Makita JR3070CT Reciprocating Saw Review

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Makita JR3070CT Orbital 15-Amp Reciprocating Saw with Anti Vibration
You will not find a reciprocating saw with more raw power than the JR3070CT provides with its 15 amp motor. It stands up to the most demanding cutting tasks. It matches the longest blade stroke of other reciprocating saws in its class with a full 1-1/4 inches. Clearly, it is made from the ground up to cut with speed and power.
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featureIt’s a saw with plenty of higher-end features. For instance, electronic speed compensation keeps the blade moving at the same speed even as cutting load increases.
featureIts overall speed range is zero to 2800 SPM with six maximum blade speed settings. Thus, you have the ability to match blade speed to the specific application without having to fine-control a trigger.
featureIn order to lengthen the life of the motor and gear assembly, a blade clutch disconnects those components should the blade bind. This also increases operator safety.
featureMakita has included its unique, patented anti-vibration technology in this saw, which they call AVT. It cuts down on tool vibration by up to three times. This translates into smoother cutting, less noise, less operator fatigue and more power transmitted to the blade instead of to your hands and arms.


Spec TypeSpecNotes
Saw TypeCorded
Tool Weight9.7 lbs.
Tool Length19.1 inches
Power/Volts15 amps/120VAC
Strokes per minute0-2800
Stroke Length1-1/4 inches
Blade Depth AdjustmentNo
Variable Speed TriggerNo
Speed Limit ControlYes6 speed settings
Tool-less blade clampYesOne-handed twist/eject
Adjustable ShoeYesOne-handed lever
2-Way Blade PositioningYes
4-Way Blade PositioningYes
Anti-Slip Comfort GripYes
Carrying CaseYesMetal
Advanced Features
Anti-Vibration SystemYes
Open Toe ShoeNo
Cut Zone LightingNo
Orbital MotionYes
Electronic Load CompensationYes
Blade ClutchYes
Metal HousingNo



Casual users might be put off by the nearly 10 lbs. of weight and the full 15 amps of motor power, but they will never regret that power when cutting through beams, tree branches, steel or cast iron. It lives for slicing through the hardest and thickest materials.

Makita has added in a number of important operating features to increase the efficiency and comfort of using this reciprocating saw:

  • The 4-way blade positioning means you can get a flat, close cut in places that other saws cannot.
  • Switchable orbital motion lets you add some extra speed for cutting wood or other coarse materials.
  • You do not have to worry about the blade bogging down mid-cut as their load compensation circuitry keeps the blade moving at the same speed.
  • If the blade does bind, the saw and operator are protected thanks to the automatic blade clutch.
  • Blade changes are a snap with a simple twist that ejects the old blade.

Last, but not least, Makita’s AVT – patented anti-vibration technology – means increase operator comfort and control. AVT cuts tool vibration in half even through stubborn material. That means no more tingling hands and arms after prolonged and constant use. They claim AVT is derived from seismic engineering standards and that is not hard to believe when you feel how smoothly it runs.

At almost 10 lbs., it might feel heavy for overhead work, however. The superb control and power mostly mitigate that. It certainly is not a critical feature, but the fact that this saw comes with a sturdy metal case is icing on the cake.



  • 15 amps of power
  • Extra 1/8 inch of blade stroke
  • Motor and gear-protecting clutch
  • Effective anti-vibration technology



  • On the heavy side for casual do-it-yourselfers


Our Verdict

This reciprocating saw is a great choice for de-construction workers who want a tool that they can use all day long. For even the serious DIYer, this saw provides trouble-free, comfortable cutting power that lasts a lifetime.

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