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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to any home toolset, April 14, 2010
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This review is from: Makita BJR182Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Reciprocating Saw (Tool Only, No Battery) (Tools & Home Improvement)
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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Initial post: May 22, 2010 4:17:35 PM PDT
nonpareil says:
Appreciate your clarity about the issue of which battery to use. It seems even the Makita website does not make that clear. I own the delightful BDF452 drill/driver which of course uses the smaller 1.5A battery and wish Makita made a light recip saw that would work with it. But apparently they don't. Also loved your droll story about getting the tequila bottle open.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 7:47:47 PM PST
Dan Lebryk says:
Awesome review - Tequila bottle! What a great story.
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