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Makita

Model LC1230

Internet #203162039

Store SO SKU #1000669107

15-Amp 12 in. Metal Cutting Saw

$439.99 /each
  • Ergonomic design for increased user comfort and control
  • Engineered for industrial performance
  • Pro cutting solution for pipe, angle iron, conduit and more

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The Makita Metal Cutting Saw has a powerful 15-Amp motor to handle your most demanding applications, including cutting light pipe, angle iron, tubing, conduit and channels. Featuring long-lasting carbide tipped blades for fast cutting, the D-shaped handle provides easy gripping for comfortable use and the handy lock-off button prevents accidental starts. The guide plate adjusts 0 to 45 Degree for bevel cutting and has a quick release vise for secure stock retention and repetitious cut-offs, while the shaft lock system shaves time off of wheel changes for increased productivity. Durably made for years of reliable use, this saw is suitable for your jobsite or for DIY projects around your home and has a large cast aluminum base for added stability.

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  • Powerful 15-Amp motor handles the most demanding applications
  • Carbide tipped blade for clean, accurate and virtually burr-free cuts
  • Quick release vise for secure material retention and fast, repeated cut-offs
  • Lock-off button prevents accidental start-ups
  • Quick release support fence adjusts 0 to 45 Degrees for miter cutting
  • Superior cutting time over abrasive cut-off saws for light pipe, angle iron, tubing, conduit and channel
  • D-shaped handle for easy gripping
  • Socket wrench stores on base for convenient blade changes
  • Shaft lock for easy blade changes with just one wrench
  • Shavings collection tray for easy waste disposal and a cleaner work environment
  • Large cast aluminum base for stability
  • Externally accessible brushes for convenient serviceability
  • Maximum cutting depth of 4-1/2 in. with carbide tipped blade
  • Includes: 12 in. metal cutting saw, carbide tipped blade, socket wrench and switch button
  • 1-year limited warranty
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Why can't I use your metal cutting 12" blade with my normal miter saw? Why a metal cutting saw?

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Sidney, Ohio
March 29, 2013
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March 30, 2013
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I tried that with the 12 inch Freud Diablo blade for non-ferrous, sold by Home Depot, on a Harbor Freight sliding compound miter saw. The normal 3660 RPM or so in woodcutting designed miter saws is way too fast for cutting aluminum. Noise attracted curious neighbors. Continued, it probably would have led to premature blade wear.
The Makita 12 inch saw, sold by Home Depot, seems to be good one. But Read More
I tried that with the 12 inch Freud Diablo blade for non-ferrous, sold by Home Depot, on a Harbor Freight sliding compound miter saw. The normal 3660 RPM or so in woodcutting designed miter saws is way too fast for cutting aluminum. Noise attracted curious neighbors. Continued, it probably would have led to premature blade wear.
The Makita 12 inch saw, sold by Home Depot, seems to be good one. But Makita say that use on aluminum could void the warranty. That seems to be too wide a brush policy. They may have envisioned a user of that saw , which comes with a reputedly very good blade for cutting steel, clogging that blade with aluminum, and then continuing to cut, thus overloading the motor .
I have been considering buying the 12 inch Makita, or the 14 inch Milwaukee which has 5 inch capacity, vs 4.5 inches for the Makita. Both of these saws are geared down to the region of 1,500 RPM, for cutting metal. Presently, I use a 7 1/4 Harbor Freight geared down handheld cirular saw , for which I built a track, with a Tenryu blade for non-ferrous cutting. Too much labor went into that track. I should have bought the Makita 12 inch or one of the several 14 inch metal cutting carbide bladed saws. But they are not supplied new with a non-ferrous cutting blade. So there is additional expense of $80 or more, beyond the cost of the saw with its stock blade. Read Less
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March 29, 2013
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The LC1230 12" Metal Cutting Saw is intended for cutting in pipe, angle iron, conduit, etc.
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You can as long as the blade you buy will allow the higher speed that the typical miter saw runs at (4000 rpm). The normal metal cutting saw runs much slower 1300-1400 rpm. I would expect that you would get less lifetime out of the blade due to the extra stress. Also, a metal cutting saw is designed more to cut things off the end rather than cutting in the middle of the saw table. The clamping in a metal Read More
You can as long as the blade you buy will allow the higher speed that the typical miter saw runs at (4000 rpm). The normal metal cutting saw runs much slower 1300-1400 rpm. I would expect that you would get less lifetime out of the blade due to the extra stress. Also, a metal cutting saw is designed more to cut things off the end rather than cutting in the middle of the saw table. The clamping in a metal saw is much sturdier also due to the material you are working with. I have both a dewalt miter saw and a Makita L1230 metal saw and I would not part with either one of them. Read Less
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looking at your makita 12 inch metal cutting saw model 12230

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kansas
July 7, 2012
will this cutoff saw cut through 3/8 in tubular steel? Would not be cutting that heavy of material that often, but was just wondering if it would be capable of doing it?
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March 14, 2013
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Yes, from what I have read.
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August 15, 2012
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As of right now I am using it to cut throught 1/4" square pipe and it works perfect lot faster and cleaner cuts than any abrasive cutting saw.
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We are not able to recommend steel cutting capacities due to inconsistencies in metal composition
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Blade life

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August 15, 2013
I bought this machine to cut 75mm x 75mm x 6mm SHS ASTM A500 Gr. B. But after 40 cuts, the blade is gone. No more carbides. What is the issue? Is the blade not compatible with the material?
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November 9, 2015
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The problem lies with the grade b material being much harder than standard metal.
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There are many variables that affect the life of carbide tipped blades. One of the most important things to remember when using this saw is that the material being cut should always be firmly clamped to the saw to minimize movement while making cuts. Vibration can cause the blade to disengage the material and can shorten the life of any blade, as well as alter the shape in the material when working with Read More
There are many variables that affect the life of carbide tipped blades. One of the most important things to remember when using this saw is that the material being cut should always be firmly clamped to the saw to minimize movement while making cuts. Vibration can cause the blade to disengage the material and can shorten the life of any blade, as well as alter the shape in the material when working with thinner gauges. It also is important to only make cuts in materials the blade is designed to cut. Even brief use in other materials can shorten the useful life of a blade Read Less
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Can the stock blade be used to cut aluminum? Or should a dedicated aluminum blade be purchased?

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August 9, 2016
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Dear Valued Home Depot Customer, We recommend you using a dedicated aluminum blade for your application.
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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 11 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Could not complete a very complex welding project with out it!!!!! I have cut a lot of metal since I purchased this saw a few weeks ago and even though I have messed up a few teeth on the blade (my fault), the blade is still cutting miters with no problem after more than 600 cuts. I have cut angle iron, tubing, flat bar, and round bar. I am working on a very complex welding project that has a lot of different cuts on it. If I had to use anything else beside this saw I would not be as far along completing the project. This saw is built heavier and better than any other saw I have used before that was more expensive. May 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Worth having If you can pay the extra cost ove abrasive saw....do it! February 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good purchase! Easy to use right out of the box. Cuts are clean and no heat discoloration of steel that you get from abrasive saws. No risk of burned fingers when handling cut pieces (but wear gloves because edges can be sharp). Cuts are also much faster than abrasive saws allowing work to get done faster. It seems about as noisy as abrasive saws. Be sure to support both ends of workpiece so cut off end doesn't go back into blade (my blade lost a carbide tooth because I got lazy and didn't do this - just before cut end fell it twisted into blade). Overall the saw is sturdy, cuts easily, and is nicer to work on than abrasive saws I've used. Size of work surface is adequate for smaller pieces and makes it easily portable, but when working with larger pieces you'll want to set up some type of workpiece support extensions. Read the instructions for use of saw with different pieces of steel. I was going to get another inexpensive abrasive saw, but glad I decided to spend the extra money. December 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cuts through 1/4" steel no problem After reading multiple reviews of cold cut saws this seemed to be the consensus best value. I have used it numerous times including with 1/4" steel p,late with no issues. So far so good! December 15, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Cutting aluminum voids Makita warranty. Why ? While considering the purchase of this saw, I asked the L:A office of Makita if it can be ordered with a blade dedicated to aluminum. That was before I recalled that I have a 12 inch, 96 tooth Diablo blade for aluminum, from a noisy aluminum cutting experiment with a 3600 RPM Harbor Freight sliding compound miter saw (for wood). Makita said no, and " cutting aluminum would probably void the warranty" . The tech rep did not know why. Aluminum saws more easily than steel. Clogging the teeth of the high qualilty and $$$ Makita blade ( which is not optimized for non-ferrous)? There is a video on YouTube showing this saw cutting aluminum. March 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Saw I have not cut very much with this saw yet, but what I did cut this beast ran through it like butter! My only issue so far has been the fence angles are not quite exact, but what saw is? So I wound recommend using a square or angle finder to set your fence. Other than that this thing is amazing! December 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by You need this saw! I should have made this purchase years ago. This saw is so much faster and more accurate than a regular abrasive saw. I've already made hundreds of cuts with it and the blade still cuts like it did on cut one. Cudos to Makita for providing a top notch blade with this awesome machine! Read the owner manual and follow it. The blade will last if you take care of it. October 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by great product - could be better this saw works great but the description could have been better regarding the blade type included. I needed to cut aluminum channel and what is included is for mild steel. No where did I find any info that said it had a blade for steel. I bought a non-ferrous blade for it and it does exactly what I need to do. The only thing missing from this saw is a measurement stop on the right side that would let you position stock for cutting the same size piece more than once. I will have to design something for it to make repeat cuts easier. July 31, 2012
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