Back in May, I posted a recap of a visit that I made to Makita’s new distribution and training center in Wilmer, Texas. One of the biggest announcements during that trip was a fully redesigned 10-inch dual-bevel sliding compound miter saw, which is available now.

This new saw has some features that displace the LS1016L from the “premium” spot within its own category offerings. Like its predecessor, the new LS1019L is able to cut 6-5/8-inch crown molding nested, 5-1/4-inch speed base vertically and a 4x4 in one pass. The LS1019L has soft-start 15-Amp direct-drive motor so it achieves 100 % power transfer and there is not belt to slip, wear, or that needs to otherwise be replaced. It has electronic speed control which is designed to maintain constant speed under load and said to make for smoother cutting.

The 2 rail sliding system is worth particular note. The LS1016L has 4 rails – two short on top, and two short on the bottom which minimize the run of the slide so it can sit closer to a wall than other saws. But the LS1019L can sit tight to the wall thanks to its 2-rail system which is fixed and run to the front of the saw. Motor housing and blade ride the rails, instead of being fixed to them. The design is similar in looks and functionality to Festool’s Kapax. This rail setup also includes front-mount bevel adjustment; the only time you need to reach to the back of the saw is to unlock the stop when tiling the bevel to the right.

At 58 lbs, it isn’t light – it’s about the same as Makita’s 12-inch dual slide compound miter saw. The extra weight is likely due to the 2-rail system mounting arm. The table is large, as well. An integrated upper and lower fence combine to provide 4-3/4 inches of vertical support. The upper fence removes completely for bevel cuts to either side. The saw miters 0-60° to the left and right, and bevels 0-48° in either direction as well (there are positive stops at 45° with a detent override for either side). A built-in laser can be turned on and off via a dedicated switch and micro-adjusted to read on either side of the blade.

There’s a larger dust-collection mouth at the back of the blade, which is a new feature. A dust-collection bag is included with saw, as well as a separate elbow that’s mounted on the side of the slide mechanism. The elbow connects a short hose to the saw’s extraction point and then to the vacuum. So when the saw is in slide mode you’re not pulling on the vacuum’s hose.

A 36V (dual 18V) cordless version of this saw will be available in in the fall.

Makita LS1019L Specs
Blade diameter: 10”
Arbor: 5/8”
No load speed: 3,200 RPM
Amps: 15.0
Weight: 57.9 Lbs.
Max cross cut at 90 degrees: 2-13/16” x 12”
Max cross cut at 45 degree miter and bevel: 2-13/16” x 8-1/2”
Max baseboard cut on the vertical: 5-1/4”
Max crown vertically nested: 6-5/8”
Miter: 0-60 left; 0-60 right
Positive miter stops at: 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, 45°, and 60° left or right
Bevel: 0-48 left and right
Cord Length: 8.2’
Dimensions (LxWxH): 31-3/4” x 25-3/8” x 26”
Country of origin: China
Includes: Tool, 10" 60T micro-polished blade, vertical vice, triangular ruler, dust bag, wrench
Retail: $549

Here's a video looking at how the bevel adjustment works: