|Item Weight||52.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||28.3 x 25.2 x 26.4 inches|
|Item model number||LS1016L|
|Style||LS1016L miter saw|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||6|
|Included Components||bare-tool; attachments|
|Warranty Description||1-year warranty|
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Makita LS1016L 10-Inch Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser
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- Powerful 15.0 AMP direct drive motor requires less maintenance and delivers 3,200 RPM
- Compact design with a patented 4-Steel Rail Sliding System further increases rigidity to produce superior cuts
- Exclusive 6 linear ball bearings engineered to deliver ""dead-on"" accurate cuts
- Increased capacity for up to 6-5/8"" crown molding (vertically nested), 4-3/4"" baseboard (vertical), and 12"" crosscuts at 90°
- Largest crown molding cutting capacity in its class
- Innovative direct drive gearbox and guard system is engineered for increased vertical cutting capacity
- Miters 0°-52° left and 0°-60° right, with positive stops at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, and 45° (left and right)
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|Included Components||bare-tool; attachments||Bare-Tool||bare-tool||bare-tool||Vertical Vise (122854-6), Dust Bag (122852-0), Triangular Rule (762001-3), 10" x 5/8" 60T Micro-Polished Miter Saw Blade, Hex Wrench 6 (781044-6)||attachments|
|Item Dimensions||25.2 x 28.27 x 26.42 in||22 x 34 x 20 in||31 x 23.5 x 19.5 in||19.57 x 26.06 x 17.2 in||32.68 x 22.05 x 21.65 in||17.72 x 21.46 x 17.13 in|
|Voltage||120 volts||120 volts||120 volts||120 volts||120 volts||120 volts|
Largest crown molding cutting capacity in its class, compact design with a 4-steel rail sliding system further increases rigidity to produce superior cuts, exclusive 6 linear ball bearings deliver smooth, solid, and adjustment-free 'dead-on' accurate cuts, increased capacity for up to 6-5/8" crown molding (vertically nested), 4-3/4" baseboard (vertical), and 12" crosscuts at 90 degrees. Built-in laser indicates line-of-cut. Specs: max cutting capacity: 90 degrees-2-13/16"x 12", 45 degrees(L/R)-2-13/16"x8-1/2", no load RPM is 3,200, arbor 5/8", size (LxWxH) 28-1/8"x25-1/4"x26-1/2", weighs 53.3lbs. Includes: 10"x 5/8" 60T TCT saw blade, vertical vise, dust bag, triangular rule, socket wrench #13, hex wrench.
Makita changes the game with the LS1016L 10-Inch Dual Slide Miter Saw featuring a crown molding cutting capacity of 6-5/8 inches (vertically nested)—the largest in its class. It has a patented Four-Steel Rail Sliding System that further increases rigidity to produce superior cuts, and the exclusive six linear ball bearings design for smooth, adjustment-free, "dead-on" accurate cuts.
The LS1016L has an innovative direct drive gearbox and patented retractable guard system engineered for increased vertical cutting capacity. At 6-5/8 inches, the LS1016L has the largest crown molding cutting capacity (vertically nested) in its class. The patented retractable rear guard also provides the LS1016L with 4-3/4-inch baseboard cutting capacity (vertical), and a 12-inch capacity at 90 degrees. In addition, the exclusive six linear ball bearings deliver smooth, solid and adjustment-free "dead-on" accurate cuts. The saw also has a patented Four-Steel Rail Sliding System that further increases rigidity to produce superior cuts, as the four steel rails provide less deflection. The result is a larger cutting capacity and more accuracy.
Precise Miter and Bevel Cuts
The LS1016L has an exclusive 4-3/4-inch sliding fence system, with four sliding fences featuring upper and lower fence adjustments for more precise miter and bevel cuts to accommodate a variety of cutting applications. The saw miters 0 degrees to 52 degrees left and 0 to 60 degrees right, with positive stops at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6, and 45 degrees (left and right). The dual rear-handle bevel lock is easily accessible with adjustments 0 to 45 degrees (left and right), with positive stops at 22.5, 33.9, and 45 degrees (left and right). Precision adjustments are made easier with dual front bevel scales for improved visibility. The easy one-touch (push in & turn) miter lock system is designed for accurate adjustments and increased efficiency. For more precise cuts, a built-in laser indicates the line of cut whether the blade is turning or not, and also includes an on-off switch and micro-adjustments for precise "left-of-blade" or "right-of-blade" cutting.
Ergonomic and Compact Design
In addition to the large cutting capacity, power, and accuracy, the LS1016L offers a range of convenience and ease-of-use features. The LS1016L has less weight and the most compact design in its class, so it's portable and more easily transported. In addition, the patented Four-Steel Rail Sliding System requires two inches less rear space than competitor dual sliding miter saws. The see-through blade guard system provides greater visibility of blade and line of cut, and has a one-step blade change process for increased efficiency. The ergonomic rubberized horizontal D-handle design has a better fit and added comfort, and the large trigger switch is designed for easier operation.
15 AMP Power, Smoother, Higher-Quality Cutting
The LS1016L has a 15 AMP direct gear box motor that never slips, bogs down, or requires maintenance like belt-driven saws. The soft start feature delivers smoother start-ups, and the Electronic Speed Control maintains constant speed under load for smoother, higher-quality cutting.
Best in Class for a Range of Application
The LS1016L is engineered for finish work, remodeling, trim work, and furniture making. It is ideal for a broad range of trades, including finish carpenters, professional woodworkers, case and base installers, cabinet installers, cabinet manufacturers, closet installers, decking and flooring applications, siding installers, stair installers, and general contractors seeking a best-in-class 10-inch dual slide compound miter saw for the jobsite or on the benchtop.
About Makita Miter Saws
Makita's new miter saws are designed with an innovative direct drive gearbox and patented retractable guard system engineered for large vertical cutting capacity—the new LS1016L 10-inch Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw has a crown molding cutting capacity of 6-5/8 inches (vertically nested). In addition, the exclusive six linear ball bearings deliver smooth, solid and adjustment-free "dead-on" accurate cuts. The saw also has a compact design with a patented Four-Steel Rail Sliding System that further increases rigidity to produce superior cuts, as the four steel rails provide less deflection. The four steel rails also enable a more compact rear design than standard two-rail systems. Makita's new miter saws with DXT (Deep and eXact Cutting Technology) deliver a larger cutting capacity and more accuracy combined with a more compact rear design.
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools, and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge innovation to produce tools that are stronger, lighter, more powerful and easier to use. Makita USA, Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit the web site at makitatools.com. Makita is Best in Class Engineering.
Each Makita tool is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase. Should any trouble develop during this one-year period, return the COMPLETE tool, freight prepaid, to one of Makita's Factory or Authorized Service Centers.
What's in the Box
Makita LS1016L 10-inch Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw, 60T TCT Saw Blade, Vertical Vise, Dust Bag, Triangular Ruler, Socket Wrench and Hex Wrench.
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We have returned a lot of these to Makita since this model's inception. The main problem folks are having is with the fence. The lower fences bend easily, causing kick backs and bent blades.
Another common problem with these is blade wobble. When you open a LS1013 motor, you will see the armature makes direct contact with the gear on the output shaft. When you disassemble a LS1016 there are a few gears between the armature gear and the output shaft. This leaves a lot of room for slop and failure.
If I were purchasing a new saw, I would go with a different brand. Heck, I would suggest one from Harbor Freight Tools before recommending one of these!
Makita's bevel gear drive now has intermediate reduction gears which raise the motor housing higher above the saw blade arbor than the 1013 and also reduces the saw blade speed down to 3200 rpm. Because of the higher motor location, the critical right tilt of the bevel (45 degrees) allows sawing 1 11/16" high boards an improvement over 1 1/4" for the LS1013. The left 45 bevel capacity increases also to 2 3/8". I like the addition of a double handled bevel lock lever making it easy to operate regardless of which side of the saw I am approaching this control (behind the saw) from.
Most competitors seem to be stuck on using a drive belt to move the saw motor away from the arbor in order to allow dual bevel. This is my second Makita dual bevel slider and both have had excellent power and torque cutting through all hard and soft woods as well as handling lumber which occasionally has internal stresses bind on the blade (the only time that I really notice the full use of the torque available from any saw.) Makita's bevel and spur gear train delivers without any hesitation AND does that while delivering a final blade speed of 3200 rpm. The 1013 was 3700 rpm, all of the competitive saws seem to have blade speeds of 4700 up through 5200 rpm. I don't know if the higher spped is to lower the stress on the drive belt, but it definitely increases the screaming of a high speed blade both when spun up and cutting through wood. For a 10 inch this is my quietest saw yet. Also worth mention is that the soft start motor is so effective I can barely detect any recoil when it starts up yet the motor is at full speed ready to cut without causing any wait on my part.
The 1013 had a passive spring loaded detent for the zero degree bevel setting, while this model has a stop pawl which is manually disengaged with a push button to swing past while moving to a right bevel. Unfortunately, this internal pawl was broken on the first of two saws delivered to me. I think this saw had taken a drop during shipment causing the internal damage. Although I preferred the older detent for speed, this system works fine for me. I might note that the 45 right and left stops are hard end stops which are adjustable with set screws. If you were really pressed to do so, you can bevel as much as 47 plus degrees either way but at a loss of the stop setting. For any flat baseboard miters as high as 4 inches or so, you could just use miters to cut for those occasional room corners that are narrower than 90 degrees however before being forced to cut on the flat instead of against the fence.
As far as miters are concerned, this goes 60 degrees right which is great (I am clueless why someone might mfg a saw which goes to 57 degrees . . . ) this one also goes 52 left. Now what I wonder is why none of the manufacturers will give me the capacity to go 60 degrees left. For this saw table, it would increase the base size no more than 2 1/4" in width left of the center and probably add 2 pounds to the weight. I'd pay for the extra aluminum and also put up with the extra 2 inches in the truck and definitely make room for it in my workshop. (I'm a general contractor who builds homes as well as building fine furniture as well as custom cabinetry both in my own facility as well as onsite.)
The detents for miter settings are crisp and the miter lock seems to be very tight.
I haven't met a miter saw yet which is super effective at dust control, this one doesn't excel at this either. (When used in my shop, my miter saw table area has a back board, with a big scoop to a 4" dust system on one side and a small fan directing the spray of dust at the scoop from the opposite side.)
The biggest concern so far has been the linear bearings on the upper set of sliding rails. As the first reviewer noted these bearings are very rough at the onset. I have seen that many other users have also noted this on several wood working and contracting forums (my review and writing are within a couple of weeks of this product release on the street). I am now using the second of these saws shipped to me. On the first one, the roughness of the bearings seemed to have been 90% broken in (in about a week of use) and running nearly smooth. This second replacement saw has been in use now for 4 days and is slowly getting smoother in operation. Only time will tell if it completely smooths out. It seems a bit odd that Makita could make the lower set of linear bearings silky smooth and the upper set is (or at least starts out) horrible, (maybe there are dual linear bearings for each of the lower slide rails) . As for why this is designed with two sets of rails (upper and lower) and two sets of linear bearings, I haven't fully digested. What I will note operationally is that the 1013 single set of "under" carriage rails demands a completely clear counter space behind the saw when working out in the field. This 1016 is more forgiving in a cramped job site.
My other complaint is the poorly executed documentation. Illustrations are tiny and poorly labeled and do not correspond with the text well. The language is executed with the very worst combination of english second language by a non technical writer as far I can interpret. Yes I know that Makita sales have slid 15% in the current economy, but for a 300 billion yen company, how about spending a thousand dollars to have a good technical english writer do the manual! I don't expect a manual of how to do wood working but I shouldn't be puzzled about which part is being referred to to make adjustments or operate the saw.
I would also like to see Makita include the side extensions. The holes for it are machined into the base, but I can't find that I can even buy them. I wouldn't mind paying a couple dollars more to have them included or at the very least they should be available for sale. There are times when the few extra inches of support are appreciated yet I can't justify bringing a full miter saw stand to the job.
The quality control (other than the rough upper linear bearings) are superb. The machining of the turn table and table side wings are flat and smooth. I do miss the large turntable of the 1013 and the support it affords for wider boards, but I am suppose a smaller turntable was needed for the wider miter angle settings. The new fence is also welcome offering much higher support on both sides of the blade than the 1013 and seems to be a stouter approach than the "flip over" high close support for vertical bevels (I have had two of the flip fences on previous saws broken by sudden catches of wood while my employees have had them out in the field). The sliding upper fences are a good solution to allowing both high vertical support and clearance for bevel cuts.
Also on quality control, I had come near to ordering a deep blue colored saw but had seen a reviewers note about alignment of the arbor to the sliding axis. Out of two 1016's delivered to me, the first one was out of alignment a little tiny hair (this is the one which I suspect took a drop in shipment), the second one is virtually dead on. If you make a plunge cut at the rear of the sliding travel, and make a separate second plunge cut at the front of sliding travel (do not slide the saw while in the wood but make two separate plunges) the two separate cuts should be in dead alignment. If you see an offset in the saw kerfs it means that the blade arbor is out of alignment and the blade can not slide or travel straight with the kerf and you will have binding when sliding and wavy cuts, burnt edges . . . etc. I don't think any manufacturer makes this adjustable so either it's right or it's a lemon. BTW the included ATB saw blade is superb, I had orderd a neg rake Freud to put on this saw, but I'll wait until the factory blade needs sharpening.
Overall, I like this new release from Makita and expect it to serve me well I hope that the roughness of the upper linear bearings completely goes away soon.
I have now "owned" 3 of these. It seems that thieves like them too as I have lost two of them off of job sites. This still remains as my favorite all around miter saw that fulfills the most versatile usages. We like best a 12" non slider double bevel when doing major framing. At the opposite extreme the Makita 7 1/2" 18 Volt Lithium Ion is now our favorite saw when trimming (see my review there especially about the surface speed of the saw blade). There is no such thing as THE perfect miter saw but there are great miter saws for specific usages. This should be on the short list for many users.
The linear bearing issue for Makita seems to be mostly resolved as compared to when the dual slide 4 rail system was first introduced several years ago.
I have been using this saw on an (almost) daily basis for about 4 weeks now.
Overall this is a very good saw, but it has a few really annoying quirks.
I'll start with the good. It's very easy to set up to be square and true. The Soft Start feature on the motor is very nice. It feels like this is a really well built machine. I really like that the motor directly drives the cutting mechanism, rather than being belt driven. The laser works well, once set up. Very easy to change the blade. Very quite machine. Quite accurate once set up.
Here's the not so good.
The blade that came with my saw was absolute junk. It was 7/64 out of true. The first test cuts that I made (after initial setup and truing) were almost 1/8" out! I then took the blade back off and measured it on a very flat machined surface with a surface gauge with a dial indicator and found that the blade had a bad warp. After replacing the stock blade with a Freud blade, this is no longer an issue.
The next issue that I have with the saw is that the lever that allows you to use the 22.5 and the 33.9 bevel cut positive stops is a pain to get to function properly. It often seems to lock up and I had to force the lever loose a couple of times. I almost thought that I was going to break it while trying to get it to work properly.
The instruction manual is one of the worst that I have ever read (and yes, I am a dork and I read it cover to cover...). Very poor translations.
The plastic square that came with the saw was not, in fact, square.
Lastly, and probably the most irritating, resulted when I tried to bench mount it. I had spent some time making a custom saw bench that had extended wings, elevated at the same height as the table, to allow for maximum functionality and efficiency. When I tried to bolt the saw down to the bench top (as recommended in the owners manual) I quickly discovered a problem. When you bolt the saw down to a bench, the rubber feet on the bottom of the saw base will compress. I had taken all of my measurements not expecting or factoring this in. In order to get the saw tight enough against the bench to eliminate any rocking and play, the rubber feet must compress 3/32". I highly recommend, if you are planning on bench mounting this saw, to remove the rubber feet on the under side of the base BEFORE taking your measurements! (Either that or planning on subtracting 3/32 from your final height...)
Overall this is a very good saw. Expect to spend about 30 min doing the initial set up and truing. It (as with any saw of this type) is not perfectly square and true right out of the box. I don't want my review to make it sound like it's bad, because it's not. In fact, it's actually quite accurate and reliable, with very smooth operation. My only regret is buying the 10" model instead of the 12" model. Once you get used to the quirks, it's a really good saw.