"this is the second hitachi tool i bought, i decided to stick with them for another tool. it has the same look, feel and smell as other hitachis, and the same features as other big name brands for about the same price. the biggest difference i thought was the base plafe is a big cast and machine affair it is solid not the usual bent plate stuff dewalt and makita do, the angle adjust lock has two clamps which makes if feel more secure. the blade is very course i changed it for a 60 tooth trend one. i am a lefty and the angle of the blade exhaust (out the side not the back) means that i get covered but i will probably rig a extractor to it soon enough and angle cuta are crisp (with new blade) and the depth adjust is solid but a depth gauge would be v handy."