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Makita LS1018 Review: Dual-Bevel Slide Compound Miter Saw

Makita is another highly-regarded brand name in the miter saw a 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. To get more info read Makita LS1018 review below:

Makita LS1018 Review

Accurate Cuts

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.

Easy Use

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 waiting.

The D-handle design is also great. It’s ergonomic and rubberized, so it fits nicely in your hand, and it’s very comfortable to hold.

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Impressive Capacity

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.

It’s Portable

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 job sites. It also helps that it only weighs 43.7 pounds.

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What we liked
  • It tilts to both the left and right for bevel cuts.
  • It’s a pleasure to use.
  • You can bring it easily to job sites.
  • It offers accurate cuts.
  • Commands a 13-amp motor power.
  • Zero machine replacements costs.
  • Provides 4300 RPM.
  • Miters up to 47 degrees to the left and 60 degrees to the right.
What we didn't like
  • It’s somewhat expensive.
  • The warranty is only for a year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question. What are the positive stops for bevel cuts?

Answer. They’re only set at 0 and 45 degrees.

Question. How powerful is the motor?

Answer. It may only be a 13-amp motor, but it can get the 10-inch blade to spin at 4,300 rpm.

Final Verdict

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 job site, so luckily for you, it’s also very portable.

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Alvin V.Stone

I’m a DIY enthusiast and run a woodshop. I created this blog to provide you with reliable information concerning power saws so that you can do your work best. Not only do I provide power saw guide and reviews but also other resources that help you take your projects to a higher level.