10 Inch Sliding Miter Saw Head to Head
To get an idea of which saw out of the box had the most power we conducted a simple speed test. Using the factory blade, we had a single operator make five cuts on a super hard and super dense engineered lumber product and averaged the times. We used a ~2×8 LVL and instructed our operator to apply as much pressure during the cut as the saw appeared to be able to handle, or in simpler terms, “let the saw do the cutting”.
The results were all relatively close, with a majority of the field falling in the same time frames, and only a few saws standing out. In particular we noted the Festool KS 120 EB had one of the slower times, but we’ve experienced this before with Festool products, they are light and focused on fine finish work and utilize advanced motor controls, so they often don’t shine when it comes to the brute force needed to handle today’s engineered framing material. Overall results are depicted in the graph below:
Winner Power and Speed: Makita LS1016L
The Makita LS1016L delivered some serious power standing out from the crowd with an unmatched time trial of 20 seconds [the shortest bar on the graph]. This saw is all about speed from the miter and bevel settings to the fast efficient cutting when the blade meets the lumber. This saw is definitely geared towards contractors who are all about saving time and money. From quick transportation from truck to job-site, to adjustments, to cutting, this saw is all about speed.
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