Last Updated on July 11, 2023
Makita Combines A Compact Design With Low Vibration In The XRJ08 Reciprocating Saw
Makita’s been due for a compact reciprocating saw upgrade for a while, having several models in the sub-compact and full-size sectors. The XRJ08 Recipro adds some new features that give it a more classic compact reciprocating saw design. Take a look at what the Makita 18V LXT One-Hand Recipro Saw brings to the table and how it compares to the brand’s previous models.
Makita 18V LXT One-Hand Recipro Saw: The Big Deal
Starting with the performance details, this saw’s brushless motor delivers a maximum of 3100 strokes per minute and has a 7/8-inch stroke length. Considering the previous XRJ01 only had a 1/2-inch stroke, we expect a significant increase in cutting speed.
The specs are pretty much on par with other compact one-handed reciprocating saws we’ve reviewed, however, Makita tells us it achieves up to 50% faster speeds compared to competing brands.
Makita is no stranger to going against the grain as far as design, (as is the case with the 18V LXT Sub-Compact Recipro Saw) but with this one, they go for a more classic look. One design feature that’s not exactly standard, but is certainly welcome is the hand guard below the trigger. Not only does the addition of a hand guard protect your hand while working, but Makita says it provides additional rigidity for improved one-handed cutting efficiency.
This saw also sees improved vibration control, with the brand claiming up to 40% lower vibration thanks to its counterweight mechanism. This will most certainly come in handy to reduce fatigue when you’re working in tight or overhead spaces using only one hand.
- Compact, ergonomic design; 14 3/5 inches long
- Lightweight: weighs 5.5 pounds with a 5.0Ah battery
- Performs up to 90 cuts in 2×10 lumber and 50 cuts in 1-inch Schedule 80 steel pipe with a 5.0Ah battery
- Tool-free blade ejection system for one-handed blade removal
- Built-in LED light
- Rubberized soft grip
Makita 18V LXT One-Hand Recipro Saw Price
This saw retails for $169 as a bare tool and you can find it at your favorite Makita retailer. We’re not seeing any kit options at the time of writing, though. Makita backs your purchase with a 3-year warranty.
- Model: Makita XRJ08
- Length: 14 3/8 in
- Height: 6.7 in
- Weight: 5.5 lbs (with 5.0Ah battery)
- Stroke length: 7/8 in
- Price: $169
- Warranty: 3-year