A compound meter saw should never be an impulsive buy. There are numerous factors to consider before deciding on a certain model. First off, think about your budget, needs and storage space. Do you need a sliding compound miter saw? Can you fit a 12” saw in your garage or workshop? Chances are, you can decide on the right general category quite easily. The challenging part is choosing a particular unit. You must consider all the features you may want in a miter saw, such as range, lockable positive stops, clear angle indicators, ample table size, sliding fence type, blade changing mechanism, dust control, etc.
The best decision would be to assume you’ll need the features you’re not sure about and choose a compound miter saw that combines them all. As long as you can afford it there is a sure-fire way to be a satisfied buyer – selecting the single most versatile saw in its category. If, like most DIY buffs and industry professionals, you don’t see the need for a 12-inch blade, the best unit for your needs is definitely the Makita LS1016L. This 10” compound miter saw has unmatched cut capacity. It also features some of the most unique features and performance-enhancing innovations on the market.
Performance & Versatility
Makita’s dual compound miter saw is also a slider, allowing 12-inch and 8.5-inch cuts at 90 and 45 degrees, respectfully. To take it a step further, this portable saw has a 6.5-inch cutting depth. It’s the only 10-inch CMS you can use to split 4.75-in. baseboards and cut crown mouldings vertically. Makita’s sliding mechanism is a state-of-the-art 4-lever system designed to increase stability. Most impressively, the unit has a Micro-Adjustment feature that delivers unparalleled precision – you can easily adjust the angle by a tenth of a degree at a time.
Makita also includes a laser guide, which can be clearly seen thanks to the see-through safety fence implemented on the LS1016L. This machine can handle the toughest jobs, while being capable of unmatched precision. The micro-polished, blade included with the saw is one of the best 60-tooth options, even including aftermarket blades.
Although this compound miter saw can easily be used for industrial purposes, it was clearly designed for home-use. For such a powerful, sturdy double-slider, the 53.3 lbs Makita is an unbelievably light-weight saw. Most of us would be able to transport it without needing any help. The most impressive part is its size – at under 22 inches, this dual-compound slider is actually more compact than many ‘portable’ CMS’s. Another noteworthy feature is Makita’s noise-reducing design. It eliminates kick-back and the 15-amp motor is noticeably quieter than expected.
- Accessories: 60-T 10-in. blade, wrench, dust bag, Triangular Ruler, Vise.
- Dimensions: 19.5 x 21.25 x 12
- Table: 25 ¼ inches
- Miter Capacity: up to 60
- Cord Length: 8.2 feet
- Warranty: 3 months Money-Back; 12 months Limited Warranty
Buyer Reviews and Conclusion
Makita is a brand widely known for unsurpassed quality and innovation, so it’s no surprise that the LS1016L received raving reviews from craftsmen and amateurs alike. Past buyers call it the most accurate sliding saw in the industry. Many others are also impressed with the accuracy and precision control they’re able to achieve using the LS1016L. There were, however, some complains about the user manual readability. Of course, a digital version is freely accessible on-line. Overall, this CMS easily claimed the top prize in its category. If you want a reliable tool, we highly recommend investing into this double-action slider – it will surpass all expectations.