Makita has expanded their 12V compact cordless tool lineup with a brand new jig saw, model VJ01W. The new saw joins two others in Makita’s 12V line – a mini circular saw and a pistol-grip reciprocating saw. While compact and lightweight, the jig saw offers a number of features borrowed from Makita’s larger 18V and corded saws.
- Variable speed motor (0-2400 SPM)
- 11/16″ stroke length
- 3 orbital + straight cutting settings
- Weighs 3.7 lbs with battery
- Built-in vacuum dust port
- Build-on blower for clear cut lines
- Low-profile design with top handle
- Die-cast aluminum base
- Bevel adjustments 0-45° right to left
- On-board wrench storage (for bevel adjustment)
- Locking continuous-on switch
- Electric brake
- T-shank blades
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The kit includes 2x 12V Li-ion batteries, a battery charger, hard tool case, and a single saw blade. Pricing is at around $150 for the kit, and it is uncertain as to whether a bare-tool model will be released.
There are several 12V jig saws currently available, with Ridgid JobMax, Craftsman Nextec, and Milwaukee M12 models quickly coming to mind. Cordless jig saws are not must-haves, but they do come in handy when only some light trim and cutout work is needed.
The dust collection port looks effective, but any vacuum port is better than no dust port. Not that a 12V jig saw is going to spew out copious amounts of dust, but more dust captured at the source means less dust to clean up afterwards.
The price is right too – $150 for the kit. Users that don’t need the batteries or charger will probably want to hold out for the bare-tool.
Thanks to Sergey for the heads-up in his comment to our post about Dewalt’s new brushless cordless framing nailer!