Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 34
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Parttimeconstruction Good product
Good saw for the money. Had a Makita 9amp saw for 30 years and it finally gave up the ghost. Compared it to the 12 amp Milwaukee and they were very comparable. I gave the quick change blade feature to the Milwaukee, but I liked the trigger on the Makita better; big enough to put two fingers on for better control and less fatigue. Makita also had a better case and was less expensive. Don't think you could go wrong with either. Only gave it four stars because the Milwaukee blade change was better.
March 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MinnesotaSteve Terrific for my needs
I'm a DIYer, and I bought this to do some renovations in the basement. Makita has the easiest to use blade changing mechanism out there. I also liked the adjustable shoe. What makes it particularly appealing is the wide trigger and the rubberized grip on the front as it is easy to operate upside down, which is frequently needed when doing demolition.
For demolition you'll want to buy some new blades, like the Diablo ones sold at HD. They're thicker and more durable. The Makita blade is thin and bent on me the first time I used it.
This was a really good value, and has a lot of features you don't find in other brands lower priced models. A terrific value for the DIYer.
January 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Russ Nice Saw
As a homeowner I don't necessarily need contractor grade tools, and would have preferred to purchase something in the $50-$80 price range, but those options either had several bad reviews or were not in stock at my local HD.
I picked the Makita over Milwaukee because it was $20 cheaper at the time and I'm familiar with Makitas quality. The Dewalt was also an option, but it was 2 pounds heavier. Also, the Makita included two saw blades (metal and wood); neither the Milwaukee or Dewalt included blades.
The saw preforms flawlessly, and I'm sure it's as good if not better than the other options available at the time of my purchase. I'm hoping it will last a lifetime considering it will only be used occasionally.
February 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by birdsorbees Fantastic, durable saw
I bought this saw to do some heavy demolition in an old house remodel. I have beaten it relentlessly, dropped stuff on it, cut things that I shouldn't have, you name it. Not a single problem yet, it's been a year. Made in u.s.a., can't go wrong.
May 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cmill Just awsome!
This thing feels like a tank in your hand that could probably mow down anything you can throw at it. First off, the case is great. Its not one of those canvas bags that everyone seems to use now, but a heavy duty hard plastic that just looks good. The saw is just with all the power you need to cut wood, metal, plastic or anything else you need. The saw itself has sort of a rubber casing, not a cheap plastic that you have to worry about cracking, and the blades are just to easy to change. All you have to do is take the new blade and push it in, and for taking it out, just twist the lock and out out in 2 seconds; no special tools. It also comes with two blades in the case, so that was nice. You will not regret buying this saw, trust me.
May 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dh1 very good buy
drill was of good quality, easy to use and came with a case, for avery good price.
July 21, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PeacockerieDIYer It's Makita = Quality Tool
Got this sawzall a couple weeks ago in preparation for a major DIY vaulted ceiling project, which I have not started yet. However, I have used this saw for some small projects, rain barrel and chicken laying box addition which it performed great and with ease. Minimal vibration and plenty of power. I went with the corded version both for value, only $89!, and sustained power. While it would be convient to have a cordless sawzall, I feel the sustained power is better. And since I am only a DIY home owner, I do not mind dragging an extention cord to my projects.
As for quality, this is a Makita, need I say more? Makita is know for quality tools and this is one of them. Just holding this tool it has the feel of strength and I know it will hold up for more than my needs.
The only addition it wish this saw had was a notch in the front blade gaurd to assist with following a cut line, which I plan to file into the metal myself.
No issues with the tool holding blades, as others have mentioned and the quick release/grap mechanism is very easy to use and intuative, however, I did read the instructions and have only used the provided Makita blades. But did buy Milwakee blades as my research has stated that these are the best.
July 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DM11 Makita saw
This is one powerful reciprocating saw! I love it. Works great and blades are easy to change and it comes with a really nice hard case with room for extra blades. Highly recommend. I would definitely purchase this saw again. For the price it is a great value.
October 21, 2014