Did you know that the Sewing Machine and Jigsaw have something in common?

In 1946 Albert Kaufmann, an engineer of Scintilla AG company in Solothurn, Switzerland, replaced the needle on his wife’s sewing machine with a saw blade. Then in 1947, after development of Kaufmann’s invention, Scintilla started producing jigsaws under name “Lesto jigsaw”

A jigsaw is a common power tool primarily used for cutting curved lines, circles, and unique shapes into a range of materials, including metal, laminate, plastic, ceramic tile, stone, and wood. Special blades are used for each of the different types of materials one wants to cut. Eg:- Carbide blade for stainless steel, Diamond blade for hard tile & stone.

Although a jigsaw can be used for most of the tasks that a circular saw can perform, the real advantage of the tool’s qualities are jobs such as kitchen fitting and joinery, with their frequent need for complex cuts. The blade’s sharp teeth are measured in TPI, or teeth per inch. A higher TPI gives a smoother cut that requires less sanding.

Our sales rep Phillip Chetty is very knowledgeable in this area, so please give him a call if you’re wanting to purchase or just ask a question. We are here to asssit!
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Interesting fact – how the Jigsaw Puzzles got their name!

The first puzzle was created by a map engraver called John Spilsbury in 1762. He mounted one of his master maps onto wood and then cut around the countries. He gave it to children in the local school to help them with their geography education. It was an instant hit, and the concept was soon copied by others.

At this time all puzzles were created from wood, but they were called Dissected Puzzles until the jigsaw blade was invented in the 1880’s and used to cut the puzzle pieces. The name then changed to Jigsaw Puzzles.