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Makita DJV180Z Review 

Thanks for taking your time to read our review of the Makita DJV180Z 18 V cordless jigsaw.  

This jigsaw is compatible with the Makita 18V range of batteries, and is usually sold as a body only option.

In summary it delivers between 0-2,600 strokes per minute, has a tool less blade change and an LED job light. It is very popular with professionals and also with those who need to own a high quality cordless jigsaw.

It is covered by a 3 year manufacturer warranty, once you register the jigsaw online.

Below we have included a full and detailed review of this highly popular choice for UK buyers.

How Buyers Rate the Makita DJV180Z?

96%
Buyer Satisfaction

96% buyer satisfaction based on 2,500+ online buyer reviews

  • 88% of all online buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • 1% of all buyers gave this a poor review

It is clear that with 2,500+ online buyers having left a review, that this particular Makita model has sold in its thousands. Overall, based on that very high number of sales, it has also maintained an extremely high buyer satisfaction rating, with little to no complaints.

What Buyers Say about the Makita DJV180Z?

Pros

  • Buyers stated that this was a fast cutting jigsaw that maintained great accuracy  
  • Most buyers agreed that although the initial expense is a lot of money, it really is a very good investment for a high quality tool
  • The majority of buyers said the saw is really easy to use and feels really balanced in your hands
  • Overall, most buyers said that this jigsaw is well made and built to last

Cons

  • A couple of buyers said that like most jigsaws the dust extraction system could be improved
This is a great high end jigsaw that seems to be very popular with buyers. 97% of buyers have rated this jigsaw very highly and this is from over 2000 reviews.

Makita DJV180Z Specification

  • Measures 8.5 x 30.5 x 22.5 cm
  • Weighs 2.4 Kg (Average for a jigsaw)
  • Needs to be powered by a compatible Makita 18V 3.0Ah Li-ion battery - though a larger 4.0 or 5.0 Ah battery will last even longer (LXT slide type)
  • It has a 22 minute charge time
  • It has a very comfortable grip
  • It also has an LED job light that creates and easy to trace cutting line.
  • It delivers a smooth and cut as it has a high stroke speed of 2,600spm.
  • The stroke length is 26 mm
  • It is also very quiet with noise sound pressure of 78 dB(A) and a noise K factor of just 3 dB(A)
  • Vibrations are also very low at 1.5 m/sec
  • The jigsaw comes with a Hex wrench, an anti splintering device, a cover plate and a dust nozzle
  • Maximum cut in wood 135mm
  • Maximum cut in steel 10mm
  • Length of stroke 26mm
  • Universal shank type
  • Comes with 6 blades (4 wood and 2 metal)

Makita DJV180Z Compatible Battery Model Numbers

This saw only works with the Makita 18V Li-Ion style battery

  • BL1830
  • BL1830B
  • BL1840
  • BL1840B
  • BL1850
  • BL1850B
  • BL1860B

Makita DJV180Z  - Key Features

Fast Speed and Stroke Length

This jigsaw will do 0-2600 strokes per minute which is pretty high compared to other models and it will cut to a maximum of 10m in steel and 135mm in wood. The stroke length is 26mm which is pretty standard for this type of saw.

Straight and Bevel Cuts

Like any good jigsaw it will be able to make straight cuts. The better jigsaws might have a tilting base, which does allow you to make angled cuts up to a 45 degree angle.

This Makita model does of course allow this and the angle setting is very accurate. The bevel cuts on this model can cut up to 45 degrees left or right and a positive stop at 90 degrees

A Very Quick Video Review

We have looked over all the video reviews and found this great short presentation on this Makita power tool. It gives you an instant idea of what to expect as well as telling you all the features and spec in and easy to understand format.

I hope you enjoy watching it as I always think its much better to see a tool in action rather than just reading about it or seeing pictures. This guy is particularly good at explaining the features of the jigsaw and he is well known for demonstrating Makita tools.

The Makita Brand

The Makita brand sell a wide range of cordless tools and tools for the construction and demolition industries. They also sell some garden machinery. They sell their tools through various stores in the UK including B&Q, Screwfix, Cromwell, Jewson, Buildbase, Bradfords, Wickes and more.

Their HQ is in Japan. Their Telford manufacturing plant is the only full-production facility for power tools in the UK and has been successfully running construction on many of our top line cordless power tools since 1991.

Makita believe that for a good tool you need a good motor, and Makita makes every effort to make sure their motors are of the best quality. They use premium grade steel to produce armature shafts and gears, and only steel of the highest grade is used.

They also complete quality control tests on each and every, machine that leaves their manufacturing plants.

What Makes a Good Cordless Jigsaw?

Tool Only Option

Most manufacturers make "tool only" options which is the tool sold without a battery and charger. A tool only option does make the jigsaw cheaper however you do need to have a compatible battery and charger.

Manufacturer

Ideally you should buy a cordless jigsaw from a good quality and well respected brand. That way you know the tool is made of good quality and also has good customer service and most importantly you can get parts should you need them. The best known brands are Makita, Dewalt, and Bosch.

Power

The power is shown in volts on a cordless jigsaw, and the capacity of the battery is measured in Ampere Hours (Ah) As a general rule the higher the Ah rating the better. Ah is a measure of capacity and the minimum for a jigsaw is 3.0Ah. You can also get 4.0 Ah and 5.0 Ah which will last longer

Jigsaw Speed

Speed is measured in rotations per minute (RPM) and will either be a fixed speed or a variable speed. The much better choice is variable speed as it gives you much better control. It also allows you to use the right speed depending on what material you are cutting, such as soft woods, hard woods and metal. You also want a longer stroke length and anything over 200 mm is a great choice.

Bevel Cuts

Better quality jigsaws have a tilting base plate which will allow you to make bevel cuts.

Other Features

Other features that are an advantage to have is an LED work light, a good dust extraction system, electronic motor protection, and tool free blade changing.

Our Verdict on the Makita DJV180Z?

It will be hard to find a better cordless jigsaw on the UK market. That should tell you just how good this jigsaw really is.

We have no hesitation in recommending this to you as it is powerful, accurate and has all the really useful features that you will ever need.

As you can see this Makita model ticks all of the boxes for a good quality cordless jigsaw.

If this is not the jigsaw for you, then we recommend checking out our top 10 list of jigsaws by clicking here.

This Makita model is high on our list, and richly deserves its place on that list.

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