Makita DJR186Z 18V Reciprocating Saw Review

Many users rate Makita as the king of the sawzalls; Makita is one of the most common brands you'll see on any professional construction job, and this cordless saw doesn't disappoint.

This Makita DJR186Z reciprocating saw is priced in the lower-mid range, as it's sold bare, but if you have Makita 18v lithium batteries already, this saw is a bargain.

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About The Product

The Makita DJR186 is a cordless reciprocating saw powered by 18V Li-ion battery and has been developed for better cutting efficiency and greater durability.

Notable Features Of The Makita DJR186 Reciprocating Saw Include:

  • Tool-less blade change
  • Trigger switch with lock-off lever
  • Electric brake
  • Variable speed
  • Ergonomically designed handle
  • Newly designed crank mechanism for higher efficiency
  • High power
  • Capacity in Wood = 255 mm
  • Capacity in Mild Steel Pipe = 130 mm
  • Strokes per Minute = 0 - 2,800 spm
  • Stroke Length = 32 mm

Lithium Ion batteries

Obviously in a cordless recip saw, the battery functionality is of key importance.

Lithium Ion batteries are lightweight, and quicker-charging and with more run time than an equal voltage Ni-Cad or Ni-MH battery. These batteries have a chip that communicates with the charger for optimum charging. Lithium-ion batteries also offer much improved charge retention over long periods of storage. Li-ion batteries do not have to be fully discharged before charging  - they can be charged at any time with no ill effect.

Useful Tips About The Makita DJR186 From Owners and Sellers

One user notes that he could easily cut through 4 inch fenceposts, using a 5 amp battery that lasts a long time.

Another says that Makita products are the best tools on the market, but he'd definitely recommend a 5Ah battery, as the 2Ah just doesn't last long enough to be useful.

"Married with the Saxton blade, it cut through 5.5 - 6 inch branches with ease"

"I have cut through 100mm oak fence posts,  with ease."

Check whether metal and wood blases are included

Ultimately, if you already own Makita batteries, this is one of the best reciprocating saws you can buy.

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