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Hitachi C10FSH 10-Inch Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw with Laser Review

Updated on October 3, 2013

Hitachi C10FSH 10-Inch Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw

Review of the Hitachi C10FSH 10-Inch Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw with Laser

Any woodworker will almost certainly have found it necessary to make a compound angle cut on a piece of wood. There is no easier or more precise way to do this than with the Hitachi C10FSH 10-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser. In reality a compound miter saw is just a circular saw attached to the end of a lever that is then lowered into the piece of wood that you are cutting. What makes a compound miter saw such a useful tool is that you can adjust the angle and bevel precisely before you start cutting.

All compound miter saws can be adjusted to a 45-degree angle to either the right or the left. It is increasingly common, especially on the top quality saws like the Hitachi C10FSH to be able to adjust the angle slightly past 45-degrees to make the saw even more flexible. The miter gauge should be clearly marked and easy to adjust and have hard stops at the most common angles in both directions. It should also be both possible and easy to lock the miter at any angle that is necessary.


Adjusting a Miter Saw

All compound miter saws can be adjusted to a 45-degree angle to either the right or the left. It is increasingly common, especially on the top quality saws like the Hitachi C10FSH to be able to adjust the angle slightly past 45-degrees to make the saw even more flexible. The miter gauge should be clearly marked and easy to adjust and have hard stops at the most common angles in both directions. It should also be both possible and easy to lock the miter at any angle that is necessary.

The ability to tilt the saw to cut bevels is what makes a miter saw a compound miter saw. The fact that you can cut both miters and bevels is what makes a compound miter saw such a useful tool for any woodworker. A good quality compound miter saw will allow you to bevel up to 45-degrees in either direction, a lot of the lower quality saws will only allow you to bevel in one direction. Being able to bevel the saw in both directions is a very useful feature and will definitely speed up jobs like cutting crown molding.

Choosing the Right Size Miter Saw

There are three common blade sizes of compound miter saws, 8 inch, 10 inch or 12 inch. The 10 inch model is probably the most practical option for most woodworkers. You will likely find that the 8 inch model is fairly limited in the cuts it can make, it is just too small for a lot of cuts. A 12 inch model will allow you to make almost any cut you would ever realistically need to make but the price of a 12 inch compound miter saw is usually pretty steep. It may be worth the price if you are going to be making a lot of large pieces of wood a 12 inch saw is probably a good investment. Otherwise a 10 inch model like the Hitachi C10FSH 10-Inch Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw is probably a good compromise between price and size.

There are a couple of other features that you may want to consider for your compound miter saw and these are a slide and a laser. A sliding compound miter saw will allow you to pull the blade through the wood, allowing you to cut larger pieces. A laser will allow you to line up your cut quickly and accurately. Both of these are useful features but they will add to the cost of your saw, most people find that they are worth the extra price. You really can't go wrong with the Hitachi C10FSH 10-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser

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      james 

      2 years ago

      It is the best saw with laser and easy to adjustable miter gauge. I would love to use this one. Here is some useful information about "Hitachi C10FSBP4 12-Amp" if someone wants to get. Please visit the url http://bit.ly/1S4CNoZ

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      hhh 

      7 years ago

      It doesn't appear from my research that I can get a 10" saw with dual bevel, sliding, and laser in the hitachi. The amazon listings either include the dual bevel, or the laser, but not both, unless its the 12" blade model. Is this the case? I keep almost buying the 10" product thinking that it's got all these features, and then noticing that dual bevel or laser is missing from the final product!

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