Can't comment on the Makita even though price seems a bit high for a 12 incher. I'm very happy with my Grizzly 12 1/2 G0505. I has double-sided blades that are 1/8" thick as opposed to single sided 1/16" blades. This was a lifesaver for me one time when some nitty-gritty dirty wood went through and messed up the blades. I just turned them over and kept working. For what I do it has plenty of power and is a real working hoss.
However, I surely wish I had a repeatable setting for thickness. That would be a great feature. If I ever upgrade that will be a priority #1 feature I'll demand.
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