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Old 04-18-2006, 09:14 PM   #1
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Hitachi C12LSH 12" Sliding Miter Saw


Hitachi C12LSH 12" Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw with Digital Display & Laser Marker

Does anybody have/use this sliding miter saw? I'm thinking of getting one and I was hoping to get a review on it. What about the blade that comes with it? I do mostly trim work with the miter saw, am I going to need to upgrade the blade? Or is the one that comes with it an excellent quality blade. I will be upgrading from the C8FB 8 1/2" slider. Thanks.
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Old 04-18-2006, 10:08 PM   #2
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Re: Hitachi C12LSH 12" Sliding Miter Saw


I have only heard incredibly BAD things about that monstrosity from numerous people I trust. I would avoid it.

I have been hearing many good things about the Makita 12" slide. I have a Bosch 4412 and like the upfront controls, but you need a forklift to maneuver it.

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I'm still using my 15 yr. old Dewalt 12" non slide but am thinking of a larger unit. I'm leary of the laser guides. 1.)My supplier gave me an Irwin mountable laser guide for mine but it shot 3/16 off of cut. Didn't see the sense in figuring in the 3/16 difference when my eyes still allow me to hit the crows foot within a 64th. 2.) I just hate trusting a mechanical feature that can vibrate out possibly and cost more than it's worth. Are the manufacturer installed shooting on the mark? Do they stay in check? Is there a plus to it if you can site a crow's foot?
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Old 04-20-2006, 08:45 AM   #4
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I've got the new Dewalt slider and got the laser for free, it certainly is accurate once you set it up, but you have to adjust for kerf if you switch back and forth which side of the blade you are cutting on. But it has it's uses. When I was cutting hardwood flooring with it, all the cuts are on the same side of the blade so once it was set up you just - bam, bam, bam - along you go... very nice not to have to do the old lower the blade to the wood see where it hits... never realized how tedius and how much time that wastes until I had the laser on there.
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I also don't trust the lasers, the laser line is often too thick and can't be very precise with that. i replaced my dewalt 12" non slider with the 12" dual bevel slider, i really like the saw, one of the only dewalt tools i own,. i looked at that horrible hitachi contraption the other day and it looks too awkward to use. i do like the digital display though. makes the really precise angles easier to find.

i don't know anyone that has one though. glad to hear that it's not all that great.
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i do like the digital display though. makes the really precise angles easier to find.
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That's the problem...The digital readout is in tenths of a degree, but the fine adjustment gearing on the table is only capable of 1/2 degree clicks.

Totally terrible engineering....
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I also don't trust the lasers, the laser line is often too thick and can't be very precise with that.
The Dewalt one is very thin, like a hair width. I'm not convinced it's the greatest thing ever though, time will tell...
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The Hitachi C12LSh probably has the best Laser System supplied by ANY factory right now. Laser can be adjusted: allows cuts to Left of pencil line, to the Right of the line, or directly onto your pencil line. (laser not attached to the blade arbor) Also, when you are lowering the saw to cut, about 3/4 down, the laser temporarily disappears, letting you verify your cut! You see where the blade is going to cut in relation to your pencil line.
-old school style, but with a laser!!! It is a great sytem.
About the person wanting the decimal system to be in tenths of a degree - who cuts their miters to tenths of a degree? It is fabulous that Hitachi allows you to cut, plus or minus, another .5 of a degree, for tight fitting joints. Is there another saw that you can do this on, and be digitally accurate? -I don't think so. You have to otherwise poke and hope, .5 degree, on any other saw.
You can also get it to cut to 13 1/2" like the Ridgid MS1290LZ. (which by the way, according to Ridgids forum, tons of problems with these saws, check it out for yourself. Use their search engine to locate forum specifically)
Hitachi features Soft Start System, doesn't jump. Very Quiet. Rivals quietness with the new Makita Slider.
It is a great saw, I take mine and wouldn't look back. Anything else looks out of date.
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