Hitachi C12FDH Compound-Miter Saw
Quiet and powerful
Weight: 46 lb.
Warranty: 5 years
Crosscut at 90°: 8 in.
Crosscut at 45°: 5-5/8 in.
Nested crown: 6-15/16 in.
Quiet and powerful, the Hitachi is my second-favorite saw. It arrived with the fence, blade, and table perfectly straight and square right out of the box. Bevel settings are easy to adjust, and I was able to tweak miter angles to within one-tenth of a degree. This saw doesn’t come with extension wings, but the table is 4-1/2 in. tall, so a stack of three pieces of 2x material can act as a support.
The Hitachi is big and heavy, and it’s the only saw with the bevel scale on the side of the saw arm instead of the front, which makes the scale difficult to see. The dust collection was marginal with just the dust bag, but it improved when a vacuum was attached.
This is my second-favorite saw and a great choice for a shop.