Originally Posted by piglett
my wife likes to build stuff for the chickens
so SHE now has her own jig saw
it isn't so powerful that it will "get away" from her (unlike a skill saw)
she will also use a drill with a #2 philips screwdriver bit
I'm 5'4" (in the morning) and so I'm guessing your wife, being Philippino is probably a little shorter than I am and has hands a it smaller than mine. I have used one of those 5-1/2" skill saws with great success. The bigger ones scare me to death... or they used to anyway... when something needs done and those are the only tools available, I make due. I've used a regular skill saw and have to include my left hand to get the safety switch held down and then let go of it once the blade is turning to actually make the cut. I have also used the worm-drive skill saw and that thing is a dream to use but its so darned heavy that more than a few cuts is back/arm wrenching. I prefer the 5-1/2", it's lighter weight, still fully powered and able to get the job done. I have a 4" (I think) Ryobi skill saw and that thing works wonders for plunge cuts. It will cut through plywood without any trouble at all and I think I can cut a 2x4 with it but I don't generally.
We got a table saw a few years back and I simply love that thing! I don't have to try and juggle safety switches and its easy to keep straight in cutting across sheets of plywood or lumber. On the plywood, I have to have someone help me hold the board but that's all the help I need. If I was to build a table around the table saw that was level with its built in table, that would be perfect. And since my number one helper will be leaving home to go into the military soon, that is something I should probably get busy on.