Makita 11 amp Reciprocating Saw Review


The Makita 11 amp reciprocating saw model JR3050T is lightweight, well balanced, and powerful. I’ve used and abused mine for 6 years and it still runs like new.

To lock on, or not to lock on.

This saw comes in two versions: a model with a lock-on switch, pictured above, and model with no lock-on. Neither have a lock-off safety.


Interesting news: Makita has released a 12amp, model JR3051T, which has a rafter hook, but no lock-on switch. There is no mention of a case. See below:

Makita JR3051T Recipro Saw – 12 AMP

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The case seen above (model#824734-9) came with my lock-on version and is great for carrying long blades. The no lock-on version comes with a short case. So one has space for long blades and the other leaves more space in your vehicle for other gear.

Blade Change

Makita’s tool-less chuck stays locked open until you drop in a blade, right side up or upside down, at which point it locks itself in. After a cut the spring loaded mechanism spits out the hot blade with a twist of the rubber overlaid chuck. There’s an adjustable shoe too. Nice!


As for vibration I’d put Makita’s 11 amp on par with their 18 volt cordless unit. Both have more vibration than Makita’s 36 volt cordless or their 15 amp corded AVT. That said, until I tried these larger units the 11 amp corded Makita’s vibration never bothered me.

This Old Dog Still Hunts

This saw is missing some of the bells and whistles found on newer cordless units: no rafter hook, led light, or bluetooth. But at 7.3 lbs it’s lighter than most cordless recips. It has a lock-on option, which is great for demo work. And it’s corded so, as long as the power is on, it never runs out of juice.

If you get one of these saws I hope you enjoy it. See the tool in action here:


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