I can choose between a combo including either a jigsaw or a handheld trim router. I like to do various DIY projects at home so I enjoy using different tools. I have a few tools including drill, impact driver, miter saw, circular saw, and dremel.
So I wanted to get a reciprocating saw, and I can get a combo pack which includes other tools. The 2 combo packs comes with either a handheld trim router, or the other combo pack includes a jigsaw.
There is another set that includes a wet/dry shop vac instead but I already have a really great handheld vac and don't really need a wet vac.
The trim router included in one set is not a plunge router, it's this one Ryobi P601 Palm router.
The jigsaw included in the other set is the Ryobi P524 Brushless Jig Saw.
So basically I have to make a choice between either the jigsaw or the palm router. I'm not sure which to get. I'm sure that at some point or another I would get full use out of each, so the question is which is more versatile, that does things that I can't do with other tools?
For example, routing is definitely cool, and it would be impractical to do the same with my dremel. But, the one included is not a plunge router so it's not as versatile as a plunge router. I could do certain things easier like cutting out the dip for a door hinge, but first, I can do this with a chisel or the dremel as well, and second, how often will I be cutting the dip for a door hinge? Not often for sure. Still, there might be other things I'd want to do with it.
The jigsaw on the other hand can do some things like cut wood that other things like the reciprocating saw can do, but a unique feature is it's great if you need to make circular or round cuts which can't be really done with the other tools.
One last factor comes to the value of the items. The P601 Palm Router costs $75 new. But the P524 brushless jigsaw costs $120 new - nearly double the cost. And both bundles are the same price.
Value of the individual item matters because if I ever wanted the other item, it would cost twice as much to get the jigsaw individually, so that could be an important factor unless I never wanted a jigsaw.
I'm leaning toward the jigsaw but would like to hear your thoughts on this from more experienced toolworkers like you guys.