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Makita LS1016L

By: Amy Livingston on January 12, 2017

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10" Sliding Mitersaws, December/January 2010/2011

The Makita LS21016L is named top tool in this test of 10 sliding compound miter saws. Editors appreciate its soft-start motor, which has the least amount of kick, and say the Makita has the largest miter range of the group.

2010 Editor's Choice Awards, April 13, 2010

Editors review new products and name the most innovative products that stand out in their categories, though specific testing isn't mentioned. Makita's LS1016L is included, with editors commending its smooth four-rail system, "increased cutting capacity" and compact footprint.

Miter Saws, 2012

The Makita LS1016L design takes up less space in the workshop, according to the latest Tool Guide from Taunton. Though editors give few details on its performance, they feature this Makita in their miter-saw guide, saying it has "nearly the capacity of a 12-inch sliding model."

Makita LS1016L 10" Sliding Dual Compound Mitersaw, Jan. 17, 2012

In this brief review, editors of Wood Magazine give the LS1016L 5 stars across the board for its performance, ease of use, features and value. Their favorite attributes include its soft-start engine, sliding rails and cut capacity, though some adjustments are cumbersome. A few owners also review the Makita here.

Makita LS1016L 10-Inch Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser, As of September 2013

The Makita LS1016L doesn't receive the same winning endorsement from owners at Amazon.com. Though most of the 50 reviews say the saw is accurate, some say the angle adjustments don't feel intuitive, and there are numerous complaints about durability and reliability.

Makita 10 in. Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser, As of September 2013

The Makita LS1016L gets a higher rating from a handful of owners here, with 4.5 stars. Most say the sliding miter saw is accurate right out of the box, though there are still some reviews saying the fence is poorly constructed and mentioning other durability issues.