Paul, the BS5 that Cam and I both wore out is on special ATM at $385 so you would never get a cheaper saw than that right now. That was what I was planning to buy but H&F had this one there for $495 so it was a no brainer to spend the extra $100. I think in my case, the motor burned out out because of problems in the gearbox and bearings as it was siezing intermittently for a while. Add a filler bung to the BS5 gearbox and maybe put a perspex cover on it to see the oil level and for home use, it will last a long time. Mine had done a lot of work, sometimes running 8 hours a day, cutting 8 metre lengths down to 55mm pieces and I still got 5 years out of it. Its a shame that H&F don't fit a hydraulic descent cylinder to the BS5-S that I just bought. You can see an undrilled spiggot in the yellow casting just below the depth gauge to fit one to. Based on what I have seen elsewhere, the other end of the cylinder would go to a bracket mounted using the gearbox cover screws. If anybody knows where to get a cheap cylinder from, please let me know. A $35 part in the US becomes a $200 part down under.