I have to admit I am sucker for Makita Brand Tools. Have several Makita products, namely their Makita 6347DWDE 18-Volt Cordless Driver-Drill Kit. The name Makita has always stood for quality in my mind. When I saw this dual slide compound miter saw I was pretty impressed. Every saw has its strong point... but the new Makita has more than most. It does have a couple areas which could be improved, but overall, it is the best 12" compound slider out there. I currently use this Makita, the DeWalt 12" slider, and the Ridgid 12" slider. I have tested the Bosch, and Hitachi also. All have their strong points, but in the end this saw is the winner! (In my opinion.)At this price it makes it an incredible savings.