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Workshop Happenings in a Novice World 8 - Zero Clearance for My Hitachi C10FL

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Blog entry by nmkidd posted 02-23-2010 09:36 AM 2497 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My last post showed my upgrade shop equipment…the main being a Hitachi C10FL table saw…......which I really have become attached to…......however…....as with most new saws…the insert is one step above a cow patty…...as is the case with this saw.

Flimsy sheet metal with about 1/4” gap on one side and 5/8” on the other
Have already managed to wedge a piece between the blade and table which then shot across the room faster than an SST.

Patron was browsing Woodcraft the other day and came across a new item….......a Zero-Clearance insert for the Hitachi saw…....I immediately ordered one….....took 4 days and arrived today.

Top side

Bottom side…..(Pardon my slightly dirty back drop)

This insert is made by Leecraft , Inc in Georgia: http://www.leecraftZeroClearance.com
The unit is made of melamine faced high-density phenolic….about 1/2” thick and weighs close to 1 1/2 lbs…....the bottom is routed out to fit all the tabs etc on the saw….....plus a route out for the blade kerf.

Dropped it in the cutout…...took a few minutes to get ‘er leveled out….........clamped a board over it…...powered up…..and slowly raised the blade….....resulting in…...............

a beautiful zero-clearance insert…......a lot better and safer than pic 1 above.

This also fits the Hitachi C10LA…......$24.99 plus free shipping at Woodcraft and $23.99 plus $11.99 shipping at Leecraft….........Marketed as Model HT-1…..........I know where my next 2 are coming from!!!!

Hope this helps all who have the Hitachi saws

As a note…...Leecraft has a covey of inserts for various saws.

Adios for now….........hasta luego.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!



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degoose

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 09:39 AM

Safety first…. price second..

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 09:41 AM

looks allot better than the supplied one ,
thanks for the price breakdowns from
the different suppliers .

have fun ,
work safe !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 10:06 AM

Thanks for the info. I have a friend that has this saw and has been looking for one of these.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 02-23-2010 05:06 PM

Looks good! My saw came with a few ZCTP’s, but I bought used with a bunch of accessories from the original owner.

FWIW, I am not sure about the C10FL, but I think it is a contractor style saw right? If it is a hybrid, or you button up the back and bottom of the contractor saw to collect dust, you will want to drill some draw holes in that ZCTP to allow air flow, and pickup of sawdust… It REALLY helped on mine…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 02-23-2010 05:33 PM

Very nice! It’s certainly better looking than the one I made for the C10FL I used to have.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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