Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Jig Saw matches the performance of some of the best corded electric jig saws. Keep some extra battery packs handy and you’ll even use this DC-powered saw within reach of a wall socket.
The many advantages of the Makita Bare-Tool Jig Saw include less noise, less vibration, and the lowest weight in its class — only 6.1 pounds with the battery pack installed. Three different orbital settings adjust the motion of the blade for better cutting in different materials, but a fourth setting converts the efficient orbital strokes to a simple vertical movement. If you need to cut a squared notch, the Makita produces a true vertical kerf.
With a one-inch stroke length, the maximum depth of cut in wood reaches 5-5/16 inches with the longest possible blade. With the right metal cutting blade, the portable Makita can handle mild steel 3/8 inches thick. For even more precision, the variable speed trigger control shifts through a speed range from 0 to 2600 strokes per minute. Set the speed right, and you won’t burn the temper out of the blade.
Most adjustments on the machine are easy one-handed operations that don’t require tools, but an allen wrench is required if you use the saw for beveled cuts. Loosen the base with the wrench to shift the sole plate of the saw to the desired angle. Guides support the blade near the work surface in any saw position to keep the cut accurate.
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