I know, not another thread about which is better. I'll try and be brief.
I've found that I'm in need of a sliding compound mitre saw more and more often. With that being said there are only a few options out there that even seem remotely worth purchasing.
I'm looking at either the Makita 7-1/2", or the Hitachi 8-1/2" model. My question actually is how important is it to have a saw that bevel cuts to the right? I can't actually think of a reason off the top of my head, but these are the only two that offer small blades, which for a whole list of reasons other than vertical capacity are so much better than a larger blade.
I've used both, but I'm leaning towards the Makita. After doing nothing for most of the year, and all of the sudden being busy the last few months I need to either spend some money or lose it to uncle sam.