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You'll usually find this saw for about $450 at your local Lowe's, but if you're a serious carpenter, then it's worth every penny as far as I'm concerned. Capable of cutting tiny base shoe without a splinter one minute, and then cutting 2 2x12's stacked the next, this saw is for the carpenter that does it all. Accurate enough for the highest quality trim, and big enough to be a framer's portable radial arm saw.
The only real downsides this saw has is the lack of positive stops on the bevel, and the fact that it weighs 67 lbs. Getting it set up and packed up will certainly be the low-point in your day. I would highly recommend having a trailer with a loading ramp and this bad boy on a good gravity rise stand. Let's be frank though, when you're buying a 12" double compound sliding miter saw, you aren't really thinking of a saw you'll be toting around behind the driver's seat of your truck. It really only weighs about 10 lbs more than the lightest in its class, so really it's not obscenely heavy.
Motor - Not really a soft start, but doesn't kick down significantly either. Has plenty of power and runs surprisingly quietly for a saw it's size.
Handle - Vertical handle is great for left or right handed folk. Doesn't have any kind of safety switch to fuss with.
Guard - Being a slider, it is easy to place the blade on almost any mark. Combined with the laser, there really is no need to move the guard out of the way manually.
Fence - Very high fence for cutting crown in a nested fashion, however can fold outward to extend the fence horizontally and give clearance for bevel cuts.
Laser - Very small line (1/32"), don't have to start the motor for it show, and second only to the Kapex because the Kapex has two (one for each side of the blade.) It can however be adjusted to represent either side of the blade.
Rails - Clever and simple fixed rail design has me asking myself why I never thought of it. Essentially the rails can be locked so that it does not protrude out the back eliminating the rear clearance usually needed out of the back.
Unless you feel like shelling out $1300 for the much overhyped Kapex, which is only 10", or about $800 for the Bosch Glide Saw (which is worth considering), then at $450, this is the saw for you.