Makita 3.9 Amp Jig Saw

Last updated: April 15, 2019

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Product Details

In our analysis of 161 expert reviews, the Makita 3.9 Amp Jig Saw placed 8th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Variable speed control dial (500-3,100 SPM) enables user to match the speed to the application for optimal cutting performance in a variety of materials Ergonomically designed rubberized grip for increased comfort and control Counterweight balancing system for reduced vibration Die-cast aluminum base adjusts up to 45° right or left and positive stop at 90° for solid cutting performance Through-the-body dust port provides optimal dust management with use of clear dust cover and vacuum 3 orbital settings plus straight cutting with a powerful 3.9 AMP motor for use in a variety of materials Large trigger switch for easy operation Lock-on button for extended operation Onboard hex wrench for fast and easy blade changes and bevel adjustments Uses Tang shank blades

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Woodworkers and precision craftsman favor the saw's control and precision.
The ergonomic rubberized handle and lock-on feature for extended use without fatigue.
A good jig saw with a carefully designed safety system. It lets you cut smoothly and accurately.
Its rubber grips and light weight make it comfortable for long-term use.
The counterweight balancing system minimizes vibration and enhances comfort.
One nice addition to this jigsaw is the lock-on button. It is a feature that is often not seen even on more premium models. It’s nice to know that Makita chose to include it.
Besides having a powerful motor, there is a variable speed control dial which enables one to switch to the required speed to the application. This provides optimal cutting performance for a number of materials.
This jigsaw is one of the best top handle tools out there and offers a large trigger that is comfortable and straightforward to use. It has some vibration, as any jigsaw does, but it is less than average.
Woodworkers and precision craftsman favor the saw’s control and precision.
Jigsaws are notoriously bad at cutting straight lines, but this one gets you as close as you’ll probably get from a budget model. Its ergonomic controls permit long, comfortable use, which itself cuts down on imprecision. It also delivers remarkable power for a 3.9 amp motor.
Makita 4329K is constructed with a dust cover and a vacuum to ensure a neat and tidy surface.
It can work for long periods with lock-on button and large trigger switch.
You can lock the button, and that is an absolute necessity if you are doing long or continuous cuts. Personally I would not buy a jig saw that doesn't have this important but simple feature.
The Makita 4329K Variable-Speed Jig Saw Makita 4329k Review has a dust port that allows you to attach your vacuum to the unit, whenever the saw is in non-beveled operation. The dust cover is transparent and can slid up and down for shielding.
It has through-the-body dust port which can be attached to vacuum.
This is a great tool for those looking to remodel their home or get into woodworking as a hobby.
This is a lightweight saw you’ll be able to use for an extended period without fatigue.
The speed dial for this Makita model is, like the Porter-Cable, right under your thumb and therefore MUCH more convenient than the 4350FCT which is on the back of the machine.
It’s a lightweight device and is stable enough to deal with your cutting needs.
It comes with a dust port to have an absolutely dust-free cutting environment.
Most of the tang shank style blades are fully compatible with this jigsaw. Makita has thrown in a hex key for easy blade replacement.
A key feature of this model is that it houses a through-the-body dust port. This removes the dust from your line of vision, which allows for a smoother cut.
The manufacturer has placed a die-cast aluminum base which can adjust up to 45 degrees left or right for it to provide solid cutting performance. The triggers are large enough for ease operation of the saw.

What reviewers didn't like

A few owners encountered difficulty in dealing with 45 degree angles and keeping the blade true to 90 degrees.
The sole is adjusted with a hex key which is not always convenient.
There is no dust collection system, so you’ll need to use external tools for that.
Making the blade too tight can slightly knock it out of alignment.
Relatively weak motor compared to other models we reviewed.
It's pricey.
Requires a wrench for blade change.
A few owners encountered difficulty when dealing with 45-degree angles and keeping the blade true to 90 degrees.
Higher price than other budget jigsaws.
Tightening the blade can knock it slightly out of kilter so take care when making adjustments.
You have to use a small wrench to change the blade - for most people that is not that big a job, but if it was going to be used a lot would be inconvenient.
It is a basic saw with virtually no bells or whistles. If you are looking for the bells and whistle, this is not the saw for you. If you need a powerful saw, again this is not for you.
Its power chord is short ( 2 meters only).
Because the motor is 3.9 amps, it is not powerful enough for the average construction professional.
It requires a hex wrench to change the blade and the power cord is only 2 m. long.
The biggest drawback of this saw is its blade changing option. Instead of having a quick release, the Makita 4329K requires a hex wrench to insert and remove blades. This can be frustrating if you are needing to move from rough cut to finished cut frequently.
Sometimes making sharp angle cuts can challenging.
Some users have complained about lack of consistency in its performance after a few years of use.
Unstable blade SPM. It varies between 500 – max speed. Most of it is dependent on the quality of the work piece, but some jigsaws come with a constant force technology. This technology is crucial in determining a more stable blade RPM or SPM for that matter.
It only has a 3.9-amp motor, which is not impressive on paper but powerful enough in practice. It’s like you can’t judge a car from the engine horsepower alone. The bigger issue is that the Makita hasn’t kept up with the time and is not equipped with tool-free blade change.
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