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09-11-2013 07:27 AM

Plan on using for molding and cutting laminate. I have no knowledge of power tools and just want to make sure what I am buying will get the job done.

So far I’ve read that the Makita LS1016L is a pretty good saw. Will this get the job done?


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#1 posted 09-11-2013 09:56 AM

Most decent miter saws on the market are capable of the task, and the Makita is better than most. Setup and blade selection are the keys to getting any saw to work well.

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 10:55 AM

We had 2 of these on the last job I was on. They just didn’t seem to hold up well. They were only 4 months old and seemed to be pretty well worked over. Personally the DEWALT DW716 is a better saw IMHO. If you don’t need the slider then I wouldn’t get a slider. sliders are heavy and they have tendency to come loose in time. The main reason I like the DW716 is the motor is belt driven so it doesn’t hit the material. It is perfect for trim because it will cut 6 1/2” base standing up and it will cut 6 5/8 crown nested. The dw716 will be my next chop saw.

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 12:00 PM

If you search “Mitre Saws” above you will find out everything you want to know.
I have a DeWalt 716 and a Ridgid 12” both are good saws. Like Knotscott said blades and set up.

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#4 posted 09-11-2013 01:09 PM

All I will say is decide whether or not you need the capabilities of a 12 inch saw, because the blades are very expensive. Don’t quite know what you mean by cutting laminate – are you talking shelving? Get a fine tooth thin kerf blade for that (Freud Diablo) and make sure the finish side is down. I would just use a try square and circular saw for that.

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#5 posted 09-11-2013 01:13 PM

Banner … I went through the same thing back in February. I wound up with a Hitachi 12” slider (C12RSH).

So far, I am very happy with this saw. The only downside to it is weight … it tips the scales at around 64 pounds.

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#6 posted 09-11-2013 01:38 PM

Hitachi has a great warranty if I was buying a new saw I would go with Hitachi

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#7 posted 09-11-2013 01:49 PM

I have a 10” Makita and a 12” Hitachi w/laser; both sliders. Both very good, but the Hitachi ain’t portable, IMO.

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#8 posted 09-11-2013 01:49 PM

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so…

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#9 posted 09-11-2013 07:15 PM

I picked up a refurb 12” Hitachi (C12FDH) from They have great prices (I paid $175). I LOVE the saw. It was perfect right out of the box, including the laser alignment. I’m making a lot of cuts for kitchen cabs and it’s been dead nuts on so far. I kept the 80 tooth Hitachi blade in it for about a month, until I started to get a little tear out and replaced it with a TC 80 tooth Diablo from HD. To be honest, the Hitachi seemed to perform just as well as the Diablo, IMHO.
Cool note: About a week after I received it, they sent me a new miter adjustment handle (the thing you twist to lock the miter angle in place) because they had noted in their records that the handle had a crack in it. I had no idea! But it did have a small crack that I never would have noticed and didn’t affect the functionality. Good CS.

Update – Just checked the website, they have my saw for $170. Of course it’s a grade C recon, meaning it has some blemishes.

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#10 posted 09-11-2013 07:36 PM

I agree with the Hitachi recommendations. I have a C10FSH that is very precise. Adjust it to zero clearance and put on a good Freud 80t and you will have sanded edge cuts. I also like the Dewalt 716 but the Hitachi is smoother to me.

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#11 posted 09-12-2013 12:15 PM

Well here’s my 2 cents 12” skil with laser the only down side its $ 200.00 it anit pretty and it anit yellow but it will get the job done.

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#12 posted 09-12-2013 12:39 PM

Hitachi Mike

Damn…...that thing looks mean!.... like a Klingon space gun!

I heard the laser can be removed and used to cope crown and fry hot dogs. Is that true?

also, you could get landing gear and a computer for unmanned GPS flight to jobsite, or this that extra?

Did you get the matching green flight suit and crown stop holster too?

To infinity and beyond!

sorry, just being goofy…..really nice miter stand.

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#13 posted 09-12-2013 01:09 PM

I’ve used several different Makita’s before and they’ve all performed quite well. They can be a little more fragile in the hands of someone who won’t be responsible for fixing them when used incorrectly. I like the 10” saws more than 12”, a 12” blade is significantly more inertia than a 10” blade for a universal motor to get up to speed (and stopped), plus everything in my shop uses a 10” blade so I have more options. Another note, Makita is one of the very few that are gear drive only. The dual compound saws from Hitachi, DeWalt, Bosch and some older Deltas were both gear drive and belt drive so you had 6 bearings verses 4 and a belt that could fail. I’m a big fan of simpler, lighter and more efficient when I can get it.

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#14 posted 09-12-2013 01:28 PM

I too go with what MT_Stringer says “Hitachi”.

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#15 posted 09-12-2013 01:41 PM

I had a Makita and didn’t think it was as sturdy as DeWalt or Hitachi. Also, regarding it being geared vs a belt, I’ve heard that is a negative. My understanding is the belt can act as a clutch. If you jamb the blade on something, the belt will take the blow, but on the Makita you can strip a gear.

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