Makita LWC1400 14-Inch Cut Off Saw Review: What’s it all About?
The Makita LW1400 14-inch cutting edge saw is one of the best value saws available today. With its low price tag, this model offers a high quality product at an affordable price. This Makita LW1400 14-inch cutting edge saw comes with a 1/2 hp motor and features a durable aluminum construction with a black powder coated finish.
It has a 2.5 inch blade with a 0.063 inch thick steel blade and is equipped with a straight cut and 45 degree bevel angles. Its blade guard protects the blade from damage during use.
The blade is equipped with a dust collection system which helps keep your work area free of debris. The saw comes with a plastic handle made out of hardwood, giving it a nice feel when holding it.
Features & Specs:
Blade Length: 14 inches (35 cm)
Cutting Edge Diameter: 2.5 inches (6 cm)
Overall Blade Thickness: 0.063 inches (1.6 mm)
Number of Teeth: 11
Diameter of Tooth Tip: 0.106 inches (2.7 mm)
Weight: 7 pounds (3.2 kg)
Horsepower: 1/2 hp (0.37 kW)
Bevel Capacity (Left/Right): 55 degrees
Plunge Capacity (Forward/Backward): 2.36 inches (60 mm)
Please note that the packaging may vary from the one shown.
Excellent Price: At under $100, this saw is quite affordable. It lasts many years and the addition of the dust collection system keeps your work area clean. Great for cutting thick pieces of wood and plastic.
Durability: This saw is capable of handling tough jobs without breaking. The blade stays sharp for a long period of time. While other saws in this price range break, bend and malfunction constantly, this one holds up very well.
Lightweight: Weighing in at just 7 pounds, it is very easy to hold up for long periods of time.
Alignment Issue: Since this saw has quite a few plastic parts, it will warp and bend over time. The only solution is to keep it stored properly when not in use. If you do buy this saw, be sure to handle with care. It requires some maintenance and TLC.
Plastic Handle: The plastic handle feels flimsy and uncomfortable to use. It provides a nice grip, but theres no cushioning around the handle and it can get uncomfortable when used for long periods of time.
Our Makita Lw1400 Review
The Makita LW1400 is not a perfect saw by any means, but its weaknesses are outweighed by its many benefits. The price is its biggest selling point since it costs only a fraction of what other models cost. You can buy two of these for the price of a similar model by another company. This saw is not designed for heavy use, but it’s perfect for an at home hobbyist or for someone who only needs to cut wood every once in awhile.
The sturdy aluminum construction makes this saw last much longer than other models in its price range.
In terms of performance, the Makita is not as fast or accurate as some of the pricier models on the market, but for most people this won’t matter since you won’t be using it to make a living. The 2.5 inch blade can power through the toughest materials with ease. The dust collection system keeps your work area clean and prevents sawdust from getting all over your creations.
The only major drawback to this saw is its tendency to warp if not stored properly when not in use. Since it is made from aluminum, it can bend very easily and never regain its original shape. However, if you take a few precautions when storing it, such as keeping it away from extreme temperature changes and avoiding dropping it, it will hold up much better.
Who Should Buy This Saw?
The Makita LW1400 is a great saw for the casual hobbyist or someone who only needs to cut the occasional piece of wood. It is also a good choice for people who just want to experiment with woodworking without spending a lot of money. Since it has more power and features than similarly priced models, it is a good choice for people on a budget.
Who Shouldn’t Buy This Saw?
This isn’t a professional grade tool. It isn’t designed for heavy or commercial use. It’s not something that you would want to rely on if you are trying to make a living with woodworking. People who need a saw that can cut through anything and don’t care about price should consider the Grizzly Katana which is twice as expensive, but lasts twice as long.
Best Comparable Model:
If you need more power or a lighter model, you might want to try the Dewalt DWE575 which offers a high torque motor and weighs just 5 pounds. It is also much cheaper than the Makita models and can be found for less than $200.
Tips & Tricks
Sharpen The Blade: Since this saw doesn’t have a tungsten carbide coating, it is actually possible to sharpen the blade. Properly sharpening the blade can make a big difference and extend its life.
Use A Push Stick: One of the biggest dangers when using a handsaw is getting your fingers caught in the teeth. Always use a push stick to keep your hands away from the blade.
Wrap The Handle: The plastic handle isn’t very comfortable and can get slippery when your hands are sweaty or covered in sawdust. Covering it with electrical tape provides a better grip.
Frame Of Mind
Before you start cutting, it’s a good idea to draw a picture of what you want to make. This may seem a little silly since you are making the thing, not buying it, but drawing a picture first can help you decide if you have the tools and skills to make what you want.
It is very easy to get overwhelmed when looking at plans for more complex objects. Start simple and work your way up. The most difficult part about woodworking is the fact that it requires patience. Don’t expect to create a masterpiece in your first month.
Make Something You Like: Don’t make furniture to fill a void in your life or copy something exactly from a picture. Make something that you like, not something you think other people will like.
Ask For Help: Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you get stuck. You can always seek advice on our message board, or look for a local Woodcraft store. The people there are very helpful and are glad to answer questions.
Start Small: Making furniture is a lot different than fixing a door or building a bookshelf. Start small and work your way up to the big stuff. Making small boxes is a good way to hone your skills until you feel comfortable moving on to bigger projects.
Make A Mantel: Building a mantel is a good way to work on several different skills at the same time. You get to practice basic framing, furniture making and decorative carving.
Add Some Paneling: Adding wood paneling to an object can give it a more professional looking finish. Consider adding it to your next project.
There are many good sources for furniture making plans and object. Some of the more popular ones are listed below.
These plans tend to be very specific and can sometimes only be used for a particular type of wood or with a certain size piece. These types of plans are usually found online and cover objects like boxes, tables and chairs.
These plans are more vague than Pattern books and usually give a list of materials and the dimensions needed rather than an actual drawing. These types of plans can be found in magazines like Wood or Popular Woodworking.
These books contain a wide variety of different patterns for all types of furniture, objects and floors. These types of plans are usually the hardest to find and tend to only be available at larger bookstores.
Loose Plans: Not every piece of furniture has a plan that comes with it. For these types of items you need to draw your own plans or buy one from someone else who did.
Building furniture can be a very rewarding experience, regardless of your skill level. The tips in this article should give you a good start on your woodworking career.
With the right combination of skill and tools, you can create pieces to be proud of and even make a little money on the side.
So what are you waiting for?
Get to work!
8/29/2017 4:43:02 AM
8/29/2017 4:43:02 AM
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