This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: email@example.com (David Doshay)
Date: 14 Feb 92 01:08:26 GMT
I looked at all of them and just bought the Mikita, mostly because on
the others the whole motor and cutting head unit moved,while on the
Makita the motor and knives are stationary while the table moves up
and down. Because the motor and knives are the source of vibration, I
reasoned that the more solid this region the better the cut. I also
thought that the adjustment system on the Delta and Ryobi had way too
much slack, while the Mikita seemed much 'tighter.' My only problem
with the unit is that carbide knives are not available, but I did
not check on the others. Also, the knives are NOT sharpenable, but are
sharpened on two sides, so you flip them before tossing them. This is
the same on the Delta, and I did not like the Ryobi enough to check.
It was my holiday gift to myself, but unfortunately I have not been able
to use it yet.
Disclaimer: a cousin works for Mikita, but I bought it at a local store,