Slide Compound Mitre Saw - 8 1/2 in is rated
Rated 5 out of
perfect saw for smaller-to-medium DIYs projest
I've got several projects around the house and renting was not an option anymore. I started looking for a mitre saw that is easy to move around, has relatively long cross-cut and is good for non-pro but relatively experienced DIY guy. After quite extensive research I narrowed down my list to few 10" and 8.5" models and eventually decided on Makita LS0815FL and got it at local Rona store. I have spent over 3 days working with this saw and must say it is a pure fun. The soft-start (torque-eliminating) feature and the electric brake alone are two wonderful features, not available in many other models. Laser indicator of cutting line is immensely helpful when working in low-light conditions and a-must for those who do not have superb vision. The rails operate smoothly, all regulations, latches and knobs are intuitive and work just as you think they should. The overall quality of the saw seems to be very solid. The main and the carrying handles are very ergonomic and made of nice rubbery material. Few other non-metallic parts (like knobs) are made of hard and sturdy composites, definitely not a "cheap plastic". Finally, this saw operates smooth and makes perfect cuts. The original/factory-mounted 8.5"/48 teeth Makita blade, powered by 10.5A/5000 RPM motor, delivers a lot of power. Cutting through 1.5" maple timber feels like going through the butter. For finer cuts I mounted 7.25"/60T blade. Because of smaller diameter I added a makeshift plate made of 3/4" sheet of plywood and, again, I've got perfect cutting experience. I can confirm this saw can easily do 12.5" cross-cuts, which is extraordinary for its size. One minor thing to improve is the location of LED flashlight, which should be mounted higher because it almost completely obscured by the fence. Other than that, this saw is absolute bang-for-the-buck deal and highly recommended tool.
Date published: 2019-06-18