Summary: I spent a lot of time considering a jig saw. I was looking for a D barrel that is light weight, yet powerful enough to make jobs a little bit easier. I settled on the Makita after holding several other units (e.g., bosch, Milwaukee, porter cable). What I liked about the Makita, was that it is smaller than the other jig saws, which makes it pretty darn light.
Summary: Really smooth cutting action but as soon as you get it make sure to do some long test cuts as I found out too late that mine doesn't cut parallel to the base plate, not even close actually, about 3/8 inch off from front to rear actually. The saw itself is awesome and smooth, I've used it to cut 3/16" steel plate into 7" circles for a spare tire holder I built and to cut some aluminum plate for a radio install.
Summary: Very good saw overall, I would give it a 5-star rating if not because that little plastic piece fell off on the 1st use, it is so useless that I did not even notice when it went missing. As others mentioned before, the case is very cheap, but for me it doesn't matter that much because I only use it at home.
The jig saw is great - the only concern I have is the small ...
Judith A. Dunlop, Amazon
25 August 2014
Summary: The jig saw is great - the only concern I have is the small clear plastic blade guide. It does not stay in place, and pops out very easily. Each time I put it back in it stays for awhile, but then pops back out again. It has already been cut a bit by the blade, and I only hope that it is replaceable. Other than that I like the jigsaw very much.
Summary: " A great, sturdy jigsaw, from the trusted trade brand Makita. The best features of this jigsaw for me are; *Easy blade change, a sliding mechanism releases the blade for quick swaps- no faffing about with Allen keys. *The job light is great for making sure you can clearly see what you are doing (thats the only difference between this and the more expensive 4350CT jigsaw B&Q sell, buy this one!).
Quick blade exchange, nice pleasant blue color -- No laser :-(
David S., Amazon
4 July 2014
Summary: OK - so here are my thoughts on this device from a man with limited craftsmanship skills.... Pros: 1. Very quick exchange of blades 2. Powerful 3. Nice blue color, very pleasant to the eyes. Cons: 1. No laser guide. I wish it had a laser or something to help guide the cuts. I don't know about anyone else but when I try to do curved cuts it looks like a 2 year old writing their name.
Summary: I previously bought a Bosch jigsaw as it is a proven brand and I own several different tools but it wouldn't track a straight line even while using a guide... don't know if I got a lemon. The Makita 4350 solved this problem.It's a solid jigsaw and the quick blade change feature is great. It feels good under my hand and I'll get the accessories to maximize it's full potential.