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#1 posted 11-14-2012 11:28 PM

I have the Makita 12. It’s OK. I’m no expert, though. I constantly forgot to turn the laser off and sure enough, it lasted about a month before burning out. The turny knob to loosen the swing is annoying to me because it’s counter intuitive. Always trying to turn it the wrong way (you’d think counter clockwise would loosen, right?) But, by far (for me) the biggest drawback is the huge footprint required. I literally had to build a hole in the wall of my shop and mount it on a 30” counter to get the full clearance! I tried hooking my 2 HP dust collector to it via a step-down. That proved useless. I built a hood/chute into the wall, but haven’t got the DC hooked up to it yet. It’s pretty noisy, too. I wonder if any of the others are brushless and if that would help much?

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