Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw

My Rating for the Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw is 4.75 Stars

Makita BJR181Review Summary: The Makita BJR181 18 Volt cordless Reciprocating Saw is a fast working top performer in its class.


Detailed Review of the Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw

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Strokes per Minute (SPM) Grade: Good

The Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw has a top SPM of 2900. The average top strokes per minute (SPM) of 18 volt cordless reciprocating saws is 2860. The higher the SPM of a cordless reciprocating saw the faster it will cut through material.

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Stroke Length Grade: Good

The Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw has a maximum stroke length of 1.13 inches. The max stroke length, or max depth, is how far the blade moves in each direction. Usually, the longer the stroke, the less strokes are needed to cut through the material. The average stroke length for 18 volt cordless reciprocating saws is 1.12 inches.

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Battery Run Time: Good

The battery run time for the Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw is 3.0 amp hours. A longer battery run time is important for large demolition jobs. The average for 18 volt cordless reciprocating saws is 2.84 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. For example, a 3Ah will usually last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery.

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Battery type and quantity: Excellent

The Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw comes with 2 lithium-ion batteries. The better cordless reciprocating saws have 2 Lithium (also written as li-ion or lithium-ion) batteries included. Lithium are lighter , can hold a charge longer, and are more environmentally friendly than older NiCd batteries.

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Charger: Excellent

The Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw comes with a 30 minute charger. The better chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery. The ideal setup is to have a charger that can charge 1 of your batteries before the battery in your tool runs too low.

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Price Range: $300-400

I don't list prices because they will probably change by the time I have finished this tool review. What I do is always check the most recent and best price for the Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Heavier

The Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw weighs 8.1 pounds. The average 18 volt cordless reciprocating saw weighs about 7.6 pounds. Many times during demolition work, tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward overhead positions. **Note If the weight of this tool is an issue for you, then you may be interested in the Milwaukee 2625 18V Cordless Sawzall. It weighs just 7.9 pounds. You can learn more in my detailed review of the Milwaukee 2625 18V Cordless Sawzall.

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Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw Strengths

  1. Very fast strokes per minute
  2. Good stroke length
  3. Good battery run time
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Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw Weaknesses

  1. Heavier than average
  2. None

Some other features of the Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw include:

  • Quick keyless blade change
  • Variable speed trigger
  • 3 year warranty
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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 01/30/13.

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