Makita DJR181Z 18v Reciprocating Saw £83.99 @ Amazon
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Makita DJR181Z 18v Reciprocating Saw £83.99 @ Amazon

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Found 10th Apr 2016
I've been toying with picking one of these up on and off for a while, but always managing without. This is the cheapest I've seen it so finally picked it up - cheaper than the lower end model in the range and a fair bit cheaper than anywhere else I've found it.

Bare tool, appropriate case (141354-7) is £20 at toolstop, which is a pretty good deal as well, if needed and if you can find £5 worth of other stuff to put to good use to qualify for free shipping.

Happy sawing.

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If I had the kit already I'd be tempted, but can't justify extra on batteries that fit nothing else I own. Still voting hot as good if you own compatible kit.

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Yeah, definitely one for someone already bought into Makita's 18v system - a single battery and charger on their own would probably be more than the tool again.

Hmmm...If I saw with this, will it try to saw with me!!??

Anybody know the difference between this and the DJR182Z?

Have one of these, highly recommend for rough quick cuts. Had to chop up some old fence posts 4" thick with big nails in and it was like a knife through butter. Eats batteries though so make sure you have two.

I have one of these - awesome bit of kit. Thought I'd seldom use it, but there is rarely a job I don't. Great for demolition, cutting steel, pallets, nails, or just getting a saw into awkward places. Heavy on battery but so good.
Edited by: "Simes123" 10th Apr 2016

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marshy51

Anybody know the difference between this and the DJR182Z?



Makita UK: "Model DJR182 has been developed as a sister tool of DJR181. Featuring higher cost-competitiveness than the current model."

Translation: "We cheaped out a bit more on the 182 as compared to the 181 to save a few pennies"
Edited by: "mistertad111" 10th Apr 2016

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Simes123

I have one of these - awesome bit of kit. Thought I'd seldom use it, but … I have one of these - awesome bit of kit. Thought I'd seldom use it, but there is rarely a job I don't. Great for demolition, cutting steel, pallets, nails, or just getting a saw into awkward places. Heavy on battery but so good.



Just how heavy on batteries? I have a stack of BL1830s but none of the larger ones - I don't mind the odd swap, but too frequently might be a bit of a pain.

Bought this a few months back and I must say it's fantastic. From speaking to others it's the preferred 18v recip saw.

Oh Makita you will never know, anything about my home.........

right folks, help us out. I want to be chopping pallets / skip wood / tree boughs for my stove. Would I be better placed investing in something like this or a chainsaw?

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Makkand

Hmmm...If I saw with this, will it try to saw with me!!??



Keep taking the tablets............

cheers op, bargain.

mistertad111

Just how heavy on batteries? I have a stack of BL1830s but none of the … Just how heavy on batteries? I have a stack of BL1830s but none of the larger ones - I don't mind the odd swap, but too frequently might be a bit of a pain.



It's not that bad - you can saw up a pallet on one 4ah battery. It was more an observation than a complaint. It's a seriously powerful recip saw - it's a beast. The only time I've noticed the battery use is when I've been continuously sawing up firewood. For most tasks, the battery outlives the task.

Awesome bit of kit

Just bought a used dewalt 36v on fleabay for £88 plus £22pp but thinking I should go for something like this as it covered in paint and dust and probably on last legs.

how much are batteries for this?

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mistertad111

Just how heavy on batteries? I have a stack of BL1830s but none of the … Just how heavy on batteries? I have a stack of BL1830s but none of the larger ones - I don't mind the odd swap, but too frequently might be a bit of a pain.



I have 3 new 1830 batteries - they charge up in 22 minutes as they are fan cooled, so no problem. But you should know that though, surely......./

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thekudos

Just bought a used dewalt 36v on fleabay for £88 plus £22pp but thinking I … Just bought a used dewalt 36v on fleabay for £88 plus £22pp but thinking I should go for something like this as it covered in paint and dust and probably on last legs. how much are batteries for this?



what made you buy it then?

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OP - Free delivery included?????

CoolElectronics

Keep taking the tablets............



Maybe the tablets should take you!

smugjojo

I have 3 new 1830 batteries - they charge up in 22 minutes as they are … I have 3 new 1830 batteries - they charge up in 22 minutes as they are fan cooled, so no problem. But you should know that though, surely......./



What Ah are these? Just be careful as I think this is keyed so it only takes the 3Ah and above as I have a 1.5 and it doesn't fit... the reason being is that you can get through a 3Ah battery in 15 minutes if using it non-stop.

Awesome tool though - using mine pretty much all day yesterday cutting up wood!

Don't have a battery one but have mains driven, seldom used but when I do use it, its a life saver... some jobs are virtually impossible without one. Brilliant bit of kit. Defo recommend!

Gotta love a saw that gives something back

Why spend £80+ if you have always managed without one.
You can get Screwfix Cordless Erbauer brand for £60
Edited by: "bojangles" 11th Apr 2016

Can you use this model one handed? I used the makita DJR185Z mini recip saw at the weekend to cut up an old wooden shed, but I needed the one handed use it permits to do it.

It annihilated it

1-3 weeks delivery at this price or +£6 elsewhere in stock

seems to have been this price for a while?

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MrJed

Can you use this model one handed? I used the makita DJR185Z mini recip … Can you use this model one handed? I used the makita DJR185Z mini recip saw at the weekend to cut up an old wooden shed, but I needed the one handed use it permits to do it. It annihilated it



​Two hands needed, it's heavy and vicious

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Supercharged

What Ah are these? Just be careful as I think this is keyed so it only … What Ah are these? Just be careful as I think this is keyed so it only takes the 3Ah and above as I have a 1.5 and it doesn't fit... the reason being is that you can get through a 3Ah battery in 15 minutes if using it non-stop.Awesome tool though - using mine pretty much all day yesterday cutting up wood!



3.0Ah batteries. Bear in mind that you do not have to run them flat as they are memory protected so you can use for 10mins then start a reccharge.

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bojangles

Why spend £80+ if you have always managed without one.You can get … Why spend £80+ if you have always managed without one.You can get Screwfix Cordless Erbauer brand for £60



And the price of several batteries to use with it is...........

smugjojo

And the price of several batteries to use with it is...........



I think the idea with these deals at they're aimed at people who already have batteries - i.e. they've got a drill set already.

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bojangles

Why spend £80+ if you have always managed without one.You can get … Why spend £80+ if you have always managed without one.You can get Screwfix Cordless Erbauer brand for £60



Because "managing" and having the correct tool for the job are not the same thing, and because I already have a stack of Makita batteries and charger, as do I'm sure many (all?) others who have bought this?

And also, because reciprocating saws are just about the most fun there is in power tools.
Edited by: "mistertad111" 12th Apr 2016

mistertad111

Because "managing" and having the correct tool for the job are not the … Because "managing" and having the correct tool for the job are not the same thing, and because I already have a stack of Makita batteries and charger, as do I'm sure many (all?) others who have bought this?And also, because reciprocating saws are just about the most fun there is in power tools.



I agree, having the right tool for the job is key. I've spent years 'managing' but i cannot explain how useful some of these things are. Worth taking the plunge every now and again!

mine arrived today great tool It was boxed with two blades

For info to assist regarding battery, the jump from a 3ah to a 4ah battery is massive. The jump from 4ah to 5ah is negligible with a full recharge achievable in 25 mins give or take. I've recently upgraded my tools to the 18v range and have 6 tools and three X 4ah batteries. Shop around for best 4ah battery and you won't go wrong.
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