disappointed with makita lb1200f
it's a relatively old post but my answer could be useful to others interested at this band saw.
I live in Europe and got this band saw last month. I tried to find it a local retailers but no luck, so based on good reviews I ordered it on line.
It's made in China and mine has a problem in the welding of its base where the legs attach. This makes it impossible to attach the wheels and the horizontal support pieces.
(misalignment of cut-out holes). Makita doesn't answer my e-mails and where I bought the band saw from (rotopino) just sent me photos of another band saw "correctly assembled" insinuating that I did a mistake, although I sent them detailed photos and measurements of the error.
Now for a lb1200f that luckily comes without a defect:
It is not underpowered and seems rugged enough for its maximum depth of cut and its price.
It vibrates a little under tension although the wheels are balanced (I checked) so I suppose it's due to the v-belt /pulleys.
The guide post is flimsy and can move even after you "lock" it in place.
The guides are good enough though.
The table is nice and flat and the fence needs to be locked onto the table to secure but works OK.
Not so for the miter fence that wobbles at least 1 degree in its T-track .
The wheels aren't co-planar that some consider to be the ideal, but after centering the blade on the top wheel, the saw cuts straight (no drift).
All in all I wouldn't recommend this saw although for its price you are hard pressed to find something better.
Buy only if you are confident that you get a good after sale service in case you need it and you don't need to do very precise miter cuts.
For me it's the last time I buy a makita product (although I hove other tools that work fine) solely because of their luck of respect towards their customers.