Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 26
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HomeGuy The Makita LS1216L Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw is fantastic
I recently added the Makita LS1216L 12-Inch Dual Sliding Compound Miter Saw to my collection of great tools. Three years ago I bought the LS1016 and I soon stopped using my radial arm saw. A month ago, I decided to sell my radial arm saw and get the LS1216L. With two Dual Sliding Compound Miter Saw's I am extremely efficient. I am a home owner doing a home renovation project including crown molding on built-in cabinets and the door and window trim. With the 2 I can set each Compound Miter Saw to the cut I need and get the job done at a fraction of the time. The Makita LS1216L and LS1016L are both very easy to use and accurate.
December 25, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by damagedgoods Nice Saw
I would definitely order again however in the future I will have heavy orders like this shipped to store rather than my home. Package arrived damaged while I was at work. The saw had obviously been dropped many times by the UPS impact testing department. The box was falling apart and the saw was falling out with the slides unlocked. Other than some minor cosmetic damage and slight adjustment it was however good to go. The adjustment was easy and the laser was dead on. This is apparently a very robust saw and if the testing it received in shipment is any indicator should last forever since it will never see that kind of abuse again.
May 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by John Saw worked great after minor alignment adjustments
My Makita dual slide saw has worked great so far. I've been using it to cross-cut oak for two Morris style chairs I'm building and with it's laser has made the cuts very easy to line up. One of the saw fences was slightly damaged in shipping which I reported to Home Depot and they contacted Makita which provided a new replacement fence part by mail within two weeks. Excellant service by both companies. Overall I'm very happy with this saws power and ability to cut multiple angles quickly. The only complaint would be with the provided manual which I found to be small and contained way to much material on safety instructions rather then concentrating on saw operation.
March 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sububanhick Great Saw
Easy to use and well built this saw arrived and was accurate right out of the box. Its bulky for a traveling saw but it is a 12" slide so what can you say! Otherwise the laser having the ability to switch from one side of the blade to the other is a great feature just wish the know was a wing nut or was easier to turn with the bare hand as it can be difficult to loosen to change sides. Otherwise love the saw!
December 4, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by anonymouse High school wood shop teacher's comments
This saw was delivered on May 2015, a year after our Dewalt radial arm saw died. The motor windings were shot, no parts were available, and what was out there (Sears and Delta) were too expensive or too cheap (quality).
I have two double bevel 12" chop saws, one Hitachi and one Dewalt, and I give both of them 5 stars. I used the radial for cross cutting only. Looked at several dual bevel slide saws and found they might come close to 15" 90 degree distance I have enjoyed with old RAS.
Found reviews on Dewalt. We got their DWS780 but it couldn't even come close to square cuts. Additionally, the XPS light was a loser as you would still have to lower the head of the saw to align your cuts.
Found reviews on Milwaukee. The 6955 would have been an excellent saw if Milwaukee weren't nickel-and-diming every essential feature, such as dust collection and a material clamp. Additionally, many reviews mentioned blade wobble.
Found reviews on Makita. Stated 15" cut and most excellent 4 tube slider system and the laser for a lot less money. Bought it via Home Depot and received it in about a week.
My Hitachi and Dewalt "chop" saws had perfect alignment right out of the box. The Makita was found unlocked from the top slider (trying to open the top of the box) and none of the bottom sliders were locked in place either. When I finally got it out and on the bench, I was impressed with the overall quality of the tool.
I discovered the alignment settings for the bevels and miters were off. The saw took an hour to square-up, following the micro-sized manual. (I finally went on line and downloaded manual so my eyes could see the technical drawings more clearly.)
After adjustments, everything seemed cool and the 60T blade that came with the saw cut through some 5/4 pressure treated lumber like butter with a really nice smooth end grain cut.
The electronic speed control is a must-have. The 2.25-horsepower motor runs 20,000 RPM and the controller automatically increases the power to the motor when cutting starts. This way, the motor can maintain near-constant speed under load without having to run very high speeds such as on cheap saws. The motor starter is a soft-start, and reduces in-rush current while letting the motor slowly spool up to speed without having the saw want to jerk out of your hand.
I wish Makita would offer upfront bevel controls like on the Bosch glide saw. And make the drive motor 4 horsepower. That would make this saw the best saw on the market.
Our shop class just finished a project where we needed to cut very large and hard material. The Makita delivered.
October 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dcl10 Overall a great saw with some issues.
I did a lot of research for weeks and drove all over to get test out almost every saw on the market. To be clear every single saw, aside from the $1400 Kapex, appears to have some issues. The Dewalt has terrible slides and durability problems , the bosch axial glide has arbour problems ,no laser, and a rough motor, The Jet has the capacity of a 10 inch, the Hitachi has to much flex in the head, and this Makita here comes terribly setup from the factory, and the instructions on how to set it up are equally as bad. Seriously I don't even think they really attempted to set these up at all, which wouldn't be too bad if they gave good instructions on how to do it yourself...but they didn't. Now that said it has great capacity, a very high quality motor, high quality slides, and all of the major features you could ask for. It does have it's issues, but unlike most of those other saws they can be fixed with some time and patience. Spend a little time with it, make all of the adjustments CORRECTLY, and you'll have a great saw.
January 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bohnsai Excellent Saw!
I rarely write reviews but I had such a hard time choosing a new saw I thought I'd help in sharing my experience.
The only saw I wasn't able to compare this to in person was the new Milwaukee. I even looked at the Kapex which costs twice as much and the biggest issue I had with that saw was the fact that you can't lower the blade without turning it on first. Not to mention, you would be paying an awful lot of money for an awful lot of plastic. But this isn't a review for the Kapex... nor for the Dewalt, Bosche, or Hitachi which this saw runs laps around. The Makita is solidly built and has little flex. The dual slide is convenient especially since you can lock the slides independently for when you need just a little more length of cut. The laser is handy but not a necessity. The clamp mounts are also handy but I've never come across really ever needing them. The soft start is great and even the stock blade is pretty good for a stock blade. My only gripe is that it took quite a bit of set up to get it square and all the presets correct. However, adjustments are easy and once set up, have proven to be repeatable. Blade changing is also fairly painless as I regularly switch between needing to cut pine with the stock blade and cut hardwoods with a nicer (Freud) blade. Dust collection is not the best but usually isn't on Sliders. And in my opinion, it isn't worth to sacrifice on overall saw quality just to so you can have a clean area when you are done working, that is what the shop vac is for. This is a heavy saw, not as portable as a regular miter saw but there are mobile bases readily available to solve this problem.
July 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pete Have not used yet.
Makita has never let me down but I have not used yet. I own about 12 different Makita power tools with no problems.
January 19, 2016