Makita LC1230 Metal Cutting Saw Review


The Makita LC1230 12-Inch Metal Saw is yet another fantastic product from a brand that you expect to deliver high-quality, powerful tools. This chop saw is simple enough for a beginner to use but provides the power and features that even the most seasoned pros crave when tackling a project.

When you are on the market for a great power tool, you need a product that offers three things: durability, power, and versatility. With the power to cut light pipe, angle iron, tubing, conduit, and channel 4xs faster than comparable abrasive chop saws, the LC1230 exceeds in delivering fast, precise cuts. While its sturdy construction, bevel feature, and ergonomic design makes it versatile to use in any number of applications.

In our review of the Makita LC1230, we look at everything this product has to offer including its construction, features, power, and what’s included. After reading our comprehensive review, we’re sure that you’ll be as impressed with this  chop saw as we were.

Built with heavy base and a durable outer shell, the LC1230 was designed to withstand daily use. And its carbide tipped blade, with a maximum cut depth of 4 ½” means that it’s capable of tackling almost any project. This durability and cut depth is great because—with a wide variety of applications including  rebar, steel framing, angle iron, pipe, conduit, or cable—the LC1230 is sure to see a lot of use.

What Features Does It Offer?

The Makita LC1230 comes loaded with a 15 amp motor capable of producing 1,300 RPM of speed. Its 12” carbide tipped blade lasts 50xs longer than abrasive wheels and makes accurate and virtually burr-free cuts in any  workpiece.

The LC1230 is designed with a ton of features that make work quicker and more productive. A quick release vise secures material for added stability while allowing you to perform quick, repeated cut-offs.  A built-in lock-off button ensures safety and a quick release support fence easily adjusts for 0-45 degree miter cutting.

You can change the blade with the included wrench and the process is quick and easy thanks to a shaft lock feature, eliminating the need to use two separate wrenches.

The LC1230 was designed with a comfortable D-shape handle allowing for maximum support and reducing user fatigue and clean-up is quick thanks to a shavings collection tray that helps

What Accessories are Included?

The Makita LC1230 12-Inch Cutting Saw comes complete with the Makita LC1230 Cutting Saw, a 12” 60-tooth carbide tipped cutting blade, instruction manual, socket wrench, and safety googles meaning that you are ready to work as soon as you open the box.

Why We Liked It

The Makita LC1230 delivers a staggering 15 amps and produces 1,300 RPM. It’s sturdy and at 41.9lbs, it’s rugged enough to withstand frequent use. Making bevel cuts in metal is easy thanks to an adjustable guide plate and the dual-finger trigger and lock-off button help to prevent safety issues. The quick release vise allows you to balance stability and speed since you can secure your workpiece while still being able to make fast, repeated cuts. Plus, the carbide tipped blade lasts 50% longer than standard abrasive blades.


Whether you are a beginner or a pro, the Makita LC1230 12-Inch Cutting Saw is one of the best chops saws available on the market today. It offers impressive power and is capable of producing clean, precise, burr-free cuts in almost any metal application. With the addition of the bevel feature, quick release vise, and a cut depth of 4 ½”, the LC1230 it offers great versatility but thanks to its durable, solid construction, it will withstand years of even the most demanding use.

  • Long lasting carbide tipped blade makes clean, accurate, and virtually burr-free cuts
  • Quickly adjusts for 0-45 degree miter cuts
  • Powerful 15 amp motor is suitable for any metal cutting application
  • Quick release vise allows for fast, repeated cuts

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