Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 27
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by matt great tool
Accurate out of box, no major adjustments necessary. The dual slide, laser and previous experience with Makita quality are what sold me. I am very happy with this after 6+ months of use. The dual slide glides effortlessly and the quality of cut is perfect. Soft start elimnates any jump what so ever. Great ergonomics and control throughout the cut. The miter adjustment is solid, quick and easy to use and holds dead on between increments when released (tightened). All in all a great feel and quality tool, I purchased the job site stand with it, couldn't imagine moving around shop without it mounted to stand heavy and bulky to move without the stand.
May 13, 2016
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 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 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
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 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 4.0 out of 5.0 by Fred Solid Purchase
Really like the soft start with this miter saw. So quiet and smooth when cutting wood.
December 8, 2015