Makita LS1216L 12-Inch Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw

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3.6/5 on Mar 29, 2015

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84 reviews



  • Patented steel rail sliding system with four pieces and 6 ball bearings for accurate adjustments
  • Special dual sliding fence system(5 ½’ high)
  • Powerful 15-amp motor easy to maintain than belt-driven saws
  • Super fine laser for easy cutting line alignment
  • Large cutting capacity
  • Exclusive retractable rear guard and triple gear system for augmented vertical cutting
  • Patented Electronic speed control
  • Soft start feature
  • Easy miter lock for precise adjustments
  • Easy-to-read miter scale
  • Comfortable horizontal D-shaped handle
  • Transparent blade guard increased line of cut visibility


  • Making out of the box adjustments can be cumbersome


The Makita LS1216L 12" dual slide miter saw provides what every woodworker needs: ultimate precision, increased productivity and guaranteed versatility. Whether you are looking to make cross cuts or crown cuts, this saw will effortlessly deliver those superior cuts. The Makita LS1216L 12" is built for small-time jobsite work as well as for high production settings in larger workshops.

Superior cutting capacity and improved accuracy

With its patented retractable guard system and out of the box drive gearbox, the LS1216L allows you to flexibly make crosscuts on work pieces as large as 15’’ wide at an angle of 900. The saw provides augmented cutting capacity on a vertical plane and also provides an impressively large cutting capacity for crown molding at 8’’ and 6-1/2" baseboard cutting capacity when vertically nested.

The miter saw comes with six linear ball bearings that are exclusive to the LS1216L. These provide superior, accurate cuts without the need for cumbersome adjustments.

The patented 4-Steel Rail Sliding System is an impressive feature that delivers greater accuracy, and amplified cutting capacity as the system keeps the work piece from swerving.

Ultra-Precise Bevel and Miter Cutting Capacity

The LS1216L features an innovative sliding fence system that measures 5-1/2" in height and is exclusive to the Makita brand. The system comes with 4 adjustable sliding fences that can be recalibrated to deliver precise bevel and miter saws.

For miter cuts, the saw can be adjusted to 0° to 52° toward the left and 0° to 60° toward the right. There are positive stops at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, and 45° to the right and to the left.

With 0° to 45° left and right adjustments and positive stops at 0°, 22.5°, 33.9°, and 45° left and right, it is possible to easily access the rear dual handle bevel lock.

The dual bevel scales at the front provide greater visibility and allow for easier precision adjustments. The miter lock system is equally easy to work with—just push in the button and turn; making accurate miter adjustments has never been easier and more efficient than this.

Finally, the LS1216L makes cutting line alignment more accurate with its in-built laser light. Now you can accurately align your blade to the right or to the left depending on the cut you are looking to make.

Increased User-friendliness

The patented 4-Steel Rail Sliding System mentioned above requires minimum rare space compared with other sliding miter saws.

The LS1216L also features a transparent blade guard cover that allows you to easily see the blade and the line of cut. What’s more, changing blades is super easy and can be done in just one-step.

The D-shaped rubberized and ergonomic handle provides increased comfort while the adequately large-sized trigger puts your firmly in control of your cutting operations.

Powerful cutting operations

Powered by a robust 15Amp gearbox motor, the LS1216L delivers superior cuts with very little effort expended on your end. The exclusive Electronic Speed Control ensures that the cutting speed is consistent while the soft start feature allows for a smoother start and helps to avoid overload.

Makita is a well-known and trusted brand that pays attention to innovation. Their industrial-range saws, including this LS1216L 12" dual slide miter saw demonstrates  the brand’s commitments to superior cuts, comfort, safety, robustness and versatility in your cutting operations.



  • Making out of the box adjustments can be cumbersome