Rated 4 out of 5Â by 21
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 1 out of 5Â by Brian Looks good...performs poorly.
I researched the Makita LS1216L and was quite enthusiastic about several of the features such as cut capacity, adjustable laser line and smooth-start motor. My enthusiasm turned to massive disappointment once I received the saw! Job one of any miter saw should be truly square crosscuts and accurate miters. This saw (as has been mentioned by other reviewers) came misaligned. I set about making the adjustments but...the fence was not straight and therefore quite difficult to square to the blade, but with some frustration (and clamping) I was able to accomplish it. The next task was to true the bevel. This was alomost impossible as the table seems to untrue. The bevel angle was true on one side of the blade and untrue on the other. Once test cuts were made they proved less than accurate, particularly on miters being off a full degree. The users manual is worthless as the type and diagrams are so small that you have to download it as a PDF and enlarge it to gain any clarity. Customer service was lackluster and proved to be less than knowledgeable about the product's use. Therefore I am returning it to Home Depot and opting for the Dewalt DWS780. Buyer Beware!
August 9, 2014