Since its inception, Makita as a brand has always stood out for making high quality power tools. It is why most professionals would be willing to spend a lot more just to get a piece of Makita action. How good are their jigsaws? Well, those who have used them agree that they are some of the best in the market.
Some of the best options for the money include the Makita 4329K and the Makita JV0600K units. These two are good in terms of their features and remain among the affordable units in the market. Let us see below how they further compare.
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The Makita 4329K is for a beginner and a DIYer who might not use the tool more often. It has enough power to effectively handle the basic applications with ease.
If you want more power, then the Makita JV0600K should be your choice. It is often loved by professionals for being affordable and offering more power for the money.
The Makita 4329K is one of the cheapest models in the market. Other than being affordable, what other features make it better? That is what we want to look at below.
Knowing that you can have the best variable speed jigsaw will put your mind at ease because you know it is a versatile tool. The speed control dial allows you to change the speed from 500 to 3,100 SPM so that you can match the tool to your application.
Thanks to such versatility, the tool is all about working on a variety of materials. We recommend that you also consider using the right blade to achieve the best output.
There is no doubt you would want to control your jigsaw better than before. Since it comes with a rubberized grip, then it is a nice tool with better control. It will also feel comfortable in the hand.
At 4.2 pounds, it is also a lightweight jigsaw. It is good to have a lightweight jigsaw as it allows for the best portability and control of the tool when working on various projects.
The best thing about this unit is that it comes with the option of cutting different materials. This often affects the maximum cutting capacity. The maximum capacity when cutting wood and steel is 2-9/16 inches and ¼ inches respectively.
Still, the unit can also offer angled cuts. The die-cast aluminum base can easily be adjusted up to 45 degrees on either side so that you can make such cuts.
The 3.9-amp motor might not be the most powerful, but it is still good for cutting various materials around the workshop. The motor is made of the latest technology to prevent it from heating even when you use it on a tough material for longer.
The 3-orbital settings combined with this motor are good for making different types of cuts. You can make smooth or aggressive cuts thanks to such types of settings.
The model has an onboard hex wrench important for fast and quick changing of the blade. The same wrench can be used for making bevel adjustments.
What We Like
- Changing the blade is easy
- The large trigger makes it easy to use
- It has a dust cover to prevent chips from flying
What We Don’t Like
- It has many plastic materials that might affect durability
The Solution: Even if it is made of more plastic materials, the plastic is hardened. This means that it can last for longer to enjoy using it for years to come.
Sometimes it is always good to see what you can achieve when comparing two units from the same manufacturer. This is a slightly expensive model in comparison to the 4329K unit above. As such, it is interesting to see what more you would be getting for the price.
The first thing we look at is the amount of power you get with the unit. For the price, you are getting a unit with a 6.5-amp motor. This type of motor is a better set up from what you get with the other model mentioned above.
More power means that it can handle even more materials you might need to cut in a workshop.
In addition to more power, it also comes with 3 orbital settings. These settings are good for those who want accurate cuts when going through the various materials you might have in a workshop.
The variable speed control is something you will appreciate when using this tool. The speed control dial allows you to set the speed from 500 to 3100 SPM. As such, it will be easier for you to match the speed of the tool to your applications.
One thing that stands out for the unit should be its usability. Having the counter balance system helps in reducing vibrations. This makes the unit good to use over a long time without worrying about the vibrations.
Still, the tool-less blade change system further improves the usability of the model. You can always switch out the blade faster and get back to work.
Another thing you will like about the unit should be its design. At 5.2 pounds, it is among the lightweight jigsaws in the market. The weight is also balanced so that it can reduce the operator fatigue and keep you working on a project for longer
Still on design, we find that it comes with an ergonomic rubberized grip and a two-finger trigger. The aim is to increase the comfort that you get with the tool.
It is interesting how its cutting capacity differs from what you get with the other model above. Its cutting capacity for wood and steel is 3-1/2 inches and 3/8 inches respectively. It thus offers more cutting capacity.
What We Like
- It has a tool-less blade change system
- It is well-balanced to reduce operator fatigue
- The ergonomic rubberized grip improves comfort and control
What We Don’t Like
- Lacks LED lighting for illumination
The Solution: If you can set up a well-lit workshop, then you would not worry much about lacking LED lights. The other features make it worth for the price.
Which is Better?
Looking at the similarities, both models have a variable speed control. This makes both units highly versatile. You also like they are both lightweight. Being lightweight means that they reduce the fatigue on the user and they also offer better control.
The Makita JV0600K easily stands out as a better choice thanks to the kind of power it offers. For its power, it is also good in terms of cutting capacity. The unit also offers a tool-less blade change system, making it easy to switch out the older blade. You will also not have to add a lot of money to get the model, thus it is still affordable.
These two models are both good values for the money they retail at. If you are likely to use the jigsaw only a few times a year on personal projects, then go for the Makita 4329K unit. However, if you can add a few bucks then you can get the Makita JV0600K which has more power and it is sturdier.
Whichever model that you decide to pick, just know that it will remain working for years to come. We also see that you do not always have to spend so much to get the best jigsaw in the market.