TOOL REVIEW – Makita LXT 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Jigsaw

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I am a huge fan of trying out any new saw that I can get my hands on so I’m trying out this Makita 18 V LXT lithium ion cordless jigsaw is pretty exciting. I usually enjoy Makita’s line of power tools so let’s open this up and check it out.

First Impression

I really like the feel of this saw in my hands. It seems very stout and the fact that it’s cordless makes me pretty excited. In the past I’ve used a lot of corded jigsaws and you can definitely tell a difference once you put a battery in one so let’s see how this thing stacks up.

Functionality

This saw is able to do up to 45° angle bevel which is really cool that you’re not just cutting at 90° to your material. That is the one part of this tool that is not “tool-less”. Everything else is a tool-less design so when you’re switching blades there is a plastic lever that you pull that disengages the blade and allows you to put a new blade in. This is a very cool feature. There is an LED light upfront that illuminates the cutting surface which seems like it’s a pretty standard thing for all power tools these days to have but nonetheless it’s still great that they put it there. The tool is a variable speed motor which is great because depending on the trigger pressure that you put into squeezing the trigger it allows the motor to cut at several different speeds rather than just having full speed or nothing. The motor boasts a 2600 SPM which is strokes per minute which is pretty fast allowing it to cut very smoothly and cleanly. There are three orbital settings on the side of the saw which helps the design so that there’s less vibration when you’re using the tool. The last thing to know is there is a star on the tool which means it’s covered by star protection. That is their technology that allows the battery to talk to the tool so it provides better overload protection and overheating protection. A lot of power tools nowadays are coming with some sort of technology like this in the battery and in the tool so that they talk to each other, work more efficiently, and ultimately prevent slow down.

Info from HomeDepot.com

Makita’s 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Jig Saw (model XVJ03Z, tool only) seamlessly combines precision and power with the lowest overall weight in its class. The XVJ03Z has a range of precision and comfort features for precise jig saw cutting performance, including less vibration and lower noise for more control and comfort. 

It’s part of Makita’s expanding 18-Volt LXT series, the world’s largest cordless tool line-up powered by 18-Volt Lithium-Ion battery. The Makita 18-Volt LXT battery has the fastest charge time in its category, so the battery spends more time working and less time sitting on the charger.

  • Makita built variable speed motor delivers 0-2,600 strokes per minute for fast and efficient cutting

  • 3 orbital settings plus straight cutting for use in a wide range of materials

  • Tool-less blade change system allows for faster blade installation and removal for increased productivity

  • Large 2-finger variable speed trigger for added convenience

  • Heavy gauge, precision machined base for smooth, accurate cutting and added durability

  • 18-Volt LXT battery (sold separately) charges in only 30-minutes

  • Built-in LED light illuminates the work area

  • Compact, ergonomic design at only 6.1 lbs. for reduced operator fatigue

  • LXT Lithium-ion battery and rapid optimum charger (sold separately) produces 430% total lifetime work with 3X more cycles

  • 3-year warranty on tool

  • Battery and charger sold separately

 

Summary

Overall this tool is really great and easy to use. Obviously I love that it’s cordless, the star protection technology helps me get through the job quicker, and 45° angle bevel lets me be a little more creative with the saw. The Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Jigsaw gets five of five stars.

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