As a staple tool, it’s no surprise that Makita introduced the GRJ01 reciprocating saw at the start of its XGT range with a 40V max voltage. We have one and we’re digging through it to find out how this saw differs from its predecessor and what you might be used to from the 18V LXT line.
Out of the gate, Makita’s brushless motor is capable of 3,000 rpm with a 1 1/4″ stroke length. This is exactly the same as GRJ01 and 18V X2 LXT XRJ06.
However, there is one big difference from the Makita GRJ02 5-position speed switch. The other two models have a simple two speed switch. This gives you more control when cutting different materials. Although there are 5 marker positions, the speed gradually changes in the positions between these markers. Below is a summary of Makita’s speed settings and recommended applications:
This updated 40V reciprocating saw has a number of useful features not found in previous models. The one that directly impacts performance is the addition of selectable tracking actions. Although the speed and stroke rate are the same for all three saws, the GRJ02′s orbital motion offers a huge advantage when sawing wood.
Apart from the performance specs, Makita has also included Active Vibration Control (AVT) in this model. While there is a slight weight reduction in this system, the less fatigue you will experience due to the significantly lower vibrations is a beneficial trade-off for many professionals.
Compared to other Makita cordless reciprocating saws, the GRJ02 is the heaviest. It weighs 8.7 pounds net and 10.9 pounds with a recommended 4.0 Ah battery. On the other hand, it is shorter than the GRJ01, measuring 17.8 inches from nose to tail.
While it’s about a pound heavier than its predecessor due to its loaded feature set, put it in context. Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel Super Sawzall weighs 12.2 pounds with a powerful 12.0 Ah battery, while the DeWalt 60V Max FlexVolt model weighs 10.4 pounds with a 9.0 Ah battery, so Makita stays within reach.
When it comes to changing blades, Makita has done a great job with this design. The blade release is a lever on the outside of the front of the case. As you pull it up, the spring will gently push the blade out for you. What’s more, it snaps into place at the attachment point and keeps the clip open so you don’t have to hold the lever to insert a new blade. Inserting a new blade closes the clamps and you are ready to cut.
The Makita 40V Orbital Reciprocating Saw is $279 net or $479 bundled at your favorite Makita store. Includes 40V 4.0Ah battery, XGT fast charger max. 40V and soft storage bag. Makita offers a 3-year limited warranty on the saw, battery and charger.
This fully featured Makita 40V max XGT cordless reciprocating saw is an absolute beast and deserves to be the new flagship of all Makita cordless options.
After working in the automotive and metalworking industries, Josh even started drilling commercial sites for surveying purposes. His knowledge and love of instruments is surpassed only by his love for his wife and family.
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Post time: Nov-21-2022