Makita LS1018 Miter Saw Cuts All the Right Spots

By: James Marshell


Now that Makita has released LS1018, we have our answer. LS1018 is indeed a step in the right direction as it does not try to bring in all the useless extra bells and whistles in the name of innovation that inflate the price tag. This tool hits all the right spots. It has a solid build and does what a professional woodworker would expect it to do.

LIGHTER AND CHEAPER

LS1016 was not that heavy to begin with but LS1018 is lighter and leaner weighing only 43.7 lbs. Less weight is always encouraged as it increases portability and makes the tool more ergonomic. Despite being brilliantly engineered, LS1016 comes in with a price tag that $100 less than its predecessor which reflects that Makita is targeting this saw at regular woodworkers who want to get the job done without having to pay for the fancy features they will never use.

Besides being lighter, Makita has also introduced new handling system that incorporates two different rubberized grips which make the maneuvering of the tool quite a convenience. Note that a miter saw is a large tool so a lighter profile and handy grips are a welcome addition.

MORE POWER AND CUTTING CAPACITY

Makita has equipped LS1018 with a 13.0 AMP motor that can produce torque up to 4.300 RPM. The motor is direct drive so it doesn’t need too much care and maintenance to serve your needs in a long run. This saw has left miters at 0° – 47° and right ones at 0° - 60° with stops at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6° and 45° on both sides. Because of a powerful motor, LS1018 can do cuts up to 12 inches at 90° and up to 8.5 inches at 45°.

The saw uses a 2-rail system instead of a 4-rail system like its predecessor so it can’t get as close to the wall as you might like. But 2-rail system has resulted in a lighter machine which has benefits of its own.

OTHER FEATURES

LS1018 features machined aluminum base that gives support to the material being cut resulting in more efficient cuts. It sports a see-through blade guard system so the woodworker can see the blade all the time. This allows for precision cuts in less time as it is easier for the carpenter to focus on the line of cut. For longer work pieces, LS1018 has got extension wings for extra support and comes with a large switch and electric braking for increased productivity and easier operation.

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH LS1018

The LS1018 comes with

• 10 inch 40T Miter Saw Blade (Quantity: 1)
• Triangle Rule for Miter Saws (Quantity: 1)
• Vice Assembly (Quantity: 1)
• Dust Bag Assembly (Quantity: 1)
• Extension Wing (Quantity: 1)
• Wrench 13 (Quantity: 1)

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