10 Inch Sliding Miter Saw Head to Head
The Makita LS1016L was a crew favorite during our test, and caught everyone’s eye with it’s innovative dual rail forward facing slide mechanism that reduces the saws footprint and delivered smooth operation. Additionally, the miter and bevel detents were fast, accurate, and the miter range on the saw swings 60-degrees both left and right making this an extremely capable saw. Overall the Makita LS1016L really shined in this test and priced at $497 this saw epitomizes “bang for your buck”.
The LS1016L showcases some unique features and innovative design elements that make this saw really memorable. But this saw doesn’t rely on it’s sexy design, the performance of this saw was as notable as it’s look. The Makita LS1016L showcased its power in our speed test winning handily. And despite the saws weight about 54 lbs, it collapses nicely for transportation, so during our mobility test we noted its weight but because it was so well balanced and compact it made for a relatively easy carry.
This saw stood out to our crew for it’s ease of use, power, and accuracy. There were so many positives about this tool combined with it’s innovative design and overall sleek look no one on our crew mentioned it’s poor dust collection performance. Ranking side by side with the Bosch CM10GD at the bottom of the field, you may want to consider how important dust control is for you before you pull the trigger on this saw. Overall not a deal breaker for most, but if you want to learn more check out Phil’s review on TBB coming soon.
RYOBI’s TSS102L is definitely geared toward the homeowner or DIYer. Although the saw does have some high end features, solid cut capacity with the slide and above average dust collection, it has limited use for professional contractors. Still, priced super competitively at about $200 it is the most affordable saw featured in our test and therefore is worth considering if you are looking to buy your first saw or want to upgrade to a more capable DIY saw.
Where the TSS102L falls short for pros is in its miter and bevel range and overall performance. With the ability to only bevel in one direction, a fixed fence, and max miters of 45-degrees in both directions this saw just doesn’t have the flexibility to be effective on a professional jobsite. Additionally, the saw performed poorly in our speed test, showing it’s limited capability up against engineered lumber. Again this saw is designed with the homeowner in mind, the slide provides the basic cut capacity, the bevel allows for compound cuts, and the laser enhances speed and accuracy, overall these are nice features for a DIY tool, but doesn’t have the depth for the pro contractor.
The TSS102L is really light weight, has the basic requirements for a contractor grade tools, and is extremely affordable. But ultimately the RYOBI TSS102L is geared for a homeowner looking to purchase a capable saw at a great price.
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