Makita’s popular Blue and Black color scheme is something you’ll find in most professional shops, and it’s a brand I personally have plenty of experience with. They have an excellent lineup of tools including reciprocating saws like the AVT Recipro and its anti-vibration tech. This sawzall falls into the contractor category but will be a […]
Makita’s popular Blue and Black color scheme is something you’ll find in most professional shops, and it’s a brand I personally have plenty of experience with. They have an excellent lineup of tools including reciprocating saws like the AVT Recipro and its anti-vibration tech.
This sawzall falls into the contractor category but will be a homeowner’s best friend as well. That’s due to its sheer power and the build quality as it’s the type of tool that will last a decade if properly serviced. The brushed are easy to access when maintenance is required; something you don’t see on cheaper corded tools.
At close to 10 pounds, this saw may be a little heavy for casual contractors. It has a thick rubber boot and comfortable grip overmolded with rubber. We’re big fans of the extra wide trigger as well, and you’ll never hear us complain about a power tool with a lock button. Overall, it’s easy to use and easier on your arms and hands than other reciprocating because of some special built-in tech.
This is the company’s answer to the extreme vibrations cause by tools like industrial chipping hammers and sawzalls. In this case, it’s a counterweight inside the tool which works to dampen vibration along with the extra padding in the handle and boot. You can read more about this feature here, but trust us when we say it works as advertised.
Now for the tech specs. The JR3070CT has a 15-amp motor with a couple of extra tricks up its sleeve. It can hit speeds up to 2,800 SPM, but it’s also efficient thanks to an electronic speed controller which keeps your speed even under load. It also has a unique clutch which will disengage the gears if you get the saw in a bind. It’s bound to happen, and this feature will prevent damage when it does.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the speed dial on this sawzall or its orbital capabilities. A handy dial set into the bottom of the handle lets you adjust the speed from one to six depending on your needs. There are four settings for orbital mode as well which you can access from the side of the saw. Makita made the shoe adjustable, so blade changes are a breeze thanks to that and the tool-less system. Here’s a quick look at the saw in action…
The Makita JR3070CT is an excellent option for anyone that wants a high-quality reciprocating saw regardless of your prowess with power tools. It may be overkill for homeowners in some cases, but you do get a lot of bang for your buck. The saw comes with a manual, metal case, two blades and a 1-year warranty along with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. If you need more blades out of the box, check out the variant which comes with a 6-pack of mixed usage blades.