Summary: Well, I admit to being a brand snob, and Makita have a VERY good reputation for their woodworking power tools. So when my old hedgetrimmer died, given that the right size Makita wasn't that much more than the same size Bosch, I punted on the Makita. It's really nice (so far). In particular, the balance is excellent, so it's easy to do overhead cuts, vertical, horizontal etc. It FEELS lighter than my old one, despite being slightly heavier.