I just received this saw a couple of days ago. I have done some initial testing (plywood cutting). I have not yet used this saw for a significant amount of time yet. My intended use for this saw is to break down 3/4" birch plywwod to be used for kitchen cabinet carcasses. To do this I intend to use an EZ Smart Eurakazone base and guide system. The depth adjustment of the saw is not very smooth, but functions well enough. I was surprised that Hitachi did not install one of those numbersed depth of blade indicators near the rear of the depth/blade housing. this is Ok for me. Over 95% of my cutting will be with 3/4" and some 3/8" plywwod. Since I am going to use ths saw for finish cutting I did not install the supplied 24 tooth blade that came with the saw. I installed a new 60 tooth Freud finish blade. I made some initial trial cuts on some 3/4" OSB I had lying around. CUTS SMOOTH AS BUTTER! Plenty of power, very low vibrations, very good grips, very easy to control, and the cuts (with the Freud 60 tooth blade) were very smooth. Also brake stopped blade in about 2 to 3 seconds. For safety and to make a series of cuts rapidily the brake is a very good feature. I usually like to keep my tools in a case, but in this instance lack of a supplied case is not a problem. I intend to install the EZ Smart base which most likely would prevent it fitting into a stock case anyway. I just put the saw back in supplied card board box and dropped all into a $1.99 orange bag from the Big Orange Box Store. I'll will add to this review after I install on EZ Smart Base and Guide System and do some more cutting. All in all I am very satisifed with this purchase. This is a very good saw for the money, and the only one I could find of this quality and price range that comes with a brake. This weekend (3/15/10) I installed EZ Smart Base. I then (with the 60 tooth Freud Blade) cut a bunch of 3/4 OSB. Again, beautiful smooth cuts, Easy to Handle, very low vibration, great control. This weekend (4/2/10) I rip cut some 3/4" hard Maple for Face Frames with the saw. Once again, beautiful smooth cuts, Easy to Handle, very low vibration, great control ALLs GOOD with this saw.