Makita’s new LS1018 10″ sliding miter saw is said to deliver large cutting capacity (12″ at 90°) and high accuracy right out of the box, and is aimed at fine woodworkers, carpenters, and other professional users alike.
Weighing in at just 43.7 pounds, the new miter saw is easily carried to and from the jobsite with ease.
What I find curious is the saw’s double handle design. The manuals that come with most miter saws tell you specifically not to carry the saws by their handles, but I cannot think of any other use for the top handle on this one. If that is a carrying handle, then Makita must have really beefed things up.
Update: Makita has confirmed that the top handle is for carrying the saw when in its locked position.
It is also interesting to see that Makita strayed from the common horizontal handle design most miter saw manufacturers go with. Instead, Makita engineers built the new LS1018 miter saw with a sort of pistol-grip vertical handle design.
Features and Specifications
- 10″ blade with 5/8″ arbor
- Linear ball bearing slides
- 12″ cutting capacity and 3-5/8″ depth at 90°
- 8-1/2″ cutting capacity and 1-1/4″ depth at 45°
- 13 amp motor with electric brake
- 4300 RPM no-load speed
- Direct-drive motor, meaning none of the hassles associated with belt wear as in belt-driven saws
- Weighs 43.7 pounds
- Bevel range of 0-45° left and right
- Miter range of 0-47° left, 0-60° right
The saw comes with a 40T carbide-tipped blade, hold-down clamp, dust bag, extension wings, required wrenches.
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Makita is not a brand name I typically associate with miter saws. I also don’t typically associate them with fine woodworking tools either. Even so, their saw has an eye-catching geometry that makes it seem especially ergonomic and portable.
While larger saws, such as the excellent Dewalt DWS780, sometimes have added top-mounted carrying handles, many miter saws are meant to be carried from the sides. This is not always comfortable, which is why I find myself intrigued with what I think Makita did here.
With the vertical handle and trigger configuration, it almost looks like Makita’s first prototype for this saw was a circular saw mounted to an otherwise common-looking sliding miter saw base. You see it too, right?
If you’re in the market for a lightweight dual-bevel sliding miter saw and prefer a 10″ blade, this one might be worth a closer look.