Hitachi 10 miter saw anyone?

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Forum topic by Easterlake posted 12-21-2016 06:39 AM 646 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2016 06:39 AM

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A couple years ago I sold my Dewalt 12” miter saw when I found a good deal on a 12” slider. It’s been great but for most projects it’s overkill. Also very heavy.
I’ve been looking for a 10” CMS on Craigslist. I see the Hitachi can be purchased new for around $100. Anyone have any experience with it or any other 10” CMS?
Remember, I always have the 12” SCMS to tackle any larger jobs.
I was also just thinging of making a nice crosscut sled for my table saw instead.

-- Life is hard; It's even harder if you're stupid. - John Wayne

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#1 posted 12-21-2016 08:40 AM

I have always had great luck with Hitachi tools, nail guns, drills and circular saw. I do not own a hitachi miter saw but have used one that a friend has with no complaints. However, he says that it needs adjusting every few months to ensure square cuts.

I am one of those of the belief that a shop is not complete without a crosscut sled. I have three, one for up to 24” wide panels, one for simple cut offs with sled to left of blade and my “go to” sled that holds up 12” boards. I use it with my TS fence for repeated cuts like face frames and table legs. I seldom use my miter saw.

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#2 posted 12-21-2016 09:10 AM

Interesting .
Thousands of dollars in tools make up my shop and I have never spent $10, and a couple hours to make a crosscut sled. I’m rather embarrassed.
That should be the next step and then decide, down the road, on a second MS.


-- Life is hard; It's even harder if you're stupid. - John Wayne

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#3 posted 12-21-2016 09:29 AM

I didn’t spend $10 on all three, lol! I used scrap pieces of good 1/2” ply and scrap white oak wood strips. I have found you can make them as simple or as complex as you want but two things are a must, at least in my book. Good fitting runners that eliminate racking and your fence being square to the blade.

Have fun and be safe!

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 01:38 PM

I’ve had the CF10 for 10 or 12 years. It’s been a dependable tool. But, someday a Dewalt 12” Slider will replace it. The CF10 Just doesn’t have the capacity. A 2×6 is too wide to cut laying flat and dangerous to stand on the 2” edge.

I, like Tabletop, use a sled for dimensional cuts. A miter saw is best for cutting down long lumber to manageable lengths as I’m sure you know.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#5 posted 12-22-2016 02:14 PM

I also have the CF10 for outdoor and away from home use. It is a great saw for the money.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 12-22-2016 03:01 PM

I have the 10” Hitachi.
I also have the 12” Bosch and a 15” Hitachi chop saw.
I have used both the 12” Dewalt, and the 10” Dewalt.

I like the Bosch the best. (No complaints about the Dewalts)
I don’t really care for the Hitachi, but I have heard better things about Hitachi’s 12” slider.
I have a 10” Ryobi chop saw that is my travel, bang around saw, when I just have to cut a few pieces.

I think the chintziest thing about the 10” Hitachi would be the small plastic adjustable fence. Really other than that it has always cut pretty good. I’ve had trouble with the bevel scale also.

-- “Hanging onto resentment, is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” (Ann Landers)......

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#7 posted 12-22-2016 04:15 PM

I have a hitachi 10” and it has been a great saw. I can cut molding and 2×4s on it. I believe it makes about a 6” cut. Anything else I just cut on my crosscut sled or circular saw. It’s very portable and accurate. sells refurbished ones for $70ish.

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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