Keeping up my faith in Makita
I have owned and used many Makita tools over the years, with some a couple of decades old. It was nice to find the quality of this tool meeting my expectations. The included case is solid, and nicely leaves enough room to leave a blade attached.
One rather underrated feature is the blade lock. No muss, no fuss, no complicated levers and rollers and latches - just like your favorite recip saw, twist to release. After it gently ejects the blade (spring-loaded, but not so much you lose the blade),
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the lock STAYS OPEN, allowing you to fit a new blade with one hand. Once inserted, the lock clicks shut around the blade, giving you a positive indication that it is ready to go.
Short answer: this is a sturdy tool, with a blissfully simple and intuitive blade lock. Thank you, Makita.