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The saw crosscuts a two-by-twelve at 90 degrees and also has the depth capacity to cut four-by-four material--a feature deck builders, in particular, demand. Th e saw's table is large, too, giving you plenty of workspace for making wider cro sscuts. The saw's nine positive stops make it easy to lock in common miters. The miter lock on this saw has a screw handle that is a little more time-consuming than recently popular cam-lock design. We really like the soft start and electri c brake, however; they're user-friendly features that make a big difference, esp ecially when a job requires a lot of constant, repetitive cuts. The pivot fence adjusts for supporting large stock and flips back for bevel cuts. The saw also h as a well-designed work clamp that lets you make precision cuts on small pieces without having to get your fingers too close to the blade. Like most sliders, th is saw features a depth-stop mechanism in case you have to make a few quick dado cuts on a job site. And, for home shop users, this saw also gives you the added option of a release safety button that pulls out and locks the saw off. --Jon Groebner
Choosing a Miter Saw
Miter saws are versatile tools that have become a mainstay of workshops everywhere. These powerful saws make angled cuts by pulling a circular blade down onto a workpiece with a short, controlled plunge. It might appear that miter saws are infinitely complex and varied, but there are only three general types. The type you choose will depend on your woodworking needs.
Basic Miter Saws
Basic miter saws are the least versatile off the three major variations, but theyre a great starting point for novice do-it-yourselfers. These models typically adjust for miter cuts only, so consider upgrading if you need to do more than that.
Compound miter saws are easier to use than basic miter saws because you can place your stock flat for cutting, and they adjust simultaneously for miter and bevel cuts. A compound miter saw is great for jobs that feature stock that's not very tall or wide, such as door and window trim or picture frames.
Sliding Compound Miter Saws
Sliding compound miter saws are the most versatile of the available models. They have a motor and blade assembly that's mounted on a moveable arm to accommodate longer, wider workpieces. For smaller pieces, the saw performs like an ordinary fixed-head model. On some models, the blade can only pivot in one direction, but on a dual sliding compound miter saw, the blade can tilt to the right or left.
Important Features at a Glance
Though models will vary by manufacturer and design, these are a few of the more commonly found features that you might want to keep in mind.
Miter Saw Blades
Miter saw blades come in a variety of different sizes, grades, and materials, but there are three main types: steel, high-speed steel, and carbide-tipped blades.
What's in the Box
It is a shame that Makita discontinued this saw, as a finishcarpenter I love this saw I have had 2 of these saws and just bought another used one. Read morePublished 23 months ago by FinishCarpenter
I use this saw for almost everything except ripping large boards. Very versatile with many angles that one can make.Published 23 months ago by T. Benevenga
I am a professional joiner here in the UK and have owned a LS1013 for some years......
it is a superb machine cuts well and I have tried many different makes and models over... Read more
I have had this saw for about 6 years now and I wouldn't give it up! I have used the heck out of it and it is still as precise as it was the first day. Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by Stefan Geissbuhler
I ran all over San Francisco with this saw doing mainly trim work in Victorians for several years. I knocked out a lot of crown moldings, stair rails and base boards with this saw. Read morePublished on July 27, 2009 by Mark Waldo
This and the bosch are the only two saws worth considering for any type of finish work. The upfront controls of the bosch make it my favorite site saw, but the large table, lower... Read morePublished on May 7, 2009 by F. Daily
I purchased this saw 8 years ago to do a few deck jobs. Not only was it great for doing the decks, it is also an excellent saw for doing finish work! Read morePublished on November 15, 2007 by Ted Vandermeuse