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Makita 18-Volt Sub-Compact Reciprocating Saw & BONUS Blade Review

John Malecki

Makita 18-Volt Sub-Compact Reciprocating Saw & BONUS Blade Review

I give my thoughts on the Makita Sub-Compact reciprocating saw review, and a BONUS review on the new Diablo Recip-saw Cabide Blade Set!

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Jul 16, 2018

Reciprocating saws are a must on any job site. They're a great tool to have in any workshop or garage as well. As the job site and workshop continue to be dominated by the innovations in cordless technology, its exciting to see brands making strides to fill gaps in certain tool segments. Which is why I am so stoked about the Makita Sub-Compact Reciprocating Saw. I love my sub-compact impact and drill set, its easily my most used drill driver combo. So its awesome to be able to have a lightweight, compact, and powerful reciprocating saw on the same battery platform.

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Makita Sub Compact Reciprocating saw

SPECIFICATIONS:

Makita has a long standing reputation as one of the industry leaders when it comes to quality and performance, and theMakita Sub-Compact Reciprocating Saw does not dissapoint here. Coming in at only 12-1/2" long and weighing only 5.7lbs with a battery, this tool is extremely compact and lightweight. Whats amazing with this tool is that they did not sacrifice power for size. The Makita-built brushless motor delivers 0-3,000 strokes per minute combined with a 13/16" stroke length for faster and more efficient cutting. This beast also includes A tool-less blade changing system, an LED light with pre and post glow, a fixed shoe for better control, and an electronic brake! Basically, Makita did not make many sacrifices when they designed this tool.

PRICE:

Retailing at $159.00 bare tool, this is not an entry level Reciprocating saw. This tool is something for the professional who is on the job site day in and day out. Most contractors depend greatly on a recip-saw for daily tasks. Everything from cutting conduit, to trimming tree limbs. With decrease in size and being cordless, I personally think this tool is priced well. This is a professional grade tool, and you pay for what you get.

MY THOUGHTS:

Even though I do not use a reciprocating saw anywhere close to what a professional contractor uses it for, I know quality when I see it. I have 2 cheap older model bulky recip-saws, and they've gotten their fair share of use over the years. From demolition on multiple projects and homes, to awkward applications in the shop. One thing i can say, is i find myself reaching for this saw now more than I would have reached for a recip saw before. I recently did my DIY Keg Cooler build, and when cutting the keg I had some meat left to cut through. Instead of rigging up some dangerous way to finish it with the angle grinder, i busted out the Makita Sub-Compact Reciprocating Saw with a Diablo Metal Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade, and blazed through the stainless steel like butter. IMO when you have the right tools for the job, it always makes things easier. This tool is powerful and ergonomic, two things I put tons of value in when I am personally purchasing tools.

BONUS: DIABLO CARBIDE RECIPROCATING SAW BLADE SET

Makita Sub Compact Reciprocating saw

While on the topic of reciprocating saws, I thought I would take a moment to discuss the new Diablo Reciprocating Saw Blades. Specifically the nail embedded wood, and Bi-Metal cutting blades. 2  years ago while at their debut event, Diablo launched tons of new technology in their saw blades. I was blown away, and still am to this day. As i mentioned earlier, while working on my DIY Keg Cooler, I needed a way to easily finish a cut in stainless steel, so I grabbed my Metal Demon blade and chucked it into the Makita Sub-Compact Reciprocating Saw. It cut like butter. The blades come in a set, and the set includes 3 nail-embedded wood blades & 3 metal-cutting blades. They cut through nail-embedded wood and have a non-stick coating protects against heat damage and corrosion. These blades are awesome and have become my go to for any time i need anything that is a reciprocating saw application. At a price point of $39.97 for the kit, you're getting 5 blades for right under $8.00 per blade. With 50X longer cutting life versus standard bi-metal reciprocating saw blades, its well worth the investment IMO.

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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!