Anyone know how to adjust the presets on a Makita LS1216?

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Forum topic by BarrySumpter posted 08-01-2018 11:59 AM 780 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2018 11:59 AM

I’ve just started my interest in box making.

My first box top frame was out of alignment after using digital guides to align.
Cut two and match with carpenters square perfectly.

I didn’t, however, test on cutting a frame from scrap.
i.e. 4 sides – 8 end cuts. Adjust by 1/8 – recut 8 end cuts. Repeat if necessary.

I now have it set perfectly.

But the preset for 45° is 1/4° off.

Does anyone know how to adjust the presets of a Makita LS1216?
It’s a very good saw with DXT – Deep eXact Technology.
i.e. deep accurate cuts.

I do remember now, that someone did confirm, you could slightly adjust the preset.
But I wasn’t ready to have a fair go at the time.

Just rang an authorised repairers.
Who told me you can’t adjust the presets.
Another sounded like he wanted to experiment.
Another was absolutely sure he could. $70.

I’m retired and this saw gets used a couple time a month if that.
I’d like to have a go at doing it myself.

Anyone know how to adjust the mitre (not bevel) presets of of just the 45° on a Makita LS1216?

Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 01-09-2019 08:34 PM

I’ve never tried. I could look. I don’t trust mine for accuracy at all. I see a chop saw a construction tool. I get better results on the table saw. I made a shooting board and get it close with the makita and then finish up with a shooting plane. Heck, if I set mine to a preset, I find that I can nudge it in either direction a little anyway. It’s just not that accurate, IMO. Right now, mine is not easily moved. It’s happened before and I don’t know what causes it. I have to wiggle it to get it started when changing the left/right angle.

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