Makita is a power tool manufacturer that’s well-known for producing mid-range tools at affordable prices, so we were excited to take a closer look at the Makita 4329 variable speed jig saw, which has made quite a reputation for itself among DIYers.
The saw comes with a few orbital settings in addition to straight cutting options and can be used on a wide variety of materials.
It also offers an ergonomic design that allows the user to saw away in comfort because it minimizes user fatigue and encourages longer use.
This is a very versatile jig saw and one that’s packed with important features that focus on power, precision, and of course, user comfort.
For the price, this saw really is a steal, however, it’s not designed for pro use and would be a better pick for the DIYer than the woodworker.
Makita Jig Saw Specs and Features
This lower-priced jig saw also comes with a variable speed control dial that allows users to match the speed based on application. This type of control can ensure, faster, cleaner cuts.
Often, jig saws in this price range produce too much vibration, which can negatively impact the quality of a cut and can definitely increase user fatigue, so it was surprising to learn that this model features a counterweight balancing system that focuses on reducing vibration.
Additionally, it comes with a die-cast aluminum base that can be adjusted up to forty-five-degree angles right or left with a positive stop at ninety degrees.
Did we mention it’s also pretty powerful? The saw is equipped with a 3.9 amp motor. Combined with the variable speed dial you’ll enjoy better quality cuts. The saw also offers 11/16 inch stroke with three orbital cut settings and the standard straight cut setting.
Measuring in at just a little over eight inches long and weighing a little over four pounds, this compact design allows you to power through any job without experiencing arm, wrist, or hand fatigue, making it perfect for operation in tight spaces or for dangerous overhead cuts.
Jig Saw Pros and Cons
Pros: While this is by no means a fancy feature-packed saw, what stood out to us, aside from the lower price, was its compact size. When you test it out it’ll become clear that it’s not a very powerful saw, but it’s perfect for light work and can handle tight working spaces like a champ. While it’s not very powerful, the smaller motor is well-matched for the saw’s size. It also offers three orbital settings, a variable speed dial, and an aluminum shoe designed to keep the saw’s weight down. The shoe can also be adjusted up to forty-five degrees in either direction which is perfect for most small jobs.
The die-cast aluminum base works to both reduce vibration and dampen sound.
With an ergonomic design and a rubberized grip that offers a larger trigger area and a lock-on button for easy continuous use, this Makita jig saw is a pleasure to use, even for bigger projects. The trigger lock can be easily set using the thumb. The counterweight balancing system actually works to keep the vibration down to a minimum, reducing user fatigue and making it much easier to guide cuts. You’ll notice that very little vibration is transmitted through the hands, even when you’re ripping through tough materials.
The saw’s blade locking system is easy to use and locks square and tight. The saw also comes equipped with a dust port. To use you’ll need to attach a shop vac to the unit, but only when the saw is in a non-beveled position. The transparent dust cover slides up and down for shielding. This is an excellent dust collection system that’s very efficient and works to minimize debris and improve the user’s visibility as they saw.
The saw comes with a carry case, wrench, blade, and user’s manual that’s easy to understand. The manual goes over safety precautions, how to change out the blade and how to adjust the saw.
Cons: There are some downsides to this saw. It’s smaller than the average jig saw, which means you’ll only be able to guide it comfortably using one hand. The smaller design also means that it has a smaller motor. While in theory, the saw can cut through wood that’s up to two and a half inches thick, the size of the motor means that it’s unable to cut through wood at record speed. Additionally, you might run into issues if you have to rip through denser woods.
In order to adjust the cutting angle or change out the blade, you’ll need to use a hex wrench. This tedious setup is somewhat of a drawback for consumers who prefer tool-less angle and blade change systems. However, you’ll find a small storage space designed to hold the hex tool, which makes changing the blade or adjusting the angle a little more convenient. Some users felt that the dust shield was tricky to adjust.
Makita Jig Saw Conclusion and Rating
The Makita 4329K jig saw is a great model, but it won’t work for everyone. For some, the saw’s wider than average handle will be difficult to grip comfortably, however, the saw’s lighter weight helps to reduce user fatigue. This is a basic jig saw that doesn’t come with any bells and whistles, so if you’re looking for a feature-packed model then this saw isn’t for you. It’s not high powered, but it does work well for small to medium-sized projects. If you need a solidly built, low-cost, middle of the road option, this is a low-vibration, quiet, precise power tool that’s dependable and easy to operate. While the manufacturer markets this saw for pro use, we felt that it was a better choice for DIYers who are looking for a pro-grade, lower-priced jig saw for small jobs around the home. This saw earned a rating of four out of five stars for its compact design, efficiency, and overall quality.