Makita JR3070CT Reciprocating Saw Product Review
This smooth-operating saw earns our choice for best saw overall. It has a nice thumbwheel speed selector and variable-speed trigger combination. The four-position orbital-selector lever lets you choose a range from straight to orbital blade action, and the shoe-adjustment lever is easy to use. With auto-ejecting blade change and a user-friendly rubber grip around the blade holder, this saw has the best blade change of any saw available. Turning the twist collar automatically ejects the worn blade and locks the collar in the open position, ready to accept a fresh blade. This change can be done with one hand.
Makita’s line of consumer-grade tools has steadily been getting more bland over the years. Over 20 years ago, I was proud to own an expensive Makita cordless drill–one of the first around–which at the time felt like owning one of the first PCs. Now Makita has infiltrated all areas of the consumer market, and it doesn’t take much out of your pocketbook to own a Makita anymore.
At just under 10 pounds, the Makita JR3070CT Reciprocating Saw feels fine in my hands, which is important because you’re invariably wielding reciprocating saws in all sorts of wierd positions. Reciprocating saws, in fact, are the emergency task force of the tool world. Regular cuts happen soberly and calmly on table saws and miter saws. But it seems like whenever you’re cutting that roof truss, you’re hanging upside-down like a monkey. But keep in mind, that shy 10 pounds is not as light as you can get. Even the DeWalt DC305K 36V Lithium Ion Cordless is lighter, and it’s got the heavy batteries to contend with.
The Makita Reciprocating Saw’s 15 amps of power pushes it to the top, though. The Makita’s power level compares well with other reciprocating saws, even the legendary Milwaukee Sawzall line. Keep in mind, though, that this Makita is a corded, not a cordless, version.
Power aside, what keeps us coming back to Makita is the competitive price. In a tool world dominated with $300-$400 or more prices on reciprocating saws, with the Makita JR3070CT you can get in for well less than $190.
Manufacturer : Makita
Weight : 9.7 lb.
Dimensions : 19-1/8 in.
Amps : 15
Strokes Per Minute : 0 to 2,800
Stroke Length : 1-1/4 in.
Special Features : 4-position orbital/straight cutting action, variable-speed dial,
toolless blade change and shoe adjustment