There's a very good chance that I don't care.
Not really. TTI bought the Milwaukee brand and are stamped out in China. Makita remains Japanese. But ya know what's funny? I cannot buy Makita because I have a weird OCD variant or something because I absolutely HATE that blue/teal whatever you call it. It's god awful.Pretty sure they're built in the same plants over in the chi-com.
Here is my metal circ. Can't speak to mild steels or anything else because I only use it for aluminum plate. Works like a charm. As Chaizaziniazinac said...I'm a plasma cutter/straight edge mild steel user. You just can't beat it in terms of cost of consumables.
Just for shits...check out Arduino Vs. Evil (AvE) on youtube. He's the sickest when it comes to tool comparison, tool break down and general (or specific) insights into a vast array of awesomeness.