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Blade lock defective. What happened Makita?!
on January 5, 2010
Before any tool purchase, i always do my homework and research any potential purchase. So, when i was in the market for a recipro saw, Makita was right up there on my list. Makita's have good reviews on Amazon, among other places. So, their Reciprocating Saw seemed like a no-brainer for me. I already own a Makita double bevel sliding compound saw and am extremely impressed with the tool.
Amazon had one at my front door within record time (Kudo's Amazon!). Opened the box, plugged it in, and was happy for 5 minutes until i twisted the blade lock to "unlock" so i could insert the blade supplied by Makita. However, once in the "unlock" position, the locking component decided not to retract into the "locked" position. That's it. It wasn't moving. Surprised, after looking into it further, i decided it was smarter to get a replacement from Amazon then to tinker with the defective unit. When the replacement arrived, again, i opened the box and, to my surprise, (2 surprises now if your counting), the 2nd replacement had the same exact issue! The blade locking mechanism was already seized in the "unlock" position!!
I am both surprised and confused. Makita's a good, reliable name. I've read the reviews for the saw. My father has used Makita tools and recommended them to me. I own a of a beast miter saw made by Makita (which i love). What happened with Makita's Quality Contol process?! I would like to think it was a defect in the manufacturing process when Makita's made the batch and it won't happen again. However, it happen twice to me. Not a third time.
I am returning both initial and replacement saws and have already purchased a Milwaukee 12amp from the local HD. I had to put out a couple more dollars for the Milwaukee, but the Milwaukee has a 5 yr warranty, it's IS90000 certified, made in USA, and the blade lock component on the Milwaukee does what it's supposed to.
I'd like to forget this experience with Makita.