Makita JR3070CT Orbital Action Reciprocating Saw with AVT

Makita JR3070CT Orbital Action Reciprocating Saw with AVT 240V

I recently watched a couple of joiners cut off part of my house using an ageing Makita reciprocating saw, so I was keenly interested on how the new Makita JR3070CT recip saw, with added AVT, would perform when Neil and I visited Makita at their Milton Keyne's base.

The reciprocating saw is one of the most essential pieces of power tool hardware, that's why you'll find it in the tool kit of millions of professional around the world. There are applications that only a recip saw can handle, so it's obviously important to buy a one that's going to:

  • be robustly constructed so that it lasts a long time
  • can handle the jobs you're going to throw at it (and this is where good blade selection is vital)
  • offer sufficient power

How does the Makita JR3070CT stack up? Well, here are some vitals:

  • 130mm cuts into pipe (maximum)
  • 255mm cuts into wood (maximum)
  • up to 2800 strokes per minute, controlled via a variable speed trigger
  • 1,510 watt motor

Of course, we all like extra features on our power tools, so the Makita JR3070CT is, again, worth our consideration:

  • tool-less blade change; no more burnt fingers while changing blades. The Makita JR3070CT virtually spits it out with the press of a button (see video)
  • ultra-low vibration via Makita's AVT (Anti-Vibration Technology). Despite pushing out upto 2800 strokes per minute, the JR3070CT only transfers 8.5m/sec(2) back to you. In real world terms, that means you're going to be able to use the tool for longer without any discomfort
  • orbital action which will allow you to cut at higher speeds
  • variable speed. There's no point in cutting at such a high speed that you effectively destroy the work piece. Therefore, the 2800 strokes per minute can be dialed down should your work piece demand a bit more tenderness as you cut it

Obviously, Makita swear by their reciprocating saws, and we were suitably impressed with the JR3070CT when we saw it in action. Not least because of the cool looking blades, shaped after the Japanese Bullet Train. And that reminds me, the saw's safety shoe can be adjusted up and down allowing you to choose which part of the blade is active during the cut. This allows you to get longer life-spans from your blades.


What do you think? Ready to trade up to a JR3070CT orbital action reciprocating saw with AVT?

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