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Theragun Vs Jigsaw – Is The DIY solution comparable?

Are you interested in getting your hands on one of these popular massage guns, but at the same time shocked by their high price tags?

If that is the case then reading this review should be worth your time!

In this comparative review, I am going to take a close look and compare one of the most expensive percussion massage guns on the market with a much cheaper DIY-solution.

As the title reveals I am doing a Theragun Vs Jigsaw comparison.

By the end of this review, I am confident that you will be better informed and hopefully able to choose the best option for you.

shoulder you really use a jigsaw as a massager?

As you may or may not know, there are a few companies doing these jigsaw massage adaptors and their pricing varies a bit.

I am going to focus on the adaptors from the company Jigsaw Massage, whom I believe was the first company to sell these adaptors and arguably are a relatively more premium option.

The review format:

  • Short summarizing comparison table
  • Presentation of each product
  • The product comparison (the Theragun vs Thumper part)

Comparison Table

Name
Pricing Pros Cons
Theragun G3Pro $$$
  • More more customizable
  • Compact and lighter
  • Two strong batteries incl
  • Pricy
Jigsaw Massager Adaptor (+Cordless Jigsaw) $($$)
  • Affordable
  • Noisy
  • Heavy

If you are interested in checking out more Theragun alternatives, then you should read this lengthy review.

Theragun G3Pro: The Ferrari Of Handheld Massagers

The G3Pro is the third iteration of the premium handheld percussion massagers from Theragun.

It is the invention of a chiropractor who is also an athlete, who after suffering from a motorcycle accident that caused a disc herniation spent 8 years developing the Theragun with the purpose to create a less expensive, more efficient and accessible product than its competitors.

The Theragun is made with professionals in mind but usable by anyone and on yourself.

It is powered by powerful batteries which should last about 75 minutes of continuous use.

It has the two different speed options of either 1750 or 2400 RPM (revolution per minute) which according to the founder is the optimal speeds for muscle recovery.

The massaging arm can be adjusted in a 90 degrees angle making the thing easy to navigate and hit all the spots.

Included in the purchase is:

  • Six different changeable “massage heads” so you can customize the massage
  • Two changeable batteries each with a reported battery life of 75 minutes of continuous use
  • Carrying case

The G3Pro comes with 1-year warranty and to see it in action, click the video below I found on Theragun’s Instagram profile.

Jigsaw Massager Adaptor

Jigsaw massage adaptor is as the name implies a massage adaptor for your jigsaw. You simply equip your jigsaw with this adaptor instead of a saw blade and its function should then be similar to a percussion massage gun.

The company Jigsaw Massage was founded by a 2014 CrossFit Games champion who wanted to help give his fellow athletes a professional-grade recovery at a much cheaper cost.

He started selling the custom-made adaptors for jigsaws at his local CrossFit gym (“CrossFit box”) and it quickly got very popular and that is how the company was born.

There is a selection of three different massage heads which you can buy separately or in a bundle.

The speed and power you get as well as cordless or not obviously depends on which jigsaw you use.

If you don’t have a jigsaw already at home, a popular choice seems to be the Black & Decker BDCJS20C 20V MAX JigSaw with Battery.

That jigsaw has a powerful motor with variable speed control and can do up to 2500 RPM. It comes with one lithium-ion 20 volts, 1.5 aH battery and has a 2-year warranty.

See the jigsaw massage adaptor equipped on a B&D jigsaw

Theragun and Jigsaw Features and Specs Comparison

The massage guns have been all the rage in recent years. It seems like anywhere you go online you can read or hear people talking about these amazing handheld percussion massaging machines and how well they work for muscle recovery or getting rid of aches and pains.

It is for a good reason because they truly work. There is an incredible number of anecdotal evidence, you can just go see for yourself on any of the major online retailers that show customer reviews. Also, there is scientific evidence backing it up.

Another factor is that even with the expensive Theragun they are all a more convenient and cost-effective method compared to going to a sports-masseuse, physical therapist or chiropractor.

A bunch of top athletes and celebrities have been seen or reported to have been using these handheld massagers – and most of them swear by the Theragun.

However, you don’t have to be an athlete for these handheld massagers to be useful, because even though our modern lifestyle is alarmingly sedentary it is still putting a lot of strain on the muscles in the upper back, neck, quads, and thighs etc.

The point I am trying to make crystal clear is that there are really good reasons for you to get one of these handheld massagers. They are nothing like any past disappointments you might have had.

No doubt that the premium Theragun can make your life better, but the interesting question is, of course, how does the much cheaper jigsaw massage adaptor compare.

Based on equipping a Black & Decker cordless jigsaw with the adaptor which I also mentioned above, I am going to do a rundown of the following aspects:

  1. Massaging “power” and versatility
  2. Batteries
  3. The design
  4. Price difference
Man could use a jigsaw massager
The huge amount of time we spend in positions like this creates issues for the back, neck and even shoulders.

1. Massaging Power And Versatility

The Theragun G3Pro has 2 speeds: 1750 and 2400 RPM and a stroke lenght of 0.6″ / 16 mm.

That is a lot of power and it should be able to withstand up to 60 lbs / 27 kg of pressure. I have been unable to find any information the how much pressure the Black & Decker can withstand, but for the other stats it compares well.

It has variable speed control and can do up to 2500 RPM. It has a stroke length of 3/4″ / 19 mm.

The Theragun G3Pro has had its noise reduced by 50 % compared to the previous model and I think you can assumme that the Theragun will be less noisy than most jigsaws incl. B&D mentioned here.

Theragun G3ProBlack & Decker Cordless
+ 3-pack jigsaw massager
Speed (RPM)1750 and 2400up to 2500
Stroke length0.6″ / 16 mm0.75″ / 19 mm
Versatilityadjust 90 degree,
6 massage heads
3 massage heads,
can saw

With the possibility to adjust the massaging head 90 degrees and using 6 different changeable heads compared to 3, the Theragun is the more versatile option regarding massage.

I think it is also safe to say that the Theragun is easier to navigate and can target tougher spots easier.

With that being said, a jigsaw can also do what it is supposed to do: saw. Here the Theragun can’t compare.

2. Batteries

Both the Theragun and the B&D is powered by easy-removable lithium-ion batteries.

The Theragun comes with two powerful lithium-ion batteries that each should work for about 75 minutes, while the B&D included battery will probably last about 30 minutes.

Due to the powerful charger, the estimated recharge time for the Theragun is about the same as how long the battery will last which is very convenient if you plan to use for long periods of time, e.g. if you are a therapist or want to buy it for your gym. If we are talking personal use it is probably not that big of a deal.


Theragun G3ProB&D incl. battery
Battery power12 V, 2.5 aH20 V, 1.5 aH
Est. duration75 minutes30 minutes
Est. recharge time75 minutes60 – 120 minutes

It should be mentioned that you can buy additional and more powerful B&D batteries or avoid the whole issue by using a jigsaw with power cord.

woman lying down getting a massage
These massages might be a cost-effective alternative solution than going to a professional regularly.

3. The Design

By using a jigsaw you get a much heavier unit. If you are one of those strong CrossFit guys or girls I am sure you can handle it, but if you have a smaller build you will probably tire in your arms faster.

Looking at the dimensions of the two units, the Theragun is also a more compact in size but nothing major.

Obviously there are both lighter and smaller jigsaws on the market, but then you are sacrificing the power output.


Theragun G3ProBlack & Decker Cordless
Weight2.9 lbs / 1.3 kg5 lbs / 2.3 kg
Dimensions
L x W x H
(approx.)
10.1″ x 8″ x 2.7″ /
25.7 cm x 20.5 cm x 6.8 cm
11″ x 9″ x 3.5″ /
27.9 cm x 22.9 cm x 8.9 cm

If you want to compare the visual design of the two products, it is clear that the Theragun is the winner. I think it is safe to assume that no matter what jigsaw you use.

The Theragun also comes with a handy carrying case, which the Black & Decker does not come with. But some jigsaws do come with a carrying case although arguably not as “cool-looking”.

4. Price Difference

The jigsaw massage adaptor is a cost-effective piece of equipment compared to both the Theragun and getting treatments at a professional.

It is of course especially cost-effective if you already have a jigsaw at home.

But to make the comparison fair you do have to consider that more things are included with the Theragun and what kind of value those things represent for you.

Everyone would appreciate stronger batteries and having one extra, but if you are only going to do the massage 5-10 minutes per time a few times per week it would not justify being an additional battery.

If you need a lot of battery power and don’t own a jigsaw already it is not going to be as cost-effective.

It should be noted that there are cheaper jigsaw massage adaptors available. So if you just want to pick the cheapest one, e.g. to prove that the concept work there is a decent option by Mobility Bit.

Making The Buying Decision

If you want a cost-effective percussion massager and own a jigsaw then getting the massage adaptor is a no-brainer in my opinion.

It is definitely not as cool-looking and gimmicky as the Theragun, but it gets the job done. If a professional look is important to you when using the massager, then it could be an issue though.

You will probably get a weird and awkward vibe if you bring along a jigsaw to a sports event or for treating clients. Furthermore, you will have to use a heavier, noisier and less customizable unit. If that is an issue you might want to spend the money on the premium option.

A fair warning with the adaptor is that you will also have to overcome the initial uncomfortable feeling of “immediate danger”. A jigsaw is normally not supposed to be used on the body in that way.

Marcus

Hello there! My name is Marcus, I am a lawyer (LL.M.) and the founder of this website. Besides sometimes doing lawyer stuff, I like to write about fitness and health and share with others what I have personally found “works” (others have as well). I like weight training, yoga and figuring out how to overcome the many challenges caused by our modern lifestyle. If you want to know more about me and my vision for this website then you can click here.

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