Summary: If I had to fix what I don't like about this saw, it would be . . . uh, hmmmm. Yeah, what I'd really like is . . . rats, can't think of anything. I guess they did it right. One thing for sure, I'll never buy a 7" saw again.
Summary: works great! only trouble has been when cutting 1 1/2" tatami mats it warmed up enough to trip the breaker a couple times per pass. but then again my previous saw wasn't even capable of making these cuts. the light provides some general area illumination but nothing spectacular for the actual work area.
Summary: I have owned this saw for several years and use it with the Eurekazone track system. It is a rugged saw capable of deep cuts even in hardwood with good accuracy if the user takes time to carefully set it up. On the other hand there is nothing about this saw that shows any innovation whatsoever. In fact, the design is not much differernt from the Craftsman saw I bought in 1984.
Summary: I have become very fond of Makita. I had dewalt and they just are not Makita. It is like Ford, Chevy, Dodge compared to Honda. They may all get the job done but without the refinement and quality of the Japanese brand.
Summary: Too much play in the baseplate. Had to shim it with aluminum tape and even then there still was some play. I am using the saw as a tracksaw and it was hard to get 90 degree edges while cutting 2 in material. Also blade wobbles more than I like.
Summary: I bought this saw to cut through thicker lumber. But after using it and liking the weight to power, my carpwnters have started using it all the time instead of the 7 1/4" Makita. Great power. Not too heavy.
Summary: This saw with an eight and a quarter inch blade in it, will cut a full 3 inches deep. I also love the electric brake. Stops the blade as soon as you let go of the trigger. Very happy with this saw.
Summary: I have the 8 1/4 Dewalt; it's brand new and I'm sending it in for repairs. I needed another 8 1/4" saw so as not to lose time on a timber framing project. After a frustrating experience with Dewalt (will NEVER buy another Dewalt tool), I decided to pick this up. It is a great saw! The base is much more stable than the D. Also visibility is better. Ergonomics of the saw are better. And the motor is powerful enough to make smooth and easy (therefore more accuracy!) cuts.