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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2007
After a great deal of research, my choice was down to the Bosch 4410L 10 in, The Dewalt DW 718 12 in, and the the Makita LS1013 10 in. Unless your task often calls for crosscutting 12 in boards w/out flipping, a 10 in saw is sufficient for 99% of the jobs you'll do. As I compared the saws and ruled out the extra expense of the 12in saws, it was down to the Bosch and the Makita. After test driving both, I decided on the Makita for several reasons. 1. the price was right ($389) 2. I really liked the soft start (No torque on trigger pull), and 3. I really liked the minimalist design. At only 46 lbs and a powerful 13Amp motor, the Makita won. Quick and easy set up right out of the box, I began cutting crown molding at 22 1/2 and 45 with surgical precision. The clamp for holding work is a great touch and the adjustable fence moves easily from right to left. Dust collection is somewhat sketchy however but not very important to me. Save the trouble of flourescent lights and laser guides and do yourself and your wallet a favor and go for the Makita LS1013! You wont regret it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Thank`s for the comparson of the makita ls1013 and the dewalt 708 I check out both and I found that the ls1013 operated more smoothly and cut`s like a champ and with precision. No problem`s after 6 week`s GREAT SAW FOR THE MONEY 497.00
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2006
Just got this saw and have only made a few cuts, but I love it already. The cuts are incredibly clean, even when using the blade that came with the saw. The action is very smooth. The big table is definitely a plus, The miter adjusts easily and smoothly. The bevel adjustment could be a little better, but it is not bad. A couple people said the saw does not do both right and left bevels, but that is not true. It was a little off right out of the box, but it was easy to get aligned. All in all, I think I made the right decision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2001
As always, after spending too many hours reading reviews and visiting tool stores (which drives my wife nuts), I decided on this saw. I love it. Right out of the box, miter & bevel angles were right on. For me, it was choosing betwen this and the Dewalt. But 12" blades are more expensive, and in my opinion, the Dewalt (although a great saw) is just too bulky. If you cut 4x4's for a living, then I would choose the Dewalt. If not, you will never be sorry that you bought this saw
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2002
I had a "Different" brand miter saw I was using to build furniture and finish framing my house. My neighbor that moved has this one. What a difference. I now own one and will only buy quality tools from now on.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2003
Let me get my one complaint out of the way right up front. The box this thing comes in has no padding in it. There are a few chunks of cardboard around it, but that's it. I was surprised it wasn't beat up when it arrived. Luckily, the only damage was a few scratches on the back of the table from the two metal wings that were free floating around in the box.
Okay, with that out of the way, let's get to the good stuff. Dang, this is a NICE saw! I am very pleased with the feel, fit and finish, all very high quality. Right out of the box, the only adjustment I had to make to square it up was a slight tweak to the bevel angle. Which brings to me to one point of caution, I did not find the instructions for fixing this to be too helpful, in fact they occurred as misleading. Perhaps I was just reading them wrong. Once I gave up following them and realized what needed to happen, it was trued up in seconds. The process is much simpler than is written about.
On to the cutting. I'm sure the factory blade is very nice, but I put Freud blades on all my 10" saws. I have an 80 tooth finishing blade and a 24 tooth ripper, both are SOOOOOO nice. The 80 tooth produces a cut that is incredibly smooth, absolutely no sanding needed.
I've cut pine, red oak, maple and some funky Asian hardwood and it glides right through on crosscuts like the wood's not even there. Ripping is similar on softer woods, though maple let's you know how dense it is. No real effort, just slower cutting.
As others have mentioned, the dust collection is not great. Mine is always attached to my shop vac, which grabs ~maybe~ 50%. I have discovered that bringing the blade down at the front and pushing into the wood causes better collection. Just dropping the blade down like a chopsaw sprays dust everywhere except into the dust chute.
I sprung for the right sub fence, extra vertical vise as well as the horizontal vice. I've used them all quite a bit now, which is good concidering the cost. My only concern here is that you can't place the vices where ever you want them, they only go in pre-designed spots. This limits their usefullness on small work pieces.
Oh, a word about clamping. When I first got it, I cranked the vices down fairly hard and this tended to pull the wood off-square. Lately, I've been barely using any clamping force, just enough to keep it from sliding plus an extra twist and haven't had this problem since.
If the other 50+ reviews haven't sold you, I don't know what will. This is a fantastic tool that has become my first choice in saws around the shop. If I can cut it here, I won't even look at the table saw.
Right now they are giving away a 14.4 drill/driver with it. How great of a deal is that???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2002
I THINK THIS SAW IS FANTASTIC. IT IS WELL DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOOL TO ANYONE SERIOUS ABOUT WANTING A QUALITY TOOL THAT IS RESONABLY PRICED.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2006
Simple and easy with a very smooth operation. I very much like the way the blade guard covers entire blade.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2003
Simply the best slider out there! To the wood burner guy: you probably have the blade on backwards!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2006
This is a dead-on accurate piece of art right out of the box. I use it in shop for many fine furniture cuts that need to be tuxedo accurate instead of using my radial arm saw. In the rough construction field, it works all day long on a small honda (2000) generator with no complaints. If you knock it out of alignment from roughing it up too much in the field (all saws will suffer from this fate,) just take the time to square it up, and you're good to go again! I have found absolutely no issues with this product
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