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APRIL 15, 2009 La Mirada, CA – Makita U.S.A., Inc., manufacturer of high quality industrial power tools and accessories, is proud to announce the release of its new 10†Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw, model LS1016L. The new Makita LS1016L is engineered with Deep and eXact cutting Technology (DXT): it is a 10†dual slide compound miter saw with the crown cutting capacity (vertically nested) of a 12†saw, and also has the increased accuracy of a 10-inch blade without the potential run-out of larger blades.

The LS1016L combines large cutting capacity with a range of precision and ease-of-use features.  In addition, the LS1016L is compact and easier to maneuver, making it ideal for day-to-day use at the jobsite or on the benchtop.

“The design of this new 10-inch slide miter saw is the result of careful development and field research with building contractors and professional woodworkers,†said Joe Soto, product manager – pneumatics and residential construction. “Professional tradesmen told us that cutting capacity, accuracy and portability were at the top of their list, and we listened. The new LS1016L is a 10-inch dual slide compound miter saw with the vertically nested crown cutting capacity of a 12-inch model. It has a compact design with a patented 4-Steel Rail Sliding System and 6 linear ball bearings engineered to produce solid, smooth, dead-on accurate cuts. This is a best-in-class 10†dual slide compound miter saw for a range of trades.â€

Large Cutting Capacity, Increased Accuracy

The LS1016L has an innovative direct drive gearbox and guard system engineered for increased vertical cutting capacity. At 6-5/8â€, the LS1016L has the largest crown molding cutting capacity (vertically nested) in its class. Makita’s patented retractable rear guard provides the LS1016L with 4-3/4†baseboard cutting capacity (vertical). The LS1016L also has a cross-cutting capacity of 12†at 90°. In addition, the exclusive 6 linear ball bearings allow it to deliver smooth, solid and adjustment-free “dead-on†accurate cuts. The saw also has a compact design with a patented 4-Steel Rail Sliding System that further increases rigidity to produce superior cuts, as the four steel rails experience less deflection. The four steel rails also enable a more compact rear design than standard two-rail systems. The result is a larger cutting capacity and more accuracy combined with a more compact rear design.

Precise Miter and Bevel Cuts

The LS1016L has four sliding fences: the exclusive 4-3/4†tall sliding fence system features upper and lower fence adjustments for more precise and versatile miter and bevel cuts. The upper and lower fences slide to accommodate a variety of cutting applications. The saw miters 0° to 52° left and 0 to 60° right, with positive stops at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, and 45° (left and right). The dual rear-handle bevel lock is easily accessible with adjustments 0° to 45° (left and right), with positive stops at 22.5°, 33.9°, and 45° (left and right).

Precision adjustments are more easily made with dual front bevel scales for improved visibility. The easy one-touch (push in & turn) miter lock system is designed for more accurate adjustments and increased efficiency. Finally, a built-in laser indicates line of cut whether the blade is turning or not and also includes an on-off switch, with micro-adjustments for precise “left-of-blade†or “right-of-blade†cutting.

Ergonomic Design, Convenience Features, Portability

In addition to the large cutting capacity, power, and accuracy, the LS1016L offers a range of convenience and ease-of-use features. The LS1016L has less weight and a more compact design, so it’s portable and easily transported. In addition, the patented 4-Steel Rail Sliding System requires less rear space. The see-through blade guard system provides greater visibility of blade and line of cut, and has a one-step blade change process for increased efficiency. The ergonomic rubberized horizontal D-handle design has a better fit and added comfort, and the large trigger switch is designed for easier operation.

15 AMP Power and Smoother, Higher-Quality Cutting

The LS1016L has a 15 AMP direct gear box motor designed to not slip, bog down, or require maintenance like belt-driven saws. The soft start feature delivers smoother start-ups, and the Electronic Speed Control maintains constant speed under load for smoother, higher-quality cutting.

The LS1016L is engineered for finish work, remodeling, trim work, and furniture making. It is ideal for a broad range of trades, including finish carpenters, professional woodworkers, case and base installers, cabinet installers, cabinet manufacturers, closet installers, decking and flooring applications, siding installers, stair installers, and general contractors seeking a best-in-class 10†dual slide compound miter saw for the jobsite or on the benchtop.

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Holy hell, that doesn't look like any Makita saw Ive ever seen. Actually, looking at the handle, base, fence. Looks almost identical to a Dewalt DW717 to me. Other than the fact that the motor is on the other side,

Prob still direct drive though, so gonna be loud as hell, like every other Makita saw.

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I've spun a belt on my DW718, I'd assume spin a belt than burn a motor. I'm not sure a belt driven motor is needed on anything that's not a slider. However a direct drive does position the motor higher and out of the way, which allows for better clearance on the right hand side.

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