July 5, 2016 by Scott - Saws on Skates
I can’t count the number of times I put the 10″ Hitachi miter saw in my Amazon shopping cart and then removed it. Add it to the cart and then delete. Over. And. Over. Well I added the Hitachi miter saw to my cart for the final time, because this time I clicked buy! Today, I’ll show you some setup tips and share my honest thoughts about the saw in my Hitachi miter saw review.
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I have a sliding miter saw in my workshop, but for years have wanted a good quality, compact, light weight miter saw that I could use for backyard DIY projects and to take on the road to help with DIY projects at friend’s houses.
I’ve been eyeing the 10″ Hitachi miter saw and it seemed like it would meet my needs. It appeared to be compact and light weight which should make it good for traveling. The question, was how well does it work? We’re going to find out today.
Hitachi Miter Saw Setup Tips
Before we use it and review it, I’ll give you some tips to set up the saw. I opened the box and the first thing I noticed was the saw was well packed.
I removed the saw from the box, laid out the components on my folding workbench and took an inventory of all the parts. Everything was there. Love it when that happens! There’s nothing worse than when you want to start using your new
toy tool, only to discover some nuts or bolts are missing.
Install the Holder
This is a little confusing… there are two parts called “holder”. One holder is bent and the other is flat. The bent holder is installed on the side to support the wood being cut. The flat holder is attached at the rear of the saw and the first one that gets installed.
Slide the holder into position, adjust the holder until it makes contact with the workbench and tighten the 6mm bolt with a 10mm wrench.
Install the Side Handle
Despite being at the front of the saw, the handle that adjusts the miter angle is called the side handle! To attach it, go to the front, right hand side of the saw remove the M10 bolt with a 17mm wrench.
Attach the handle by screwing it into position.
Install the Sub Fence
The manual illustration for this step is a little vague. The sub fence is placed on the left side of the saw.
Insert the M6 screw.
On the back side of the saw, place the plate on the screw.
Next screw the M6 nylon nut on the screw.
Tighten using 10mm wrench and Phillips screwdriver.
These are just my tips, please read and follow the manual that comes with your saw.
Hitachi Miter Saw Review
As I mentioned a little earlier, the saw was well packed and all of the parts were in the box. The setup was fairly easy despite the assembly instructions being a little vague. No worries about the setup procedures… now you can refer to my handy setup tips above!
Before I made some cuts, I checked the adjustments of the saw. The blade was square to the table and the blade was square to the fence right out of the box. No adjustments needed = woo hoo! We’re good to go… time to test some cuts!
First I tested a straight cut. It effortlessly sliced through a 2×4.
Next I tested a miter cut. It also handled this with ease and the 45 degree cut was spot on.
If I had any complaints it would be the saw blade. The saw comes standard with a 24 tooth blade. The factory issue blade will work great for chopping lumber for a deck, or cutting studs for walls, etc. Since I’m usually building furniture pieces or miter joints that require finer cuts, I prefer a blade with more teeth. So I think one of the first things I’ll do is upgrade the saw blade.
Transporting the saw is a snap thanks to this handy handle. Taking this saw on the road was one of my requirements, so I was glad to see this.
Here’s the breakdown of the pros and cons
Compact size and lightweight
No adjustments needed out of the box
Cuts were accurate
Handle for transporting
Assembly instructions are a little vague
Saw blade – this a personal preference, I like a blade with more teeth
The Hitachi miter saw is perfect for a first or starter miter saw. It’s also a great option as a second saw for backyard DIY projects or for traveling to a buddy’s house to help with a project. If I had to do it over, I would definitely buy the Hitachi miter saw again. In fact, I think you’re going to see a lot more of this saw in upcoming Saws on Skates projects! If you’re just starting to DIY and need a miter saw or you need a second miter saw, I would encourage you to check out the 10″ Hitachi miter saw.
Note: I purchased this saw myself and I did not receive any compensation for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.