Makita 18V LXT Cordless One-Hand Recipro Saw

Makita 18V LXT Reciprocating Saw

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

 We wanted to know what the Makita 18V LXT One-Hand Recipro Saw brings to the table and how it compares to the brand's previous models.

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.

Additional Features

  • 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

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