Anyone have the Makita LS1016L SCMS?

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02-09-2010 02:02 AM

I looked at this saw at Home Depot today but go sidetracked on another purchase.

Anyone have this model saw and if so what are your likes and dislikes?

I have pretty much narrowed down to the Makita LS1016L and the Dewalt 717. Both SCMS saws, and I favor a 10 inch over 12 for the work that I will use it for. For some reason that I can’t really pinpoint, I am tending to lean towards the Makita, but would appreciate any input from current owners of this saw before I purchase.

Dewalt tools I am well familiar with and the 717 looks solid as a tank, and that is still a viable option for me.

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#1 posted 02-09-2010 02:47 AM

I like the front controls of the Bosch better the rear lock seems like you really have to crank on it to get it set on the Makita. Another alternative is Ridgids sliding compound.

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#2 posted 02-09-2010 03:03 AM

I looked at all of them last year and ended up choosing the Bosch 12” dual/compound/sliding. It’s been great. Believe it or not. Sears, once a year knocks a lot off them and beats all other prices I researched. Amazon, other tol companies. I don’t know when that happens though. The Makita was my second choice at the price point I was looking at.

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#3 posted 02-09-2010 10:10 PM

Thanks Jim and Craftsman,
I looked at Lowes today and they don’t carry the Bosch, and I don’t think I saw one at Home Depot either, but I will check them out to see the difference between it and the Makita and DW saws.

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#4 posted 02-09-2010 10:18 PM

Happy shopping

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 11:42 PM

I’ve got the Makita LS1212. Great saw. Stock blade is excellent. I am very happy with the capacity and accuracy of the Makita. My Bro-in law had the DeWalt. He said that he could not get the level of precision he was looking for with it. He traded up to a Hitachi.

Amazon user reviews on both saws are good:

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 01:52 AM

I got my Bosch from Amazon.

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#7 posted 02-10-2010 03:48 AM

I’ve had a Makita SCMS for around 5 years now. I have no complaints. It’s always done what I’ve asked of it, and it has always been very accurate. I bought mine from Amazon, and it came with a free 14.4V Makita drill. It seems like you can always count on good deals through Amazon.

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#8 posted 02-10-2010 05:02 PM

I have the LS1013L that I bought from I couldn’t be happier with it. Very accurate. I was looking at the bosch and dewalt prior, but made the choice for the Makita from the site. I’m not sure about the bosch, but I think the DeWalt is not as good as the Makita from using the DeWalt in the past.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#9 posted 02-10-2010 10:54 PM

I have the Makita 1013 since late 90s. I was visiting the Grizzly showroom in Springfield MO. They were using the Makita in their shop too. Asked them why the blue in the middle of the sea of green and the gentleman said because it takes a beating and stays dead on. My father in law has a Dewalt 12in and it just doesn’t impress me, can’t say exactly why, just a little clunky and doesn’t seem as smooth. I prefer the 10in because of less blade deflection but I’ve never noticed it on the 12in I’ve used. Hope this helps, sorry for the undirected rambling. BTKS

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#10 posted 02-11-2010 12:46 AM

I have the Makita LS1214FL. I really like the saw. It is accurate and easy to set. The table seems to move smoother than any miter saw I’ve had. When I bought it, I also looked at the Bosch. It was a tough decision. Looking back, I believe I would have been happy with either. That said, I have no regrets in buying the Makita. The only thing I haven’t liked is the position of the handle. It was a liittle award at first. I quickly got used to it, so it really isn’t an issue now. You won’t go wrong with either. Jet also makes a miter saw that is pretty impressive. It might be worth checking out.

My son has a DeWalt and hates it. I would agree with him.


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#11 posted 02-11-2010 02:00 PM

Kent- I know Woodcraft carries the Jet miter saw, but I haven’t found a review anywhere on them. Seems there are a lot of satisfied Makita owners out there, and though I have found DeWalt tools to be very reliable in the past, I may give the Makita a try.

None of the stores near me carry the Bosch, and I really prefer to kind of get a hands on feel and build impression.

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#12 posted 02-11-2010 04:30 PM

I have the Makita LS1013. I assume it is similar to the one you are considering. I’m very pleased with how accurate it is and how smoothly it works. In my opinion, the fence is too low and I remedied that by bolting a 3/8 inch board to the fence (with the heads countersunk). That addresses the low fence issue but makes the built in hold down clamp unusable. For me, that’s an acceptable tradeoff.

On very minor issue – There is no built in way to lock up the slider. For me that is only an issue on those rare occasions when I am transporting the saw to a remote location. I can lock the head down and to prevent it from sliding I use a bungee cord.

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#13 posted 02-15-2010 03:44 PM

Rich, I can lock my slider down just by twisting the knob at the handle where you set the degree of the cut at. If this isn’t what your talking about the just look over me then, LOL.

I agree, fence is low, but I went ahead and built a much larger fence to the left/right side to extend out anyway. Put a t-track in it, self adhesive right->left tape on top of the fence, stop block in the t-track, chamfer the corners out on the bottom for saw dust relief and i’m ready to go :)

Cato, honestly I love DeWalt tools also, very big fan, but i’ve learned to give other brands a try. I’ve found out that while some brands excel at certain tools, that same brand doesn’t really excel at others. I have few major brands of tools in my shop now and I don’t regret it at all. Of course my favorite brands are Makita, DeWalt, Bosch, Milwaukee, Grizzly and Delta are just a few. Like you said, just look for reviews that are hand on.

Oh, the Makita is smooth as silk IMHO :)

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#14 posted 02-15-2010 04:03 PM

I have been eyeing this saw at HD myself…I have looked at the Bosch and it didn’t have the feel the Makita did. I also looked at the Dewalt, but IMHO it is an over priced tool for the name. I want to stay with a 10” because, I do use the same blades on my TS as I do my SCMS. Hey might not be the best practice, but my wallet appreciates it. I even looked at the Festool Kapex, loved the saw just not the $1300.00 price tag.

For $459.00, I can get a 10” Mikita that has half the foot print of any other 10” SCMS (except the Festool), great accuracy, interchangability on my blades, and rave reviews from all of you. Toss the 10% military discount from HD and I am sold…now just have to return some more beer cans LOL.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#15 posted 02-15-2010 04:09 PM

I’m sure you’ll love the saw Randy. Have fun and enjoy and go return some more beer cans :) :) to get more tools.


-- Williamsburg, KY

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