I stopped at the travelling Makita display truck a few days ago and checked out their display of products. The 24 volt full 7 1/4 circular saw was impressive as all hell. Cut a bunch of wood with it, it cuts like butter, excellent handeling and balance and the 24 volt batteries are smaller than Dewalts 18 volt batteries. The only thing stopping this saw from being the best thing out there is the price, $890 full retail for saw, charger and 2 batteries. The rep said you should see them for about $500 in stores. Damn that is alot of money, but what a nice saw!