The Best Mitre Saw for Home Renovation Work - Makita DLS714
Posted by Mark Hunter - June 21, 2016
Home renovations are a mainstay of many tradespeople. The economic "down turn" saw more and more home owners "improve, don't move", and the trend has continued into 2016. Whether it's an extension or an attic conversion, joiners and builders are working in the homes of their customers.
As we've already covered, good quality dust extraction (read our report) is vital in such situations via the Makita VC2211MX1 (see it here), which is small enough to be hauled through most attic hatches.
But for making mitre and cross cuts in your work pieces, you're going to need a fantastic compound mitre saw. You'll require one that has loads of power, few maintenance requirements, but is portable enough to be able to work wherever you are, whether it's in the attic, in the bare bones of an extension, or even in a back garden when you're building decking.
That's where the new DLS714 from Makita steps up and more than adequately ticks all of the boxes. Watch our exclusive demo video here.
To break these down, we've put them into one of our famous "Top 5 Things" lists (see the others here on Toolstop TV).
#1 - Makita DLS714 Benefits from a 36v Motor
To make the type of cuts you guys require, you need a saw with plenty of power. Makita has been slowly adding 36v cordless tools to their stable over the last 4 years or so, and the key benefit of them is simple: you get the power you need without requiring power cords.
That's because the motor overs 36v but it provides it via two 18v batteries. And because the 18v LTX batteries are so prevalent across the world's job sites, you probably have a few kicking around.
Slot them into the twin battery bay at the top of the saw (which features twin battery charge indicators), and you're ready to tap into the motor spinning your saw blade at 5,700rpm, which is comporable with many popular corded saws.
#2 - Makita DLS714 Benefits from a Brushless Motor
The draw back with cordless mitre saws has always been that you'll be taking a hit with the power of the motor, while said motor chews through your batteries.
Makita has addressed both those concerned by kitting out the DLS714 with a brushless motor.
So, straight away you'll get more power from motor as covered above, but the batteries will last longer due to the highly efficient way brushless motors perform.
We feel this is a big step up in the cordless mitre saw range.
#3 - Makita DLS714 Benefits from a Double Sliding Mechanism
The cutting capability of any slide compound mitre saw is determined by the sliding mechanism itself. With a saw that's portable you're sacrificing some of the potential cross cutting capacity available, but the DLS714 manages to provide the best of both worlds - see point 5 below.
The saw features double slides that ensure a straight, steady cross cut. And when they're locked off, the saw is small enough to be easily transported from the back of the van to wherever you're working. And it weighs only 13.5kg into the bargain.
#4 - Safety Is Build Into the Makita DLS714
Safety is a key and essential requirement when buying any mitre saw. Makita is aware of this and the motor has 3 important pieces of safety:
- Automatic Speed Control
- Soft Start
- Electric Brake
All of these are there to keep you safe while you cut, and you shouldn't settle for anything less.
On top of them, the afore mentioned battery system is Makita's improved "Star" version, so the batteries are protected against deep discharge and overheating.
And dust extraction is a must, especially when cutting in a customer's home. The saw comes with a dust bag but the extraction port can easily be hooked up to something like the VC2211MX1.
#5 - The Capacity of the Makita DLS714 is Very Impressive
Thanks to the fast spinning blade and the 36v brushless motor, you'll be using a saw that'll get all of the jobs typically found during home rennovations done with ease, especially when you've got a good quality blade with at least 40 teeth per diameter fitted to it.
The mitre function is 47º left and 57º right, allowing for cuts of up to 52mm deep and 300mm across at 0º degrees. When the blade is bevelled you'll be able to cut a very respectable 40mm deep and 300mm across at 47º left bevel.
There's more information on the DL714 available over on our product page. We want to know your thoughts on this new saw from Makita. Talk to us in the comments section below and be sure to SHARE this with your friends.
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