Hitachi C12RSH2 Review [Miter Saw Analysis]
In the course of woodworking, it will not be long before you come across a project that requires an angled, or miter, cut. This is one of the most common types of cuts used in woodworking and has even spawned a number of different types of specialized circular saws to accomplish it. The miter saw, and its numerous permutations, is just the tool necessary for making these cuts. As this Hitachi C12RSH2 Review will show, there is one that is likely the best all-around value.
Hitachi C12RSH2 Review:
If you are a serious woodworker looking for a quality saw, this one may satisfy your needs. The Hitachi C12RSH2 may be just what you are looking for since it provides the same great features as the less versatile Hitachi C10FCH2, plus many more. That said, you should definitely be aware that this saw is also more than twice as expensive as the Hitachi C10FCH2 (more about this later), so make sure you need the features before putting up the extra investment.
With just a quick look at the specs, it should be plain to see by any experienced power tool user that the Hitachi C12RSH2 is an impressive miter saw. For one, it comes with an incredibly powerful 15-amp motor. This allows the Hitachi C12RSH2 to cut through virtually any kind of wood without bogging down, scarring the wood, or burning the wood. Even the densest woods from Brazil should not be too much trouble for the Hitachi C12RSH2. This principle is only further cemented by a blistering 4000 rpms under no load.
Of course, if power were all that mattered, you may as well just get a table saw. No, the main qualities of the Hitachi C12RSH2 that matter are the miter capabilities. The fact that this miter saw also makes dual bevel cuts is just gravy. From the miter perspective, the Hitachi C12RSH2 gives you a solid range of 0 to 52-degrees--just a little extra to account for the cut’s kerf. From a bevel perspective, the Hitachi C12RSH2 provides the expected 0 to 45-degree range which is pretty much the standard, though not special.
Beyond the fundamentals, the Hitachi C12RSH2 also comes with a few bells and whistles that can make your project a bit easier. For instance, this miter saw comes with a laser sight, so you know that the cut is where it should be beforehand. The Hitachi C12RSH2 also has a spindle lock to prevent injury while changing the blade as well as an electric brake to prevent injury during its use.
Easily one of the biggest issues that the Hitachi C12RSH2 has involves it bevel cuts. To be clear, this miter saw actually has no issue when making the bevel cut itself. It will cleanly cut through the wood without burning or scarring it. The issue comes with the depth of the bevel cut. Specifically, when you make a bevel cut with this miter saw, if you are not careful, you may very well cut into the plastic guides on the body. This is because at the beveled angle, the blade does not perfectly line up with the guides and instead cuts them.
Another Option - Hitachi C10FCH2:
Still, if you are not looking to put down over $300 for a miter saw, Hitachi actually has a number of other products that might be more to your liking. For instance, the Hitachi C10FCH2 is a fairly capable miter saw that is less than half the price of the Hitachi C12RSH2. Granted, it does come with far fewer features than the Hitachi C12RSH2 and is far less versatile--especially for crosscuts--but if you are looking for a cheap, yet still good, compound miter saw, the Hitachi C10FCH2 is definitely worth a look.One thing to keep in mind is that though the Hitachi C10FCH2 may not have all of the bells and whistles of the Hitachi C12RSH2, its base specs are still fairly impressive. For instance, the Hitachi C10FCH2 comes with a 15-amp motor which is more power than you are liable to need unless you're cutting extremely dense wood. Also, while the sliding function may not be part of the Hitachi C10FCH2, it still provides an impressive range of degrees for both miter and bevel cuts.
Using a Miter Saw:
Even though this article is ostensibly designed to present a Hitachi C12RSH2 Review, we would not be doing our due diligence if we did not at least provide some cautionary warnings about how to use a miter saw. For instance, it is vital that you make sure to securely clamp down any workpiece you may be cutting. This is especially important for a miter saw as the various angled cuts can respond differently than a straight cut should you hit a whorl or other obstruction.
For sliding crosscuts and plunge cuts, you should not have to do too much more to ensure the cut is safe--assuming you have already removed any loose fabric, like long sleeves, from your arms and have placed your guide hand away from the blade. For the miter and bevel cuts, you will simply need to release the securing mechanism for whichever type of cut you are trying to make. Then set the miter gauge or the bevel gauge to the desired angle and lock the securing mechanism back in place--while also following the same rules you would for a sliding crosscut or a plunge cut.
Consumer vs Commercial vs Professional-Grade:
When it comes to power tools, one of the more important things to note is that different brands are generally geared towards different types of users. For instance, there are consumer grade power tools, commercial grade power tools, professional-grade power tools, and industrial grade power tools in ascending order. Granted, the tools at the higher end of the grades will likely serve the target market of lower grades well, but they might also require more money than the situation calls for.
For instance, a professional grade table saw is a circular saw designed for a professional construction worker. This person would love how an industrial grade table saw works but would balk at the cost. Thankfully, the Hitachi C12RSH2 is an excellent miter saw that is still a bit more reasonably priced than many of the other miter saws that provide the same suite of features. Though it should be noted that this makes it more suited for frequent woodworkers than weekend warriors.
Hitachi is definitely a bit unique in terms of its market presence when compared to most of the other power tool brands within the same general grades. It should be noted that Hitachi is more of a commercial grade power tool brand, though they offer products for both the consumer grade markets as well as the professional grade. It really depends on what kind of tool you are looking for.
Though, to be honest, that is not necessarily entirely accurate as well. More than the kind of tool, the way that the tool is powered will often inform you of the market Hitachi is targeting. This is because while Hitachi does offer plenty of tools which can be plugged into an outlet, their best tools are, more often than not, their cordless models. In fact, Hitachi has likely captured the cordless drill market--in terms of all-around value if not market share.
Still, one of the best things about Hitachi is the fact that its tools are generally less expensive than their competitors except for the dedicated consumer grade brands. This provides the consumer with commercial to professional grade power tools that are generally priced one grade lower. Still, make sure to do your research first as there can be a larger gap in terms of quality than you might imagine between the different grades of Hitachi power tools.
As this Hitachi C12RSH2 Review has shown, high-end performance can be had at a fraction of the cost that you would generally expect to find it. Though the Hitachi C12RSH2 is by no means a perfect product, it does offer some top-tier features that accompany products costing hundreds of dollars more than Hitachi’s competitors.
That said, if you are an experienced and skilled woodworker, then the Hitachi C12RSH2 might just be a diamond in the rough. While the bevel cut may require a bit of skill and finesse, the other types of cuts will be effortless with the powerful motor and additional features designed for ease and convenience.