Hitachi C10FSHC Review – 10″ Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw

If you want to achieve that professional finish for your work using a compound miter saw, the Hitachi C10FSHC saw might be a good choice.

The saw is equipped with some well-thought features which offer you a great bargain. It is a great choice if you want to upgrade or get a new sliding compound miter saw with dual bevel altogether.

Read on to see our Hitachi C10FSHC review and why we think you should consider it:


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Hitachi C10fshc Review for 2020

Quick Summary

What are these features that make the Hitachi 10 inch sliding compound miter saw worth the price?

  • Compact and lightweight design (makes it very portable)
  • The zero rear clearance slide system (enables the miter saw to sit flush on a benchtop or against the wall as it reduces its footprint by a foot, and this does not compromise its range of movement.)
  • The Hitachi’s up-front controls (With the controls located in the front, you don’t have to reach the back of your saw to make bevel angle adjustments. It enables easy and quick bevel adjustments.)
  • The LED light plus adjustable too-less laser maker (for better visibility and accurate cuts)
  • 15 Amp motor (enables the Hitachi10 miter saw to handle even the toughest cutting jobs effortlessly)
  • 0-55° miter angel to the left and 0-60° to the right and it stops at 15°, 22.5°, 31.62°, and, 45° (allows ultra-flexibility)
  • 0-48° (right and left) bevel angle range and stops at 33.9° and 45° (it enables you to easily and quickly flip your miter saw blade without moving the material)
  • Up front miter dente override (to give you faster transitions between the miter angles)

Now let’s delve into the full Hitachi C10FSHC review. We have expounded more on the features above and added more to make a complete review.

The Hitachi’s Motor (15 Amp, direct drive motor, soft-start)

The 10 Inch Hitachi cordless miter saw has a powerful motor. Its blade moves at an incredible speed of 3,200 rotations per minute thanks to its 15 AMP powerful motor.

One of the challenges of a miter saw is a rough start. However, with Hitachi C10FSHC you will have a very different experience.

The saw has a soft-start

As a result, you can have a smooth cut, which is crucial while working on timber while aiming at a professional finish.

Electric brakes

At times, you might want to stop the saw fast, and this is where the brand shines since it has an electric brake.

The brakes bring the blades to a stop almost instantly.

Although the saw might be slower than other models in the market, its features are more than enough to give you that precise cut.

You cannot talk about the Hitachi C10FSHC review and fail to focus on it's compact sliding system.

Hitachi C10FSHC Compact Sliding ​System

To enable the arm to move effortlessly, the manufacturers of Hitachi C10FSHC have placed an ingenious system.

The sliding arm moves on rails that are fitted with linear motion bearings.

The result of this mechanism? An effortless movement that allows you to push your saw up against the wall and save on storage space.

Hitachi C10FSHC Saw Cutting Capabilities

The Hitachi 10 sliding compound miter saw comes with an aluminum fence which is not only sufficiently tall, but is also removable.

At times, you have to cut those tricky angles and doing so with other saws might present you with a challenge.

However, the saw is capable of making 0 to 60 degree cuts to the right. To the left, it is capable of making 0 to 55 degree cuts.

To make precise cuts is important, but what is more crucial is reaching these angles as fast as possible. To ensure this happens, the Hitachi sliding compound miter saw has a stop override system.

The stops occur at 15 degrees, 22.5 degrees, 31.62 degrees and 45 degrees. On the other side, the bevel angle runs from 0 to 48 degrees both to to the left and right.

The miter saw can cut as deep as 3½ inches in its horizontal cut. When it comes to the width horizontal cuts, you can manage 12 ¾ inches at 90 degrees.

At 9 inches you can manage to make cuts at 45 degrees. Its vertical cut height at ¾ inches is 4-1/4 inches through-cut, 4-1/4 inches shave cut at 45 degrees miter.

LED and Hitachi Miter Saw Laser Guide

Precision is everything when working with wood.

The Hitachi compound sliding miter saw manufacturers had this in mind and that is why they have equipped the machine with two lights.

The first light is the laser marker and the second is the working light. The best thing is that you can adjust both of them.

What’s more, the process of adjusting the light is easy as there are control dials on the saw blade cover.

You can move the laser marker to your right or your left until you position it where you want it to be. The dials cannot be destroyed by rain or water since they are covered by rubber boot which is water proof.

However, the laser adjustment dials are weirdly placed under the plastic blade guard which may lead to you not using the laser at all.

This is because; you have to remove the blade guard in order to lower the blade and align the laser to it.

But this is okay because the LED light has several bulbs and shines quite brightly.

Hitachi Miter Saw Dust Collection

Another great concern while working with a miter saw is the wood dust or saw dust. The Hitachi C10FSHC solves this problem by having a dust bag which is attached at the rear of the saw.

The bag does an excellent job in collecting the debris as well as the dust.

This means that you will not have a lot of cleaning to do after you are done with the cutting. This bag is advantageous as it carries out a reasonable job in collection of dust and debris.

The dust port is also compatible with a normal vacuum cleaner which will give better results in collecting the dust.

Ergonomically-Placed Controls

It is a very frustrating to try to adjust the bevel only to realize that you cannot reach the controls since they are placed in inaccessible areas.

However, the Hitachi 10 compound miter saw has very easy to reach controls. They are aptly situated in the front thus sparing you the hustle of reaching around the saw to adjust the bevel.

At times, you might want to change the angle of the saw. The miter detent override allows you to do so without much fuss.

Overall Performance 

The Hitachi C10FSHC does a commendable overall job. With the saw you can comfortably cut oak trims, a PVC exterior, trim a 2 by 4 stock as well as a number of moldings.

Weight is also another factor which you should consider when choosing your tools of trade. The 10 hitachi miter saw is very compact and weighs only 45.6 pounds which makes it quite potable

Everyone wants value for their money. The miter saw gives you exactly that since its motors are long lasting. Their longevity is extended by the soft start feature because it reduces stress and toque on the shaft and motor.

The Price and Affordability

Considering all the features that the Hitachi C10FSHC packs, then it is safe to say that it is fairly priced.

However, the fair price is in no way an indicator of its poor performance. Quite to the contrary, the saw offers high and quality performance in addition to its excellent features.


  • Up-front bevel controls
  • Has a forward-facing rail system
  • It produces perfect squared cuts.
  • Has minimal deflection.
  • It is perfect to give those nice finishes that do not have any edges.
  • It is easily portable since it is lightweight and also compact.
  • Cons

    • The dust collection efficiency could be better

    Hitachi C10FSHC vs Hitachi C12RSH2 


    • Hitachi C10FSHC is lighter since it weighs 45.6 while the Hitachi C12RSH2 weighs 59 pounds. This weight difference makes the C10FSHC more portable.
    • Hitachi C10FSHC produces better results compared to Hitachi C12RSH2.
    • Although the price tag of the C10FSHC might be higher than that of the C12RSH2, its features compensates for the price difference and makes it a better choice.


    • Hitachi C10FSHC has substandard dust collection while the Hitachi C12RSH2 has poor dust collection performance.

    Hitachi C10FSHC Target Users

    Due to its enhanced features, the Hitachi C10FSHC saw appeals to a wider demographic or target audience. 

    It does not matter whether you are a male or a female, beginner or an expert; this saw is very easy to use.

    Hitachi C10fshc review Summary


    The Hitachi C10FSHC has great reviews as many customers who have purchased the product attest to its suitability.

    The price is excellent considering all its features plus it gives perfect cuts on different materials including oak and various block sizes.

    However, to avoid saw related accidents, please learn how to use your saw correctly and put on the necessary protective gear. 

    Wrapping Up

    The Hitachi C10FSHC is without a doubt one of the best miter saws in the market.

    It combines versatility with great features. It is also compact. This is a rare combination. What makes the saw even more endearing is its favorable price.

    We hope that our Hitachi C10FSHC review was helpful.

    Do let us know your experience with a Hitachi C10FHC and if you'd recommend it.

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