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Makita BJR182Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Reciprocating Saw (Tool Only, No Battery)

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  • Makita-built variable speed motor delivers 0-2,900 strokes per minute combined with a 1-1/8"" length stroke to provide faster cutting
  • ""Tool-less"" blade change system allows for faster blade installation and removal for increased productivity
  • Compact, ergonomic design at only 7.9 lbs. for reduced operator fatigue
  • Soft grip handle provides increased comfort on the job
  • LXT Lithium-Ion battery and Rapid Optimum Charger produces 430% total lifetime work with 3x more cycles
  • 3-year warranty on tool
  • Battery and charger sold separately
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Product Description

Product Description

Makita BJR182Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Reciprocating Saw (Tool Only, No Battery) Variable-speed D35 high-torque motor delivers 0-2,900 strokes per minute

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Makita's 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Reciprocating Saw delivers faster cutting and demolition performance to the jobsite. The BJR182Z has a high-torque motor with a 1-1/8-inch stroke that is engineered for a range of cutting and demolition tasks. The LXT Lithium-Ion Battery (sold separately) makes this reciprocating saw perfect for remote use, where running a cord is not an option.



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BJR182Z Features
SPEED - 50% faster cutting from 2,900 SPM (1-1/8" stroke)
CONVENIENCE - "Tool-less" blade change and shoe adjustments
COMFORT - Less weight with comfortable ergonomic grip
PERFORMANCE - LXT Li-Ion batteries charge in 30 minutes, run longer and deliver 2.5X more cycles
Battery and charger not included

Tool Specifications
Length of stroke1-1/8"
Max. cutting depthPipe (5-1/8"), Wood (10")
Strokes per minute0-2,900 SPM
Battery18V LXT Lithium-Ion
Overall length17-3/4"
Net weight7.7 lbs. (w/battery)
Makita-Built Motor Engineered for Versatile Power
The BJR182Z features a Makita-built high-torque motor with a 1-1/8-inch stroke that cuts 0-2,900 strokes per minute (SPM) for faster cutting. The BJR182Z has a maximum cutting depth of 5-1/8 inches for pipe, and 10 inches into wood (using a 12-inch blade). The BJR182Z also features an electric brake for productivity.

Ergonomic Design in a Compact Size
The BJR182Z weighs just 7.7 pounds (with battery, sold separately) with a more compact design at 17-3/4 inches long and an ergonomic shape that fits like a glove for reduced operator fatigue.

Versatile Design for a Range of Applications
The BJR182Z is engineered for the pro that wants more features, and is perfect for a range of applications including plumbing, flooring, electrical, demolition, and for general contractors who require a best-in-class engineered cordless reciprocating saw. The BJR182Z is just another example of Makita's commitment to innovative technology and best-in-class engineering.

About Makita's 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
As one of the pioneers driving the cordless tool revolution, Makita changed the game with its breakthrough 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Series. Three years after its debut, Makita's LXT Series has grown from seven to over 35 tools, providing a wide range of cordless solutions for professional tradesmen. Makita also added 18V Compact Lithium-Ion for cordless power in a more compact size.

About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools, and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge innovation to produce tools that are stronger, lighter, more powerful and easier to use. Makita USA, Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit the website at makitatools.com. Makita is Best in Class Engineering.

Warranty
Every Makita Lithium-Ion tool is backed by Makita's 3-Year Warranty that covers repair due to defects in materials or workmanship up to three years from the date of original purchase. Makita Lithium-Ion batteries and chargers have a limited 1-year warranty. Please see makitatools.com for complete details.

What's in the Box
Makita BJR182Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Reciprocating Saw (tool only).


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Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number BJR182Z
Item Weight 5 pounds
Product Dimensions 22 x 4 x 8.5 inches
Item model number BJR182Z
Power Source cordless-electric
Voltage 18 volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Included Components bare-tool
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? Yes
Warranty Description 3-year warranty on tool

Additional Information

ASIN B002BA5YMG
Customer Reviews
4.7 out of 5 stars 186 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #196,004 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#105 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Saws > Reciprocating Saws
Shipping Weight 7.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available July 2, 2004

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By Jamie Dolan on August 26, 2009
First off, if you put this side to side with a corded super Sawzall, the Sawzall will win hands down. For what it is, the Makita is a truly amazing product.

Some quick points / comments:

Never had any problems with changing the blades and I regularly get mine full of mud using it with a long blade to cut out tree roots.

The Batteries last about 12 minutes if your using it really hard, and they get very hot and take 30-40 minutes before they are charged again, due to the additional time required to cool them. If your going to really use this saw hard on a regular basis, buy more batteries.

I used this saw with a 12" blade in it to cut down a 47 year old spruce tree when my chain saw wasn't available. It was over 15" thick. Took the saw a while, but it did it.

I've cut metal, plaster, metal lath, 4x4's, lots of conduit, lots of tree trimming / pruning, etc. It's really worked well on all of it.

One suggestion, you get what you pay for in terms of blades. I think the Bosch blades are some of the very best. Lenox blades are also very good, but tend to warp from the heat during heavy use more than the bosch blades do. The Milwaukee blades are pretty decent.

It likely won't replace your super sawzall for really heavy demo work, but for everything else, I think it is just an amazing tool.
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Responding to the prior comment about the user not having a battery fit with his existing Makita battery:
This is because he was trying to use the white 1.5Ah Makita battery (slim pack) in a tool that requires the more powerful (and larger and more $$$$) 3.0Ah battery. SOME tools can take both, and other tools can only take the 3.0Ah battery due to their higher power requirements and are thus keyed that way.
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I read the reviews before purchasing the Makita BJR 182 but no one mentioned the differences between this one and the Makita BJR 181 at twice the price. Once I got my new saw I found out what the differences were. The 182 doesn't have the rafter hook that the 181 has (no big deal for me - I've never used it anyway) and it also doesn't have the LED lights that ALL the other Makita 18V Lithium Ion LXT tools that I own have. That was a big disappointment - I love how the LED lights allow you to work in dark areas without the need for a worklight.
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First a bit about my setup and other tools.

I originally bought a Makita Drill complete with 2 small batteries and a charger.
I then bought a circular saw and realized after purchase that it requires the larger batteries.
Unlike some reviewers I did not remove the tag from the smaller battery to make it fit. Instead I bought a pair of replacement batteries. As a result I can confirm the following for those who wonder:

- the smaller batteries do not fit in the tools requiring a larger (18v) battery.
- the larger 18v battery does fit in tools that use the smaller battery.
- the charger works for all the battery types.
- it takes as long to run a battery down as it does to charge one, so have 2 batteries of each type.

Now about this tool.
Simply put, it is awesome. I have used it to:

- cut small and large tree roots in the muddy ground
- cut the plastic pot away from a thorny plant that could not easily be removed from the pot.
- cut down small trees
- prune off branches to make them fit better in the disposal bin
- hack off half of a faucet i could not remove otherwise from the sink
- hack off the grocery store's anti-theft seal from a bottle of Tequila
(if you self-checkout make sure to remember to ask the attendant to remove it before leaving the store)
- trim rolls of turf that were too wide for the section of yard I placed them in
- tear down walls

I have used several blades some named brand and some generic. All have installed and worked fine.
The only issue I have encountered is with the lock on blade guard. It was not clear which button position "lock" was. Its simple enough to check manually tho.
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I've used this saw for cutting old construction lumber, tree branches, plastic pipe, and metal. It works like a champ. Surprising amount of power for a cordless.

One of the other reviewers noted that the blade falls out after a while. I asked a Makita rep about this and he said that sawdust can get into the blade opening (sawing overhead) and this prevents the blade from going in all the way (even though it seems secure). I have noticed this, but blowing it out with compressed air makes it as good as new. The blade mounting style is superior to my Milwaukee sawzall. On the Makita you rotate the blade lock 45 degrees and it clicks open and stays there. Then you insert the blade with one hand and it automatically rotates back to lock the blade in - so much nicer.

Yes, it uses all the standard blades.

Well worth the price.
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I really like this tool, it's a well-designed and well built reciprocating saw. If you definitely want a battery tool, I recommend this one without reservation. The question, of course, is if you really want a battery-powered tool. I use a plug-in Super Sawzall with my volunteer fire department (and vehicle extrication is probably amongst the toughest tasks you can throw at a Sawzall), so I can offer something of a comparison for prospective buyers considering this tool versus a plug-in. The advantages to a cordless tool are obvious, but here's the caveats to a battery-powered tool like this, which you should consider before you buy:

1) the biggest tradeoff is that this saw will run with very decent power for only about ten minutes, after which it's time to recharge or change batteries. That means the discharge rate is three times faster than the recharge rate of 30 minutes, so you'd actually need three batteries and two chargers to run this tool constantly. If you intend to use this saw primarily for quick cutting tasks or own multiple batteries, this won't be a bother to you. While it's running it is more than adequately powerful for most tasks, but if you are looking for the absolute maximum cutting power available, look elsewhere. This guy cuts great for a 3 amp saw, but it's no 12 amp plug-in.

2) the second major tradeoff with this saw compared to a plug-in Sawzall is that the handling is poor, in my opinion, due to the heavy battery positioned right below the grip. This makes the tool bulkier than a typical reciprocating saw, and puts the weight way back on the tool. I find control to be much diminished over a plug-in, which I usually grip from the front with my dominant hand. The battery is indeed very light for an 18v, but it is still quite noticeable.
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