Makita XRJ06M 18V X2 LXT Brushless Recipro Saw Review
If you're looking for a reciprocating saw with high performance and outstanding run time that comes with a brushless motor and high battery capacity, the Makita XRJ06 is an easy recommendation.
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The Makita XRJ06M 18V X2 LXT Brushless Recipro Saw won our recent cordless reciprocating saw shootout, but it wasn’t without competition – even from within the Makita brand itself. We took a look at the 18 volt model of their brushless Recipro Saw recently to compare some of the differences and what you should expect in performance.
But now we take a closer look at the 18V X2 – Makita’s flagship Recipro Saw – on its own. You’ll find it that shares many of the same features as its single battery brother, however, there are a couple of differences worth noting. We’ll get to that in just a minute. For now, let’s take a look at the most obvious difference in this saw compared to the competition.
Voltage, Amp Hours, and Battery Capacity
The Makita XRJ06M 18V X2 LXT Brushless Recipro Saw is built on the foundation of Makita’s 18V LXT battery platform. By creating a series connection between the batteries, using two of Makita’s 18 volt packs gives it 36 volt power. Within Makita’s entire 18V X2 line, this gives you the ability to access higher power tools without having to buy into a new battery platform
We took advantage of Makita’s new 6.0 amp hour batteries when testing this saw, giving us the equivalent of a 36 volt, 6.0 amp hour battery. The 216 watt hours of capacity packed into these two batteries give it a 33% advantage over the next closest options coming from Milwaukee and DeWalt. But of course, you’ll need two batteries.
As you can tell by the name, the Makita XRJ06M 18V X2 LXT Brushless Recipro Saw features Makita’s brushless motor technology. It also has an innovative blade lock system. When you insert a blade, the lock automatically snaps into place making it a one-handed operation. You still need the second hand to release the lock which will stay in the open position once you twist it.
Makita designed the LED work light to include a pre-glow and in afterglow rather than just an instant on and off when you have the trigger activated. You’ll find a very handy retractable rafter hook that is also more than capable of securely hanging on your belt.
The control system is very simple to operate. The switch can be easily moved with your thumb or forefinger. The middle position will lock the tool out while flipping it left or right will select low or high speeds.
The Makita XRJ06M is a beast of the saw with a listed weight of 10.2 pounds. On our scales, it weighed in at 7.04 pounds bare and 9.96 pounds with two 6.0 amp hour batteries. That’s a lot of weight to muscle around on long days.
The handle ergonomics are fairly solid like you would expect from Makita, though it’s not as contoured as you find on their cordless drivers. I personally had a tough time finding a natural grip with my support hand on the upper housing, but guys with larger hands really seem to like it. I have medium size hands, so this is just a subjective observation that you will need to consider for yourself.
Makita touts a refined crank mechanisms design that minimizes blade deflection and reduces vibration. We can certainly tell a difference under load and this model did very well in the vibration department, though it was beat out by Hitachi and its lower stroke speed in the shootout.
Cutting speed is where Makita really pulled away from the rest of the pack. For our nail embedded wood cutting test, each saw had to cut through a pressure treated 2 x 12 piece of pine embedded with five 16D galvanized nails. The lack of an orbital action relegated it to second place behind Ridgid, though it held this position firmly ahead of everyone else.
In our metal cutting tests, the Makita XRJ06M 18V X2 LXT Brushless Recipro Saw came out on top. A combination of five 1-inch and 3/4-inch EMT pipes were on the menu. Though the competition was much closer, Makita had more than a full second over the rest of the pack.
The Bottom Line
The Makita XRJ06M 18V X2 LXT Brushless Recipro Saw as a beast of reciprocating saw that comes in rather heavy but trades that off for top-of-the-line performance and vibration control. Because of the use of two batteries, going with the 6.0 amp hour packs gets you the highest overall battery capacity currently available in this class.
Standout features like the tool free blade change, work light, and rafter hook help to overcome the lack of an adjustable shoe. While most professionals won’t have a problem living without that, adding an orbital action for this premium saw will take the wood cutting performance to a higher level.
If you’re already on the Makita battery platform and have a couple of 6.0 amp hour batteries on hand, I’d go for the bare tool. The kit comes with two 4.0 amp hour batteries, so your overall capacity will be a bit less than what we tested if you go that route.
If you’re looking for a reciprocating saw with high performance and outstanding run time that comes with a brushless motor and high battery capacity, the Makita XRJ06 is an easy recommendation. Because of the size and upper housing design, Pros with smaller hands may want to try it before you buy it. However, there’s nothing about the performance that would make me hesitate in recommending this saw at the Pro level.
Makita XRJ06M 18V X2 LXT Brushless Recipro Saw Key Features
- 2-speed Brushless motor delivers 0-2,300 (Low) & 0-3,000 (High) strokes per minute
- Long 1-1/4″ stroke length provides increased cutting efficiency
- Refined crank mechanism design minimizes blade deflection and reduces vibration
- Built-in LED light with preglow and afterglow illuminates the work area
- Retractable tool hook secures the tool when not in use
- Tool-less blade change system allows for faster blade installation and removal for increased productivity
- Rubberized soft grip handle provides increased comfort on the job
- Large 2-finger variable speed trigger for operator convenience
- Reinforced fixed shoe for added durability
- Electric brake for maximum productivity
Makita XRJ06M 18V X2 LXT Brushless Recipro Saw Specifications
- Models: Makita XRJ06M (Kit), Makita XRJ06Z (Bare)
- Length of Stroke: 1-1/4″
- Max. Cutting Capacity (wood w/ 12″ blade): 10″
- Max. Cutting Capacity (pipe): 5-1/8″
- Strokes Per Minute: 0 – 2,300 / 0 – 3,000 SPM
- Power Source: (2) Makita 18V LXT li-ion battery packs
- Built-in clutch: No
- Orbital settings: No
- Overall Length: 17-3/4″
- Weight: 10.2 lbs
- Warranty: 3-year limited
- Includes: Makita XRJ06Z (bare), (2) 18V LXT 4.0Ah Battery, Charger, Blade, Case
- Price: $229.99 (Bare), $419.99 (Kit)