LS1016L Makita sliding Miter saw

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Forum topic by MikeOB posted 03-01-2011 03:40 AM 1487 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2011 03:40 AM

Can pick this up from someone on CL for $300…saw pics and it looks in very good condition. Good deal for a 1.5 yr old saw or should it be a better deal?

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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#1 posted 03-01-2011 06:00 AM

It is an ok deal. I am not a fan of that saw though. I know many people like it but I know a few trim carpenters that sold them off after only having them a short while. The major problem they had with them was the direct drive and poorly built motors. Bind the blade once and instead of the belt slipping and maybe causing $4 worth of damage you are replacing a motor.

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#2 posted 03-01-2011 05:55 PM

I picked up one of these saws at HD for $499 and its a killer saw. very accurate right out of the box and smooth sliding action. Not sure about the issue with direct drive though. I had the old 10-in Makita and it had direct drive also and I never had an issue.

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#3 posted 03-01-2011 07:54 PM

I’ve had an LS1013 for many years with no problems other than these 2 points -

- The original blade was not very good and I replaced it shortly after buying the saw

- The fence was too short and I added a 4” wooden board to give me more fence height.

Based on the pictures, it looks like the 1016 may have a taller fence.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 11:35 PM

I did end up buying it….very good condition

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 02:23 AM

Congrats, I have the same saw, got it new last spring. No problems so far and good cutting capacity and very accurate.

I think you will enjoy this saw a lot. My factory blade is still on mine and its the first factory blade I have ever gotten that actually cut well.

Never heard of any motor problems with this saw and its nice that it has a soft start and electronic speed control.

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 03:53 AM

i’ve got the LS1013 also and after a year I had to replace the blade. The blade was really good I thought, but once I started cutting laminate flooring it got dull pretty quick.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 05:51 AM

Belt slipping? I am not familiar of a mitre saw that has a belt driven blade. Which one does? (I have a 12” DeWalt and it has a direct drive motor.)

-- "Just my opinion, I may be right"

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 10:02 AM

All double compounding miter saws I am aware of have belt driven blades. It is not necessary for single compounding because the saw does not have to lay over both directions.

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#9 posted 03-05-2011 06:30 PM

I bought the 1016 from HomeDepot and got them to match an add for $449. After a few months the saw is awesome. The cuts are smooth and extremely accurate. This saw is still the top rated 10” slider in the reviews. I am a firm believer in Makita quality products.

You will be happy with this saw.

-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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