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Makita LS1214FL 12" Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser and Fluorescent Light

Makita LS1214FL 12" Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser and Fluorescent Light Hot

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Makita LS1214FL 12" Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser and Fluorescent Light
Manufacturer
Model #
LS1214FL
MSRP
$1,115.00
Includes:
* 12" x 70T Carbide-Tipped Blade (A-94443)<br />
* Vertical Vise (122540-9)<br />
* Dust Bag (122523-9)<br />
* 2 ea. Extension Wing (322932-4)<br />
* Sub-Fence (right) (153898-5)<br />
* Triangular Rule (762001-3)<br />
* Socket Wrench #13 (782212-4)

Built-in laser with micro fine adjustments clearly indicates line of cut; independent switch allows laser to be seen independently of blade rotation
  • Built-in high output fluorescent light illuminates work area and lasts 2,000 hours on average
  • Dual steel rails supported by linear ball bearings ensure stable, accurate cutting
  • Powerful, direct drive 15 AMP motor never slips or bogs down
  • 9 positive stops at 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, 45° left or right and at 0° for the most common miter cuts
  • Bevel positive stops at 33.9° and 45° left with 45° right
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load; soft start feature for controlled operation
  • Single cast aluminum base has built-in wrench storage for operator convenience
  • Long slide track and wide pivot angle allow cross cuts up to 4 x 12 material
  • Large turn base and adjustable pivot fence supports larger stock

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Big saw for big wood

Disclaimer: I have the LS1214F model (without the laser)

This is a great saw, it has taken everything I've thrown at it. Plenty of power for cross cutting 4x material and enough finesse for crown moulding.
It doesn't collect dust very well, whether attached to a dust collector or not,
This saw will not miter quite as far as some other saws (Bosch,Milwaukee) but this has not really held me back. I have had good luck with Freud blades for larger wood. I haven't really use this saw for that much trim work, as it is heavy and not very pleasant to carry. I find this saw can be a little tiring on my wrist, due to the vertical style handle, which is somewhat relieved by using it on a lower bench.
Would I buy another? Maybe, I would have to look long and hard at the new Milwaukee (6955-20) before I made that choice.

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Durable
Cons
Heavy
Made in
Japan
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