Last week Makita officially announced 3 new additions to their 12V Max CXT cordless power tool lineup: a jigsaw, a 3-3/8″ glass and tile saw, and an LED flashlight.
All of these tools use Makita’s 12V CXT batteries, which are more compact and higher capacity sliding packs, compared to their previous generation of 12V Max plug-in style batteries..
Stuart covered the launch of the Makita CXT lineup back in September.
Makita’s new 12V max CXT jigsaw weighs just 3.8 lbs with a 2.0Ah battery, and is 9-1/8″ long, making it pretty compact and light for a jigsaw. With the variable speed motor you can cut at anywhere from 0 to 2,900 strokes per minute, either cutting straight up and down or using one of 3 different orbital settings. And if your finger gets tired you can also lock the trigger on for continuous operation.
Even though the jigsaw is small in stature, it can still can cut up to 2-9/16″ thick wood, 5/32″ thick aluminum, or 1/16″ thick mild steel when the base is set to 90°.
The jigsaw has an electric brake that stops the saw when you take your finger off the trigger. A built-in battery protection circuit also protects the saw and battery against overloading, over-discharging, and over-heating.
The jigsaw accepts tang shank blades, but the blade holder is not tool free; you need the on board wrench to change blades. The base is made from die-cast aluminum and tilts from 90° to 45° both to the right and left.
The saw has a built-in blower that clears the sawdust in front of the saw so you can see where you are cutting, or you can connect the jigsaw to a dust collector via the dust port on the back. A clear slide-down dust shield in the front presumably helps capture more dust.
You can either buy the bare jigsaw for about $97-100, or the kit, which includes the saw, (2) 12V Max CXT 2.0Ah batteries, a 12V Max CXT Charger, 1 blade, and a tool case to carry everything, for $150.
Makita’s new 12V Max CXT tile and glass saw, similar to their previous version, spins a 3-3/8″ diamond blade at 1600 RPM for a cutting depth of up to 1″ at 90° and 5/8″ at 45°. When you need to make wet cuts, it features a 16.9 oz water supply tank with a large easy to access fill cap.
The saw weighs 4.2 lbs when paired with a 2.0Ah battery, and is 12-3/8″ long. The nickel-plated base tilts from 0 to 45° to make beveled cuts.
The saw ships as either a bare tool for $150-160, or as part of a kit which includes a 3-3/8″ diamond blade (tile/glass), (2) 12V Max CXT 2.0Ah batteries, a charger, and a tool case, for $200-210.
This compact LED flashlight is 3-7/16″ long and weighs only 0.6 lbs when powered by a 2.0Ah Makita CXT battery. It provides 100 lumens for up to 28 hours with the 4.0Ah CXT battery.
The light is sold as a bare tool and will run you about $25. It comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
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All of the tools look decent, but I’m left wondering why Makita choose not to use a tool-less blade change mechanism on the jigsaw. Sure, the Allen wrench stores on board the tool, but when you lose it, it’s going to become a chore trying to find the proper sized wrench every time you want to change the blade.
Maybe Makita has a good reason, such as creating a more secure connection between the blade and the tool. Or maybe it’s a space or cost consideration.
I’m not too familiar with handheld tile and glass saws, but the Makita saw looks to be a convenient tool for small cuts where you don’t want to run outside to use your bigger wet saw.
Finally, I like the compact form factor of the flashlight, but with it lasting 28 hours on a 4.0Ah battery I’d like to see a higher power mode. Throwing in a built-in USB charging connector wouldn’t hurt either.
Thank you also to Andrew for his ToolGuyd Forum post about these tools!