Uhm, the Porter Cable 7518? Seriously, I don't know if anybody here has experience with both the routers you named. I know many members have the M12V and seem very happy with it. I can't recall anyone posting that they had the Makita. Both are quality tools so maybe the best idea is for you to get them in your hands and turn them upside down and see how the adjustments feel to you. Hopefully another member can give you better input. Good luck and let us know what you decide.