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Makita LS1013 Dual Slide Compound 10-inch Miter Saw Kit

by Makita
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  • Dual slide compound 10-inch miter saw kit; 15 amp motor
  • Cuts 52-degrees right and 47-degrees left with 9 positive stops at 15, 22-1/2, 31.6, 45-degrees left or right and 0-degrees
  • Dual steel rails; carbide tip blade
  • Includes saw, vertical vise, blade, wrench, triangular rule, 2 extension wings
  • 29-7/8 by 20-1/2 by 24-5/8-inches; 46-1/2-pounds; 1-year warranty
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Riding on a horizontal double-rail system, Makita's 10-inch dual sliding compound miter saw is one smooth operator. Both rails are self-cleaning and sli de on linear ball bearings. The horizontal rail design also seems to give this s aw some extra stability, a feature we appreciate, especially in a saw that bevel s to 45 degrees both ways. Makita's saw has a vertical grip design with a thumb- activated safety switch and a paddle trigger, and while the vertical design migh t be slightly less ergonomic than the horizontal D-handle, it does allow you to use the saw comfortably with either hand. Plus, the paddle grip makes squeezing the trigger easy no matter how you're holding the handle.

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 they’re 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.

  • Electric brake: Reverses the flow of electricity when the saw's trigger is released. This is an important safety feature that slows the blade quickly in case of emergency.
  • Blade guard: Most miter saws have self-retracting guards that withdraw when the saw is lowered for use, and reappear when it is raised.
  • Laser guide: Gives a precise visual line where the cut will occur on your workpiece.
  • Dust bag: Helps collect sawdust for a clearer, more tidy cutting area.
  • Shaft lock: Immobilizes the shaft and blade for quicker, easier blade changes.
  • Table extensions: Mount on either side of the saw to help balance longer workpieces.

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.

  • Steel: Inexpensive and good for cutting soft woods or plywoods. Sharpness diminishes quickly in tougher materials.
  • High-Speed Steel: More rugged than steel blades, and great for cutting harder woods.
  • Carbide-Tipped: More expensive than other blades but much more durable. Maintain sharpness over a longer period.

From the Manufacturer

The innovative angular head design and powerful 13-amp motor of the Makita 10-inch miter saw allows you to cut trim board quickly and easily. The adjustable pivot fence supports larger stock, cutting a two-by-twelve at 90 degrees and a two-by-eight at compound 45 degrees left. Other features include 45-degree bevel right and left, a two-pole sliding mechanism, a multilocation vise, and ultra positive stops. Your miter saw purchase includes a vertical vise, dust bag, socket wrench, triangular rule and two extension holders.


  • Dual steel rails with two linear ball bearings ensures stable, accurate and vibration-free cutting
  • Precision bevel cutting up to 45° both left and right
  • Miter cuts 57° right and 47° left with 9 positive stops at 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, 45° left or right and 0°
  • Adjustable pivot fence for supporting larger stock
  • Cuts a 2 x 12 at 90° and a 2 x 8 at compound 45° left
  • Powerful 13 AMP motor
  • Includes 64 tooth carbide tipped blade

What's in the Box

  • Carbide tipped blade - 64 tooth (721414-A)
  • Vertical vise (122538-6)
  • Socket wrench #13 (782212-4)
  • Dust bag (122523-9)
  • Triangular rule (762001-3)
  • 2 Ea. Extension wing (322932-4)


  • Blade diameter: 10"
  • Arbor: 5/8"
  • Max. cutting capacities: 90°/90° 3-5/8" x 12"; 45°/45° 2" x 8-3/4"
  • No load speed: 3,700 rpm
  • Amps: (115V) 13.0
  • Overall dimensions: (L x W x H) 29-7/8" x 20-1/2" x 24-5/8"
  • Net weight: 46.5 lbs.
  • Shipping weight: 60.0 lbs.

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number LS1013-R
Item Weight12.5 pounds
Product Dimensions31 x 22.5 x 18.3 inches
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Item model numberLS1013
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Included Componentsbare-tool
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #916,952 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight62 pounds
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Date First AvailableFebruary 25, 2003
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

98 of 99 people found the following review helpful By James Macho on August 6, 2000
I am a professional finish carpenter and purchased this saw to use HARD every day. In many respects it is absolutely wonderful, but there are a few things I would like to see the manufacturer change. Lets start with what I like. I would vehemently disagree with a previous reviewer that said trim is not this tools' forte.I build stairs(open tread),handrailing,cabinet faceframes,do crown mold,wainscoting,casing,etc.with this saw and it is accurate and rock solid. Perhaps he got a bad unit. The slide mechanism is the smoothest of all the slide saws I have used. Beveling both directions is a lifesaver when cutting open tread stair stringers and when cutting crown molding. It is reasonably quiet and has a pretty good soft start. Now what I would like to see changed. The positive stops are actually too positive in my opinion. It is too hard to make a half degree change from the stops, it wants to pop back into the stop. They also removed crown stops or even markings on the scale for standard crown molds. 31.6 and 35.3 can be a little tough to zero in on, and that is just on the miter scale. Also the location of the scale indicator is ackward if you have stock to the right of the blade and need to change angles. you have to move the stock to view the scale. Overall I still love mine and have been using it every day for a year now with typical Makita reliability. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this saw. The drawbacks take a little getting used to but are definitely outweighed by the attributes.
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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Bob Feeser TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2004
I am annoyed at those who would let 6 different people use a saw that don't have the foggiest notion of how it works, then get critical of it when it breaks. This saw has a dual release on the front to set the miters. One is a lever that is spring loaded and easily moves aside in order to not click into the detents at 90 or 45 degrees for example. (So you can set it at 90.5 and not have it fall into the 90 degree detent) The other release is a large knob that screws in to tighten, and screws out to release. If you leave it tightened in and force the saw to change it's setting, you are for sure scoring, stripping, and breaking the setting mechanism.

Pertaining to the fence; With any tool you use, like a router, or a saw, you have to be careful to start the tool spinning fast before you enter it into the work. Have you ever experienced the run away router that was touching the work when you started it up? Well the same holds true of the Makita saw. Once or twice on my LS1212, I rushed into the cut before the blade was spinning, and the power took the piece and tried to force it through the fence. Spin first, plunge second. After that happened twice, I had to realign the fence. When someone does this on a regular basis, and then has to take the saw back for a replacement fence, it's the operators fault, not the saw. The fence is thick aluminum. Humidity has no effect on it whatsoever.
The adjusting lever for the bevel is located on the back of the slider, and of course it extends beyond the back of the stand.
I guess I am venting, because some have chosen to abuse this stellar piece of equipment, then return it trashed, and then try to convince others that the saw is at fault. I had to say something. So enough of the confusion, let's talk about the beauty of this saw.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2001
I have been woodworking for the past 25 years and have a substantial investment in tools. I've used an 8.5" SCMS for 10 years and spent the past year shopping all the new larger sliders on the market. My purchase of the Makita LS1013 was based on precision, quality, ergonomics and value. Of the 30+ top brand power tools in my shop, the 1013 has it all! The one word that comes to mind is "SMOOTH"! The glide of the sliding rails, the ease of the miter table swing and bevel adjustment, the solidity of the saw head and blade guard in the cut and the smooth but powerful and quiet motor all give the feeling of a machine with precision and finesse. Don't get me wrong. This tool is solid and very well built. I know it will last for many years to come. The miter and bevel settings were square right out of the box and the blade run out was a negligible .001". I was ready to purchase a Forrest Chopmaster blade but found the stock 64-tooth carbide blade gave a "glass-like" finished edge with no tear-out on several types of wood. The supplied accessories and the add on accessories are great and give the saw the features to perform all the task I'll ever need. Overall, the saw "feels" right. A lot of thought must have gone into the design and final production of this unit and in my opinion, there's not really any competition out there in the SCMS market!! Although I haven't yet performed any crown molding projects with it, I'm confident that it will be up to the task. Makita has a real winner here. It'll be hard to better it in the future!
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By david hansen on December 23, 2001
I own the LS1013 and it is a great saw. I'm a carpenter and furniture builder with strict tolerances. Out of the box, my saw was set up with no needed adjustments. The angles were dead on, with minimal runout. A couple of bothersome points; the blade guard can get in the way when sliding inwards cutting mouldings and base, also the stops do have some play in them. The dust bag is pretty worthless in my opinion. I like how it has a stop at 31.6 for cutting crown moulding. Many don't offer this feature. The LS1013 slides effortlessly, the soft start is great and doesn't kick hard when you release the trigger. The blade is excellent (makita makes great blades). A friend of mine is a chairmaker who often writes articles for fine woodworking magazine. He also owns an LS1013. Great saw for the money, and haven't had any problems yet. If your looking for an accurate dual bevel sliding saw for $500 this is the best 10" saw on the market.
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