Metabo KGS 254 M vs Makita LS 1018 L
Which radial arm saw do you choose?
|Metabo KGS 254 M||Makita LS1018L|
|You want to cut deep at a right angle.||Yes||No|
|You want to saw deep in miter.||No||Yes|
|The radial arm saw must be suitable for wide workpieces.||No||Yes|
|A laser guide and LED lighting via the power grid are an advantage.||Yes||No|
|A soft start of the saw blade suits your work.||No||Yes|
Greater saw reach at right angles
The saw reach is very large with both radial arm saws and only differs by 1 millimeter when sawing at a right angle. If sawing that one millimeter deeper is important to you, the Metabo KGS 254 M with a saw capacity of 92 millimeters is the best choice. In any case, it's clear that both saws can handle much thicker workpieces than the average radial arm saw. Both the Metabo and the Makita radial arm saws are also capable of a double bevel. With the 254mm saw blade of the Metabo KGS 254 M, you can make angled cuts of up to 47 millimeters deep. The high power of 1800 watts makes the radial arm saw powerful enough to saw hard wood types.
Saw in miter deeper
With the Makita LS1018L, you can make exceptionally deep miter cuts up to 91 millimeters. This also allows you to make corner joints of thick beams or boards. With a diameter of 255 to 260mm, the saw blade of the Makita radial arm saw is slightly larger than that of the KGS 254 M. This doesn't change the fact that you can cut up to 91mm deep at a right angle with the Makita radial arm saw, which is a millimeter less deep than with the Metabo saw. At 1430 watts, the power of the LS1018L is considerably lower.
Separate table extensions for long baseboards
Thanks to the pull function and the possibility to extend the table, you can also saw large workpieces to size safely and neatly with the Metabo KGS 254 M. You can firmly fix boards up to 305mm wide with the bar clamp to prevent them from moving. If you're going to saw in miter, you can use boards with a maximum width of 205mm. A useful feature of the table extensions is that they can be detached, so you can also use them as a support to properly place long baseboards, frames, and panels.
Saw wide workpieces in miter
The Makita LS1018L also has everything it takes to cut wide workpieces to size. The maximum width of your laminate, panels, or other sheet material is 310 millimeters, thanks to the table extensions and the large saw blade. Because this radial arm saw also has a bar clamp, you can secure the material firmly before lowering the saw head. This allows you to work safely and precisely. Your miter range is also greater here than with the Metabo radial arm saw. If you tilt the saw head, workpieces of 220 millimeters wide will still fit on it.
Spindle lock to replace saw blade
The razor-sharp saw blade of the Metabo KGS 254 M is protected with a protective cover. The spindle lock ensures that you can replace the saw blade in a safe way, without having to disassemble the protective cover. This allows you to get back to work in no time, with the saw blade of your choice.
Electric motor brake for extra safety
An important difference between the two solid radial arm saws is that the Makita radial arm saw has an electric brake. This ensures that the motor and the saw blade stop in a fraction of a second, as soon as you switch off the Makita LS1018L. In addition to the existing protective cover, this is an extra aid to ensure your safety.
Laser line and LED lighting via power grid
Both radial arm saws have a built-in laser line and LED lighting. This means can get a good view of the cutting line and your workpiece. These 2 accessories of the Metabo KGS 254 M work via the power grid, so you can even count on them during prolonged and intensive use. If you're working a long time, it's nice that you're not slowed down by constantly adjusting the cutting angle when necessary. By adding 5 stopper pins on the most common angle sizes, that issue is avoided. This benefits both your working speed and the accuracy. Finally, the cutting depth limiter allows you to determine exactly how deep you want to lower the saw blade into the material and you can make tight grooves in no time.
Soft start of the saw blade
The soft start of the Makita LS1018L is an extra convenience that allows you to work in a controlled manner. Thanks to this start-up current limitation, the sawing machine starts up slowly and doesn't peak to the highest speed right away. This gives you optimal control over the saw and reduces the recoil on your wrists. These are two significant advantages of this powerful radial arm saw, if you ask me. In addition, the Makita LS1018L also has 5 fixed stopper pins to quickly saw at different angles. The laser line and LED lighting work on batteries, which you should replace after frequent use.
Easy to take with you on the go
Secure the saw head of the Metabo KGS 254 M downwards, twist the power cord around the appropriate hooks, and easily lift the radial arm saw and transport it by the handle with one hand. Thanks to the relatively light weight of 17.5 kilograms, this is easy to do. The 2-meter power cable mentioned before is slightly shorter than that of the Makita LS1018L.
Power cable with extra centimeters
The Makita LS1018L weighs just under 20 kilos, making it more than 2 kilos heavier than the Metabo KGS 254 M. You probably don't choose a radial arm saw based on its weight, but it may be a deciding factor. On the other hand, the 2.5-meter power cable of the Makita saw is slightly longer.
Both the Metabo KGS 254 M and the Makita LS1018L are suitable radial arm saws for large DIY projects or professional jobs. The maximum cutting capacity of both sawing machines is a lot higher than average, which means that the extra options not only help you work quickly but also accurately. In addition, they're both easy to transport and clean. If you plan on making deep miter cuts for your jobs, the Makita LS1018L is a smart choice. The electric brake on the Makita radial arm saw can also be a reason to pay a little more. If you want a radial arm saw that meets all the requirements of a serious handyman and a higher power is crucial, the Metabo KGS 254 M is the best saw for you.