Summary: Used this to help cut stair stringers and it worked great. But I must say I was greatly disappointed in the carrying case. The cordless Makita drill I have came with a nice solid plastic case that the drill and accessories fit into nicely. It appears Makita didn't have the same attention to detail with this jigsaw as they just threw in a canvas bag with their name embroidered on the side. Very disappointing.
Summary: This is a pretty cool product. I'm cheating and using it for stuff it probably wasn't intended on being used for as a result I'm not getting smooth sanding results. I can't really blame this tool, when I am the one making the choice. Variable speeds, the belts last a while, a bit noisy but what do you want with a sander. I'd recommend it.
Summary: I've used this most recently to sand the edges of some sheet metal flat -- worked really well and its compact size gets into some small spaces. I would have given it 5 stars but when using it on large flat objects it likes to leave wheel marks -- nothing you can do about it either -- all belt sanders do but this one being so thin really does it. its fine for small areas but if you have something large to sand you don't want to use this unit.
Summary: It is possible to fatigue the supports for the metal backing plate. Otherwise, I'd give it 5 stars. But is it still one tough tool, considering that it constantly inside a sandstorm of particles that are flying off the belt. And since Bosch has discontinued their bandfile, there's not much else out there. Milwaukee's bandfile supports the narrow belts.
Summary: Absolutely essential tool for my construction business. Couple of issues, the plastic splinter guard disappeared in the first 15 minutes of work, lost in the debris, and one battery supplied the jigsaw does not hold good charge. Returned battery to Makita.