Makita LS1016 Review – 10″ Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Makita LS1016 Review

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Our Rating: 8.5/10
Type: Sliding Compound
Blade: 10"
RPM: 3200

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Welcome to our Makita LS1016 review.

Pros:

  • Bargain price for such high quality
  • Dependable name
  • Incredibly quiet
  • Soft start motor – no recoil when starting
  • Laser is incredibly accurate
  • USA assembled
  • Accurate cutting and a monstrous cut capacity

Cons:

  • Sliders a bit stiff – this went away with a few sessions of use
  • Instructions difficult to follow
  • Poor dust collection
  • Fence doesn’t seem bulletproof – something Makita could improve on

What Comes With The Makita 10” Compound Saw?

  • 60T Carbide Tipped Saw Blade
  • Vertical Vice
  • Dust Bag
  • Triangular Ruler
  • Socket Wrench
  • Hex Wrench

I have to admit, the instructions leave something to be desired with this saw. The pictures are tiny and so is the writing, but nonetheless I still got the saw together and operating with not too much effort. It ended up being a beauty, but hopefully Makita makes their instructions easier to read in the future, or at least includes a magnifying glass!

The High Power 15 Amp Motor on the Makita LS1016

One thing that you will notice with miter saws is that a direct drive system is far superior to belt driven – unless it is a seriously quality belt driven saw. The Makita LS1016 (amazon.com link) sports a belt driven gearbox that won’t slip or jump, and requires next to no maintenance. These motors also have a feature called Electronic Speed Control, which means that it maintains a constant speed even when cutting. If you were wondering why this saw has a slower no-load RPM, this is why.

Design and Comfort

Makita has gone out on a limb to ensure that this saw is comfortable, ergonomic and well designed to meet the needs of the guys doing the cutting. It weighs only 60 pounds, and isn’t as wide as some other table saws due to the Four Steel Rail system, which saves a bit of room at the back. This gives the saw great transportability and means it can be set up almost anywhere. The horizontal “D” shaped handle is made of rubber and feels comfortable to bring down when cutting, and the transparent blade guard is handy so that you can double check your cuts visually before the blade hits the wood.

Cutting Capacity and Accuracy of the Makita Miter Saw

12” crosscuts are where the Makita will max out, which is rather generous for such a portable saw. Vertically this saw can handle anything up to 6 ⅝” crown moulding, or 4 ¾ baseboards. This is more than enough capacity for a D.I.Y enthusiast around the home, or even a contractor working around residential properties. The accuracy of this saw is pretty spot on, and the laser helps to guide your cuts. The laser is a bit dim in the daylight, but for the price of the saw, you couldn’t ask for too much more.

Bonus reading: customer reviews on Amazon.com.

Earlier I mentioned that the fence isn’t perfect – let me explain. The lower part of the fence seems like it could bend easily if you forced the saw too hard or hit a rough spot and got some kick back. I’m sure it would work fine for years to come, however I wouldn’t go ramming wood into the saw fast.

The Makita Warranty

Makita are known as a powerful force in the power tool market, and they stand by their miter saws too. They offer a one year warranty if anything breaks or malfunctions.

My Favourite Aspects Of This Saw

There are a few things such as the bevel gauges, which are really easy to read (some saws are tiny and hard to read) and the single touch miter lock that make this saw a beautiful tool to operate. It cuts effortlessly and doesn’t sound like it strains, and it is comparatively quiet compared to some of the competitors. The only thing that bugs me is that the fence doesn’t seem like it would take much of a battering, but this is something you can replace if anything went wrong, especially under the warranty.

Who Would This Dual Sliding Compound Miter Saw Suit?

Finishing work and interior work such as staircases, flooring and joinery would all be great applications for this saw. If you were looking to fix the foundations on your house however, this wouldn’t be the ideal saw. It would do the job, but it would take a lot longer. If you are toying with the idea of a miter saw for interior work or outdoors projects such as decking, re-cladding or a small extension, this would be the tool for the job. Check out Amazon.com’s price if you’re thinking of making a purchase.

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