The torque generated by the gear reduction motor on the AccuGlide (28 lbs) equals that of a saw with a direct drive motor (80 -110 lbs). So what are the additional advantages of a gear reduction motor?
Initial start-up torque on a gear reduction motor significantly outperforms start-up torque on a direct drive motor. (Because a direct drive motor has a starter winding.)
Most importantly, the reduced weight of an oil bath worm gear greatly increases production and minimizes operator fatigue.
Note: Hypoid gears, such as those found on Makita saws, contain only a small amount of grease. These work well for quick cuts in wood, but perform poorly when subjected to long hours of stone cutting.