Makita Adds 12V CXT Jigsaw, Tile Saw, Light

Makita 12V Max CXT Jigsaw

Makita has recently announced the release of 3 new tools to be added to their new 12V CXT Cordless lineup: a Jigsaw, a 3-3/8” Tile/Glass Saw, and a portable L.E.D. flashlight. All of these tools utilize Makita’s new slide type battery packs that seem to be phasing out their older stick style packs. These slide battery packs come in 2.0 Ah & 4.0 Ah for extended run time compared to 12V MAX packs. Both feature L.E.D. charge level indicators.

Over last holiday season we saw the release of the first tools to utilize this 12V CXT system, their 12V Max CXT Drill/Driver Combo Kits, and it seems that they will continue to expand this lineup.

The new 12V Max CXT Jigsaw has as super-compact design, at just over 9” long and weighs around 4lbs with a battery. The variable speed motor is capable of delivering 2,900 strokes per minute and offers 3 orbital settings along with straight cut. A built-in electric brake ensures the blade stops when the trigger is released. The base rotates up to 45° in both directions.

Makita 12V Max CXT Jigsaw

A rear dust port allows for vacuum attachment and there is also dust blower in the front of the tool to clear the cut path. A possible downside is that blade changes require the on-board wrench. Available as bare tool or as a kit that includes the saw, blade, two 12V max CXT™ 2.0Ah batteries, charger, and tool case.

Cutting capacities are as follows:
Wood (@90°): 2-9/16”
Aluminum (@90°): 5/32”
Mild steel (@90°): 1/16”

The new 12V Max CXT 3-3/8″ Tile/Glass Saw also has a compact and lightweight design, weighing just over 4 lbs with a battery. It also includes a 16.9 oz water tank attachment for use in wet cutting applications. The base is nickel-plated to prevent rust and rotates up to 45° for bevel cuts. The 3-3/8” blades allow for a 1” cutting depth @ 90° and 5/8” cut depth @45°. Sold as bare tool or as a kit that includes the saw, a 3-3/8” diamond blade, two 12V max CXT™ 2.0Ah batteries, charger, and tool case.

Makita 12V Max CXT 3-3/8" Tile/Glass Saw

The 12V Max CXT L.E.D. flashlight weighs in at an impressive .6 lbs with a 2.0 Ah battery and is 3-7/16” long which makes it perfect for machinery or automotive work. It would also make for a nice handheld light to keep close by when forward lighting is preferable to hanging or mounted lights that may be too large to reach in small spaces or may cast shadows from the operator. It will run for up to 28 hours on a 12V max CXT 4.0Ah battery (not included) and is rated at 100 lumens. And with a bare tool price of around $25, this would be a good piece for anyone’s collection.

12V Max CXT L.E.D. flashlight

For more info on the 12V CXT Cordless lineup see the full press release from Makita below

La Mirada, Calif. – Makita, a pioneer in cordless technology, has expanded the next generation of 12 volt with a new 12V max CXT™ Jig Saw, 3-3/8” Tile/Glass Saw, and L.E.D. Flashlight. Makita 12V max CXT™ features slide-style batteries and are engineered to be more compact with more comfort and more capacity.

Expanding Line-Up
The new Jig Saw, 3-3/8” Tile/Glass Saw, and L.E.D. Flashlight are additions to the recently-released 12V max CXT™ launch line-up which includes two driver-drills, a hammer driver-drill, impact driver, recipro saw, and 3-3/8” circular saw. There is also a brushless driver-drill and brushless hammer driver-drill. All tools are powered by new 12V max CXT™ Lithium-Ion slide-style batteries with on-board L.E.D. charge level indicators.

2.0Ah and 4.0Ah Batteries
The new 12V max CXT™ tools are available in kits with 2.0 amp hour (Ah) batteries and charger. 12V max CXT™ tools are also available as “tool only” (batteries and charger sold separately), so it’s easy for users to expand their line-up. For extended run time, a new 4.0Ah battery with on-board L.E.D. charge level indicator is also available (BL1041B, sold separately).

Here is a summary of new 12V max CXT™ releases:

12V max CXT™ Jig Saw (VJ04R1/Z)
The new 12V max CXT™ Lithium-Ion Jig Saw delivers 0-2,900 strokes per minute with 3 orbital settings plus straight cutting for increased versatility. The die-cast aluminum base adjusts from 0° to 45° right to left. At only 9-1/8” long and 3.8 lbs. (with 2.0Ah battery) it is a compact and convenient cutting option for a range of materials. The kit includes the Jig Saw, jig saw blade, two 12V max CXT™ 2.0Ah batteries, charger, and tool case.

12V max CXT™ 3-3/8” Tile/Glass Saw (CC02R1/Z)
The new 12V max CXT™ Lithium-Ion 3-3/8” Tile/Glass Saw delivers smooth and powerful cutting, with a compact design that’s engineered for ease-of-use and maneuverability. The CC02R1 is compact and weighs only 4.2 lbs. (with 2.0Ah battery). With 1,600 RPM, 1 in. cutting capacity, and a large 16.9 oz. water supply tank for wet cutting applications, it is a compact and efficient cutting solution for tile and glass. The kit includes the Saw, 3-3/8” diamond blade (tile/glass), two 12V max CXT™ 2.0Ah batteries, charger, and tool case.

12V max CXT™ L.E.D. Flashlight (ML103)
The new 12V max CXT™ Lithium-Ion Cordless L.E.D. Flashlight is a portable and ultra-compact light source. The efficient L.E.D. light delivers long run time, with up to 28 hours per charge using the 4.0Ah battery (sold separately). The ML103 is 3-7/16” long and weighs only 0.6 lbs. (with 2.0Ah battery, sold separately). The compact size makes it ideal for convenient illumination in tight spaces. (tool only, battery and charger sold separately)

Three Year Limited Warranty
Each Makita Lithium-Ion Power Tool, Battery and Charger is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of THREE YEARS from the date of original purchase with exceptions. For more on this Limited 3-Year Warranty, go to



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