Visit any job site and you’re likely to see at least one miter saw being used at any given moment. More often than not, it will be a bright yellow saw. Because DeWalt is, without a doubt, the most popular brand among contractors.
Did you ever ask yourself why that is? Is it because they’re the only ones that can do the job? Or is it the best brand out there?
The answers to these questions is a definite no. But it’s unlikely that a guy who spent $600-700 on a miter saw is going to tell someone else it’s not the best. So anyone who asked him about it goes and buys one.
Just so you know there could be a better alternative to the DeWalt, let’s look at Makita’s new generation of sliding compound miters, the 12″ LS1216L and the 10″ LS1016L.
– Makita includes a built-in, independent laser so you can set up your cut before actually turning on the saw (not so with DeWalt, theirs is an extra cost add-on)
– The LS1216L can handle crown molding up to 8″ nested vertically (compared to 6-5/8″ on the 12″ DeWalt DW718) and baseboard up to 6-1/2″
– The LS1016L can handle crown molding up to 6-5/8″ and baseboard up to 4-3/4″ vertically
– Both models of Makita have an electronically controlled 15 amp motor so the speed is constant, even under load
– Cross cutting at 90 degrees the 12″ LS1216L will handle up to 15″ and the 10″ LS1016L up to 12″
– Both models have split, sliding fences. Top and bottom portions both slide independently to increase control, precision and support while giving you clearance for bevel cuts
– The sliding system uses four round rails riding on ball bearings to keep the movement smooth and rigid, while saving space
– Both Makita models have 9 positive miter stops and 7 bevel stops
– You get more features and cutting capacity with the Makita LS1216L for about the same price as the DeWalt DW718
Makita LS1016L and LS1216L dual bevel slide compound miter saws are built with typical Makita quality, durability and ease of use. “Best saw I’ve ever used” is what one owner of a Makita miter saw said. Another buyer said that after using a Makita miter saw, he switched all his power tools to Makita. Hmm, not a bad idea.
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