All The Information You Need To Purchase The Makita Cordless Reciprocating Saw

The Makita Cordless Reciprocating Saw is a mainstay on any job site and can certainly be a very useful addition for the do-it-yourselfer. You don't have to spend much time on a site before you find yourself using a Makita sawzall.

Whether it be 2x4's you're cutting, 750MCM wire for a windmill project, or quick demo of a commercial office renovation, with the right blade, the Makita reciprocating saw is a quick, light, convenient tool that will cut just about anything you need.
With its turquoise high impact plastic body and thick, textured rubber nose cover, these heavy duty reciprocating saws can withstand the repeated use and abuse usually found on a job site.
Drop it, kick it, toss it into your job box or into the truck bed tool box, these heavy duty tools can take it and still perform.

Makita Cordless Reciprocating Saw

Let’s look at the BJR182

Grade:

-Worker/Contractor-

 

Manual

Download the Manual for the BJR182 in PDF

The BJR182 is Makitas base model reciprocating saw in their LXT 18V cordless tool line up. Its features include…

  • A Variable speed motor with a standard 0-2900 strokes per minute
  • 1 1/8” stroke
  • A no-tool blade change feature that makes for very easy and fast blade changes
  • Makitas ergonomic design and a light 7.9 lb weight keep fatigue to a minimum
  • A 3 year warranty

  • Their soft rubber grips used throughout the tool line is more comfortable and reduces slipping

Photo by: Mark Hinkle

  • The same Makita 18v battery used in more than 70 LXT lithium-ion tools saves you money. Buy just the bare-tool, not several different cordless batteries
Makita BJR182 And Battery

Photo by: Mark Hinkle

Makita Cordless Reciprocating Saw Cost

My reciprocating saw came with the LXT407 4 piece 18v Makita combo kit that I got from, where else? Amazon. In April of 2013, I paid $448.74 plus $63.04 shipping to Alaska from “Quality Distributing” for a total of $511.78 (remember, this is for the whole 4 piece tool set). I chose them based on their five star 95% rating from about 22,000 ratings. That high of a rating with that many people tells me that they can be trusted, and sure enough I got what I paid for in reasonable time with shipping from Oregon. However, you can get it for $410 and $17.99 shipping for a total of 427.99 from “Lowest Depot”. That’s quite a bit of savings if you’re ok with only 5 ratings as of this writing in Jan 2014, and shipping from New York.
You can get the tool-only here for $94 from Amazon (Jan. 2014)

Here’s What You Need To Know…

My first impression of the BJR182 XLT model of the Makita cordless reciprocating saw is “burly”. They claim that the 7.9 lb. weight of this tool is supposed to be light enough to lessen fatigue and that may very well be true, but it’s still no lightweight and I see that as a good thing.

  • First, that extra mass does a good job of buffering the rapid back and forth motion of the blade.
  • Second, much of that mass comes from the obviously heavy-duty body of the tool. Coupled with the tough rubber cover on the nose makes this a tool that can take not only years of use, but abuse as well.
  • Third, to a lesser degree you will have more weight with the 3.0 amp hour battery as opposed to the 1.5 amp hour battery which, of course will give you more run time without having to mess around with finding and changing batteries. Although smaller batteries will make it a bit lighter to hold and also reduce its size a bit.

The handgrip is textured and rubberized and there are textured gripping locations on the nose and body for a sure grip while cutting.

The foot is easily adjusted with the push of a button to change the cutting area of your blade as one area wears.

A recessed button easily accessed by the thumb houses a trigger lock to prevent accidental activation.

Pros

Safety Tip:

Noise levels of Reciprocating saws can range from 96-112 dbs. ALWAYS use hearing protection when using them.

  1. Heavy duty body on the Makita cordless reciprocating saw is made to withstand plenty of abuse
  2. Replaceable brushes
  3. Lithium Ion Battery technology provides the power, lighter weight and run time to rival corded models
  4. Quick, easy, tool-less blade change



Cons

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conclusion

Conclusion

Able to cut through...

  • Wood
  • Nails
  • Drywall
  • Fiberboard
  • PVC
  • Galvanized pipe
  • Masonry
  • Just about anything else you need depending on the type of blade used (see just below)

The BJR182 Makita cordless reciprocating saw is a solid, heavy duty reciprocating saw for the professional that can handle pretty much any job you can throw at it for years and do it quickly and simply. And it has a three year warranty.

I’ve used this saw for about a year now and in that time I’ve used it to cut through emt tubing, galvanized metal, wood, and more. While a sawzall type tool shouldn’t be your first choice in making precision cuts or for cutting large material (that’s best left for a miter saw, circular saw, table saw, etc.), the convenience of cordless Makita tools in general makes the Makita reciprocating saw a quick and convenient tool that is money well spent.

While a solid, well-made tool, the lack of features like LED lighting and a retractable tool hook that are available on the Makita BJR181Z drops this model down a point. We give it a:

9/10

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Choosing The Right Blade For The Job

Like in most things, there is a trade-off depending on which blade you choose to do the work you need. A larger gullet (the space between blades) may get the work done faster by cutting out more material but will have a much shorter life and make for a rougher cut. More teeth per inch (TPI) will cut slower (good for metal) but will have a much smoother edge.

Here is a breakdown on some blade features…

  • Low TPI = Faster cut but a rougher edge (good for wood, fiber, PVC)
  • High TPI = Slower cut with smoother edge (good for metal)
  • Wavy Teeth = Stronger blade with a rougher cut
  • Shorter Blade = More bending resistance
  • Thicker Blade (up to .062”) = More bending resistance
  • Carbon Steel = Will bend without breaking but dulls faster (good for softer materials)
  • High Speed Steel = Will break easier but the teeth will last longer
  • Bi-Metal = A little of both. Longer lasting high speed steel teeth with carbon steel body for better bending resistance and longer lasting teeth
  • Carbide Grit Blades = Good for fiberglass, fiberboard, tile, brick, marble, cast iron and cement board
  • Variable pitch Blades = Like the name suggests – varying pitches allow for faster metal cutting and cutting a variety of material without having to change blades, saving you time
  • Tapered Back Blades = A taper at the tip allows to plunge a cut into the surface of a material

On the job site, you’re likely to see a bi-metal, tapered back 14-18TPI pitch blade for the Makita cordless reciprocating saw that will get you through most things from demo to specific cutting.

Makita 6-Piece Reciprocating Saw Blade Pack

Amazon has a good Swiss made six blade pack with a variety of blades ranging from 6TPI-18TPI and two variable pitch blades. Plenty to cut most anything you need.


 

How to Change Brushes In The Makita Cordless Reciprocating Saw

 

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