|Review by Sawdustmaker115||posted 11-26-2013 06:53 PM||4205 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
- Hitachi C12RSH Dual Compound Sliding Miter W/Laser Marker
- Brand: Hitachi | Category: Miter Saws
I got this saw about 3weeks ago, and let me just say i love this thing!!! it’s definitely a manly saw.
first off it has a TON of power i just cut a 3×3 blank of hard maple no problem what so ever, and I’ve been using the blade that came with it (12’‘x1 60 tooth) to my surprise the blade is actually a decent one. I really like the slider action on it it’s nice and solid. The miter stops and scale are dead on, as for the bevels they needed a “little tuning up” which is easy with this saw, theirs an adjustment screw for the stop at 90 degrees and both +/- 45 degree stops. I just used an angle cube to dial in the angles. I also like the fence design it’s real nice for both crown molding work and for crosscutting long boards to length. So the way this works is that it has a flipping part on both sides of the fence which folds up to make the fence nice and tall to support really large crown molding and it folds down to make the fence much longer to support long pieces to be cut. The laser on this saw is great i love this feature (never new what i was missing with my old saw) you can adjust the laser to go on either side of the kerft or anywhere in between. As i said the miter scale is dead on(this is why i needed the new saw after 3years of fighting with my old one i just said I’m getting a new one because i had to re adjust the angle with a try square every time i made just even on cut) this saw if you set the angle it stays at that angle. Another thing i like about the saw is that it has micro adjustment knobs on it, it has two of them one for the bevel and one on the miter. Now the micro adjuster on the bevel is a joke!! don’t bother with it. But the micro adjuster on the miter is great real nice for getting that “perfect” angle. and this is another place were the laser is nice if you have a line on your wood at an angle and don’t know what it is, just line up the laser to the line scribed on to the wood, now you know what angle it is, sweet!. Now for the down sides of the saw, i already mentioned about the micro adjuster for the bevel, also i think they could have down a better job with the depth stop (which I’ve been using a bunch to make half laps and doing dados and rabbets), the other negative thing i can think of is the fact that it can only cut a total of 12’’ from the fence at 90 degrees, i saw that dewalts 12’’ sliding mitersaw had a capacity of 16’’, also (no big deal for me) is the weight of this monster let me say it’s an elephant i know if i was the dude who had to carry this around from place to place i would hate it but lucky it’s a saw for the shop so it sits on a cart so i never have to lift it, and in fact the extra weight is nice for a bench top application (like mine) because it stays put.
So all in all this is a great mitersaw the reason(s) for 4 out of 5 stars is because of the depth stop, this saw really is nice with its belt driven 15-amp motor, and it’s solid i’d say its made cheap were it can to make it more economically priced and good were it needs to be. In my opinion the only saw i would consider next to this one is Festool’s 12’’ saw(but then again I’m not a millionaire either) gotta love Festool but hate the price lol So yeah this is a nice solid 12’’ compound slidding mitersaw with dual bevel and a laser for a good price. if you have any further questions about it let me know. hope this review was helpful. :)
Here’s a link to Hitachi’s website here you can view a video of this monster.^^^