Learning to use Miter Saw

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Blog entry by Robert12 posted 05-30-2017 12:55 AM 1209 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyon!
I’m a new woodworker and yesterday I ordered a new Hitachi C10FCE2 from Amazon after reading this miter saw comparison, what do you think? Was it a good choice?

I’m planning to perfect working with miter saw and will share my journey and projects!

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#1 posted 05-30-2017 05:39 AM

I’m sure it will work. Hitachi Miter Saws are pretty decent. I have a 12”, Dual Compound Slider that I use as my main Miter Saw at my Home Shop, it’s the C12RSH. I have actually used the one you have. We have 2 of them set up at the Woodshop Business.

The only few problems I have encountered with them, is that you need to check squareness from time to time and it doesn’t throw the sawdust up into the bag very well. If you hooked up Dust collection system rather than the bag it would probably work better. The version of yours that I have used has the laser marker, but I rarely rely on that and always measure and mark my pieces myself.

-- Better to be Pissed Off than Pissed On.

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#2 posted 05-30-2017 07:09 AM

While you are waiting for the saw to arrive you may benefit from doing some work on your home page
Its not mandatory or anything like that,... but will return dividends if other LJs know where you are and what workshop you have, so they can make an informed decision on your purchases.

I know for a fact if I posted a equipment purchase and asked for suitability in my “workshop” I would get some informed replies.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 05-30-2017 07:15 PM

I’ve had one of those for a few years now and have found it plenty powerful and reliable. Mine was square out of the box and hasn’t gone out, but I still check it regularly. DrDeath is right about the dust bag though. There’s a fin cast into the dust port that’s probably there to block larger wood fragments but ends up just causing clogs. I would recommend upgrading the blade though. The 24T that comes with it is way too rough for precision cuts. Even a cheap 60T makes a world of difference.

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#4 posted 05-30-2017 09:27 PM

Hey Robert, Welcome to lumberjocks. I bought the first Makita 12” compound miter saw back in ‘97. It was a mistake. I didn’t have the resources we have today to read various reviews. You did the right thing by doing your research before shelling out hard earned dollars.

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#5 posted 05-31-2017 12:00 PM

I have that saw and it’s great. I will say that in order to get clean cuts, you’ll need to remove the green plastic throat plate and make a zero-clearance insert. The green one doesn’t sit flush with the table and has too wide a kerf clearance. You’ll also want a good finish blade on it. I think you made a good decision that you’ll be happy with!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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