I finally bought a new Compound Miter Saw to replace my Bosch 3915. My Bosch compound miter saw is still in great working condition but it has a problem with the blade guard. You can read about the common problem elsewhere.
I say finally because for two years I’ve had to lift the guard with my thumb while pressing down on the saw until the bump in the guard slide passes the bearing before beginning each cut, otherwise the saw will NOT move down. Years, ugh!
I chose the Makita LS1013FL 15 Amp 10-Inch Dual Bevel Compound Sliding Miter Saw with Laser and Fluorescent Light despite several ‘issues’ I have with the saw. The first thing that does not appeal to me is the location of the miter gauge arrow. It’s on the far right, at the fence. Beside having to twist around to that side of the machine to see what angle you are selecting, you cannot see the setting while material is against the fence. WTF? The rest of the Makita’s details seem beautiful. This will be my first saw with a flex work-light and a laser. I can’t count the jobs I’ve clamped a halogen above my saw station to get in a few more cuts end of the day.
It’s much smoother and with a more powerful cut than the DEWALT DW716 I had. My new Makita is mounted on a Rigid Mobile Miter Saw Stand, which is damn heavy but very helpful.
I picked up the Makita LS1013FL for $399 at Home Depot due to a mismarked label.
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