The AVT in Makita’s AVT line of tools stands for Anti-Vibration Technology. The AVT tools work on the same principle as a boxer engine in a motorcycle: a mechanism inside the tool propels a counterweight that balances the force of the tool’s stroke. In addition to giving the user a much smoother experience, the technology also increases the efficiency of the tool, because it isn’t jolted all around while it’s cutting or pounding or whatever. Toolmonger has featured the AVT jackhammer — and of course, we’d all love to use a jackhammer at least once. But now the AVT technology is also available in a tool your average Toolmonger can get some use out of, a recip saw.
In addition to smoother cutting, the saw features tool-less blade and shoe adjustment; a clutch that’ll cut power to the gears should the blade become stuck; and a variable speed control. A 15A motor powers the saw, which has a cutting stroke of 1-1/4″.
If you want to get a look at Makita’s AVT line, their website features an explanation of the technology and a video of the difference between AVT and non-AVT tools. If you want get your hands on the smooth-operating saw, the average street price is $160.