Makita LS1040 10-Inch
Cuts are freakishly accurate
Unreal Cutting Precision
This miter saw cutting accuracy is one of the best that I’ve seen in budget-friendly miter saws. Heck when it comes to accuracy, it can even go toe-to-toe with a number of other far pricier models.
Whether you’re going for a straight cut, bevels, or various angled cuts, this saw can get them done with astounding precision. The miters saws adjustment feature is a breeze to use and it’ll help you get those coveted accurate cuts.
Honestly, its ability to produce highly accurate angled cuts is a sight to behold and to top it off, the cuts are very clean.
A good deal of the credit must go the saw’s blade size and machined aluminum base, because clearly this is the component that’s responsible for making those wonderfully precise cuts possible.
Powerful and Durable
Props also go out to the Makita saws motor which is 15 AMP with a no-load speed of 4,600 RPM. In other words, this baby oozes plenty of power and you have little to worry about in this department.
Over the years, I’ve bought an array of powers tools and what I’ve come to realize is that the market is littered with products that lack durability.
Thankfully, the Makita LS1040 Saw does not disappoint in this regard. This saw is very durable, from its pivoting arm right down to the aluminum base; they are as solid as they come.
It’s great that the saw has a shaft lock making blade switching a snap. The guide fence is also commendable because it actually pivots. Such flexibility is much welcome as it allows materials that are larger in size to be well accommodated.
Operating this miter saw is a snap too. There’s really not much to it, and the user manual are packed with drawings accompanied with clear, easy to understand instructions.
I like the fact that the saw has a lock-off button which is conveniently placed on the top portion of the handle right above the switch trigger.
So in order to run the machine, you must firmly press the lock-off button first, and then only you pull the trigger to activate the saw. This lock-off button is a vital feature meant to keep you from accidentally pulling the trigger.
Light and Small
This miter saw weighing in at approximately 27 pounds, is one of the lightest compound miter saws on the market.
Carrying it around is no issue. All you need to do is bring the handle down, and then you lock it in by simply pressing the stopper pin.
Next, you secure the saw’s turn base via the grip; grab a hold of the carrying grip and you’ll be able to carry it wherever you want—it’s that simple.
And thanks to its relatively small size, you don’t even need a decent sized workshop to fit it in.
One of my good buddies who happens to be one heck of a woodworking aficionado and a collector of an assortment of saws, was quite shocked when I showed him this machine. He had never seen such a compact miter saw before.
While the Makita LS1040 Miter Saw ticks a number of boxes, there’s one glaring flaw to it—the powerful motor gets hot fairly quickly and that scares me a bit. I’m concerned that if this keeps up, the motor might overheat and die.
Although covered by a warranty that lasts for a whole year, what if the motor goes bust after the warranty period is over? Fingers crossed this doesn’t happen!
You may also have an issue with the machine’s lack of laser guide, which is a very useful add-on for pointing you to the exact spot where the saw will cut.
Personally I don’t mind not having this add-on, but going by a number of reviews, some users were disappointed that this saw does not ship with a laser guide.
The LS1040 Makita Miter Saw may not be loaded with features but it’s still one of the better compact-style compound miter saws at this price point.