Makita - 4350FCT Top-Handle Jigsaw - Fine Homebuilding Tool Review
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4350FCT Top-Handle Jigsaw

Makita - 4350FCT Top-Handle Jigsaw

This jigsaw from Makita offers a bright LED that illuminates the cutline even when working in dark spaces

$155.00 (As of 1/1/1900)

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Editor Choice-Best Overall

Editor's Review: Tool Test: Top-Handle Jigsaws

review date: July 14, 2011

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 4x4 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.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Feel N/A
Cutting N/A
Blade change N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Makita
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-462-5482
Weight 5.7 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Amps 6.3 amps
Volts N/A
Speed Soft-start
Special Features LED

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