If you like the size and weight of a 10-in. sliding miter saw, but you need the capacity of a 12-in. saw, then Makita's new saw miter saw might be right for you. In this first episode of our new tool review video series, we take a closer look at the Makita LS1016L sliding compound miter saw to see if its laundry list of upgrades could stand up against the toughest job-site challenges.
The miter saw features a larger cutting capacity than comparable models thanks to an increase in its table size, a four-rail slide system that gives it up to 12-in. of cross cut capacity at 90 degrees, and a flip-up blade guard that provides slightly more vertical cutting capacity. Unfortunately, it can't handle vertical baseboard cuts more than 4-3/4 in. tall. Still, these features make it nearly comparable to leading 12-in. compound miter saws.
Most notable is the new electronically-controlled motor that allows it to make heavy cuts without bogging down, similar to systems from the more expensive Festool Kapex miter saw. Watch this members-only video for complete details from our tool test.