Review: Hitachi C10FCH2 Miter Saw (10″)

The Hitachi C10FCH2 Miter Saw with Laser is a basic 10-inch miter saw that has some of the features that you’d expect from more expensive saws and offers them in a less expensive package. It comes with a laser guide and a compound miter/bevel that provides accurate cuts every time.

Hitachi C10FCH2 Miter Saw with Laser

It packs a 15 amp motor that runs at 5,000 rpm, a dust collector for a clean workstation, and a five-year warranty to keep your saw running strong.

Features

  • 15 amp motor running at 5,000 rpm
  • Compound miter and bevel system that is user friendly
  • Dust collector
  • Lightest saw in its class
  • Ergonomic handles that reduce vibration
  • Positive stops allow you to select your angle
  • Industry leading five-year warranty

What Customers Are Saying

“Cuts like a dream.” – M. Haack

“It cuts like a hot knife through butter!” – Trina

The Hitachi C10FCH2 10-inch miter saw has received rave reviews from online consumers, and many of these reviews had the same positive things to say about this saw. Many of the reviews have stated that the laser guide has been a boon, allowing users to line their cuts up without having to touch the saw. The other trait that this saw has that has made so many consumers happy is its portability and weight. At just over 26 pounds, this is the lightest saw in its class, and Hitachi didn’t sacrifice quality to trim the weight down.

This particular Hitachi has “some assembly required,” which may scare some people, but the assembly that you have to do is just attaching the saw to the base. All of the calibrations have been done at the factory. In addition, the instructions are incredibly user friendly, making using this saw a breeze.

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The most common complaint that users and reviewers had about this saw was that the blade and the kerf didn’t quite line up properly. When the saw is in operation, the blade has a tendency to rub against one of the plastic rails that surrounds the kerf. Many of these same users noted that taking a file to the plastic guide to stop the blade from rubbing fixed the issue right away.

Pros:

  • Very basic and simple to use, with easy to follow instructions
  • Very powerful despite its light frame and weight
  • Extremely light and portable
  • Compound Bevel/miter system that is user friendly
  • Dust collector works well
  • Very well-placed and usable handles
  • Positive stops make reading angles simpler
  • Industry leading five-year warranty

Cons:

  • Almost completely plastic
  • Blade and kerf don’t line up
  • A little on the noisy side

Recommendation

The Hitachi C10FCH2 10-inch miter saw is a great entry-level saw that is easy to assemble, easy to operate, and performs basic cuts and jobs effortlessly. Hobbyists and novices would do well with this saw, given its features that seem targeted at making its operation easier. The positive stops and laser guide are evidence that this will be easy to operate, even for a first-time user. The dust collector keeps your lungs and workstation dust-free, and the 15 amp motor is as big as more expensive saws. All-in-all  it is a great first saw.

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