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Monday, June 1, 2015

Hitachi C10FCE2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw review

Hitachi C10FCE2 10" Compound Miter saw on Amazon

I use the Hitachi 10 inch saw daily. It has performed fine for 3 years now and I've seen no reason to look at any other models yet. The thing to remember is that it has limits. Be aware of them and you'll get a lot of use out of it. I cut everything from oak for cabinets to your average 2x4 and haven't been let down.

Performance-
To start out, it's not a top of the line model, but I've found it to be plenty capable for making most cuts. If you're planning to buy this just be aware of what 10" gets you. I've made cuts on stock 6" wide before but you won't get a bit further. Most of my cuts have been under this so it hasn't been a problem. The stock blade cuts as well as you would expect a factory one to but it eats up my oak a little if I'm not careful. If you're just using it on a job site you'll be able to cut studs all day long. The motor is plenty capable and I haven't yet felt it hesitate.

Build- Structurally this saw is solid. The handle, motor cover, and shield are the only plastic but I think that's pretty reasonable. The rest is very solid and has taken the moderate abuse I've given it. I have concerns about the arm that controls the blade guard as it seems flimsy and a possible failure point if it gets banged around too much. Nothing so far though. The On switch is sturdy and responsive, as well as solid adjustment knobs that do the job but aren't any more beefy than they need to be. The cord is nice and thick so it should hold up for the life of the saw too.

Features- Both bevel and miter are very usable. The miter locks to positions well and I never feel like it will move during a cut. Remember that when you swivel the head for angles you lose depth(front to back) of cut. Not much more than a 2x4 at that point. Then there is dust collection... Non-existent. There is a bag in the back but it will never fill up so you'd be best to just remove it so it's out of the way. That's where I knock a start off. I didn't get the laser model, but I've found myself wishing I had it; consider the upgrade.

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