Makita 40V max XGT Cordless Reciprocating Saw GRJ02

Makita 40V max XGT Cordless Reciprocating Saw GRJ02

As a core tool, it was no surprise to see Makita launch the GRJ01 reciprocating saw early in its 40V max XGT line. Now we’re turning our attention to the latest model, the Makita GRJ02 40V max XGT Reciprocating Saw. We got one in our hands and are taking a deeper dive to find out what sets this saw apart from its predecessor and what you may be used to from the 18V LXT line.

Makita 40V max XGT Cordless Reciprocating Saw Performance

Makita 40V max XGT Cordless Reciprocating Saw GRJ02

Out of the gate, Makita’s brushless motor is capable of up to 3000 SPM with a 1 1/4-inch stroke length. That’s exactly the same as the GRJ01 and the 18V X2 LXT XRJ06.

Control Dial

However, the Makita GRJ02 has one big difference with its 5-position variable speed dial. The other two models have a simple 2-speed switch. This gives you significantly more control when you’re cutting a variety of materials. Even though there are 5 marked positions, the speed changes incrementally in positions between those marks as well. Here’s a rundown on the speed settings and Makita’s recommended applications:

Speed SettingStrokes Per MinuteIdeal Application
11,000Stainless Steel
32,000Cast Iron, Aluminum
42,500Autoclaved Aerated Concrete

Orbital Action

Orbital Action Switch

This updated 40V reciprocating saw has a few useful features that you won’t find on the previous model. One that directly affects performance is the addition of a selectable orbital action. Even though the speed and stroke rates are the same on all three saws, the GRJ02’s orbital action gives it a huge advantage when you’re cutting wood.

Active Vibration Control

Adding to the performance features, Makita also includes Active Vibration Control (AVT) on this model. While the system has a moderate weight penalty, the lower fatigue you’ll experience from noticeably lower vibration is worth the trade-off for many Pros.

Makita 40V Cordless Reciprocating Saw Design Notes

Size and Weight

Makita 40V max XGT Cordless Reciprocating Saw GRJ02

Compared to Makita’s other cordless reciprocating saws, the GRJ02 is the heaviest. As a bare tool, it weighs 8.7 pounds and with the recommended 4.0Ah battery it weighs 10.9 pounds. On the other hand, it’s shorter than the GRJ01, measuring 17.8 inches from tip to tail.

Even though it’s about a pound heavier than its predecessor thanks to its loaded feature set, consider it in context. Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel Super Sawzall weighs 12.2 pounds with its beefy 12.0Ah battery and DeWalt’s 60V Max FlexVolt model tips the scale at 10.4 pounds with its 9.0Ah pack, so Makita’s not way out of range here.

Blade Changes

Blade Release

When it comes to blade changes, Makita did everything right in this design. The blade release is a lever on the outside of the front housing. When you pull it up, a spring lightly ejects the blade for you. Better yet, it clicks past a hold point and leaves the clamp open so you can insert a new blade without holding the lever. Your new blade’s insertion trips the clamp to close back and you’re ready to cut.

Additional Features

  • Folding rafter hook
  • Tool-free adjustable pivoting shoe
  • Two-finger trigger
  • Dual LED lights

Makita Cordless High-Performance Reciprocating Saw Comparison

Makita LXT
Makita XGT
Makita XGT
Stroke Length1 1/4-inch1 1/4-inch1 1/4-inch
Max No-Load Speed3000 SPM3000 SPM3000 SPM
Speeds225 (infinite dial)
Orbital ActionNoNoYes
Pipe Cutting Capacity5 1/8 inches5 1/8 inches5 1/8 inches
Wood Cutting Capacity10 inches10 inches10 inches
Weight10.2 pounds
w/2 x 5.0Ah
9.9 pounds
w/ 4.0Ah
10.9 pounds
w/ 4.0Ah
Length17 3/4 inches18 5/8 inches17 3/4 inches
Price (bare/kit)$239/$369$239/$389$279 /$479

Makita 40V Cordless Reciprocating Saw Price

The Makita 40V Orbital Reciprocating Saw sells for $279 as a bare tool and $479 as a kit at your favorite Makita retailer. The kit comes with a single 40V 4.0Ah battery, a 40V max XGT rapid charger, and a soft storage bag. Makita covers the saw, battery, and charger with a 3-year limited warranty.

The Bottom Line

This full-featured Makita 40V max XGT cordless reciprocating saw is an absolute beast and worthy as the new flagship of all Makita’s cordless options.

Makita 40V Cordless Reciprocating Saw Specifications

  • Model: Makita GRJ02Z
  • Power Source: Makita 40V battery
  • Weight: 8.7 lbs. (bare), 10.9 lbs (with 4.0Ah battery)
  • Stroke Rate: 0-3,000 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1 1/4 in.
  • Tool Length: 17.8 in.
  • Motor Type: Brushless
  • Orbital Action: Yes
  • LED Worklight: Yes
  • Warranty: 3-year limited
  • Price: $279 (bare), $479 (kit)

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