Hitachi C12RSH2 Miter Saw

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Forum topic by bsward423 posted 11-27-2017 05:43 PM 657 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2017 05:43 PM

Does anyone know why this saw is so cheap? I’ve talked to a few great trim carpenters and a lot of them say that the Hitachi saws are some of the most accurate you can buy, especially this one because of the inline handle. I’ve had other saws with the handle offset that can sometimes torque as you pull down on it which throws off your cut accuracy.

This is a 12” bevel sliding compound miter saw. I just can’t understand why it’s only $300 on Amazon or at Lowe’s unless the quality of these products have just sank. Similar saws go for $200 more by Dewalt and other manufacturers. Just looking for some input. Thanks!

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#1 posted 11-27-2017 08:13 PM

The Hitachi C12RSH2 is the newer version of the old Hitachi C12RSH. Apparently, a few bells and whistles were eliminated to keep costs down on the revamped version. Depth stops and a micro-bevel adjuster to name two.

Both saws, from what I’ve read, are highly thought of. I came close to pulling the trigger on a refurb from CPO a few months ago but discovered that they had a great deal on a brand new DeWalt DWS780 with a stand, so I opted for that instead. Had I stuck with the Hitachi I’d have gone with the refurb older version rather than the new for the micro-bevel adjustment option.

Check CPO or eBay~ for the older version. They’re no longer made but can be had if you look around.

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#2 posted 11-27-2017 09:05 PM

Hitachi is something of a budget brand, great bang for the buck though. I have a Hitachi 12” C12FDH and a Hitachi 5” VS grinder, I really like both. I bought my miter saw from CPO and it was a bad experience, kept getting smashed in shipping due to inadequate packaging. Their phone service was fantastic but their shipping dept is inept, doubtful I would ever buy from them again. In the end I was given a choice to accept the broken saw or return it for a refund because after 3 tries they couldn’t get it right. I kept the damaged saw because it was minor damage and the sale price was really good.

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#3 posted 11-28-2017 06:36 PM

Hmm. I’m not sure what I’ll do. I do feel like that saw would be super accurate just due to it’s design with the inline handle. I really like that feature. I know that most people like the DeWalt 780, so that’s another option, albeit more expensive.

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