Like all you guys, over the years have done the makita, dewalt thing. Majority of my kit is makita and has gone years day in day out with no probs, but find the later stuff going the same way as dewalt - cheapness (to manufacture) with plastic gears on some, as mentioned, and 2 replacement keyless chucks that do not tighten properly (makita) Dewalt, gearbox coming adrift and tearing wiring apart. although the chopsaw has performed brilliantly, probably because the earlier ones were Elu in disguise, which were proper trade tools. (bought out by dewalt - get rid of the competition). Good to hear the nail gun recommended for replacing Paslode, such a pita when you want to crack on!!