Model # LC1230

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Makita 15 Amp 12 in. Metal Cutting Saw


15 Amp 12 in. Metal Cutting Saw

  • Ergonomic design for increased user comfort and control
  • Engineered for industrial performance
  • Pro cutting solution for pipe, angle iron, conduit and more
$431.57 /each

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Product Overview

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° 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° 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 1 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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Customer Questions & Answers

Why can't I use your metal cutting 12" blade with my normal miter saw? Why a metal cutting saw?

Asked by: Anonymous
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.
Answered by: Bino
Date published: 2016-11-30

looking at your makita 12 inch metal cutting saw model 12230

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?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, from what I have read.
Answered by: Bino
Date published: 2017-03-25

where can you find replacement blades for this saw

where can you find replacement blades for this saw
Asked by: tuma
Any major store has this blade
Answered by: Gates
Date published: 2016-12-13

Blade life

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?
Asked by: Anonymous
The problem lies with the grade b material being much harder than standard metal.
Answered by: Infidel4life
Date published: 2015-11-10
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Customer Reviews

15 Amp 12 in. Metal Cutting Saw is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was searching for a quality metal cutting saw for my home shop. I wanted the best my money cou... I was searching for a quality metal cutting saw for my home shop. I wanted the best my money could buy so I did my research thoroughly. After reading many great reviews on this saw I decided to make my purchase. I literally scrounged up my money even rolled all my change to buy this. Upon arrival I thoroughly inspected the saw. I was impressed with the quality, the sturdy base cast into one piece. The angle guide work perfectly as I checked it with my framing square. The blade was lined up straight. The next day I put it to work. Now it should have come with hearing protection because it is loud. But it still did its job with ease. It cuts wonderful 45 degree cuts that line up perfectly with each other. Making assembly a breeze. The chip collector catches most of the debris making cleanup somewhat easy. Overall this saw me me look good with its perfect cuts. If you in search of a quality metal cut saw look no further. The price beats most of its competition and the quality is superb.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw. Make sure to read the part of manual that talks about proper work holding...will make ... Great saw. Make sure to read the part of manual that talks about proper work holding...will make your blade last longer. Well built and would buy again. Saves a ton of time.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving it So far it's been great.Have made 50-60 cuts from 14 gage square tube to 1/4×4" flat stock. No problems at all. Make sure material is secure in clamp before cutting. If not you risk damaging the blade or saw itself. Experience from a previous saw. This saw is much smoother than my previous one. Was able to trim a blade width off of pieces cut to long. Just take it slow. Bottom line if you're using an abrasive cut chop saw you're wasting time and effort. These saws are worth the money.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best metal saw available Best metal saw available
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-07-31
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