Makita DLS714Z Mitre Saw - Top 5 Things You Need to Know

Now that Makita is claiming that brushless tools will exceed the capability offered by corded tools, it's no surprise to see the Japanese power tool company launch a new mitre saw that isn't just cordless, but brushless.

makita dls714 brushless mitre saw

In this quick guide, with bonus demo video, we'll take you through the top 5 things you need to know about the Makita DLS714 36v Mitre Saw - click to see all the spec and our best price.

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#1 - it's Cordless Offering 36v of Power

This isn't a new development from Makita, the pairing of two 18v batteries together to create 36v of available power. But it certainly makes sense to offer a mitre saw weighing just 13.5kg that requires no cords to run.

Easily transportable to wherever you need it to be, just slot in two 18v batteries of any ampere hour and you're ready to cut.

And the charge status of your batteries are clearly displayed via the LED indicator panel.

#2 - it's Brushless - Longer Run Times, Better Performance

We opened the debate here as to whether brushless cordless tools are started to exceed the performance offered by corded versions.

makita brushless 36v mitre saw

And a key feature of the DLS714 is indeed its 36v DC motor. This allows it to give you a corded-like experience in terms of cutting capacity; 300mm in a single pass on a piece of wood up to 52mm thick.

Could this be the perfect saw for attic conversions or installing decking?

#3 - Double Sliding Mechanism

makita dls714z mitre saw

The sliding mechanism on the saw obviously allows you to cut wide pieces of wood, but the fact that it has twin rails provides a greater level of stability and accuracy in those tough cross cuts. And the slide mechanism can be locked off for transport, or when you're trenching.

#4 - Safety First

makita dls714 spec

All of the motor's capabilities are controlled electronically. This makes for a safe saw; the electric brake stops the blade spinning as soon as you release the safety trigger. Soft startmeans the blade won't kick hard into the wood when you start the cut, and the batteries are monitored and protected to prevent them from overheating or deep-discharging.

Automatic speed controlmaintains the speed of the blade even if you hit a gnarly knot in the wood.
makita dls714z cutting capacity

#5 - Everything You Need is the Box

...apart from batteries. We're stocking this as a naked - or body-only - tool. That means you keep your costs down but just buying the saw and using existing 18v Makita LXT batteries you already own.

However, the saw does come bundled with a dust bag for occasions when you can't use dust extraction, and material clamps - both horizontal and vertical - allowing you to securely work with longer pieces of wood. Again, perfect for decking.

The full spec on the DLS714Z is on our product page here, and we're certainly impressed with what it has to offer, especially considering there isn't a power cord in sight.

Is this type of power tool from Makita the future; relying solely on battery power and super-efficient motors? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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