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Makita LS1013F Miter Saws Reviews

Makita LS1013F Miter Saws

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Profound disappointment

Jul 5, 2007 (Updated Jul 5, 2007)
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Pros:Nice blade comes with this saw.

Cons:Poorly conceived, poorly designed, poorly built

The Bottom Line: Do yourself a favor and stay away from this saw. I have spoken with folks who have purchased the DeWalt, and the Hitachi, and have many fewer complaints.


I've owned many Makita tools throughout my 30 years as a carpenter, and have never been disappointed with them... until now. It's not that there are one or two things that aren't quite right with this tool, it is an abomination. from top to bottom, here we go: Out of the box the fence could not be made to square-up without oversizing the holes, ouch. The next thing I noticed was that the bevel lock does not operate smoothly, or at all unless it is loosened at least two full turns. The miter scale is impossible to see when there is a board on the table. The laser is impossible to see under natural lighting conditions. The table rides on a couple of nylon spacers that wore out on mine in about ten months of steady use. This resulted in the grating of aluminum on aluminum, and an inability to get that particular mechanism back to factory tolerances thereafter. The cir-clip that holds the miter lock spring in place breaks often. Right out of the box the slide rails had a hitch in them. Oh, and the blade guard lifting mechanism gets extremely stiff without very regular lubrication.
I do mostly finish and cabinetry work, and so it is my custom to build tables and accessories for many of my tools. When I bought the LS1013L, I build a table for it out of 1/2" Apple-ply (like Baltic birch) This worked quite well, until ALL of the rubber feet fell off of the saw, and caused the saw table to sit 3/16" below the cut-off table.
Makita has built a real lemon here, and they have lost my trust, and cost me much aggravation and some dough. They will have to do something extraordinary to get me back as a customer.


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