Makita LS1216L Review 

Thanks for taking your time to read our review of the Makita LS1216L/2 compound mitre saw. As you can see from the image below, this is a mitre saw that is right at the top of the range, and gets amazing online buyer reviews.

Picture of a Makita LS1016L2 Compound Mitre Saw

Our Online Buyer Rating Summary

This compound mitre saw is ideal for first and second fix on-site carpentry operations. It is also an expensive but great option for the dedicated DIY home owner who needs to use a high quality mitre saw.


Most online buyers said this makes consistently good accurate cuts, and does it quickly with little effort


This saw can do mitres cuts, bevel cuts and the combination of both known as a compound cut

Value for money

This is what you pay for Makita tools, and the high quality makes it worth the price.

There are hundreds of mitre saws on the market. When you buy any tool made by the Makita brand, you own a high quality tool that lasts for years.

The price of this saw will put many buyers off, but if you have the money, and want to own a top notch mitre saw, then you will be more than pleased with its performance.

- geoff magee

How Online Buyers Rate This Saw

Rate it highly


Percentage of Buyers

Very High








What Online Buyers Say


  • The majority of online buyers found this to be really easy to set up, they were ready to go in no time.
  • Most buyers said that the saw is virtually "bomb proof" and is much larger than it looks in the pictures
  • Most buyers say that the best thing about this saw is the depth of cut that it allows, 8" skirting boards are no problem
  • Buyers also liked the sliding guide, the extension pieces and the quick-clamp 


  • A few buyers had trouble with the top bearing going
  • A few buyers said it was too big, though i think this is not a legitimate complaint !
  • There is genuinely nothing I can find to complain about this saw. Keep the blades in good condition and it will last a lifetime


This mitre saw gets strong and consistent online reviews. As Geoff mentioned earlier, this is a Makita saw so good quality is assured. This is a good choice for baseboard and crown moulding instalation, carpenters, cabinet and furniture makers, wooden floor installers, decking, general construction and more.

Makita LS1216L/2 Key Features

Here we summarise what we believe the key features to be.

This is a 203 mm compound saw that has soft start, a soft grip handle, a built in laser guide and also an LED job light. There is a sliding sub fence on the left hand side only, and comes with a carrying handle for easy transport.

  • Maximum crosscut at 90° of up to 363mm
  • Able to mitre cut left (52° ) or right (60°)
  • Maximum depth of cut of 165mm
  • Red Laser 650 nm
  • Capable of diagonal cutting up to 203mm in crown moulding
  • Double sliding guide fence
  • Miters 0°-52° left and 0°-60° right, with positive stops at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6° and 45° 
  • Bevels 0°-45° (left and right) with positive stops at 0°, 22.5°, 33.9° and 45°

Available in 240 Volts

Feature Strong Motor

Any mitre saw is only as good as the motor that drives it

This compound mitre saw has a 1,650 watt motor which will run the 203mm blade up to 3,200 rpm without load.

Feature Bevel, Mitre & Compound

Cross and rip cutting are the basics, but being able to make bevel and mitre cuts makes the saw really versatile

Miters 0°-52° left and 0°-60° right, with positive stops at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6° and 45° (left and right).Bevels 0°-45° (left and right) with positive stops at 0°, 22.5°, 33.9° and 45° (left and right)

Feature Sliding Feature

The sliding table really helps extend the use of the saw

The compact design features a patented 4 steel rail sliding system for increased rigidity to product superior cuts. The 6 linear ball bearings deliver smooth, solid and adjustment free accurate cuts, and the 140mm tall dual sliding fence system features versatile upper and lower fence adjustments for more precise mitre and bevel cuts.

Video Review of the Makita LS1216L/2 Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

We found this excellent video of this saw, which lasts around 25 minutes, but we think is worth a watch as it goes into excellent detail.

If this is not the mitre saw for you, then check out our other information on the best mitre saws by clicking here. We have completed a top 5 list of mitre saws, and this model came in at number 2 on that list.

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