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Forum topic by MinnesotaMarty posted 04-06-2015 04:44 PM 1395 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2015 04:44 PM

I am in need for a dedicated Miter saw for my home shop. I am getting tired of dragging home either the Makita or the DeWalt company owned PMS.
I realize that on this site some don’t like power miter saws but I do. I must not be as precise as those. I want a Power miter saw that would set up against the wall and would remain in my shop. I am on the Big Sky tool email list so I get specials from them on a regular basis. I have purchased reconditioned tools and am comfortable with them for the savings they present. So, today the email had the Hitachi C12RSH 12” Sliding Compound Miter saw. I had a Makita Sliding Compound Miter saw and I sold it about 7 or 8 years ago. The blade guard would not stay up when the saw was engaged and moving to the cut position. It worked fine with the guard taped up but I could not use that with my guys due to Workers Comp rules on tool safety. Since then I have just owned Compound Miter saws and have had good luck with many Makita, Dewalt and a 8 1/2” Hitachi-CSMS. So, when I see the price of $260 for the 12” CSMS Hitachi with the slide that can let you put it up against the wall I am thinking this might be the ticket for my home shop.
I am looking for input to see if others have had these and pro’s and con’s on how they work. This saw is going to set in one spot once I get it. I have got others that are moved from job to job. So, once it is set up its done it is going to stay there.
Yeah, I would love to have the new Bosch but this thing is half the price plus a 12” and I have 6 to 8 12” blades I could be using.

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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#1 posted 04-06-2015 05:17 PM

Looks like a great deal. I’ve been eyeing the same saw at Lowes for quite some time. The saw has pretty good reviews but I’d like to hear from others about buying recon tools. Shipping quote was an additional $85.

-- Gary

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#2 posted 04-06-2015 06:57 PM

I have this saw and I really like it. I upgraded to this saw from the C10FCE2 for the same reason as you, Marty – it had all the same features of the Bosch but for much much less. I’m lucky enough to have a Lowes that’s willing to honor the HF 20-25% off coupons so I got it for just a bit more than $260.

The stock blade is surprisingly good. I put on a Bosch higher tooth count blade but I was pretty disappointed. It cuts pretty clean but I get the Bosch blue rubbing off on the wood occasionally. I put the stock blade back on.

I only have 2 small issues with it:
1.) The throat plate on the base is adjustable/removable, but it’s a weird wavy design. I haven’t yet tried making a zero clearance insert because of this. For now I just stick a board of 1/2” plywood across the whole table which works fine.

2.) Could just be my saw, but there’s a very small amount of lateral slop, maybe 1/32” or slightly more. It’s my first SCMS so I’m not sure if this is just the nature of SCMS. But, I just need to remember to be consistent about how I make my cuts (more pressure towards left or right side each time). Sooner or later I’ll get around to figuring out how to fix it.

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#3 posted 04-07-2015 12:42 AM

I have this saw and I love it. It is accurate and heavy. I have had since Dec 2011

-- mrg

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