Choice between DeWalt and Hitachi miter saw

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Forum topic by Richro65 posted 03-19-2015 07:16 PM 1099 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2015 07:16 PM

Hey All, I am going to be purchasing a 12” miter saw in the near future and I am undecided between 2 saws. I am looking at either the DeWalt DW716 or the Hitachi C12FDH.

Does anyone own either of these saws and have an opinion to share on which one might be better? I am looking for accuracy and smooth cuts, especially when it comes to perfect miters.

The Bosch GCM12SD looks very tempting but perhaps more than I want to spend, unless it is unsurpassed when it comes to perfect cuts.

Thanks for any opinions.

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#1 posted 03-19-2015 07:44 PM

I’ve got the DWS782, basically the same saw with a slide on it ($399). I’d recommend the sliding function unless you know for a fact you won’t need it. The DWS780 has the LED guide but it’s also $599… I align manually anyway, have for years, so I just consider lasers and LED guides to be “flash” over function. I may feel differently as a professional cutting crown mold all day, but I’m just a hobbyist.

I love the saw, it’s a beast… I can get a good finish cut on it, super tight miters, and hard wood has been no problem. Built tons of projects with it as my primary tool. I looked at the Hitachi saws online, but in person I didn’t like how they felt, also seemed as though they had some bells and whistles I didn’t care to pay for (laser guides, etc), but tbh I’ve never cut wood on one.

I vote DeWalt, there are some tools they do really well, the compound miter is one of those tools IMO.

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#2 posted 03-19-2015 07:49 PM

DeWalt will give you more after-purchase support.


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#3 posted 03-19-2015 07:51 PM

I’ve had the 12” DeWalt for 15 years. Built two homes and quite a lot of other projects and have not had one problem with it. Finally changed the blade last year to a blade with more teeth. Cuts like butter.

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#4 posted 03-19-2015 07:52 PM

I have had the dewalt compound for 20 years or so. Its a solid saw. But I have heard decent things about the Hitachi. Not positive if I have that exact model but it is a good saw.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#5 posted 03-19-2015 07:59 PM

Thanks for the replies. I don’t believe I need the slide function because I always have the table saw and radial arm for cross cutting wide boards and I do all my work from my shop.

I definitely like the swivel function on the DeWalt. The one on the Hitachi is kind of cheap feeling and the back fence is not as stable as the DeWalt. It was temping to look at though because it is currently on sale for $199 vs. the $329 for the DW.

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#6 posted 03-19-2015 08:25 PM

I’ve owned my DW716 for 6 years, and couldn’t be more happy. It really turns out beautiful smooth cuts, Mine came with the free laser which when installed is dead on accurate, although I seldom turn it on. Lowe’s sells a duel pack of replacement blades with different teeth per inch. I also use a shop made ZCI often when cutting thin or narrow strips. It’s simply put a GREAT purchase that you’ll use almost daily.

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#7 posted 03-19-2015 10:17 PM

Guess you’ve figured out you can’t go wrong with DeWalt ;-)

Fine Woodworking did a pretty decent review on sliding miter saws.

Actually the Ridgid came out fairly well. Might be worth it just to take a look at the Big Orange store.

I think one important factor is dust collection. Some miter saws just suck in this regard.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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