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At the recent Milwaukee Tool #NPS17 Event we got a first look at this new M18 Compact 7-1/4″ Miter Saw 2733-21 ($499, September). It shares a lot of the look and feel with the larger M18 FUEL 10″ Miter Saw 2734-21HD ($599) however focuses on a more compact lightweight design getting down to 28 lbs for maximum portability. In our mind the benefit of a cordless miter saw is portability, cordless doesn’t make any sense for a shop saw but perfect for going on and off the jobsite. Both of these saws work very well with the new Milwaukee Folding Miter Stand 48-08-0551 ($199) which actually weights a little more than the compact saw!
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We were honored to be invited to the first ever Makita Tool new product launch event were we were among the first to see many of the new tools and accessories that’ll be releasing later this year! Not only does this give us some great insights into tools we will be getting our hands on in the coming months but also gives us all a glimps into where the Teal Team is headed with their product focus.
What we didn’t see, while we saw some really cool stuff there were some things we thought might be coming but we’re not at this event. Makita does hold product launches a little closer to the vest than some other brands so most of what we got to play with is coming within a few months, not 6-12 months out. We did not see a 9.0ah or a 20700 cell battery or a Bluetooth battery (although there was other Bluetooth tech). We did not see a 110v power station or a 7” grinder. We also did not see a X2 brushless SDS-MAX rotary hammer which if any of these are in the pipeline coming soon it would have to be this one to compete with Flexvolt and Milwaukee M18. Again we will certainly see more from Makita in November at STAFDA and at World of Concrete early next years but no news to report today on these items.
What we did see was some very exciting stuff in a handful of different categories which it seems like Makita has been very strategic in there expansion. (more…)
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Miter Saws are messy, nothing is going to catch everything but we have been fairly disappointed in pretty much all the vacuum attachments on miter saws. For a shop purposes simply building a Miter saw Dust Collector seems like the obvious, most economical solution. Certainly it’s not a 1 size fits all solution as there are many sizes and styles of miter saws out there. BuildSomething has this Miter Saw Dust Collector Free Plans which is a terrific starting point you can tailor to your needs. (more…)
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First let’s start by clearly stating we understand this is not apples to apples comparison looking at a 12” vs 10” miter saw with very different traits and characteristics. That being said the overwhelming feedback we are getting from those actually in the market for a larger capacity cordless miter saw and willing to spend $600 or more they are looking very closely at these 2 options. We had a project to build a workbench our of scrap wood (post/video on that to follow) and choose a design to notch out 4x4s to flush in the 2x4s to add rigidity but really just to give us an excuse to make 500+ cuts with these miter saws. Here is what we’ve found.
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We have been fans of the Makita 4 pole sliding miter saws since we first got to test out the LS1016L a few years back. Where initially we thought it might not be that sturdy this design really seem to hold up very well and makes the whole unit more compact. While there have been NiCd cordless miter saws, the LXSL01 is the first lithium-ion miter saw we can think of. It still will not truly replace a larger corded miter saw but it definitely has some advantages.
At under 28lbs there is no question, this saw is highly portable and with the 4 pole rail system a very impressive cutting capacity of 2-1/16” deep and 11-3/4” across. That is large enough to do a 90 degree cut in a standard 2×12. Our only real concern with this saw would be the battery life which would be similar an 18V cordless circular saw. For precise cuts like trim and moldings it should do an excellent job and really that is the intent. It is compatible with the Makita 195083-4 ($319, Amazon) miter stand with support brackets which is an excellent stand but is actually 3 times heavier than the saw itself, probably best to leave the stand for your heavier corded miter saw.
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