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December 18, 2017

Hitachi C10FCE2 Miter Saw Review

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Hitachi C10FCE2 Miter Saw
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The Hitachi C10FCE2 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw is the lightest and most portable single-bevel compound miter saw in its class, weighing in at only 26lbs. The quality of construction is excellent (and Hitachi are happy to back it up with a 5 year warranty) and the soft start motor and rubber anti-vibration handle mean it’s really smooth and comfortable to use.

To be honest, at this price point you can’t really go wrong. Highly recommended entry- level compound miter saw.

What to Look for When Buying a Miter Saw
There are a number of things to look for when buying a miter saw. The most important factors that you have to decide on are the size of the blade, simple chop saw or compound miter,  single-bevel or dual-bevel and whether to go for a sliding or fixed saw. There are of course pros and cons to each of these choices. We’ll take a look at all of them in this Hitachi C10FCE2 Miter Saw Review:

What size blade?
The majority of miter saw blades are either 10-inch or 12-inch, and you need to bear in mind that it’s not just the size of the blade that is different – a 12-inch saw will be bigger and heavier all round with a bigger footprint. Ten-inch miter saws are the lightest, and therefore easier to carry around, and weighing just 26.3 pounds, the Hitachi C10FCE2 is the lightest tool in its class, making it the most portable 10-inch compound miter saw on the market. The major disadvantage of a 10-inch blade is that their capacity is limited to wood no wider than a nominal 2-by-6, so you need to think carefully about what projects you plan to use it for. The Hitachi’s included 10-inch tungsten carbide tooth (TCT) saw blade makes easy work of delicate trim and other woodwork, and the large extended flip fence raises to 4 inches to allow for accurate cutting of large workpieces up to 2-5/16 inches high and 5-21/32 inches deep. Larger than this and you need to look at a 12-inch saw. The depth of cut is of greatest importance when cutting high moldings, such as tall baseboards or large crown moldings.

Simple chop saw or compound miter? Single-bevel or dual-bevel ?
A simple chop saw or cut-off saw can cut a board straight across or at an angle. This is fairly limiting in what you can do with the saw, and most people would agree that it is worth spending the extra to get a compound miter saw, which can also tilt the blade to bevel the cut. The C10FCE2 has thumb-actuated positive miter stops which allow for simple miter adjustments between zero and 52 degrees to the left and right, as well as a bevel range of 45 degrees to the left. This is called a single-bevel miter saw, as opposed to a  dual-bevel miter saws, which tilts in both directions. The disadvantage of a single-bevel saw is that, to cut another board to make a perfect joint in molding, you have to swing the board around instead of adjusting the saw. Most woodworkers prefer the convenience of a double-bevel miter saw, but this adds to the cost of the saw.

Sliding Compound Miter Saws
For cutting wider boards, sliding compound miter saws allow the blade assembly to slide forward instead of staying in one position. However, the rails built into a sliding miter saw give the whole saw a much larger footprint, and sliding miter saws tend to be quite heavy. In addition, if you cut tall moldings, a sliding compound miter saw may not be the best choice, as the sliding capability actually decreases the vertical capacity of the miter saw, while letting it cut wider boards flat. It’s another trade-off and means you need to carefully consider the type of project you want to use it for. The Hitachi’s capacity of 2-5/16 inches high and 5-21/32 inches deep provides adequate capacity the majority of jobs.

User-Friendly Features
This saw is powered by Hitachi’s 15-amp soft-start motor which delivers 1950 watts of max-output power. A horizontal handle with a rubber elastomer grip has been added to increase comfort and reduce vibration. The C10FCE2 also includes a dust collector that minimizes accumulation of dust and particles in both your workspace and the saw’s interior components, keeping your jobsite clean and prolonging the life of the tool.

Hitachi C10FCE2 Compound Miter Saw

How much should you expect to pay?

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What’s in the box?
The kit includes everything you need to get started

  • C10FCE2 compound miter saw
  • 10-inch 24-tooth TCT saw blade
  • Extended fence, dust bag, vise assembly, box wrench, and hex bar wrench

At a glance features and benefits of the Hitachi C10FCE2:

  • Powerful 15-amp soft-start motor which delivers 1950 watts of max-output power
  • Lightweight design (26.3 lbs) means you can easily carry it around
  • Maximun cutting capacity of 2-5/16 inches high and 5-21/32 inches deep
  • Miter Angle Range of 0°-52° L & R and  Bevel Angle Range of 0°-45° Left
  • Handle has a rubber elastomer grip to increase comfort and reduce vibration

What are other people saying?
This compound miter saw has received excellent reviews from consumers on the net – the overall view is that this is a great saw at an unbelievable price!

  • “Great Saw, Great Amazon Price!”
  • “Nothing but Hitachi, from here on out”
  • “This saw is awesome!”
  • “Awesome saw for the $$”
  • “After about a year of use – coundn’t be happier”

Any complaints?
We couldn’t particularly find any major criticisms of this miter saw. It is aimed squarely at the entry level market and the majority view is that it is excellent value for money and a great entry level saw.

Hitachi C10FCE2 Miter Saw

What kind of warranty is there?
This miter saw is backed with an industry-leading five-year warranty.

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