Summary: I used the dewalt miter saws on job sites for several years and my dad's 25 year old makita growing up. Either brand is a good choice. But I do prefer the power of this makita. Smooth strong power. And very precise. Unless you want the extra weight and size of a dual bevel/slider..
Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS SAW! This saw replaced my Dewalt 12" fixed miter saw and it falls far short of the dewalt. Look closely at the cutting capacity both vertical and flat and you will see what I mean. I can no longer put 5-1/4" base standing against the fnce and cut it. The bevel is only 0 to 45..
Summary: I use this saw for cutting oak trim and cabinet work. Stable and rigid out of the box. Bought it because of the reviews. The reviews were right! Far better than my similar 12" DeWalt. Makes perfect miters in 3/4" Oak
Summary: Right out of the box it was ready to go. Very good accuracy and well balanced. However, changing the blade is cumbersome and an iimprovement to the access cover to the blade shaft nut could be made.