Makita LS1018 Dual-Bevel Slide Compound Miter Saw Review
Makita is another highly-regarded brand name in the miter saw niche, and they’re known for the high quality of their products. This features a 13-amp motor that doesn’t use belts, which can slip or wear down so you’d have to replace it.
This is a nice miter saw to have in your workshop when you want to do general construction, carpentry, and fine woodworking.
You don’t really have to fiddle with the LS1018 to get really accurate cuts right out of the box. For miter cuts, you have an angle range of up to 47 degrees to the left and up to 60 degrees to the right. You can just set it to any of the positive stops at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6, and 45 degrees.
For bevel cuts, you have an accessible rear handle bevel lock so you can just adjust it up to 45 degrees to the left and right.
What this means is that there’s no need to flip the workpiece when you want to make a bevel cut at the opposite side, which you need to do when your saw only tilts to the left.
With this dual bevel capacity, the workpiece stays in place since you’re basically “flipping” the saw blade.
Finally, it also uses a linear ball-bearing system. This is specifically designed for “dead-on” cuts.
This comes with a number of features that really makes it a pleasure to use, without all the annoying hassles that usually come with lesser-quality miter saws.
It offers a soft start feature, which results in a smooth startup. It also helps ensure that you get consistent and constant power as you use the saw.
The electric brake is also very handy, because now you won’t have to “start and stop” while you wait for the blade to stop spinning. Since the brake stops the blade almost instantly, you can really increase your productivity. You don’t spend too much time wasted on waiting.
The D-handle design is also great. It’s ergonomic and rubberized, so it fits nicely in your hand and its’ very comfortable to hold.
While you may think that the 13-amp motor isn’t up to par, it actually performs very well. It cuts crown molding and baseboards very easily. You also need just a single pass to cut a 4 by 4-inch piece of lumber. It can cut up to 8.5 inches at 45 degrees, and up to 12 inches at 90 degrees.
The LS1018 comes with a very compact design. That’s not just good for storage, but it also makes it easier to bring with you to your jobsites. It also helps that it only weighs 43.7 pounds.
• It tilts to both the left and right for bevel cuts.
• It’s a pleasure to use.
• You can bring it easily to jobsites.
• It offers accurate cuts.
• It’s somewhat expensive.
• The warranty is only for a year.
• What are the positive stops for bevel cuts? They’re only set at 0 and 45 degrees.
• How powerful is the motor? It may only be a 13-amp motor, but it can get the 10-inch blade to spin at 4,300 rpm.
This is a nice, dependable tool to have in your workshop when you’re doing woodworking projects. The price isn’t all that bad, the miter and bevel capacities are impressive, and other features make it very easy to use.
With all these features, you’ll want to bring this along to your jobsites, so luckily for you it’s also very portable.
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