The Makita Compound Mitre saw has been an amazing and well used addition to my worksite. Its smooth operation makes quick work of lateral cuts, complex crown moulding cuts and even layered moulding work. I own many makita tools now including their entire 18.v volt portable system (drill, cutoff saw, blower, jigsaw, etc) and can vouch for the quality of makita tools.
Recommend this product?
I have worked will many types of moulding on this saw from standard 3 and 5 inch crown moulding to more complex 6+ inch highly detailed crown moulding. Its wide table and swing saw capabilities can accomodate 10 and 12 inch boards. Large crown moulding cuts can be done either by bracing the crown moulding upside down against the rear fence (which has extensions large enough to support this) or by placing crown flat against the surface table and using the preset guides to make a compount miter cut.
For wide boards, the blade swings cleanly forward and back with no kickback or rough edges. The saw table area is clear of visual obstructions making it easy to line up both broad cuts and very detailed and exact fine moulding cuts. The high speed of the blade makes clean cuts on even the smallest mouldings.
The motor and blands have never bogged down in hardwoods the way many cheaper saws do. Makita makes high quality saws and the basic necessities on this compound mitre seem engineered to perform at the highest standards. The convenience features, like the extension table arms, light and other elements are all sturdy with no indication of design flaws.
If your a casual, occasional user this is probably not the system for you. If you are a homeowner that wants the comfort of knowing you have the right tool for any job or a contractor installing crown moulding, this is a nice saw to have. I highly recommend it.