The Hitachi Company has been providing users with high-quality miter saws for a while now, and their C12RSH 15 Amp 12-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser is no exception. With enough horsepower to easily handle crown molding, hardboard, plywood, aluminum and soft fiberboard, this saw is sure to impress even the most finicky craftsman.
This model is very similar to the C10FCE2 10-inch model expect this one is a lot more powerful and a little heavier. If you are looking for a more mobile and easier to handle then I would suggest checking out this model here. But if you are looking for a more powerful and sturdy model then you are in the right place.
One of the best features of the C12RSH is that it requires minimal rear clearance thanks to its compact sliding system. This enables the saw to be used on smaller workbenches and in more compact shops. Another great feature is the laser marker system that gives users a preview of where the blade will make contact with the piece. Users are able to make necessary adjustments before cutting to get the exact cuts they want.
The micro miter and bevel adjustments make it possible achieve precise angles quickly and with accuracy. With 0 to 57 degree right miter range and 0 to 46 degree left miter range, the C12RSH is very versatile. A left and right bevel range of 0 to 45 degrees allows users to simply flip the blade without having to move the material to help insure accuracy while increasing productivity.
In addition to the bevel and miter adjustments, this model is also equipped with a depth adjustment. The positive stops on the bevel and miter scale enable quick setting changes and are easy to read. Access to the carbon brushes allow the user to replace them when needed and greatly extend the life of the miter saw. The C12RSH also comes with Hitachi’s 5 year warranty which is one of the best in the industry. Additionally, the Elastomer covered handle helps to reduce fatigue during extended use while allowing superb control while cutting.
Despite how great the C12RSH is, it does have its drawbacks. One for example is the saws weight. At nearly 64 pounds, this is not the saw you want to have to lug around the jobsite often. The handle is another area of concern. The vertical position of the handle is not a natural position and can lead to increased fatigue in the operator. Another setback is the thickness of the fence. Much thinner than most other high quality brands, the C12RSH’s can actually be damaged by harder materials is you are not careful.
If you are looking for a high-quality saw for heavy duty cutting the Hitachi C12RSH 12-Inch Sliding Compound Miter saw is definitely a miter saw you need to check out. It is a very flexible saw and can meet different work demands and an ideal tool for the professional craftsman’s shop.
However, if you are needing a saw that is easily portable, then this may not be for you. The weight is not ideal for these types of applications and you really do not want to have to lug this heavy monster up stairs or ladders. It is a great miter saw however and is sure to make any project a snap.