Rated 5 out of 5Â by DJWinter Solid build, solid performer
I bought this to replace a trusty Bosch green model that I'd had for a few years, but just wasn't up to the job I had lined up for it - to cut notches into 4" redwood fence posts. When paired up with some 100mm DeWalt jigsaw blades, this Makita jigsaw completely exceeded my expectations - with the pendulum action turned up, it cut through the wood with minimum effort.
It feels like a solid piece of kit - no gimmiks, nothing unnecessary - a good weight and well balanced. The tool-free blade change mechanism is well designed and quick and easy to use.
It's not cheap, but I can't imagine that there are many jobs that this wouldn't be able to cope with...highly recommended.
13 Sep 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Sazs Average
I'm a big fan of Makita and have some great drills from them. I'm less impressed with this. It is a jig saw, so I'm not expecting perfect cuts, but the blade on this wanders all over the place. It also jumps out of the support/roller fairly often.
This could be a problem with the (supplied) blade, but I don't think so.
It also does not come with a guide rail, this is an 'optional' accessory, apparently. There is nothing on this site to suggest there would be one, I've just had a few jigsaws and would not expect something so fundamental to be missing (I don't consider this to be optional, so I didn't look for it, my fault.)
Maybe it isn't included as there is no point, given the blade wanders all over the place?
That said, there are holes for the guide and it does go through things like butter. If you are less concerned about roughly straight lines, more around getting through material as quick as possible, then this machine is fine.
12 Jun 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Jymbob Best Jigsaw I have ever used
Easy to change the blade, no keys, just your fingers.
I even tried this on a four inch thick piece of pine. Okay, it wouldnt cut through the 4 inches in one go, but the amount it did cut was perfectly square and it didnt bounce back as I was cutting either.
It will also cut a very small circle without binding.
The only negative thing I found was the plastic part around the blade (on the base plate) was very quickly damage so now I use it without. Doesnt need it, it still cuts perfectly.
Easy to use, no excessive vibration
I would reccomend this to anyone.
21 Mar 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by FrancisR Cuts bits of things
Easy to use and has been exactly what I needed on a couple of occasions already. Great tool.
15 Nov 2012