A while back I got to use one. I own a Stihl Farm Boss and have used most of the better saws Husky John Deere. Jonsenred. and for those that can remenber, a Sweeda, all good saws. The Makita (my opinion is every bit as good) as the Stihls or Husky's. Makita bought out Dolar Sacks. These saw are German made. and very high quality. The best electric saw I ever used was the Makita. Point being the Dolmar and now Makita saws should be considered when purchasing a quality saw. My too arsenal has a strong contingency of Makita tools 3 Circular saws, drills. drywall gun, Sawzall, 8.25 bench saw, and my crown jewel the LS12 12" compound sliding miter saw. Why? They make a quality tool I can depend on day in and day out. Makita is one tool that Homedepot sells that is the same quality as bought elsewhere. Their reputation for quality tools is such Home Depot needs them on their shelves and so far Makita has not cheapened the models for Home depot. There are many other brands as good or better and it is hard to argue which are better, but if you have been on as many construction site as I have, noticeable is the pressense of Makita tools.