Model#: MKTNLS1216L
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Makita LS1216L 12 in. Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser

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The Makita 12 in. Slide Compound Miter Saw has a large cutting capacity of up to 8 in. crown molding, 6-1/2 in. baseboard and 15 in. cross cut at 90 degrees. Its compact design comes with a patented 4-steel rail sliding system further increases rigidity to produce superior cuts. This saw has an exclusive six linear ball bearings engineered to deliver smooth, solids and adjustment-free "dead-on" accurate cuts.
Features:
  • Powerful 15.0 Amp direct drive motor requires less maintenance and delivers 3,200 RPM
  • Large cutting capacity for up to 8 in. crown molding (nested), 6-1/2 in. baseboard (vertical), and 15 in. crosscut at 90 degrees
  • Compact design with a patented 4-Steel Rail Sliding System further increases rigidity to produce superior cuts
  • Independent laser indicates line-of-cut whether blade is turning or not, with on/off switch and micro-adjustments for precise left-of-blade or right-of-blade cutting
  • Exclusive 6 linear ball bearings engineered to deliver smooth, solid, and adjustment-free accurate cuts
  • Exclusive 5-1/2 in. tall dual sliding fence system features versatile upper and lower fence adjustments for more precise miter and bevel cuts
  • Patented retractable rear guard and triple gear system for increased vertical cutting capacity
  • Miters 0 - 52 degrees left and 0 - 60 degrees right, with positive stops at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6 and 45 degrees (left and right)
  • Bevels 0 - 45 degrees (left and right) with positive stops at 0, 22.5, 33.9 and 45 degrees (left and right)
  • Dual rear-handle bevel lock is easily accessible, with front and top facing scales for more precise bevel adjustments
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load for smoother, higher quality cutting
  • Easy one-touch miter lock for accurate adjustments and increased efficiency
Includes:
  • 12 in. Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser - LS1216L
  • 12 in. 60T Carbide-Tipped Blade - A-93712
  • Vertical Vise - 122854-6
  • Dust Bag - 122852-0
  • Triangular Rule - 762001-3
  • Wrench #2.5 - 783208-8
  • Wrench #13 - 782232-8

Specifications

Weight: 58.6 lbs.
Amperage: 15
Arbor Size: 1 in.
Bevel: Dual
Blade Diameter: 12 in.
Blade Speed (RPM): 3200
Cutting Capacity (0 Miter/0 Bevel): 3-5/8 in. x 15 in.
Cutting Capacity (0 Miter/45 Bevel Left): 2-3/8 in. x 15 in.
Cutting Capacity (0 Miter/45 Bevel Right): 1-3/4 in. x 15 in.
Cutting Capacity (45 Miter Left/0 Bevel): 3-5/8 in. x 10-1/2 in.
Cutting Capacity (45 Miter Left/45 Bevel Left): 2-3/8 in. x 10-1/2 in.
Cutting Capacity (45 Miter Left/45 Bevel Right): 1-3/4 in. x 10-1/2 in.
Cutting Capacity (45 Miter Right/0 Bevel): 3-5/8 in. x 10-1/2 in.
Cutting Capacity (45 Miter Right/45 Bevel Left): 2-3/8 in. x 10-1/2 in.
Cutting Capacity (45 Miter Right/45 Bevel Right): 1-3/4 in. x 10-1/2 in.
Laser Guide System: Yes
Max. Bevel Angle (Left): 45 Degrees
Max. Bevel Angle (Right): 45 Degrees
Max. Miter Angle (Left): 52 Degrees
Max. Miter Angle (Right): 60 Degrees
Positive Miter Detents: 9
Slide System: Dual Rail
Voltage: 120V

Recommendations

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
19 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
12
5
1
1
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Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend (16)
No, I would not recommend this to a friend (3)
Pros
Powerful (15)
Easy To Use (12)
Cons
Heavy (4)
Not Durable (1)
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Nice saw
I've been a trim carpenter for 28 years and have used just about every saw out there at one time or another. The only saw that you could make somewhat of a case for being better is the Kapex (The makita is better though). However, you sacrifice a lot of cutting capacity and pay an outrageous premium for that saw.

So why did I only give it four stars? The 1216 is not flawless. Mine arrived in horrible alignment. The angle was off about 1 degree. A quick adjustment of the fence took care of that. The bevel settings were among the worst I've ever seen on a new saw. Easily off by more than 2 degrees. I dialed it in, but there is a slight issue with it. The saw is supposed to have a zero degree stop for the bevel settings. Its not very accurate. When you return the saw to zero degree, there isn't a positive placement. The best I can describe it is that it feels spongy. Its very easy to have the saw be slightly out and not realize it. Sure, if you have the time, you can keep checking it. I change bevel settings all day long and don't have the time to keep checking the accuracy. This is a very annoying problem with the saw. I have an older Makita LS1214 that has a ball bearing stop that zeros the saw out. That system was far superior to the current one.

The above aside, the saw is excellent overall. The capacity is amazing. Being able to cut tall base in an upright position made the saw worth buying to me. Everything (other than the bevel issue) works perfectly and the cuts are smooth and dead on accurate. Lasers have always been something that I lacked trust in with mitersaws. The laser on the 1216 is perfectly aligned and very handy. Some might say that only having one laser is a negative, but its so easy to flip it back and forth from the right to the left of the blade that you don't need two lasers. The laser on the 1216 is aligned far better than the one on our older 1214.

We have a Kapex onsite and I think the 1216 is the better overall saw. Some things about the Kapex are better, but you can't tell the difference in cuts made on one versus the other. The 1216 is easier to use and it embarrasses the Kapex when it comes to capacity. Try cutting a hunk of 12/4 oak on the Kapex and then do it on the 1216. The Kapex gets sand kicked in its faced by the 1216 in this area. I install miles and miles of 6" base every year. With the 1216 I can move much quicker than I can with the Kapex. No adjusting the bevel, just stand it up against the fence and cut. Its much easier to see what you are doing while cutting miters versus bevels on any saw. Oh, the 1216 is less then half the price of the Kapex too. The Kapex is really great for dust collection, but other than that, its just a status symbol thing. The Kapex might have the most annoying safety ever put on a miter saw too. I use my saws to make money with, not to impress my friends. The 1216 simply out performs the Kapex. The 1216 is a little on the heavy side, but that's a small price to pay for such a capable saw.
September 25, 2013
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
Worth every penny
I own and opperate a custom cabinet shop and this saw is awesome. Great capacity and is easy to ''tune up'' to be dead accurate. I don't care much for the safety button but its no big deal. The owners manual's pics are small and hard to make out what the arrows are pointing to so I had to figure out some on my own.I really like the 4 rail system, the bottom rails easily lock when you don't need all of the capacity which I really like. Makita even gives a good blade with it. I am well satisfied. CPO also shipped the saw fast also.
February 18, 2012
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
Makita has done it again -qualitproduct
Am using it out of the box for flooring - precise cuts. Very solid and ease of use. The laser is bright even in sunlight. It is as good as the Festool but 1/2 the price. The vac attachment works well - I use it inside. Great quality product.
February 17, 2013
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Powerful
Cons
Heavy
Definitely recommended
Powerful and extremely accurate right out of the box. Good design with easy to read and reach controls. It is a bit heavy and don't know how I would like to lug it every day to a job site. Hold down vise was missing and Makita wanted the entire saw reshipped back to CPO, just for the vise. CPO bent over backwards to accomodate me in regard to this matter. CPO contacted me 3 times after contacting Makita on my behalf. CPO has the best shipping (only 2 days to receive the tool) of any company that I ever dealt with, and their customer service is second to none. A great company to deal with!
March 5, 2013
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
Accurate right out of the box, planer sm
I find the painted surfaces stay smooth longer than the aluminum bodies ,and the blade speeds could use the extra 200rpms that the older models have,but in all a great new model,comparatively light weight very smooth cuts.dont need a joiner to make glue ups with factory blade.just can not be beat even by dewalt 918!
May 10, 2014
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Looking for a really nice saw?
Worked great out of the box, the blade and stops were
dead on.

The work table could be a bit more supportive.

When this one dies, years from now, it'll get replaced with another Makita.
November 9, 2014
Recommendations
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Pros
Powerful
Cons
Heavy
Good...but just good
I am a professional remodeler. My employees and I use this saw for anything from framing to trim carpentry.

The LS1216L is a strong saw with good features. I can cut any board as big as you will ever need.

I sometimes find it difficult to reach the bevel adjustments.

Makita advertises "dead on out of the box." That wasn't my experience!

The bevel doesn't "click" into zero. The Zero spot is squishy leaving it up to the user to put it at exact zero, then lock it down. It's annoying and it takes time.

I have not been able to dial it in. It always seems off a little bit.

I have owned this saw for 6 months and am considering something else.

*also, I had to exchange the saw. The first one I received would not slide correctly.
January 2, 2015
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Love it
27 years interior trim work never owned anything but dewalt miter saws absolutely love this miter saw
November 5, 2013
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
Great Design
Like the wider angles that can be cut on this miter saw.
June 1, 2016
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
Awesome SAW!
Great for projects around the house: picture frames, shelves, displays, and more!

Questions & Answers

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Does this saw have a 'soft start' motor?
John on Feb 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it does, great saw, well lined up when I received mine and the laser is an added benefit too, helping to quickly and accurately align material to be cut.
do you ship to Australia
Bally on Apr 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: CPO only ships with the United States at this time.
Made where?
Ned on Nov 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Makita tools sold in the USA are manufactured in China or Japan.

New Vs. Reconditioned

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Factory-Reconditioned products have been returned to the manufacturer and are restored to like-new operating condition; they go through a rigorous testing and inspection process. Plus, they offer a significant savings vs. new.
  • Reconditioned products may have minor cosmetic blemishes or scratches that do not affect item performance.
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  • Both come with a manufacturer warranty and are covered by our Money Back Guarantee; New is 30 days, Reconditioned is 60 days.
Condition: New Factory Reconditioned
Features: Same Same
Specs: Same Same
Includes: 12 in. Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser - LS1216L,
12 in. 60T Carbide-Tipped Blade - A-93712,
Vertical Vise - 122854-6,
Dust Bag - 122852-0,
Triangular Rule - 762001-3,
Wrench #2.5 - 783208-8,
Wrench #13 - 782232-8
12 in. Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser - LS1216L-R,
12 in. 60T Carbide-Tipped Blade - A-93712,
Vertical Vise - 122854-6,
Dust Bag - 122852-0,
Triangular Rule - 762001-3,
Wrench #2.5 - 783208-8,
Wrench #13 - 782232-8
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Warranty: 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited
Price: $629.99 $449.99
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Warranty

Warranty Information

Makita Standard Warranty

The Makita Standard Warranty applies to both new and factory-reconditioned Makita tools. Every Makita tool is thoroughly inspected and tested before leaving the factory. If you are not satisfied with any Makita tool within 30 days of purchase, return it and Makita will provide a replacement or refund. Each Makita tool is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase. Should any trouble develop during this one-year period, return the COMPLETE tool, freight prepaid, to one of Makita's Factory or Authorized Service Centers.

Each NEW Makita Lithiumā€Ion Power Tool, Battery and Charger is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of THREE YEARS from the date of original purchase

If inspection shows the trouble is caused by defective workmanship or material, Makita will repair (or at its option, replace without charge).

This Warranty does not apply where:
  • Repairs have been made or attempted by others
  • Repairs are required because of normal wear and tear
  • The tool has been abused, misused or improperly maintained
  • Alterations have been made to the tool
In no event shall Makita be liable for any indirect, incidental or consequential damages from the sale or use of the product. This disclaimer applies to both during and after the term of this warranty. Makita disclaims liability for any implied warranties, including implied warranties of "merchantability" and "fitness" for a specific purpose, after the one-year term of this warranty. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.