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Richard

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09-28-2015 05:01 PM

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Ok every time I visit my Daughter she has a list of stuff for me to do around the house which usually means I buy her a new tool of some kind.
Well now she has bought me a Table Saw to use when I visit her. (Must be something big pending for my X-mas visit) Any way it is a Hitachi C10FL Job Site saw. I have looked at a lot of reviews on it and found pretty much what I expected for this type saw.
1. The fence is not real good—So check alignment on pretty much every cut to prevent kickback.
2. The folding stand is kind of wobbly – Maybe tie a concrete block to the base?? Or build a new base.
3. The 3HP rating is a Joke – Maybe 1.5 in Reality which is OK
4. The dust collection is not real great due to a possible bad design from the factory of the dust shroud. – Check it out and rearrange it or redesign it?
5. Can this saw take a Dado Stack ? – I could use a Router to do Dados if I need to. Another New Tool for her :)

So other than these items that may or may not popup , what can I expect from this saw other than it is Not a Fine Woodworking saw. Am I going to have to Bite my tongue and not tell her she bought a piece of Crap for $100 and just deal with the issues or will it work Ok for some typical DIY Home Repair Stuff but don’t plan on doing anything Fancy with it.
I tried to tell her to let me know first what she was looking at buying BEFORE she bought it , but you know Kids they don’t listen very well. But I got to Love her for trying anyway.


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#1 posted 09-28-2015 05:10 PM

For $100 I’d say she did pretty well. Cast iron top and mitre slots and a semi decent fence should work fine for any normal diy job. The 3hp rating is max developed not true hp, look at the amp rating for true power. I’d bet it’s around 13amps which has plenty of power for any diy job.

I’d say she did pretty good for $100 bucks.

Paul

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#2 posted 09-28-2015 05:18 PM

Thanks Paul , I wasn’t even sure the top was cast iron and not aluminum since I haven’t actually seen it yet. Also I think the miter slots are kind of like the Craftsman saws and not Standard size so some jigs and other things might not fit , but I should be able to make rails to fit if I really need a crosscut sled or something like that.
I am also pretty sure that this is my X-mas present for this year. :)

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#3 posted 09-28-2015 05:39 PM

The C10FL is a decent contractor-type saw. It has a cast iron main table. It’s definitely a sight better than any job site saw, that’s for sure.

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#4 posted 09-28-2015 05:41 PM

For the money, and if it’s just to help do stuff at her house, probably not a bad ts, could be worse, there are lot worse table saws out there I’d say.

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#5 posted 09-28-2015 06:33 PM

So far it is not sounding like it is going to be to bad a deal. It won’t likely be used for anything really nice and if I need to I can just take little more time with the setups to get better results from it.
And I know their are some saws out there that are just flat out Dangerous or Pure Junk so I am glad to hear this one may not be in that category.

I got an Old Rockwell Contractor saw a while back for me at home and it is really a very good saw that needed just a little cleanup and a splitter that I still need to find but other than that it is a good saw. For $150 it cuts nice and runs very smooth, it could really use a better fence but that’s more than the saw cost me so I will deal with the stock fence until a good deal comes around for a better one.
I did a blog on the Rockwell but really need to update it when I get a chance since I have done a little more to make it better.

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#6 posted 09-28-2015 07:28 PM



Thanks Paul , I wasn t even sure the top was cast iron and not aluminum since I haven t actually seen it yet. Also I think the miter slots are kind of like the Craftsman saws and not Standard size so some jigs and other things might not fit , but I should be able to make rails to fit if I really need a crosscut sled or something like that.
I am also pretty sure that this is my X-mas present for this year. :)

- Richard

the miter tracks should be standard size, even if they are slightly smaller almost every aftermarket miter gage has adjustable runners. of course your sleds will be custom so no worry there.

I’d take it as an xmas present, your daughter did well for $100.

Paul

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#7 posted 09-28-2015 08:03 PM

Don’t know that saw exactly, but I do have a Hitachi CMS that I bought off CL to have while I researched to decide which one to buy. That was 2 years ago and after some tuning, I can’t see any reason to buy another one. The saw is solid and well built and although it needed some tweaking to do really precise work, I only had to tweak once. So, if they do TSs as well as they do CMSs, you should be in pretty good shape for 100$.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 09-28-2015 08:15 PM

Kenney , thanks I hope your right. And I don’t think I have seen any CMS that didn’t need some Tweaking out of the box even the really expensive ones need to be setup the first time and that is Tweaking in my book. I actually have a 12” HF CMS that after the initial tweaking has stayed dead on to the settings.

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#9 posted 09-28-2015 08:20 PM

Wouldn’t worry about the miter slot size. Some quarter sawn maple or such will fix that to make a sled or 2.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 09-28-2015 08:53 PM



Wouldn t worry about the miter slot size. Some quarter sawn maple or such will fix that to make a sled or 2.

- TheFridge


Yea I don’t think that will be an issue really , I just wish companies could stay on the same page and not worry so much about selling accessories for their tools only. But I have been there before for the runners.

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