About $320; Makita Weight:
7.6 poundsThe verdict:
Rock-steady on crosscuts—thanks to fine build quality and balance—this one's a framing ace. Its silver-on-black shoe markings read even in dim light (and far better than its black-on-black depth gauge). Long cuts heat up its blade housing to hand-recoiling temps. The LED highlights the blade's leading edge for eyeballing crosscuts. Fine print:
Aluminum shoe and blade housing. Plastic blade guard. Charger and two batteries.