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Metabo KGS 254 M vs Makita LS 1018 L

Serious sawing takes more than good preparation, skills, and suitable wood or sheet material. The radial arm saw should also be able to withstand the intensive jobs you're going to do. The Metabo KGS254M and the Makita LS1018L are both radial arm saws that leave little to be desired for the devoted DIYer and the professional user. You can work accurately, quickly, and in a controlled manner with both sawing machines. They're not exactly the same, of course. After reading this article, you'll know all about the similarities and differences between the Metabo KGS 254 M and the Makita LS1018L, so you can make an informed choice.

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

Saw reach

Saw reach Metabo KGS 254 M

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 reach Makita LS1018L.

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.

Saw width

Cutting width Metabo KGS 254M

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.

Cutting width Makita LS1018L

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.

Work safe

Spindle lock Metabo KGS 254 M

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 Makita LS 1018 L.

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 guide Metabo KGS 254 M

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.

Fixed angles on the Makita LS1018L.

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.


Portable Metabo KGS 254 M

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.

Foldable saw head 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.

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