action which you adjust with a lever on the side. Higher levels of orbital action produce a more aggressive cut and trade off a bit on cut quality and precision along with an increase in tear-out.


The saw has relatively low levels of vibration, similar to our experience with the Bosch 18V cordless jigsaw. It’s no coincidence that both have slower stroke rates than some of the other brands. The exception is when you engage the orbital action as this introduces the distinct elliptical motion and increases the tool vibration.


During our test cuts, we managed to keep the saw on our cutline with relative ease. Slower progression through your cut helps prevent mistakes and leaves you with a higher-quality finish.

If you’re relatively new to jigsawing, faster-cutting speeds can quickly turn to a loss of control. Quality results trump fast cuts, especially if it means wasting material. Feather the trigger to slow down the blade speed and turn that orbital mode off if you feel like you don’t have the control you’re looking for.

Skil PWRCore 20 Brushless Jigsaw Design Notes

Size and Weight

This jigsaw is pretty compact in relation to some of the other 18V/20V Max cordless options on the market. It stands just 8.38 inches tall and is 8.2 inches in length. It has a great balance with a 2.0Ah battery and a total weight of 5.8 pounds with the battery in place. The overall form factor makes it very easy to maneuver, even during tight scroll cuts.

Bevel Adjustment

Personally, the tool-free bevel adjustment is one of my favorite design elements on this model. You see it on premium models frequently, but not every Prosumer or DIY jigsaw does. No need to find an Allen key, just loosen the lever located just above the shoe to bevel up to 45-degrees.

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