Makita LS1019L, $550


800-462-5482, mak­i­ta­ 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.

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