Summary: This is a terrific, quality product! We used it coupled with a Champion Inverter/Generator to saw through the collapsed walls of our Canadian cabin. We were able to get a lot of cherished and useful items out of the cabin. I would say it's a little heavy for the average woman to use for very long, but it is nicely rugged. It looks a lot like a jackhammer. The blades are expensive, but even a bent blade was useful for a long time.
Summary: I bought this to replace an older Dewalt reciprocating saw. The tool is well balanced, and has a very smooth operation. I am not a contractor, rather a very handy homeowner, and will put this to good use. I would recommend this saw.
Power, maneuverability, good - but not great - build quality
Eighth Samurai, Amazon
2 December 2013
Summary: Pros: 1. Good build quality, smooth bearings, good power - variable speed allows great flexibility. 2. Tool-less chuck allows for quick and easy blade changes. 3. Kit includes nice case to keep everything organized - other brands have a soft case or no case at all. 4. Lightest of the 12A reciprocating saws - combines power and maneuverability. Cons: 1. As noted by others, case aggressively bends the cord strain relief - why hasn't Makita fixed this? 2. Made in China.
Summary: Took care of some 4x4s and 4x6s that were a problem without a stretch. Then some old galvanized pipes that were in my way. I like tools that do what they are supposed to without a fight. Slipping different blades in and out was a breeze.
Summary: Being a professional carpenter for over twenty years, I've used my share of reciprocating saws. This saw, hands down, cuts the smoothest! Plenty of power with a sense of control, it's hard not to like it. Actually, I purchased this to replace the same make / model because someone liked it 'too much'. So having had this saw for a few years and using it, I wanted another when I needed to replace it.
Summary: I read a lot of reviews on Milwaukee, DeWalt, Rigid & others, but the Makita's stood above them all so I went with the JR3060T. It paid off! It's a bit on the heavy side (which makes those hard to reach jobs harder), but it won't let you down when it comes to power and smooth action. The tool-less blade locking mechanism is solid and easy to use as is the adjustable shoe.