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Hitachi C10FCH2 Single Bevel Miter Saw

Review of the Hitachi C10FCH2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw with Laser Marker

A Lightweight Miter Saw With Power And Precision

My cousin Tony, who lives in Canada, recently called me to brag about his new Hitachi C10FCH2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw with Laser Marker. We are the only two in the family who do regular woodworking and from time to time we like to compare notes. Tony was very impressed with the Hitachi C10FCH2’s accurate cuts and he was thrilled that it’s also lightweight and portable.

Being the miter saw detective that I am, I had to go do some research on the Hitachi C10FCH2 and get the facts for myself. I do value Tony’s opinion, but I wanted to thoroughly review this saw to see what other users are saying about it as well. Here’s what I found out.

Less Vibration

When a miter saw has a powerful 15-amp motor that produces up to 5000 rpm like the Hitachi C10FCH2 does, things can get a little shaky. That kind of power almost always produces a vibration the operator of the machine can feel when cutting. The C10FCH2 was designed with a vibration reducing elastomer grip handle which should take the edge off the vibrations that are produced when the machine is in operation. When you use this vibration-reducing handle, you should have better control of the machine and be able to make more accurate cuts as a result. This is one feature you don’t see on many miter saws. I would love test drive the C10FCH2 just to see if I feel the difference in the vibration, like most users of this model seem to.

Laser Technology

For making those all-important precision cuts, Hitachi designed the C10FCH2 with a laser marker system. I find that laser guidance systems like this one will typically improve the accuracy of your cuts. If you are fairly new to woodworking, or if you don’t have very steady hands, having this laser technology feature can be very handy.

The trick to using the laser marker system on this model to get absolutely accurate cuts, is to make sure the laser point is directly on the target. Wherever the laser point is on the target is where the blade will cut. I like that this laser can be used whether the blade is spinning or not, and there is also a convenient covered on/off switch for the laser.

Lightweight = Portable

Tony was right, at only 26.5 pounds the Hitachi C10FCH2 is very portable. Even if you have back issues like I do, you should still be able to carry this miter saw around with ease. I do a lot of home renovation projects and I don’t care who you are, you do not want to be carrying a heavy miter saw from room to room on those kinds of jobs. The C10FCH2 gives you a powerful 15-amp motor in a miter saw that’s easy to move around, and I think that’s one of the best features on this model. Most miter saws with that kind of power are heavyweights – literally.

User Friendly

In addition to the laser system and the vibration reducing elastomer grip handle, I found a few other features that make the C10FCH2 very user friendly. One of those features is the integrated clamping system located on the miter saw’s base. This clamping system can be used to keep the saw firmly in place on your work platform, which contributes to the accuracy of your cuts.

This model also has clamps that hold your work pieces in place while you are cutting them. I’ve been the victim of unsteady work pieces more times than I care to remember, and the clamps on the C10FCH2 should make it easy to keep pieces steady so your cuts are smooth and right where you need them to be.

Another feature I like is the thumb-actuated positive miter stop feature. It’s not something you find on many miter saws, which is a shame. This useful feature makes adjusting miter angles between zero and 52 degrees a very simple task. When cutting trim pieces like crown molding, the thumb-actuated positive miter stop feature lets you change the angle of the blade quickly and easily.

That’s A Miter Mess Ya Got There!

The most common issue I have seen with miter saws is that they usually come with a dust bag that’s pretty much useless. The Hitachi C10FCH2 is, unfortunately, no exception. If you want to minimize the amount of dust that collects around your workspace when you’re using this machine, you’ll need to have a better plan for dust collection as the included dust bag won’t be of much help. I suggest you get a shop vacuum or a put some kind of dust extraction system in place to help keep your work area clean.

Powerful Precision and Portability

There you have it, my review of the Hitachi C10FCH2. I can see why my cousin is so happy with this machine. Its size and weight make it ultra portable while still providing the power you would expect to get from larger miter saws, and its laser technology to helps you get more accurate cuts on the first try. There wasn’t much I could find that I did not like about this miter saw. The dust bag is useless, but that is a problem you find with most miter saws, so that point doesn’t make it better or worse than most of its competition. If you value portability in a miter saw but you don’t want to sacrifice power and accuracy, the Hitachi C10FCH2 may be just what you’ve been looking for.