|Review by blockhead||posted 07-16-2010 07:11 PM||8450 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
- Hitachi C12FDH 12" Dual Compound Miter Saw with Laser Marker
- Brand: Hitachi | Category: Miter Saws
I purchased this saw about 6 months ago and have been very happy with its performance. I did lots of research and read many reviews on many different saws and also received some great feedback from other LJ’s. I decided that for the money and my intended usage, this offered the most bang for the buck. I have used and own several different Hitachi tools and they have always performed very well for me.
In some of the reviews I read, it was said that the sub fence was either bent or broken, probably due to lack of protective packing, so I half suspected that when I opened mine that would be the case. After unpacking, I noticed that indeed, the sub fence was slightly bent. The packing material consisted of two pieces of medium sized, triangular shaped cardboard. This made no matter to me because I remove the fence anyway and build my own sacrificial fence. The supplied aluminum fence is 5-1/8” tall which allows crown molding to be cut vertically.
After installing the 12” DeWalt Ultra Fine Finish saw blade I purchased with the saw and getting everything squared up with the new fence, I made a few test cuts. I was surprised at the torque this saw has compared to the one I replaced. The 15 amp motor delivers plenty of power via a belt that gives smooth, confident cuts and the electric brake stops the blade fairly quickly. The saw does come with a 32 tooth TCT carbide blade which I have not used, but several reviews said it worked very well for rough framing.
The dual bevel is smooth and accurate and features a micro adjustment knob that works well even when caked in sawdust. The dual bevel cut range is 0-48 degrees left and right and the compound range is 0-45 left and right. The saw allows a maximum miter cut of 52 degrees to the left and right sides with positive stops at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6 and 45 degrees. At 0 degrees, the saw has an 8” cutting capacity. The adjustable laser was dead on out of the box without needing any adjustment.
The saw comes with a 5 year professional warranty which requires you to take it to an authorized service center for repairs. You can click here to see if you have one close to you if you are interested in this saw. I hope, with the stout, rigid frame, overall quality, fit and finish of this saw I will not need it. I expect to get many years of service from this saw.
As with most miter saws, the dust collection is not great, but it is definitely much better than what I have seen with others. While it spits sawdust to the sides, the dust bag does fill up quickly. It does a much better job of dust collection than my old Delta, Kobalt and Bosch that I have at work.
I paid $299 for mine 6 months ago, but now they are selling for $284 at the blue box store. At $299, I consider it a great buy in my opinion and have no regrets whatsoever with this purchase.
Edit 5/14: It’s been about 4 1/2 years now with this saw. The only thing I’ve had to do so far is replace the switch. This has been a very dependable saw and worth every penny and then some of the original price. I did a PM on it last week and even the belt still looks new. Lowes has them for $219 right now (a steal IMO) and I would definitely purchase another one tomorrow if this one died today.
-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.