Makita has always been a strong name in miter saws, and this year they are releasing two new competitors in the ring that will be sure to impress. We got our hands on the two new saws at the 2017 Makita New Products event and were able to get some live demos before they hit the shelves.
Makita will be releasing the all new 10” Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw LS1019L ($510) in July this year, as well as its cordless equivalent, the 18VX2 (36V) 10” Brushless Cordless Miter Saw XSL06 later in September. Both are built with a powerful new direct drive gearbox that is designed to give smooth power in high demand applications.
The 15 AMP motor is capable of 3,200 RPM, and the absence of any belt drives means that there is more power being given straight to the blade, and no belts will slip. The motor also has a new soft-start feature that allows for better ease of use and more controlled operation. The saw also includes an electric brake for instant blade stops as soon as the power is released.
The new miter saw has a unique slide rail that is positioned in the front of the saw, rather than behind it. This allows for operation in much smaller areas and even flush against a wall since the rail does not protrude out the back during operation. It also allows for less head movement room for more accurate cuts. It has a