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I've had this for 6 years, and it hasn't failed once. Battery powered laser, a little inconvenient though.
Let's be clear here, the LS1018L is a sliding compound mitre saw.
To understand the terminology... Mitre, Vs Bevel Vs Compound Vs Sliding Vs Gliding... not all saws work the same way. You'll find that each term builds on the last, adding some feature. While all of these saws can do mitre cuts, (as it's the most basic function) the term "Mitre Saw" while generically true... might be under-selling many saws that have additional capability.
A non 90 degree cut, whether that's 5, 10, 30, 45 degrees or anything else.. is a mitre cut....Technically, most mitre saws spend most of their time doing 90 degree cuts which if going across the grain, is a "cross cut". But the capacity to do other weird and wonderful angles is why they call them mitre saws. If a mitre saw just does mitred cuts, it usually does so by turning the blade left to right relative to the fence. Saws like this are sometimes called a "mitre/chop/drop saw". It just pivots on a spring loaded arm, to come down (chops/drops) and cuts the wood.
Purchased in July 2015 at Home Hardware for $418.00.
Terrible saw. Made of cheap metals and plastic and unsealed bearings
I’ve had this saw for 2 years and it’s had an easy life.
It doesn’t cut square, bits break and fall off it regularly. I have fixed it a few times. 2 weeks ago I had to buy new bearings on the slide guard be said they exploded, and now 2 weeks later the rest of the guard has broke. The button for slide adjustment is plastic and broke, the bearings are cheap and gritty, doesn’t slide well, despite adjusting and calibrating it I can’t get it to cut square.
This is the last makita tool I will buy and it’s now in the bin!
Purchased in March 2019 for $500.00.
Absolutely terrible.... stay away
We had to send this drop saw back before even using it. You could see the something definitely wrong with it the blade didn't spend right the plate was crooked the rails went straight. We waited 2 weeks to receive the item back can proceeded to cut a total of 3 length of Mirboo on the third peace it jumped and blade jammed in the timber blowing out the back fence considering and is made from very cheap material. We even went to the extent of using the clamps that was provided with the drop saw.
FYI I have been a carpenter 20 years this is the worst drop saw I have ever seen
Purchased in August 2020 at Mitre 10 for $499.00.
Absolute death trap
The worst mitre saw I have ever used.
On first start up the blade was wobbly and 0 was more like 4mm on the base plate. Sent it in to Makita to get fixed and ended up having to fix 9 issues.
After getting it back, I used it to cut a length of merbau, and the blade jammed and flung the timber at me. I inspected the saw and could see that the metal fence and the actual frame of the saw had snapped. Sent it back to Makita and they tell me the damage is my fault and won’t replace the saw.
Purchased in July 2020 at Mitre 10 for $510.00.
Want precision look somewhere else
I cannot believe Makita is putting their name on this. Not aligned straight out of the box. That's ok, did my own adjusting. All looked good. After a few cuts, checked the alignment and it was out again. Click stops were out by 1.5 degrees. Not something that can be adjusted at all. 45 degree stop showing 46.5. Did a warranty claim, had to wait a month before getting it back. Finally got it back and all they did was to adjust the pointer on 45 degrees so now the 0 degree stop was out. I showed it to the guys at the store. And they couldn't beli...eve it either. Was told that they are going to do another claim and send it back to the factory. I wouldn't have it. Swapped it for another brand right there and then. Stay clear of this product. Makita is the new Ozito. Makita has lost me as a customer forever.
Purchased in June 2020 at Sydney Tools for $509.00.
This saw should not be allowed to sell
Not a precision saw at all! Click stops all off the marks by up to 1 degree in different directions. Even 0 degree cut was out by 1mm on crosscut
Purchased in April 2020 for $509.00.
The worst Makita that I've ever owned after 38 years buying them.
On opening the clear plastic blade set broken under the heavy saw, rusting rail after two months & compound adjustment frozen in place. Please consider buying @ this level anything that isn't assembled in china.
Purchased in September 2018 at Sydney Tools NSW, Kotara.
Gets the work done well after an initial setup procedure
I purchased this tool from Sydney Tools. Bunnings has the LS 1017L at the same price, which has a bevel cut only on one side (or some other limitation which i cant remember now).
Out of the box, you have to set up the Makita for accuracy, which is bloody unfortunate. It would seem tedious, but must be done. You must align the blade to the table top and the blade to the fence. There are some videos on you tube and this one is really helpful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGQmHPS4nU0
50% or less of the dust is actually collected in the dust ba...g, so expect a mess and a reasonable clean up after you finish working. I always thought i could get into woodworking so i could escape the wife's orders of doing cleanup after dinner, oh well! I attach 2 sets of wood screwed to the fence which serve as zero clearance kerf boards for both, 0 and 90 deg cuts and that works well. I have made some fine furniture from this baby, run it through a lot of hard work (definitely not tradie routine, but enough for an enthusiastic woodworker / DIY) and i like this thing. It goes well, it feels smooth and effortless, gives me a good, clean and safe cut every-time.
Purchased in June 2018 at Sydney Tools NSW, Castle Hill for $479.00.
Does what it should
I don't understand what all the negative comments are about for this machine. I think it's quite adequate. I'm an engineer/home handyman and wanted something of reasonable quality.
To begin with, you can't expect a $500 saw to be as good as a $1200 saw by the same manufacturer right?
So how can you expect this saw to be 'as good as the old days'.
I'm very impressed with this saw. It's quite versatile which is exactly what I needed. Great cutting angles (from both sides and inclines), reasonably quiet, accuracy is awesome (checked with straigh...t edge and angles), and doesn't weight a ton. Yes it's a Makita but that doesn't mean you can chuck it in the back of a ute without tying down and expect it to be ok. As with all saws the bag is useless and actually should always have a vacuum attached. Also the laser is hard to see when working out in the sun. But c'mon, it ain't gonna chill your beer for you. Obviously you gotta know which side of the blade the laser is showing you as well otherwise you'll always be 2mm off.
Purchased in January 2019.
Makita LS1018 Dissapointing
Really disappointed with this tool, I purchased because of the Makita supposed good name, so I did not even check quality before buying.
The rails all rusted up within a couple of months, when it starts up sounds like it will explode, really cheap quality tool.
Old Makita tools were made in Japan according to the label, and they were the best quality bar none .
I wanted to replace a ancient Makita one that I have had for 20 years, it never let me down once, always started took a heap of rough treatment, so I just bought a Makita again, but since buying I have noticed Makita quality has gone downhill, castings rough, slide rails grinding, etc, so I now have a Bosch Slider, could not be happier.
Rusty rails and screws
After setting the unit up as per the manual to register all cutting planes at 90 degrees, no problems.
The issue is with the quality of the materials:
I brush the saw off at the end of each day's use, then vacuum to remove sawdust in hard to reach places. After far less than half a year, rust started forming on the rails and some of the screws. (The screws are coated for rust protection (resistance??).)
Just under a year since purchase, and the rails are covered in rust. Sliding the cutting unit causes the rust to transfer onto the bea...rings, which will likely see them degrade sooner than expected, too. As you can guess, the slide is no longer a completely smooth motion. Have just submitted a warranty claim to Makita for defective materials. This is not 'normal wear and tear', as these parts are supposed to be protected from corrosion to an extent. Cutting with it was fine, but pretty disappointed about the materials, as this was not a Bunnings-quality machine. (Admittedly, it's one level just above.)
Worst Slide Compund Saw
I purchased my LS1018L a few years ago and have nothing but trouble with it. I could not cut a accurate mitre to save it self. I now use my Hitachi saw for everything now and just keep the Makita for cutting fire wood.
This is a real shame how Makita quality has gone from number 1 to last in the pack in only a few years.
I would never buy another Makita product after this piece of rubbish.
I was building a picket fence and though I should upgrade from my circular saw. I bought this from Sydney Tools at $489. You could buy nearly exact same model from Bunnings - LS1017L for $30 less. This one does both left and right bevel whilst Bunnings one only do one side. I haven't used bevel cut yet so could have saved the $30.
The calibration out of the box is good enough for my purpose - mitre cut, 90 degree cut. I do understand some of the comments about accuracy of the mitre and bevel cut as the indicators are plastic and rather flim...sy. But as I said, I have no need to make any adjustment for what I was doing. And for a weekend warrior like myself, if the situation call for, i don't mind spending a little extra time to make some adjustments before I use. The laser guide is pretty accurate as well to guide straight cut. The sliding action is good. The blade is sharp for the treated pine I was sawing. I am happy with this saw and really don't want to pay anymore than $500. I considered the Aldi which sells for $179 but only had an 8 inch blade vs 10 inch. The blade size would limit how thick the material that can be cut.
Faulty as they come
This unit is incredibly flawed. The actual base plate is out as far as I can tell and I have carried it around with me to numerous jobs hoping that I am an idiot and letting another chippee show me my errors - none can and all agree the unit is faulty. It won't even go past 27 degree for angled cuts so 45 mitre is not happening. I will go with Hitachi from now on.
Carpentry not Cabinetry
I bought the LS1018L a few years (5 ??) back when I needed a drop saw for the construction of a couple of decks. I checked all the angle setups immediately after taking the saw out of the box and set them correctly. I didn't really expect them to be exact right out of the box. Since then I have used the saw many times as a simple drop saw and as a mitre saw - even made numerous compound cuts. All turned out fine! I always follow the old rule - measure twice, cut once and that includes the saw setup.
Otherwise the unit has run well, with...out issue. I have not modified the saw, but I have set it up on a stand and built a dust hood and vacuum extraction set up around it. I clean it after use. I guess I could have paid a lot more for a compound mitre saw, but would I have achieved better results?? Not too sure. I use the saw for larger scale carpentry tasks rather than fine work such one might encounter in cabinetry. Cutting small pieces of timber (such that the plastic guide is not level) suggests dangerous practice by getting fingers too close to the spinning blade. The saw is not made for fine work. The blade cover sometimes catches on the edge of the timber being cut - not a big issue. I would rather have the safety of the cover in place. If it lasts another five years it will have paid for itself.
Questions & Answers
the saw won't slide how do I fix it
Hi there Aaron, I've have an unfortunate opinion of Chinese made Makitas that with your problem is no surprise.. It seems that there are a lot of safety Locks on these new models from Chinese - & that the tolerances are not as accurate as they should be - causing things to be stuck in position due to the miss alignment. If its new your seller will now the problem as you want be only one this problem. Good luck Regards Ian. PS After receiving a warranty claim on the my Makita LS108L - I purchased Metabo for the quality build.
Aaron, that's strange. This may be basic, but there's a screw on the side, where the linear bearings (sliders) meet the housing towards the back of the assembly. Have you loosened that? It is tightened to keep the saw from sliding when transporting. It has a small knob and can be loosened or tightened by hand. Cheers!
I have had my LS1018L for 3 days and for some unknown reason the blade is not lining up correctly. It is in the store at the moment to be checked tomorrow. I've had it for 3 days yet still was told there is not much that can be done. Does Makita cover tool faults or am l left with a lemon?
How to adjust the saw head/cutting blade to be in alignment with the slides, currently with the slides running at 90 deg to the guard rail the saw blade is 1mm out of square.
At what points did you measure this from? Or was it from the piece you cut?
If I understand you correctly, you measured 91 degrees or 89 degrees from somewhere.
One thing to note is how your piece to be cut is butted up against the guide. The separable section of the guide can jut out at times.
The problem is that the saw blade is not parallel with the saw slide.
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- This slide compound saw has a maximum cut capacity of 91x305mm
- Ability to make left and right bevel cuts at 45 degrees, as well as mitre cuts at 60 degrees right and 47 degrees left
- A continuous rating input of 1, 430 watts
- Two-stage dual linear ball-bearing rails to help you cut smoothly
- Easily align your cuts with the inclusion of an electric break and laser marker
- The overall length of this slide compound mitre saw is 536mm, to help determine whether it can comfortably fit in your workspace
- The power supply cord length is 2 metres, and the weight of this power tool is 19.8 kg
- Standard accessories include a 255mm Carbide TCT saw blade (with the option to purchase a 260mm blade), a vertical vice, triangular rule, socket wrench, dust bag and holder assembly.
|Category||Cut-Off & Mitre Saws|
|Release date||Jan 2011|
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