Summary: I was just browsing band saws, and really liked the looks of this one. In the specs it says the voltage is 240. I thought this was kind of odd, so I checked Makita's website, and it is actually 120 volts. I have other Makita tools and they are very good, so I would think this is too.
Summary: have used Makita and Milwaukee port a bands side by side on a job cutting steel pipe, stainless steel hydraulic hose, and structural for three weeks. Makita is lighter, has wider belts so it throws bands less often, and is priced a little less.
Summary: Have owned this machine for about three months and have put together a few projects mostly 1/4" angle iron. I have also cut through 4" round steel with no problem. Power will never be a problem the way it is geared and does have variable speed. No tool quick blade change is nice.