Makita are well renowned for producing power tools that offer high performance and are high quality. The Makita JV0600K Jigsaw is no exception to this. For anyone on the look out for a corded jigsaw that is both well designed and highly powerful, then this is one of the best ones currently out there.
With the JV0600K, Makita have made a power tool that produces great durability and performance. This makes it ideal for a whole range of applications. When considering purchasing a jigsaw, the main thing you should consider is its performance, power and functionality. It should provide a wide level of versatility whilst being easy to use.
It is important that any power tool is able to stand the test of time, including years of heavy scale use. With the JV0600K you get all of these things and more. This review of the Makita JV0600K Jigsaw will examine all of the power tools functions and features, including how well made it is, what is included, how much power it generates, and what sort of materials it as able to cut.
After reading our in depth review, you will be left in just as much awe of the jigsaw as we are.
This model runs off a highly powerful motor that is 6.5 amp, meaning it is capable of generating anything from 500-310 strokes per minute (no load speed). The correct velocity level can easily be obtained via a control dial that lets you vary the speed. The JV0600K enables you to make more accurate and faster cuts through a wide range of materials thanks to its three orbital cutting settings.
The jigsaw is stable and comfortable to use. It has an aluminium (die cast) base that makes it highly durable. It can also be easily adjusted in both directions to up to 45 degrees. Its low profile design improves the jigsaws handling in those tight work spaces. Fatigue is eliminated and greater control of cuts in guaranteed thanks to the JV0600K’s trigger that boats a feature where it locks on.
The ergonomically designed grip is also rubberised for extra comfort. The reduction in vibrations, thanks to Makita’s well designed counter balance system, also makes it comfortable to use for extended periods of time.
The counter balance system also helps to reduce damage to work pieces and improve the precision of your cuts. The dust blower that is built in to the JV0600K improves efficiency by clearing dust and debris from your line of sight.
The jigsaw can be connected to a vacuum cleaner via a dust port that goes through its body to prevent dust and debris from gathering in your work space. Makita have made the sometimes difficult job of changing the cutting blades very easy thanks to an innovative tool less system. This can simply be done by taking out the old blade and snapping the new one in.
The fact that it accepts any range of T shank cutting blades means it offers even greater versatility as it is able to cut through a range of materials, including tiles, plastic, metal, laminate flooring, aluminium and countertops.
- A 6.5 amp motor
- Up to 3,100 SPM
- A rubberized grip handle
- A tool free system to change the blades
- A lock on feature
- 3 orbital settings
- A control dial for variable speeds
- A total weight of 9.2 pounds
- Easy to control
- Comfortable to use
- Good performance when making intricate and long cuts
- Powerful motor
- Channing the cutting blade is very easy to do
- The cutting blade that comes as standard is not the best quality
- The power cord is not always long enough
What others say about the Makita JV0600K Jigsaw
On the whole, most customers and users of the JV0600K are impressed and have nothing but positive things to say about it. Some of these examples are below:
“Bought this model to replace my old Bosch 1587. It does have excellent balance, very little vibration, and the blade change mechanism works quite well. As a trim carpenter, I use jigsaws primarily for coping molding.”
“This is one of the very best jig saws I have ever owned. Used with Makita brand blades, it slices through mild steel or plywood like butter! Tight turns are easier due to the higher amperage that gives it so much more power to take it through materials smoothly. I love the Makita brand and purchase Makita almost exclusive in hand tools. I recommend you spend the extra money to buy a tool that will last a lifetime!”
However, as with any power tool, the JV0600K is not to the liking of all that have used it. Some of these examples are below:
“I found that the blade easily comes off track and the base opening is a little large and allows the molding to come through and get hung up. The dial for the orbital settings isn’t very smooth and I can see it becoming a problem down the road. I would highly recommend for general use but unfortunately doesn’t work for my needs.”
“Works great for me, but my boss has had the same jigsaw for about 2 years now and the screw/bolt holding the flat plate on snapped and now he can’t use or fix it.”
The JV0600k Jigsaw by Makita is a highly impressive corded power tool that comes armed with a 6.5 amp motor and lots of useful functions and features. It is super versatile given its range of variable speed controls, a lock on setting, and 3 orbital settings. All of these features make it perfect for producing intricate and long cuts.
The jigsaw is very sturdy thanks to its strong aluminium (die cast) build. Perfect smooth and clean cuts are easily achievable thanks to a vibration control system. It’s easy blade change feature makes changing old blades and swapping them for ones that can cut through a range of different materials a breeze.
We really do think this is one of the best jigsaws currently available on the market. It will provide you with many years of usage, even through the more demanding jobs.