Makita has been a trusted name in the industry for decades. Not only do they produce a wide range of power tools, but their sliding miter saws are in a class all their own, mainly due to their versatility, durability, and top of the line quality. Their latest model, the LS1018 is one of their best to date, a model that comes loaded with a variety of detents, a tough stock blade, and some great extras that will save you some serious time in your workshop.
Our Verdict: If you’re already a Makita fan, then the saw’s quality will come as no surprise. But first-time Makita owners will be pleasantly surprised by the saw’s versatility, quality, and ease of use. We would recommend this for both the hobbyist and the woodworking professional.
Overview and Features
If you’re a seasoned woodworker or you’ve been in construction for years, then you’re already familiar with this brand. Makita has made it this far by producing top of the line power tools at prices that are affordable. This new sliding miter saw easily outperforms other models in this price range, offering a more versatile, beginner-friendly operation, and a powerful motor in a lightweight, compact design.
This saw features a powerful thirteen amp direct drive motor. This low maintenance motor offers 4,300 revolutions per minute. The compact design makes it suitable for home use, but this saw’s lower weight also make it suitable for the woodworker or contractor that needs a sliding miter saw that’s highly portable.
Inside the box, you’ll get the ten-inch saw blade, vertical vise, triangle rule, box wrench, extension wing, and dust bag.
You won’t have to spend much time calibrating this saw. In fact, most users reported that it’s ready to go right out of the box. This model features an impressive cutting capacity and top of the line precision. But while it offers the same type of performance you can expect from a traditional, full-sized miter, this model weighs in at just forty-three pounds. This saw is designed with portability and power in mind. Makita delivers a sliding miter saw that’s lightweight, portable, and tough enough to cut through any material in your workshop such as crown molding and baseboards.
As we mentioned, this saw can handle cutting through a wide range of materials such as thick crown molding and lumber. Despite its smaller size, it can easily cut through a 4×4 in a single pass.
This saw can handle miter cuts at zero degrees up to forty-seven degrees left, and zero degrees to sixty degrees right, with five positive stops for left and right.
The saw has a cut capacity of twelve inches at ninety degrees, with eight and a half inches at forty-five degrees.
The saw’s linear ball bearing system is designed to improve cutting accuracy, promoting a smoother operation.
This is a dual-bevel sliding miter saw. The saw’s rear handle bevel lock adjusts from zero degrees up to forty-five degrees for both right and left and features a bevel lock that’s easily accessible for faster adjustments. The positive stops for the bevel range from zero degrees to forty-five degrees for left and right.
Who is This Saw for?
This saw is very versatile, with an impressive cutting capacity. We recommend it for general construction, small and major DIY projects around the home, and any woodworking project you can dream up.
Powered by a direct drive thirteen amp motor complete with a soft start, you’ll notice the saw offers a consistent, smooth start up each and every time. The soft start motor also means you won’t have to deal with the belt breaking or slipping. Really, this model doesn’t require much in terms of miter saw maintenance and repairs.
Additionally, the included electric brakes provide much-needed convenience.
Dust Collection System
The included dust collection bag will keep your workpiece and workspace clean and free of debris and dust. The dust bag is easy to detach. Overall, the dust collection system is around eighty percent effective, which is higher than what you can expect from competing models.
If you’re not happy with this saw, the manufacturer will accept returns within thirty days of purchase. The saw is also covered against production defects and damage for one year. If you run into any performance issues the saw can be sent to the manufacturer for replacement or repair depending on the issue.
Unlike a traditional sliding miter saw which can easily weigh seventy to eight pounds, this forty-three-pound model can be easily transported from job site to job site. Additionally, the saw’s compact design will also allow you to use it in your already cramped workspace.
While this saw can’t quite compete with models such as the Bosch Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw GCM12SD, which offers a cutting capacity of fourteen inches, at twelve-inches and available for half the price, this Makita saw is pro-quality all the way. Adjusting the bevel settings and using the positive stops is fast and easy.
The space-saving design will allow you to work with bigger lumber and other materials since you won’t have to flip over the workpiece and will simply flip the saw instead. Like other leading models of sliding miter saws, this model will save you hours in your workshop.
If you’re searching for a sliding miter saw with a larger cutting capacity, click here to check out our buyer’s guide.
- Bevel detents
- Cutting detents
- Twelve-inch cutting capacity
- Powerful motor
- Compact design
- The max twelve-inch cutting capacity can be a downside for contractors and woodworkers who need a saw that can slice through thicker materials.