Summary: I bought these trimmers to replace a Bosch machine that only lasted 3 years before the motor blew. I wish I had never bought the Bosch machine in the first place but had a recommendation from a friend. I normally always buy Makita and all my other power tools are Makita in fact. Compared to these trimmers the Bosch machine was a joke. This is a far superior machine by a country mile.
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.