When I started out your DYI tools of choice were Sears Craftsmen tools. Now you have Ryobi, Kobalt. Ryobi is made byTechtronic Industries also owns Milwaukee Electric Tool, AEG (AEG Powertools, licensed from Electrolux), Homelite, Hoover US, Dirt Devil, and Vax. Lowe's Kobalt are tools are power tools are made by China and Germany based Chevron Tools, Those and a few others are all good DYI choice. I have had one or two of each over the years. I have become a Dewalt fan the last 10 years.But looking at the small Ryboi compound saw. I have a friend who is a profesenal trim carpenter who loves his.