Other saws that I have tried, even more expensive ones, do not compare with ease of motion found with this saw. Then again, I am super fussy. You do feel the transition(slight bump) as opposed to the single slide model. But it is still better than any other saw I've tried and the duel-slide makes it more compact. I am a finish carpenter with 21 years in the trade. It can be hard to make a nice cut if the slide has a "jerky" feel as you move it forward. I held off on the fifth star because I didn't like the "dual-slide" as much as the single I've tried in the past. I bought the Makita ls1016 because of it's solid reputation, versatility, and in particular, the extremely smooth function of the slide.
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