When I first saw the latest 12” sliding compound miter saws from Makita, I was pretty stoked. We were already using the 10″ version and loved it.The extra capacity was not alway necessary but welcome nevertheless. There are three 12″ saws. The XSL08, XSL07 cordless and LS1219 corded. The two cordless units are pretty much identical with the addition of AWS capability on the XSL08. The corded LS1219 is almost identical as well. Other than the cord the only difference I see is the table extensions are a little different being a simpler solid steel wire design than the cast aluminum bits on the cordless units.
Long Time Customer
I have owned every generation of Makita Sliders over the years. Some were 10″ some were 12″. We had really good service for many years out of all of them. I only sold them to upgrade to the newer models. Each new design would bring improvements over the previous.
This latest generation of saws are the most advanced miter saws Makita has ever produced. In fact they are in many respects my top choice in Miter saws:
Good dust collection is severely lacking in most saws today. With TWO effective dust extraction ports these new saws are not only effective, they are at the top of the class.
A Cordless Miter Saw?
The power from two 18v batteries is surprising. The smooth gear drive and brushless motor does not disappoint. We have no problem cutting even the hardest of hard woods. Even 4x white oak cuts like butter. Same with the corded saw. With the soft start 15 amp motor there is never a shortage of smooth power.
They have greater capacity than ever before. These new saws will handle crown up to 8” nested, base up to 6 3/4” and 15” crosscuts.
They also offer class leading 60 degree left and right miters and 48 degree bevels.
Controls are very convenient with a simple thumb button with an override lever for miter adjustment and up front bevel lock on the forward slide rails. a couple of secondary buttons for bevel direction and 45 degree override are not as easy to get to but are still very straightforward. On top by the comfortable horizontal handle you will find the switch for the laser and the AWS module (XSL08)
The clear blade guard is super smooth and has a slotted open area toward the bottom to make the blade more visible before each cut. The Laser is easily adjusted to make precise cuts easy to dial in. A shadow line light would be easier for most but the laser is very visible and simple to keep aligned. When it really matters I like to put the tooth to the line anyway so the laser isn’t a problem to me
What is AWS?
AWS is Auto Wireless Start System. It was designed to bring dust extraction to cordless tools. Each AWS tool and extractor has an optional bluetooth module installed so the vac will come on whenever the tool comes on. With a removable module you can use one module in many different tools. It has been a pleasure to use in many different applications from trim carpentry to concrete cutting and drilling.
How heavy is it built?
At around 69 lbs. they are heavy, I must admit. However, I wouldn’t trade any of that weight for a less solid design. it is a very stout platform with less flex and deflection than anything else out there. Even compared to a 1,500.00 Festool Kapex these new Makita’s are much more solid, have better power and at least equal dust collection. There is very little deflection in the rails or any other part of these saws. I have never ruined a cut with one of these saws because of problems with the rails or slides. The extra tall fences are very supportive and solid. the large miter table gives great support to large and small workpieces alike.
Anything To Watch Out For?
One thing I would watch is the aluminum miter scale. It is great as long as you are careful when selecting miter angles. If you slam it into the detents you can deform aluminum faster than stainless steel. Fortunately the miter scales are inexpensive to replace if the need should arise. In over a year of good use we have had no issues with the miter scale. I am conscious of the softer scale and use care when setting my angles. Take care of your tools and they take care of you.
After using these saws on many remodeling and restoration jobs we can’t help but prefer them for most situations where we need a miter saw. The accuracy is bang on in our use. If anything gets out of whack they are easy to dust. We rarely need to adjust a cut made on either one of these machines. Only if something on the structure is out of square. We have used them for many types of molding both soft and hard woods as well as MDF and larger timber. The power is spot on, cordless or corded. The dust extraction is above the rest of the class
At this point all you need to decide is if you need a cordless or corded. All of them are available at maxtool.com
Below is from the Makita website:
for more info visit www.makitatools.com
- Powered by two LXT batteries; X2 LXT technology delivers more power, speed and run time without the hassles of a cord
- Makita built electronically controlled BL Brushless Motor delivers 4,400 RPM for faster and smoother cutting
- Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS) utilizes Bluetooth technology for wireless power-on/off communication between tool and optional dust extractor
- AWS capable with Auto-Start Wireless Transmitter – 198901-5 sold separately
- The BL Brushless Motor eliminates carbon brushes, enabling the BL Motor to run cooler and more efficiently for longer life
- Automatic Speed Change technology adjusts cutting speed and torque during cut for optimum performance
- X2 LXT technology delivers up to 175 cuts per charge in 2×12 SPF lumber using two 5.0Ah batteries
- Unique 2-Steel Rail Sliding System design offers single slide-glide operation; reduced saw footprint allows operation flush against a wall
- In-front bevel lock for convenient operation
- Dual dust collection ports provide excellent dust extraction performance
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
- 36V 18V X2 LXT Brushless 12″ Dual-Bevel Sliding Cmpd Miter Saw, AWS Capable – XSL08Z
- (2) 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 5.0Ah Battery – BL1850B
- 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Dual Port Charger – DC18RD
- 12 60T Carbide-Tipped Max Efficiency Miter Saw Blade – B-66983
- Triangular Rule – 762001-3
- Dust Bag – 122852-0
- Vertical Vise – 126617-2
- Hex Wrench
- Owner’s Manual
- 3 Year Limited Factory Warranty
- 30 Day Satisfaction Guaranteed
|Battery||2X 18V LXT Lithium-Ion|
|No Load Speed||4,400 RPM|
|Max. Cutting Capacity (miter 90)||3-5/8 x 15|
|Max. Cutting Capacity (miter 45, L/R)||3-5/8 x 10-1/2|
|Automatic-start Wireless System (AWS)||Capable (transmitter sold separately)|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||35-1/4 x 27-1/4 x 28-1/2|
|Net Weight (with battery)||69.1 lbs.|
Love my Makita tools! Looks like I may be too late for the contest. But thanks to Magnus Nordin I’m glad to have found you. 👍🏻 #LDC
I work for a historic site and most of the time power is old school hand or battery so this would be amazing to have
For years I have sworn by makita saws as the best saws on the job site. I have the 7 1/4 skill saw the track saw and hopefully can get my hands on this one to also brag to the boys about makita being the best!!
I’ve been skeptical of cordless miter saws since the dawn of time, in fact I still am, but that’s based around my experience as a framer. For my random projects around the home and shop they might just be the ticket.
I have the 10 in corded version of this saw and I love it. Would love an upgrade though.
Such an awesome sounding tool. I have always used dewalt miter saws, but have tested out the festool, but the 15” cross cut, oh man that’s just music to my ears. Sign me up!
I’ve switched every cordless power tool to makita over the last 3 years and can’t tell anyone enough how much better quality they are. I still have a corded DeWalt table and miter saw I want to get rid of so bad hopefully within the next couple jobs fingers crossed. Great review!
Did we have anything to do with the change?
The 10″ cordless version is fantastic on the job sites, and it looks like the 12″ versions are just as capable.
Saw looks super smooth.
Pretty awesome saw! Would love one for our job trailer! I currently use an older corded 10” Dewalt, but the Makita 12” would be a game changer! Would love to win it!
I could really desperately use this saw.
I would love to have this! I could fix a lot with that for my parents house.
Really interested and also impressed with this saw. I owned the LS1019 and kept having bad vibrations with it. This one looks like it cuts smooth as butter! @perkinswoodworks
My entire line of tools is makita besides my miter saw and table saw. I’d love to give this saw a try since all their other tools have been super solid for years. Hope they can keep making quality!
Great review, we own an old beat up Ridgid that we have had for about 12 years. The safety guard is broken, it squeals when you let go of the trigger, the cord has been cut countless of times, it smokes when cutting bigger beams but hasn’t skipped a beat once. We used a customers Makita miter saw last month for casing and that thing was scary powerful, and smooth. We have a mix of makita tools and dewalt this great review makes it hard to decide between the flexvolt and this cordless one. @ethan_maheng
Both are great saws. Neither one is perfect. I had three Flexvolt saws. Two had loose bushings in the main pivot point of the head. This caused the saw to slightly rock in the cut at times. When I got one without the loose bushings it cut well. It does better on battery than plugged in. If you buy one I would try to get one without the corded adapter to save money. A big issue with DeWalt that I have posted about is the warranty. The box says 3 years. In the real world it is much shorter. if the tool looks like it has been used the warranty is 1 year except for rotary hammers which get two years. I feel this is deceptive marketing. It is real and something to keep in mind. I decided to sell my flex volt while it was still worth something and ordered the DWS780 corded. I already had one I sold when Flexvolt came out. Makita gives a full 3 years plus depending on circumstances. I even had an employee drop my Makita 12′ slider out of the back of my truck and they fixed it. They had no idea who I was. I always go through the process on repairs incognito so I can get the real user experience instead of special treatment. the one weakness I see with the makita is the aluminum detent plate. if you are careful when sliding the table to the detents it will be fine. if you slam it into the angles it will wear faster than the DeWalt. New plates are super cheap to buy. Stene woodworks makes a stainless miter scale which will hold up better.
I’d love to finally own a top end tool
This looks like an awesome saw and would love to try it I hear from everyone how smooth of a saw and how great the fence is on it!! Insta Jerome_sidley
If i win this, i will donate my 10″ corded DeWalt non-sliding miter saw to someone in need. I swear it.
Saw is nice
This would be so nice to have as I’m trying to do an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery it would really help out 🤞🤞🤞
Great review — I have older Dewalt and would love to upgrade to this guy!
Need this in my life! @wildlyhers
Would be nice for barn work, especially when I have no power. @dmann321
That’s a hell of a saw. Instagram @race_ty
Nice looking saw. @coastal_carpenter
Real nice small compact unit. Love to see what all I can do with the 12-in saw blade and it is awesome looking
I like the idea of big saw in a small compact unit. Love to see what all I can do with it. Nice setup.
This is much needed for my new house!
Always wanted a cordless miter saw. But can’t afford one right now. Looks awesome.
Definitely could use this tool. Looks amazing.
Pretty rad saw
Great review as always. I have wanted to get into the Makita brand for a long time and this saw could get that rolling. I love the quality of the Makita brand. Cordless would be great at home and on the job.
Would love to win this! @513woodworks)
This would be dope to own. Running a dewalt that has been slowly dying and not staying square. The only tool I don’t have cordless besides the table saw.
Looks like a great saw. Im a big fan of makita tools. @uptown_coatings
I love the 10″ version! I’m constantly having homeowners and other trades amazed by the power and quality of the saw. I’d like to have the 12″ dedicated to shop use
This would be awesome for the big trim job I have coming up. Love to try out the AWS system! @devin1611
This looks perfect for all the backyard projects on the list. 300′ of extension cord out to the girls’ playhouse isn’t terribly convenient.
I’m new to wood working, I got in to it as an outlet for stress. It allows me to create, provides some immediate gratification with a since of accomplishment of a finished product. The opportunity to win something like this is awesome! Thanks Toolpig!
I am in the process of upgrading my tools to Makita, looking to keep everything on one battery platform. This saw would be a game changer for my Handywoman business and my hobby time at home. Portability, design, power, and she’s just purdy lol. I’d likely name her Mandy.
Sounds like an impressive saw! My craftsman 10in. would be sad to be replaced but this saw looks like a joy to use.
@therealphantomzero really looking to aliment my Makita platform after I got that tracksaw. I no longer have a twelve in saw and now down some trim work that is beyond my ten inch capacity.
Makita has quickly become my favorite power tool company. They seem to listen to what their customers and trades want.
@r2_woodworking on Instagram
I have makita tools corded and cordless, love every single one, love how many woodworking tools they have for the woodworking community. One thing I don’t have is an awesome saw like this, nothing more that I would love win, besides that I will be saving up for one (if I don’t win one:)as I’ve had my eye on these makita cordless saws for a while. @dubuilds
This thing is badass! And could help me start up my own company!
Reading this review has got me wanting this saw so bad. This would be an awesome addition to my makita platform and kick off my home remodel. @nandoloza
Very good write up. Thank you for taking the time to let us know. @Sir_willimII
Nice saw. Hope I get xtra bonus entry too.
Never had a makita but this looks awesome especially being cordless
ALMOST every tool I own is Makita. Could totally use this to get myself down to one battery platform!
The tool looks well constructed. The connectivity between it and the dust collection system would be a huge upgrade from the home made loud dust collection system we have currently. Keep up these great reviews my husband and in love reading them
Could use a bigger saw
Love makita tools, good review @macwoodworking
Don’t own a miter saw yet, could use one .@xsaulxfloresx
Had the first gen of XLS06 which had some alignment issues that affected its accuracy. LOVED the saw aside from that and I do believe the issue has been fixed…
I have that saw too. Mine is straight. The issue was the rails on a few saws were not coplanar. That means the had a little twist to them. It was probably from poor packaging in the early batch coupled with rough handling during transport.those saws can be aligned manually with enough torque.
@johnathanashtondesigns – Instagram
Very thorough review. Looks like a monster & money maker! Brilliant
@Lihrman on Instagram needs to win the giveaway 🙂
@williamj21 Awesome review!!
This saw looks amazing and would be a great addition to anyone’s shop.
Never had a makita but this looks awesome especially being cordless
Toolpig I have only makita tools I really need this saw!!!
I’m in the market for another miterbox for our company. We want a 12” and highly considering a cordless one at that.
Great saw, would definitely be a step up from mine
@Toolpig thanks for the review. Hoping I can take this home and do my own.
This thing looks awesome!!! So many great details on one saw.
These things seem like beasts and the cordless obviously seems like the way to go .
Thanks for all your posts and one day we will meet down the road brother !
– Cameron Whalen
Sonoma County ,CA
This saw looks top notch. I love that Makita has been putting tools out with the battery combo.
Awesome machines. I’ve always wanted to try cordless on site. Many times I’ve wanted cordless on site. Sweet saws, Makita always delivers a solid product. @strongtowercarpentry
Looks like a solid unit! IG@ryandwm
I’ve used an older and newer 10” Makita on the job. Absolutely love working with both of them. The older one has been used to cut miles of Hardie siding and it’s still going strong. Glad to hear from your review that the new line is just as rugged and at the top of their class. Cheers!
Thanks for the great review and constantly showing me things I didn’t know I needed but I’m any live without now! Haha. Would be an awesome giveaway to win.
I need this thing!
Appreciate the review. Sounds like a great saw. Hope to have one some day. @pobrien350
Makita saws are usually always towards the top of their class, always can count on a smooth cut with plenty of precision power.
Makita makes some great tools.
Makita always delivers, they make a solid product and this doesn’t look like it will be a let down at all! What they’re able to do with battery powered tools really blows me away
Makita has become my favorite for power tools. They seem to listen to what woodworkers want specifically.
Makita always delivers, they make a solid product and this doesn’t look like it will be a let down at all!
Thus would make a great addition to our makita family !!!
Never had makita and just getting into wood work would love to have this saw!
Not super impressed with the milwaukee maybe a makita will!!!🔨 🛠
If replied comments don’t count here is another one. The saw looks amazing!
Great review and seems like a great saw! I could really use an upgrade!
Need this on the job site for sure!
I’ve been eyeing this saw for some time now.
Awesome review, this saw looks amazing
Looking at getting my first mitre saw! This makita sounds great! @h_the_handyman🔥
Looks like a beast of a saw would be a great addition to my collection of tools
I have a lot of makita tools and they are all well built and worth the highest value. Would love to have this see to replace my cheap saw
Every person I k ow that owns one raves about it . I have the LS1016L corded and would love to ha e this one to add to my trim projects. It’s not light but if it’s built like my makita then it’s built right.
We Love Makita tools but I have never used a Makita miter saw or the aws dust collection. This looks like an awesome set-up. Would love to give it a try and add this to our makita shop and replace the Bosch chopsaw that is NEVER square. @graindesigns
Great, thorough review and videos on Instagram. Thanks for sharing @toolpig
I know this might be a small thing, but i absolutely love that there is a place to set your fences when you take them off to do bevel cuts, I didn’t know it had that feature until your video. Also the up front bevel would be so nice to have, I cut a ton of crown and always cut on the flat. I love my Bosch saw, but that up front bevel would seriously save me some time! Also the fact that it’s quiet would be nice. My Bosch is so loud. – @miillersconstruction
This sounds like a great upgrade to my old Dewalt 12″ slider. Things I like about what the makita has that my old one don’t are the forward rail design, better dust collection, front bevel adjustment, taller fences, 7 inch base cutting ability and is battery. I’m looking to upgrade very soon
Saw really seems like a solid choice! I currently have M18 Milwaukee 10’. It’s good but wish I would have went with the Makita. Seems like it’s top in this category for sure. Instagram handle is pioneercontractingcc
Looks like an awesome saw! With the amount of runtime on a miter saw cordless is an awesome choice.
These looks amazing, especially since I need the space at my work site and my current dewalt chop saw has no sliding function and is super heavy.
My buddy has one and the first time I used it I fell in love with it. I need one in my life.
Makita do some amazing stuff @johnpaulwilmer . Particularly like the ease of the functional angle adjustment at hand height next to the blade.
All in all really sweet set up
This is a great set up – has everything you need . Cool review too !
I’ve been in the market for a cordless mitersaw for a while. Makita has been my go to choice even though it’s neither of our cordless Platforms. Just haven’t had an excuse to pull the trigger yet. Thanks for the info./ review. I’m now going to be purchasing this saw once we get past the rough framing on our current build.
Been drooling over this saw for a while now…
I’ve always had a couple makita tools in my kit but seeing this saw made me fall in love with it😍 being able to trim out houses or build stuff at home on a cordless platform would be amazing!
Instagram handle is @GR1MM3R
I have been a diehard team red, but I can’t beat the exactness of dewalt mitre saws (what i currently use) but would love to try a cordless one. I’m skeptical of how often a battery platform would last, all day?
Insta tag @Fran_the_handyman
Nice looking saw!
I’ve always been skeptical of the cordless miter saws. I used one about a year ago and loved it. This would be a great add on to the tool box.
My Instagram handle is @jessewilliams101
Would love to see how well this performs on one of my jobs. @jonathantreat
Love my rear handle makita saw and this would be an amazing add to the collection! @leandroaldana_
Despite being a sworn Milwaukee fuel user, this is an amazing miter saw. I would love to have one, and grow a collection of cordless makita tools.
I have done it both ways. One platform sounds good for simplicity but no manufacturer makes everything I need. Makita comes the closest but having multiple platforms is so enlightening. It is great to be able to cherry pick the best from each company to build the best arsenal.
We absolutely loved our Makita chop saw. Unfortunately a few days after Thanksgiving our work trailer was stolen and we lost everything. We have been able to re tool most of the way but we still haven’t been able to swing a new chop yet! Absolutely love Makita tools. Insta is @bradyjacobowitz
A coworker has the bosch 10″ slider which I love. But this saw seems to have some features that out do that saw. I would love to own one.
Definitely need this one in my collection
Been looking for a replacement for my dads dewalt. We work together and recently our dewalt miter saw reached its end and we are now stuck with our old compound porter cable. We would love the chance to own something like this.
Such a nice saw. Been trying to decide whether I’m going to pickup the cordless one or the corded one.
Is good to have Both. We work a lot of places with no power or a temporary pole with two circuits. I also work on commercial sites where we are not allowed to turn a tripped breaker back on and have to wait for the electricians. Cordless is usually the answer for me but in the shop the cord is more sensible.
This saw would be incredible for the workshop that I am building for my brother in my garage! He’s become a phenomenal woodworker, and would love to help him more with him and his woodworking! @mylesweber
Great review for a great saw, I’ve had the chance to use the 10”, and this review sounds accurate. I always appreciate a non biased “real” opinion from a pro.
Thanks for the nice feedback. We always try to balance enthusiasm for a new tool with real world knowledge. It’s irresponsible and unfairto do an unboxing video and go through the specs and say something is the best thing ever.
I want this
This saw would be so amazing to have on site! When it comes to finish/trim work outlets can quickly become a rare commodity as most trades on site setup in the garage. This review really answers a lot of questions and hesitations regarding going cordless.
I’ve followed @toolpig on Instagram for a while now and always puts out great, honest, real world reviews.
Would love to be able to add this to my tools!
Great review! would love to own one.
Awesome saw! Have used another carpenters on site before and was impressed. Always wanted one for myself since! @mikey.maloney
Love the power and accuracy in a cordless package
I have the 10″ version and I love everything about it- I’ve had Dewalt and Maikta corded versions and this Makita is the best – can’t wait to try the 12″!
I need, need, NEED this saw!
These look like really solid units. My current Dewalt still works great, but when it comes time to get a new one I will definitely be giving makita a good long look. The design of the rails is really nice for tighter spaces.
Perfect for new construction projects when the power isn’t on. Convenient n powerful clean cuts perfect or hardwood and laminate projects. Makita one of the best brands IMO!
Great saw. Would be awesome to have it.
Entering for the giveaway! My Dewalt sliding compound saw is about 15 years old and I am in desperate need of a new miter saw!!! So I figured what the hell! It’s a long shot, but maybe, just maybe I’ll get lucky!
My insta tag is – @director0fsilence
Been eyeballing the Delta. But my heart lies with Makita..appreciate the review!
Fantastic product, love this site!
I love my 12″ version of this saw.