A compound miter saw is one which has a motor that bevels in two planes; that is, the motor pivots from left to right along a swing arm in the horizontal axis as well as tilts left to right in the vertical axis. The Hitachi C10FS series is a sliding compound miter model, which means you can pull the blade through the workpiece as well. It is an outstanding choice for cabinet makers, trim carpenters, and anyone else who does intricate woodwork cutting.
In addition to the electric brake that reverses the motor’s current flow upon release of the trigger, it has an adjustable soft start. The soft start is good for keeping your workpiece from jumping when you first press the trigger, which made for cleaner cuts in our tests.
The Hitachi miters up to 57 degrees and bevels left to right 45 degrees. It has a robust 12 amp motor and weighs in at a moderate 43 pounds. The included 40-tooth blade gives fairly good cuts. You might want to consider getting a higher tooth blade for small delicate work. Make sure you buy a blade that was designed for sliding miter saws, though.
Our overall impression is this is a top quality machine that seems to be well thought out. The more I use Hitachi power tools the more I am impressed with them. It has a nice smooth feel from the start up to the end of the cut. The sliding action was a bit stiff right out of the box but after a few slides it was moving freely. Hitachi Power Tools built its reputation for quality in the 1980s U.S.A. largely on the success of its sliding compound miter saws and the C10FSB 10″ Dual Bevel Slide Compound Miter Saw carries on the tradition well.
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