Hitachi C10FSHC 10 Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw Review

The Hitachi C10FSHC comes with awesome features that will catch the interest of anyone looking to buy a compound miter saw or to upgrade from an old one.

It has a zero, rear clearance slide system that enables you to place it on a bench and up against a wall.

Hitachi C10FSHC

Hitachi C10FSHC Review

A Compact Sliding System

The Hitachi C10FSHC comes with fixed rails on which the sliding arm moves with linear motion bearings.

This combination allows you to slide the saw in a smooth and effortless movement.

This design enables the saw to be pushed up against a wall and spare you a great space in your workshop or garage.

Ergonomically-Placed Controls

You can reach all the controls of the Hitachi C10FSHC quite easily as they’re located in the front. This spares you the need to reach around the saw to adjust the bevel.

There is also a miter detent override so that the user can fix the saw into specific angles with no hassle.

LED and Laser Guide

The Hitachi C10FSHC comes with an adjustable laser market and LED light.

The laser isn’t that much of a premium feature, to be completely honest with you. But otherwise, everything else is pretty great.

The laser marker can be adjusted to the left of the cut using dials that are placed on the saw blade cover.

Hitachi C10FSHC light

Meanwhile, the switches are cleverly located on top of the tool’s handle and covered with a rubber, weather-proof boot.

Furthermore, the laser adjustment dials are placed under the plastic blade guard, which is a pretty weird placement.

This means that you have to remove the blade guard in order to lower the blade and align the laser to it, which may lead you to not use the laser at all.

But that’s okay as the LED light has several bulbs and shines quite brightly.

The Powerful Motor

The Hitachi C10FSHC comes with a powerful 15 AMP motor that enables its blade to spin at speed up to 3,200 rotations per minute.

It’s also a soft-start, direct drive motor that allows you to smoothly cut through framing lumber, trim, and oak.

While the carbon brush is externally accessible so you can make quick and easy changes and the electric brake stops the rotation within a few seconds.

Not the fastest, but it’s generally more than enough.

Cutting Capabilities

The Hitachi C10FSHC comes with a dual aluminum fence that’s sufficiently tall and also removable.

Its miter angle ranges from 0 to 60 degrees to the right and 0 to 55 degrees to the left.

The positive stop override system enables you to adjust all the miter detent stops and reach precise angles faster.

The stops are at 15 degrees, 22.5 degrees, 31.62 degrees, and 45 degrees.

On the other hand, the bevel angle ranges from 0 to 48 degrees both to the left and right.

You can set the bevel angle from the up-front bevel lock. And it stops at 33.9 degrees and 45 degrees.

Its horizontal cut width at ¾ inches is 12-3/4 inches at 90 degrees and 9 inches at 45 degrees while its horizontal cut depth is 3-1/2 inches.

Moreover, its vertical cut height at ¾ inches is 4-1/4 inches through-cut, 4-1/4 inches shave cut at 45 degrees miter.

Finally, it’s nested crown capacity is 6-1/4 inches.

The only drawback is that you have to remove the right side sliding fence completely in order to reach the full capacity of the bevel right feature.

Dust Collection

The Hitachi C10FSHC comes with an included dust bag which attached at the rear of the saw and does a reasonable job at collecting the dust and debris.

For better performance and dust collection, you can even connect the dust port to a shop vac.

Overall Performance

The Hitachi C10FSHC does a wonderful overall job. It can cut 2 x 4 stock, cedar clapboard poplar, PVC exterior trim, oak trim, and moldings.

It’s pretty compact and portable at only 45.6 pounds. This allows you to carry it around from one job site to another with no hassle.

Finally, the longevity of the motor is extended by the soft start feature as it minimized toque and stress on the shaft and motor.

The Price and Affordability

The Hitachi C10FSHC is a pretty affordable saw when you compare it to the available double bevel compound miter saws on the market.

But that does not mean that it underperforms by any means, it still provides you with premium-quality performance and great features.

Pros

  • Perfectly squared cuts
  • Minimal deflection
  • Nice finishes without edges
  • Very light with a compact design

Cons

  • Substandard dust collection
  • The motor’s spin can be a bit slow

FAQs

Are there any adjustments I need to make to the saw before using it?

Little to no adjustments are needed to start operating your Hitachi C10FSHC as it’s already pretty accurate out-of-the-box.

What are the things included with the Hitachi C10FSHC?

The Hitachi C10FSHC comes with its dust bag but no batteries as it’s a corded tool that can operate without batteries.

Final Thoughts

The Hitachi C10FSHC sliding compound miter saw is the perfect tool in a close quarter shop, a benchtop with limited space, or a tight job site.

It gives you amazing value for the price and it’s definitely worth considering when you’re looking for a miter saw.

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