Why do most contractors use a 10 or 12 inch sliding compound miter saw when most of them never cut anything bigger than a 2×4? And why lug around a 60 or 70 pound monster, when they could do all their cutting with a compact 7-1/2″ saw that weighs only 27.6 pounds?
The Makita LS0714 is the ideal miter saw for cutting mouldings, or getting accurate square or angled/mitered cuts on framing lumber. It would also be perfect for shops that need to cut small aluminum extrusions, such as picture frames (with a non-ferrous blade installed, of course, see note below).
But this saw doesn’t stop there. It will cut a 2×12 at 90 degrees and a 2×8 at 45 degrees. For its size and weight, this has GOT to be the most versatile slide miter saw ever made – and with the well-known Makita quality and durability besides. And speaking of quality, this model has four steel guide rods in the slide mechanism for stability and accuracy of cuts.
Here’s a list of a few of the features of the LS0714:
- Large dimensional lumber capacity: 2×12 at 90° and 2×8 at 45°
- Double sliding mechanism for lighter, more compact design; weighs only 27.6 lbs.
- Conveniently located carrying handle for jobsite portability
- Powerful 10 Amp motor delivers 6,000 RPM
- 9 positive stops at 15°, 22.5°, 30°, 45° right and 0° for the most common miter cuts
- Smooth easy slide system allows cross cuts up to 11-3/4″ wide
- Large aluminum turn base supports large stock for efficient cutting
Blade Diameter: 7-1/2-in
Arbor Size: 5/8-in
Max. Capacity – Bevel/Miter: 2-1/16-in x 11-3/4-in at 90°
Max. Capacity – Bevel/Miter: 1-9/16-in x 8-3/8-in at 45 Degrees
Size: 26-3/8-inL x 17-inW x 18-inH
The only drawback to this saw is the odd blade size. There are virtually no aftermarket blades in a 7.5″ size available.
One feature that’s not often mentioned is a depth of cut adjustment, making it possible to use 7-1/4″ blades. There’s a HUGE selection of this size, including specialty blades for uses like cutting plastic, aluminum and hardwoods, even Melamine. And you’d only lose 1/8″ of cut width and depth using the smaller blade.
Note: Makita and other manufacturers of miter saws don’t necessarily endorse the use of their products for cutting aluminum. However, the reality is thousands of them are in use for exactly that purpose daily.
This saw is in a class pretty much by itself. It’s lightweight and very portable and well-suited to general use on the job site. But, being a 7-1/2″ it does have its limitations.
If you’re considering purchasing a Makita LS0714 we highly recommend going to CPO Makita. This is a web site devoted entirely to Makita tools, so you can rest assured they know them well.
CPO has been in business since 2003 and have thousands of satisfied customers and are even customer certified by Bizrate. Ordering through their site is secure and they’re a member of BBB Online, so you can trust them. And they accept Pay Pal for totally secure transactions.
Lest we forget to mention it, CPO Makita also has great pricing, WELL below list. (We don’t quote prices because they’re subject to change, of course.)
Standard shipping to the lower 48 is a flat rate of $6.99 and if you order by 3 pm Eastern Time and it ships same day.