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A jigsaw is part of the equipment of every good hobby craftsman. It doesn't matter whether you want to carry out large renovations or just need to cut a small board. A jigsaw supports you in many situations.

With our big Makita jigsaw test 2021 we want to help you find the Makita jigsaw that best suits your needs. We have compared the most popular models and listed the most important advantages and disadvantages. This should help you make a decisive purchase decision.




Summary

  • Makita is one of the leading brands in the saw market. If you want decades of experience and top quality, Makita is the right choice for you.
  • With a jigsaw, you can make both straight and curved cuts. So you are well prepared for any renovation or hobby project.
  • You can optimally adapt your Makita jigsaw to your needs. You have the option of buying different sizes and power ratings.

The best Makita jigsaw: Our Choices

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate Makita jigsaws

If you are sure that you want to buy a jigsaw, you should compare different saws with each other. This way you can be sure to find the saw that best suits your needs. The criteria you can use for comparison are:

In the following paragraphs we will explain what the individual criteria are.

Input power and stroke rate

The motor of your Makita jigsaw provides the power for working on wood. However, the wattage of your saw does not necessarily have anything to do with the actual efficiency of the machine. However, we recommend a power input of at least 500 watts. This should give you enough power to achieve good results.

A Makita jigsaw with a more powerful 800-watt motor will not work any faster. This depends mainly on the number of strokes. This can be adjusted on most jigsaws. The range you can set starts at under 1,000 strokes per minute on the lowest setting and goes up to over 3,000 on the highest setting. A maximum stroke rate of 3,000 is the normal case and is absolutely sufficient in most cases. You can also buy saws with a maximum stroke rate of 3,500 and more, but precision suffers with so much power.

At high speeds, the cut can become unclean.

Cutting depth

The depth of cut of your Makita jigsaw tells you how deep the saw blade can penetrate the different materials. In most cases, wood can be cut up to a depth of 10 centimetres, and some jigsaws even manage 15 centimetres.

Before buying, find out whether the potential saw meets your expectations.

Unfortunately, the jigsaw can do much shallower depths when working with metal. When working with non-ferrous metals such as copper or aluminium, it can reach about 2 centimetres. Steel can be 1 centimetre thick. Makita gives these guide values for each model.

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You can do many different types of woodwork with a jigsaw.
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If you also want to make diagonal cuts, you need a jigsaw with a tilting support table. You loosen its fastening with the enclosed Allen key and then set an inclination of up to 45 degrees. But note: Not all jigsaws offer this function, and even if the support table is too small, you often won't be able to make a straight mitre cut.

Cable length and weight

You can always choose between a cordless jigsaw and an electric jigsaw with cable. The cordless version offers you full freedom of movement and no dependence on a constant power connection. With the corded jigsaw, you should make sure that the cable is at least long enough so that it does not interfere with your work.

Two metres is too short for most people, three metres is much better and four metres is ideal. As a rule, the cable is permanently attached to the tool; only occasionally are there plug-in techniques that allow you to replace the cable. The weight should also be taken into account. If you plan to work longer with the jigsaw, a lighter saw is recommended. There are models that weigh less than two kilograms, but there are also heavy saws that can weigh up to 3 kilograms. The heavier the saw, the more tiring it is to handle.

Extraction

Most Makita jigsaws automatically blow air to the front so that the cutting surface remains free of chips and you can still see the marking. However, it is more effective if you connect an extraction device that immediately collects chips and dust. This saves you having to vacuum afterwards and allows you to work very precisely. Many models have a suitable extraction nozzle for this purpose.

Volume

The noise level is another feature that people tend to ignore when buying a jigsaw. In our opinion, however, it is very important. Working for long periods can be very hard on your hearing. But you are not only protecting yourself. Your family members and neighbours will also be happy if your saw is quieter. Makita jigsaws range between 70 decibels and 110 decibels, depending on the type of drive. Many people do not have a real feeling for dB values. That's why we have prepared a small table for you to illustrate this.

Sound level (dB) Sound source Potential danger
0 - 15 dB very quiet talking harmless
15 - 35 dB laptop - fan harmless
35 - 55 dB normal TV watching, not harmful but disturbs concentration
55 - 75 dB vacuum cleaning can cause long-term damage
75 - 95 dB Truck dangerous in the long term
95 - 115 dB Flex very dangerous in the long term
115 - 135 dB Jackhammer dangerous
140 dB Aircraft engine very dangerous

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Makita jigsaw

In the following, we will address the questions that people interested in buying a Makita jigsaw often ask.

What is the function of a Makita jigsaw?

First of all, it is important to explain the function of a jigsaw in more detail. The saw is powered either by electricity or a rechargeable battery. In order to be able to saw, you need a saw blade in addition to the jigsaw itself. However, make sure that the saw blade fits the saw, because it is similar to a drill. If the shank does not fit the tool, you will not be able to work.

In most cases, however, the shafts are standardised so that you do not need special blades for every model or brand. This saw blade is driven and performs an up and down movement, the speed of which is scalable. These 'stabbing' movements cut through the wood you want to saw.

What makes Makita different from other manufacturers?

Makita is a global corporation based in Japan. The company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of hand tools. One major difference to other manufacturers is the experience that goes into Makita products. The Japanese corporation has been building all kinds of tools, including jigsaws, for over 100 years. So when you buy a Makita product, you can be sure that a lot of experience and know-how is built into the saw of your choice.

How much does a pruning saw cost?

Makita jigsaws are available in all price and quality classes.

  • The cheaper price range is between €50 and €100. These models are usually smaller saws with little power and features. They fulfil their purpose, but are rather something for hobby craftsmen.
  • The medium price range includes saws between €100 and €200. Some of these are very high-quality jigsaws. These saws are suitable for more regular work, as they usually have more power.
  • The upper price range starts at 200€ and can go up to 400€. These are the best jigsaws on the market. Accordingly, these saws are also suitable for heavier woodwork. However, such a model is only worthwhile if it is used several times a year. For infrequent use, it is better to choose a cheaper model.

What are the alternatives to Makita jigsaws?

Of course, you can't just choose a Makita jigsaw. There are countless manufacturers to choose from on the saw market. The most popular manufacturers are:

  • Makita
  • Bosch
  • Einhell
  • Husqvarna
  • Echo

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Just like Makita, DeWalt is one of the best-known brands of jigsaws. It's up to you which manufacturer you choose.
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Which brand you choose is up to you. Some people care about the place of production, others about experience and others about the price.

Facts worth knowing about Makita jigsaws

Which safety instructions should be observed?

Unfortunately, woodworking and accidents are two terms that are often mentioned in the same sentence. It doesn't matter what kind of saw you use. Chainsaws, power saws or jigsaws, all saws bring dangers with them. In order to take as little risk as possible, you should always be careful when sawing and always wear suitable protective clothing. This includes:

  • Cut-resistant trousers, boots and jacket
  • Hearing protection
  • Face shield or at least safety goggles
  • Cut resistant gloves

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Jigsaws are often used in professional carpentry workshops. But such a tool is also very worthwhile for private use.
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Which saw blade should I use?

If you buy a jigsaw on its own, you can't do anything with the machine yet. You always need a suitable jigsaw blade. You need to know in advance what kind of wood you want to cut. There are different blades for thick and thin wood. To find exactly the right saw blade, you need to pay attention to the requirements of your saw. It's best to either buy Makita blades directly or to find out from a specialist shop whether blades from other suppliers are compatible with your saw.

From our experience, we can assure you that you will have few problems with Makita jigsaws, because the take-up shafts of the jigsaw blades are standardised. However, there are a large number of different blade shapes in terms of toothing, toothing length and the material to be sawn. For a straight cut, we recommend a wider jigsaw blade. This gives you much better guidance and allows you to cut through the wood more quickly. However, if you have curved cuts ahead of you, you should be agile and flexible. For this purpose, a wide blade is only slightly recommended. We recommend a very narrow saw blade.

What are the best care and cleaning tips?

Regular cleaning, constant care and maintenance will increase the life of your Makita jigsaw. We recommend that you clean the tool after every use. In most cases, it is sufficient to remove dust, dirt and sawdust with a normal brush. However, for coarser dirt such as resin, you will need a special cleaner. When cleaning a saw, you will often notice that the tool is damaged. If this is the case with your jigsaw, we recommend that you have it inspected by a professional.

A saw that is only half-functioning is a very big risk!

We also recommend that you store your jigsaw properly. Dry and out of direct sunlight are the magic words you should follow.

Are there spare parts and accessories for Makita jigsaws?

Since Makita is one of the most popular manufacturers of all kinds of saws, you as a buyer will also benefit from a wide range of spare parts and accessories.

You can find every component to repair your saw on the internet.

Not only Makita itself has accessories in its range. Many third-party suppliers also offer special accessories and spare parts for Makita jigsaws. So if your beloved saw has a few minor defects at some point, there's no reason to be sad.

What warranty does Makita offer for its jigsaws?

At Makita, the product quality factor plays an enormously important role. That is why the company invests huge sums in research and development every year. The result for you as a customer is not only a very good machine but also a good guarantee! Makita is convinced of its saws and, in addition to the statutory guarantee of 24 months for private use and 12 months for commercial use, also offers a 12-month guarantee on top of that. And that's free of charge! All you have to do is register your machine on the Internet.

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