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Friday, January 15, 2010

Wayne Hart
Communications Manager
Makita U.S.A.
(714) 522-8088 x 4410

(800) 4-MAKITA

Friday, January 15, 2010


New LS1216L also available with Makita Jobsite Miter Saw Stand

JANUARY 15, 2010 La Mirada, CA – Makita U.S.A., Inc., manufacturer of high quality industrial power tools and accessories, is proud to announce the release of its new 12” Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser, model LS1216L. The new miter saw is also available with Makita’s Jobsite Miter Saw Stand (model LS1216LX). 
The Makita LS1216L is engineered with Deep and eXact cutting Technology (DXT), with the largest crosscutting and crown molding cutting capacity in its class, and increased accuracy and adjustment features for precise miter and bevel cuts.  The LS1216L features 6 linear ball bearings and 4 steel rails for adjustment-free “dead-on” accurate cuts, right out of the box. 
“The new LS1216L is engineered with best-in-class capacity, accuracy, versatility and durability for a range of trades,” said Joe Soto, product manager – pneumatics and residential construction. “This is an ideal saw for precision tasks in woodworking shops, as well as for cutting large materials like 4x16 beams and wide boards up to 15”. Best of all, it will remain accurate even after a full day of work, day after day, in a high production setting.”
Large Cutting Capacity, Increased Accuracy
The LS1216L is designed to crosscut wide boards up to 15” wide at 90°, right out of the box with no special set up required. It has an innovative direct drive gearbox and guard system that is engineered for increased vertical cutting capacity and the largest crown molding cutting capacity (8”, vertically nested) in its class. Makita’s patented retractable rear guard also provides the LS1216L with 6-1/2” baseboard cutting capacity (vertical). 
In addition, the exclusive 6 linear ball bearings allow the LS1216L to deliver smooth, solid and adjustment-free “dead-on” accurate cuts. The saw also has a patented 4-Steel Rail Sliding System that further increases rigidity to produce superior cuts, as the four steel rails experience less deflection. The four steel rails also enable a more compact rear design than standard two-rail systems. The result is a larger cutting capacity and more accuracy combined with a more compact rear design.
Precise Miter and Bevel Cuts
The LS1216L has a large precision-machined base and an exclusive 5-1/2” tall dual sliding fence system with versatile upper and lower fence adjustments for more precise miter and bevel cuts. The upper and lower fences slide to accommodate a variety of cutting applications. The saw miters 0° to 52° left and 0° to 60° right, with positive stops at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, and 45° (left and right). The dual rear-handle bevel lock is easily accessible with adjustments 0° to 45° (left and right), with positive stops at 0°, 22.5°, 33.9°, and 45° (left and right). 
Precision adjustments are more easily made with dual front bevel scales for improved visibility. The easy one-touch (push in & turn) miter lock system is designed for more accurate adjustments and increased efficiency. A built-in laser indicates line of cut whether the blade is turning or not, and also includes an on-off switch with micro-adjustments for precise “left-of-blade” or “right-of-blade” cutting.
Ergonomic Design, Convenience Features, Portability
In addition to the large cutting capacity, power, and accuracy, the LS1216L offers a range of convenience and ease-of-use features. The patented 4-Steel Rail Sliding System requires less rear space. The see-through blade guard system provides greater visibility of blade and line-of-cut, and has a one-step blade change process for increased efficiency. The ergonomic rubberized horizontal D-handle design has a better fit and added comfort, and the large trigger switch is designed for easier operation.
15 AMP Power and Smoother, Higher-Quality Cutting
The LS1216L has a 15 AMP direct gear box motor designed to not slip, bog down, or require maintenance like belt-driven saws. The soft start feature delivers smoother start-ups, and the Electronic Speed Control maintains constant speed under load for smoother, higher-quality cutting. 
The LS1216L is engineered for professional woodworking including closets, crown molding, furniture, home construction, decking and floors, and kitchen remodels.  It is ideal for a broad range of trades, including finish carpenters, professional woodworkers, case and base installers, cabinet installers, cabinet manufacturers, closet installers, decking and flooring applications, siding installers, stair installers, and general contractors seeking a best-in-class 12” dual slide compound miter saw for the jobsite, benchtop, or high-production/manufacturing setting.
Available with Makita Jobsite Miter Saw Stand
The new LS1216L is also available with Makita’s Jobsite Miter Saw Stand (model LS1216LX). The stand adjusts to five positions with a spring-loaded mechanism for quick and easy set ups in seconds. It also includes a large platform base and 9’ material support extensions with feed roller to support long crown molding. The stand is equipped with a large rubberized handle and solid rubber 12” wheels for easy jobsite portability. 

Blade diameter
    Bevel range L/R
45° - 45°
    Miter range L/R
52° - 60°
    Cutting capacity at 0°
    Cutting capacity L/R 45°
    Crown molding capacity
    (vertically nested)
    Base board at 45°
AMPS (120V)
No load speed
3,200 RPM
Overall dimension
(L x W x H)
31-3/4” x 25-1/4” x 28-3/8”
Net weight
58.2 lbs.
Suggested Retail
About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge technology and innovation to engineer tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial strength power and results. Makita’s extensive line of cordless lithium-ion tools includes 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion, 18V Compact Lithium-Ion®, and 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion®. Other best-in-class products include rotary and demolition hammers and saws equipped with Anti-Vibration Technology™ (AVT™), 4-Cycle outdoor power equipment, Super Joint System (SJS) grinders, miter saws engineered with Deep and Exact Cutting Technology (DXT), and more. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit the website at You can follow Makita at and Makita is Best in Class Engineering.



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