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BlackRibbonDesigns

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04-12-2018 02:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw question beginner

My wife and I just bought our first home and I’m very excited to set up my own work space in the garage. I decided to set up the Hitachi C10FCG miter saw that I ordered first. I noticed as I unboxed it that the kerf plate had a pretty decent ding in it.

I quickly realized that the blade actually goes low enough to contact the kerf plate.

Is this something I can adjust or fix?

Thanks.

-Caleb


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#1 posted 04-12-2018 02:33 AM

That’s odd. Is that a brand new saw? Does the blade touch any other part of the undercarraige?

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#2 posted 04-12-2018 02:52 AM

Yep. Brand new out of the box. I don’t see any other points of contact.

-Caleb

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#3 posted 04-12-2018 04:39 AM

I hope this doesn’t sound as stupid as I think it will. Is the blade the right size ? Have a friend that got a new skill saw out of the box and it had a smaller blade packed with it than it used.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#4 posted 04-12-2018 05:20 AM

Did that blade come with the saw?
The tooth looks like a table saw rip blade.

-- Aj

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#5 posted 04-12-2018 05:39 AM

It will be adjustable. I can’t tell you exactly where to adjust it on a Hitachi since mine’s a Makita. Look for a threaded bolt that contacts a milled plate.

Poke around and I’m sure you’ll find it.

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#6 posted 04-12-2018 12:55 PM

Should be height adjustment.

Get rid of that blade ASAP!!

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#7 posted 04-12-2018 12:59 PM

If that blemish was in it and the blade mounted when you unboxed it I’d contact the seller. It wasn’t a refurb was it? I’d think that saw comes with something finer like a 60 tooth blade.

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#8 posted 04-12-2018 05:11 PM

I d think that saw comes with something finer like a 60 tooth blade.

Strangely, that saw comes with a 10-24 in the box. But usually the slot in the throat plate has a narrower bit that goes all the way to the end. If the blade turns freely by hand (when unplugged), then I would just fire it up and cut down into the throat plate. Like making a zero clearance.

And then get a better blade. Even a cheap 10-60 makes a world of difference.

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#9 posted 04-12-2018 07:07 PM

I’ve got a Hitachi 12 in and the blade doesn’t come close to the end of the throat plate like yours is.

If that was a refurb it may have been accidentally been fitted with a throat blade for an 8-1/2”.

Easiest solution – take the throat plate out and replace with a zero clearance one; purchased or self made

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#10 posted 04-12-2018 09:13 PM

I would send it back. Go look for a new one some where else.

Did you buy it from Amazon?

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#11 posted 04-12-2018 10:12 PM

Can’t tell without seeing the entire picture but is the throat plate in backwards? In other words can it be rotated 180 deg?

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#12 posted 04-12-2018 10:36 PM

There isn’t anything wrong with it. Just adjust the stop so that it doesn’t go down as far.
The blade is fine, the “blemish” in the throat plate isn’t going to affect anything.

Start cutting wood.

If nobody tells you where the stop adjustment is by tomorrow, when I get to the shop in the morning I will look at mine and tell you.

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#13 posted 04-13-2018 01:32 AM

Thanks so much for all of your responses. What an amazing forum. I will be getting a new blade asap, per your suggestions.

I will also be digging in again tonight to try to find the adjustment. I actually bought this from ebay but it shipped directly from Lowe’s, complete with packing slip and receipt.


There isn t anything wrong with it. Just adjust the stop so that it doesn t go down as far.
The blade is fine, the “blemish” in the throat plate isn t going to affect anything.

Start cutting wood.

If nobody tells you where the stop adjustment is by tomorrow, when I get to the shop in the morning I will look at mine and tell you.

- Jbay

Thanks for your offer. I hope to figure it out tonight but inn case I don’t, I’ll happily take you up on that.

I d think that saw comes with something finer like a 60 tooth blade.

If the blade turns freely by hand (when unplugged), then I would just fire it up and cut down into the throat plate. Like making a zero clearance.

- theart

This isn’t unsafe? Forgive my ignorance but I just assumed the throat plate would be bad to hit with the blade. I’m dying to fire this thing up so I’d love to make that happen.

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#14 posted 04-13-2018 01:56 AM


If the blade turns freely by hand (when unplugged), then I would just fire it up and cut down into the throat plate. Like making a zero clearance.

- theart

This isn t unsafe? Forgive my ignorance but I just assumed the throat plate would be bad to hit with the blade. I m dying to fire this thing up so I d love to make that happen.

- BlackRibbonDesigns

Don’t do that. There doesn’t look to be much of the plate out front and it would suck if you hit that aluminum. Do it right and adjust the saw. It sounds like Jbay can get you fixed up if you can’t find the adjustment yourself.

-- Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to sound smarter the faster they come at you.

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#15 posted 04-13-2018 02:43 AM

So I loosened the plate and was able to scoot it forward a bit. While I haven’t fired the saw up yet the blade spins freely when pushed manually. I still haven’t located an adjustment point. Any reason not to try a test cut?

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