Jun 17, 2004 (Updated Mar 30, 2006)
Review by shopkins
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Sturdy, strong, and quiet. You'll have this saw for 30 years.
The Bottom Line: The bottom line is this is a top quality saw. If you aren't looking for top quality then buy something else.
I was looking to purchase a 10" sliding dual compound miter saw and I figured if I was gonna pay I might as well buy the best one out there. One big thing I was looking for was a saw that held it's angles. I'm tired of constantly checking my miter angles on my table saw and it was worth paying an extra $100 or $200 for a saw that was good.
I narrowed the best two saws down to the Hitachi C10FSH and the Makita LS1013F.
I went to Lowes and saw that they had the Hitachi C10FSH which let me check it out first hand. The plastic felt cheap and the base was very small. So small infact that the saw can fall over unless its bolted down. This wasn't for me since I need my saw to be portable and sometimes it'll find itself on a flat table and not bolted down. Since it was small it would also not hold wood very well for being cut.
I decided to purchase the Makita after talking with woodworkers. They told me that working on the hitachi was a nightmare. I ordered my saw from Amazon for $430 which also included a free 14.4 volt Makita drill. Can't beat that. I did get the saw with the light (LS1013F).
This saw is GREAT. It is quiet. It is about half as noisy as a 7.5" circular saw. You can use it in a closed garage without ear protection. The dust collection gets about 85% of the saw dust into the bag. The unit feels very sturdy unlike the Hitachi. There are three main adjustment knobs. One to unlock the sliding arm, one to adjust the miter, and one to adjust the bevel. The Makita is silky smooth in all adjustments and is very well balanced. Adjustments are not awkward with this saw. There are many positive stops which are controlled by a front lever.
The saw has a built in handle on top of the unit to allow you to carry it.
All in all I love this saw. I cant find any faults. It's simple to use and adjust and feels strong and sturdy.
Some people say this saw is expensive but you get what you pay for. Get a cheap saw and you'll be checking your adjustments all the time and pieces will fly off. Who wants to bother with stuff like that? You'll have this saw for 30 years.
I can honestly say I dont know how I would survive without this saw. I went back to Lowes and checked out the Hitachi and I am SO glad I got the makita. The quality difference is amazing.
If you are one of those people who are on the edge of buying but just need one more thing to get you there I hope this review has helped you. Believe me when I say you cant go wrong with this saw.
3-29-2006 The Makita is still going strong. If you'd like to see one of the things I've built with it please visit: