I'm just beginning DIY projects, and do not own a power saw. The projects I plan to begin with will be simple, and I mostly plan to cut wood < 2" thick, PVC, and maybe some thin metal. I've read a few blogs, and it seems that experts recommend buying a circular saw before moving on to the jig saw (I only want to buy 1 saw for now, < $50). This seems odd, because you can cut tighter curves with the jig saw, even though the circular cuts faster in a straight line. Am I missing any big reason for getting the circular saw first?
Awesome feedback. Because my "simple" DIY tool needs are incredibly simple (e.g. cutting boards to make unfinished shelves, making 2-3 inch holes/arcs in materials, and nothing intricate or high-volume), here's what I've concluded from your advice:
My first power saw should be a circular saw. I should expect to pay more than $50 for one worth its value. Somewhere between $70 and $100 will get me started.
To satisfy my one-off needs to cutting tight curves, I'll buy a hand corning saw.
As my expertise expands , and consequently my comfortable budget, I will consider either a reciprocating or jig saw for my second power saw. This will depend on the coarseness and accuracy of my average required cut.