Makita LS1016L 10" Sliding Dual Compound Mitersaw

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
Makita
Model:
LS1016L
Price:
$550

Description

* Miters 0°-52° left and 0°-60° right, with positive stops at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, and 45° (left and right)
* Soft start feature for smooth start-ups
* Electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load
* 4-3/4" tall dual sliding fence system features upper and lower fence adjustments
* Built-in laser indicates line-of-cut whether blade is turning or not; on-off switch and micro-adjustments for "left-of-blade" or "right-of-blade" cutting
* Dual rear-handle bevel lock adjusts 0°-45° (left and right), with positive stops at 0°, 22.5°, 33.9° and 45° (left and right)
* One-touch miter lock
* Replaceable stainless steel miter scale
* Dual bevel scale
* See-through blade guard system

* Blade Diameter: 10"
* Arbor: 5/8"
* Crown Molding (nested: 6-5/8"
* Baseboard (vertical: 4-3/4"
* Max Cutting Capacity (Bevel/Miter):
90°/90°, 2-13/16" x 12"
45°/45° L/R, 2-13-/16" x 8-1/2"
* No Load Speed: 3,200 RPM
* AMPS (120V): 15.0
* Dimensions (LxWxH): 28-1/4" x 25-1/4" x 26-1/2"
* Weight: 53.3 lbs

WOOD magazine review

Soft start, smooth-sliding, spot-on accuracy

Review Summary

Makita’s new 10" dual-compound sliding mitersaw provides the cut capacity for nested crown molding (6-5/8") comparable to a 12" slider. But I like its soft-start motor most of all. Almost every mitersaw, slider or not, kicks like a startled mule when you power up and down. But not this one. Squeeze the trigger and the beveled- gear motor eases up to speed in about a second-and-a-half. Nice!
This saw also features two sets of sliding rails with three linear bearings per rail for increased rigidity and decreased side-to-side play, which results in greater cutting accuracy. I crosscut 12"-wide stock with the saw at 90° and just shy of 9" when set for a 45° miter. The saw rotates 52° to the left and 60° to the right, with nine miter detents that proved dead-on. The miter lock takes some getting used to because there’s not only a finger-lift to bypass the detents, but also a push-and-twist lock. Six bevel stops prove helpful, but the bevel lock is on the rear of the saw and difficult to reach and use. Lasers often prove meaningless, but this one needs no batteries, works great, and adjusts easily for spot-on cut placement. And you even get a 60-tooth blade that makes furniture- quality cuts, saving the price of buying a replacement blade.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Really Good Saw

Review Summary

Everything in the Editor's Review is true, so I won't repeat it all. Setting it up was tedious & time consuming, especially squaring the fence to the blade. Loosen 4 bolts, move it a little, tighten bolts, check, repeat. But once it was finally square, it is rock solid, & even after a year & a half of daily use, it is dead-on accurate. My only complaint is about setting the bevel.
There are 2 scales, but both are toward the rear & it's hard to read those tiny degree markings that are so close together. My solution: miter a block to the desired angle, then turn it up 90 degrees on edge & use that to set the bevel, forgeting about the bevel scales. All in all, though, it's a great saw. I'd buy one again, & I'd recommend it to a friend.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Not too heavy, but still heavy duty

Review Summary

I'd been looking for a new mitersaw to upgrade from my old Sears, and after reading a lot of reviews, this Makita seemed to rise to the top a lot. I didn't need a 12" slider, too heavy and overkill really for what I do, mostly light construction and DIY and a lot of shop woodworking. So I went with the 10", and it's paying off huge! This saw is more accurate than I ever expected a slider to be. It's fairly lightweight, but it doesn't feel cheap.
It's got plenty of power to cut through big treated posts and 8/4 oak, and I like the way it doesn't kick like a mule when I pull the trigger. Nice! Changing the miter angle takes some new learning because the controls are kind of "backward" from most saws, but once I got used to it it's second nature. Overall, very, very nice saw!

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

well made saw

Review Summary

I have owned this saw for about 5 years now and it has out performed and out lasted the dewalts and boschs in the shop. It even came with a blade you can use right out of the box...I am a cabinet maker by trade and build furniture on the side, this saw is the best I have used to date.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

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