Black & Decker JS515 Variable Speed Jigsaw Review

This is our review of the popular Black & Decker JS515 Jigsaw. This one has an average price of around $41-45, depending on where you make your final purchase. Those buyers who have taken the time to leave a review, have rated this saw at 4.3 out of 5 stars.

That is a steady and consistent rating, for a good quality saw, that can achieve most sawing tasks around the home and garden.

Black & Decker JS515 Jigsaw Review

Black & Decker JS515 Concise Overview

Black & Decker JS515 blade change

Here is a short and concise view, of the main features of this jigsaw. It has a 4.5 ampere motor which is a both tough and powerful. There are variable speeds which is always a useful feature to have.

​It can produce up to 3,000 strokes per minute, and that is more than enough for fast and accurate sawing. The top handle design is comfortable to use, and it has an 11/16 of an inch stroke.

You can use this saw to cut wood and plastic. It can also cut metal, if you use the right jigsaw blade.​ You can use either T-shank or universal blades. It also has tool-free beveling shoe adjustments, and tool-free blade changes.

You can attach and keep up to 3 blades on the saw, and it does have a dust blower. There is a 2-year limited warranty.

How Buyers Rate the Black & Decker JS515 Jigsaw

We know that buyers overall rate this jigsaw as a 4.3 out of 5 star product. I also like to see a breakdown of these star rating which you can see below.

65 %
5 STARS
23 %
4 STARS
6 %
3 STARS
2 %
2 STARS
4 %
1 STAR

We can deduce from this breakdown, that 2 out of every 3 buyers rated this a 5 star product. That is a good sign. We can also deduce that 88% of all buyers rated this 4 stars or higher, another very good sign.

There were 4% who allocated a 1 star and 2% who gave it just two stars. In the buyer "pros and cons table underneath, we shall find out why.​

Black & Decker JS515 in action

What Buyers Say About the Black & Decker JS515 Jigsaw

We know the price is around $41, and that the average rating is 4.3 out of 5 stars. With a good review, I think it is also important to read what buyers say. The best way to present this is in a Pros and Cons table, which we have done below.

PROS & CONS​

  • It is solid and very well made
  • A good basic jigsaw that is good value for money
  • Good that it takes any type of blade
  • Easy to change blades and also easy to adjust the bevel angle
  • No fancy dials or complex features to worry about
  • The blades lock in with a spring and can pop out
  • Not suited for heavy or everyday use

When we read through the reviews, it became very obvious that people who want a good basic jigsaw for home use, really like this. Those who need a jigsaw on a more regular basis, or need it for work find it limited in features.

At the price, all you are going to get is a solid basic jigsaw. This is what this B&D JS 515 really is,​

Video Review of the Black & Decker JS515

We searched around to try and find a good video review of the JS515. We found this one to be the best. It lasts just under 3 minutes, and is worth a watch.

Our Summary & Verdict on the JS 515

90 %
Value for Money

It measures 11.5 x 8.7 x 3.3 inches and weighs around 4.5 pounds. We think that for most uses around the home and garden, this will be a handy tool to have.

It will also work well for people who enjoy crafts and hobbies.

It is not made for professionals, or those who plan on doing a lot of heavy duty cutting, on a regular basis. For that type of work, you will need something more powerful, and with a wider range of features.

Check out our top 10 list of jigsaws here.​

We also think this one has a good price point, and it is certainly well made.​ The blade runs true enough, though like many jigsaws, with too much pressure applied, they can easily create a slight angle in the cut.

The most important thing we believe is that for a good working basic jigsaw, the JS515 is certainly good value for money.​

Enda McLarnon
 

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun