4350FCT Top-Handle Jigsaw
This jigsaw from Makita offers a bright LED that illuminates the cutline even when working in dark spaces
At a still-svelte 5.7 lb., the Makita is compact, well balanced, and easy to maneuver. It has a small but bright LED that illuminates the cutline even when working in dark spaces. This is the quietest of all the saws tested, and it tied with the Bosch for the most overall power throughout all the tests. It has a soft-start feature to help it ease into the cut, rather than a variable-speed trigger. The trigger-lock button is well placed and easy to depress. The line of sight to the cutline is just right: There’s no need to crane your neck to see where you’re cutting. The handle is thinner than on most of the other saws and is wrapped with a rubber grip, making it one of the most comfortable saws to use, especially for extended periods of time. In test after test, the Makita performed with top honors, slicing through all the materials with ease, even working through the 4×4 ipé posts better than any other saw. When switched to the highest orbital action, the saw carried itself along with barely any push from me. Even when switched to nonorbital mode, the speed of cut barely decreased, yet the quality of the cut increased.