Summary: I bought this because I burned-out my sidewinder cutting hardwood plywood at odd angles. Although this is heavier than a sidewinder it is very easy to use and setup for cuts. It cuts without being bogged down. I have dropped it twice and looks good.
Summary: I really like this saw. It is heavy, but well balanced. I pretty much cut one handed as I usually use a speed square as a guide on cross cuts and that ties up the other hand. I am a right hander and really like having the blade visible when making cuts.
Summary: Really more than I expected, the reviews of other purchaser's were very helpful. This saw is so much quieter than my old Sears 71/4 electric saw which has a switch which is going bad and no longer manufactured. I have always like every Makita tool I have ever owned, this is really outstanding.