Makita 15 Amp Reciprocating Saw - Review
We've been meaning to write about this tool for a long time now, a few years actually. Back in 2009, we had two of them on a site and they were worked so hard and treated so abusively that everyone was stunned they somehow survived. Pictured is one of those two tools as it looks today; a little ragged and worn, but still a complete warhorse.
For the most part, we tend to stick to our 12 amp Milwaukee for our regular sawzallin' needs. It's pretty lightweight and manages to cut most of what we ask it to. But when things get intense, we go for the 15 amp Makita and man o man, does this thing like to cut. It's a total savage. It's pretty heavy and kinda bulky, but when we need cutting power, there's nowhere else we go. On one of the units we had on site had some trouble with blades randomly popping out of the chuck, but we figured that was because the blades were scared and trying to run away. We wouldn't want to be a blade attached to this thing. You're looking at a lifespan of about 15 minutes, at least when you're up against what we were throwing at the saw.
Another thing we love about this saw is that it comes with a nice boxy metal case with tons of room for blades (are you listening Milwaukee?). We hardly ever see metal cases anymore so we think that's a really nice touch. A tool this badass deserves a metal case. Why not?
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 11, 2012 5:01 AM