I didn't have a clue what I was looking for when my husband said he wanted a mitering saw for a gift. After a lot of research I ended up with the Hitachi 10 inch compound miter saw. Great choice as my husbands says it give a accurate and smooth miters and works well on thin wood and even plywood. Its has a fexible miter anges and is an ideal tool for woodworkers who want precision and reliablity without having to spend a great deal on tools. This saw is light enough to be able to move it around and heavy enough to give it the stability needed when using electric tools. The motor is powerful enough to work on some of his toughest cutting jobs. The handle grip allows you to control the saw al all times and the talbe is study enough to keep from moving around.I appreciate the dust collector that was incluced as it minimizes that accumulation of dust that was always left to get traced around. The carbide blade was included and the 15-amp motor seems to give the power needed to cut through even his most challenging projects.