Is the Makita LS0714LN 190mm Slide Compound Mitre Saw what you need for your DIY projects? I test it to find out

I take the Makita LS0714LN 190mm Slide Compound Mitre Saw for a test drive or ten, to find out how well it cuts and saws

Makita LS0714LN 190mm Slide Compound Mitre Saw on grey pallettes
(Image: © Steven Jenkins)

Homebuilding Verdict

If you are a regular DIYer or trades looking for a reliable hard-wearing slide compound mitre saw then this offering from Makita is a great option. It is solid, well built and produces clean accurate cuts for materials up to 300mm in width and 52mm in depth. More than enough for decking, skirting boards, moulding, flooring and architrave.


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    Great build quality

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    Accurate clean cuts

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    Ideal for most DIY projects


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    Not cordless

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    Replacing blade could have been simpler

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    Small size blade

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Mitre saws like the Makita LS0714LN 190mm Slide Compound Mitre Saw are built for making precise cuts that other saws struggle to cope with. But what does compound mean? It means that a saw can rotate around its base and tilt the blade. It will be able to attack a whole host of different angles including common 90 degree crosscuts, 45 degree mitre cuts and angled bevel cuts.

And if you add in the slide or sliding element you get even more bang for your buck. A slide compound saw comes with a set of rails that allow a mitre saw blade to move further up and down the cutting table, letting you make wider cuts while still retaining its accuracy. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.