I ordered it Friday. It arrived on Saturday. Anyway, my main saw was a Stihl Farm Boss with an 18" bar. It now seems to be the Makita. It is still early in my ownership, but I am impressed.
First, it is a real chainsaw. It feels like a real chainsaw. It acts like a real chainsaw. I spent 45 minutes run time putting it through routine homestead chores. The chain was lighter than I would have liked. Frankly, I tired out before the batteries did. And, it came with 4, 5 amp 18v batteries. So, I could have swapped out and continued working. I did not do any formal structured test. My objective was to see how it worked on my homestread. I counted 100 cuts and stopped counting. I am certain that I continued well past 200. I primarily went after blow downs. The largest cuts were 12 inches. Probably the smallest cuts were maybe 2 inches. The wood ranged from Hickory and Red Oak to Mimosa. I made numerous smaller cuts that I did not count.
In the online reviews, there were complaints about the saw automatically shutting off after 3 seconds. I had no such problem.
I checked the bar oil, it was about 1/2 empty ( unless, of course, you see it as 1/2 full). The unit reminds me of the 42cc Craftsman I have. The bar looks similar. Frankly, the Mikata out performs the Craftsman.
The batteries recharged in about 30 minutes.
Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions. Mark Twain