Pros:Smooth sliding action, good dust collection, laser site
I am a hobbyist who decided to buy a good saw that was built very well so it would last a long time. The Makita received excellent reviews in all of the research I did, and I did a lot. One particular magazine reviewed the 12" model and rated it best. They used the blade from the Makita on all the other saws and all of the other saws cut better. All three of the sliding arms use bearings, not just two of the three as with many other models. It cuts like a dream and I am thrilled with it every time I use it. I have no other saw to compare it to, so I can't claim to have a lot of expertise. I went on the rave reviews of others on consumersearch.com and different magazines and I am completely happy with my choice.