Makita LS1019L, $550
800-462-5482, makitatools.com High Points ▲A tall, textured fence and large, textured table make it easy to securely hold and cut stock. ▲Has the best cutline laser and factory blade among the test saws. ▲The compact frame reduces the amount of space required behind the saw (14"), when mounted against a wall.
Slide-out extension wings provide up to 17" of workpiece support each side of the blade. ▲Its excellent miter scale can be easily recalibrated, with 60° maximum miter capacity left and right. ▲It has the best workpiece clamp in the test. Low Points ▼We found it clumsy to change bevel angles, especially when tilting to the right. More Points
Although this saw couldn’t quite match the power of the top saws, its soft-start feature eliminates startup lurch. Dust collection was test-best when hooked to a shop vacuum, but among the worst when using the included collection bag. The side-mounted rails help the saw slide smoothly and make it compact, but the rails and bevel lock get in the way too often. And the slide lock works only in the fully retracted position.
The chop/crown stop works fine, but is not easy to locate.