The only Hitachi C10FCE2 Review you need to read
This entry level miter saw without laser from Hitachi comes in at a sub $200 price, and has been a topseller for a number of years now.
If you do have the time to learn more about this tool, here is my…
Hitachi C10FCE2 10 inch 15 Amp Miter Saw Review
Before we look at exactly what the C10FCE2 offers, it might be a good idea to talk about the manufacturer. Hitachi Power tools is a division of Hitachi, a multinational conglomerate with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
The manufacturer pride themselves on innovation, technology and best in class warranties. With a background of more than 50 years of creating power tools for professionals, Hitachi is a well-known brand popular with many weekend DIYers as well as those running woodworking shops.
This brand led the way with the first sliding miter saw. Another of their innovations was the cordless impact wrench. A company with a rich pedigree in creating power tools that are both innovative and reliable.
Enough about the brand though.
The C10FCE2 is a 10 inch compound miter saw. What does this mean? The 10 inches refer to the size of the bladeon the miter saw, while a compound miter saw is able to cut both miter and bevel angles at the same time.
A miter saw with 10in blade, like this Hitachi, spins faster than the larger miter saws. Mostly because the blade is larger, and it takes more power to make larger blade spin as fast as a smaller one. A faster spinning blade means a smoother cut, but also less capacity.
Deciding on whether you want a 10inch or 12 inch miter saw comes down to what you plan to do with it. If you are not sure which size to go for, see this post on choosing beween a 10 and 12 inch miter saw.
The 15 amp motor is powerful enough to deliver 5000 RPMs, meaning you won’t have any trouble with miter, bevel and cross cuts.
This saw weighs in at 26.3 lbs, making it one of the lightest 10 inch miter saws on the market today. This Hitachi is great if you regularly have to move your saw.
I really like the clamping system integrated into the bottom of the tool. It makes it very easy to mount this miter saw to your work table, which will make your cuts so much more accurate.
Another feature that will be appreciated by veteran miter saw users, is the handy clamps to keep your work pieces in place. I have wasted plenty of lumber because of work pieces moving or shifting at the last moment. Not something that will happen with the handy clamps on this bad boy.
While many professional woodworkers wouldn’t like the tungsten carbide 10 inch blade (24 tooth), I think it is a very solid option for those looking for a miter saw under $200. The blade will work well for most framers, trim carpenters and home woodworkers. If you do plan on cutting hardwoods, I would suggest a higher tooth count blade (I really like this 72 teeth tungsten carbide blade from Hitachi). Take note that changing blades can be tricky on this model, and you will need to use both hand and be as flexible as a Russian contortionist.
Keep in mind that if you regularly cut crown, you will need to get the crown stops. I have heard some users mention that they found it difficult to come across the accessories, but these days you can find almost anything on the internet if you have the patience. Failing that, you can also contact Hitachi directly and they will sort you out.
What comes in the box
When you buy this tool, you get the following:
- Hitachi C10FCE2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw
- 10 inch 24T TCT Blade
- Dust Bag
- Pivoting Flip Fence
- Vice Assembly
- 10mm Box Wrench
- Material Support Extension
With the included accessories, the weekend woodworker (and some of those who are more serious) can get up and running in no time.
What can I cut with this Hitachi?
- Hard board
- Soft fiberboard
- Aluminium sashes
- Decorative panels
Hitachi C10FCE2 vs C10FCH2: Which is the right miter saw for you?
|Miter Saw||Hitachi C10FCE2||Hitachi C10FCH2|
|Motor||15 amp||15 amp|
|Blade Size||10 inch||10 inch|
|Bevel Angle||0-45 degree||0-45 Degree Left|
|Miter Angle||0-52 degree (L & R)||0-52 degree (L & R)|
|Weight||26.3 lbs||26.5 lbs|
Both of these miter saws are 10inch models and come with a fairly standard 15 amp motor meaning that when it comes to power, these two saws are very similar. The C10FCE2 and C10FCH2 can both handle a bevel angle of 0-45 degrees to the left, and a miter angle of up to 52 degrees both to the left and the right.
Where the C10FCH2 shines is with the laser alignment. The laser makes it super easy to accurately lign up your cuts (remember to always line up on the waste side). It is important to note that there are many experienced woodworkers who believe a laser is not necessary, and prefer to align the blade without it. It comes down to personal preference.
Another feature that might be important to you, is the dust collection. While the C10FCE2 does a decent job, considering the price, the C10FCH2 does a good deal better when it comes to collecting all the saw dust.
The C10FCH2 also just looks like a better put together tool.
The laser alignment aid, and the improved dust collection, means the C10FCH2 comes in at a higher price point. To be honest, the difference between these two are less than the price of a decent steak dinner with all the trimmings.
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Anything not to like?
While for some the laser alignment will be a deal breaker, there are just as many woodworkers who prefer not to use the laser. If you really need a laser, I would recommend you get a unit like the Oshlun LG-MO1 Laser Guide to fit to this saw (it costs less than a bargain bin t-shirt at Walmart).
The biggest complain I have with this unit, is the dust collection. To be fair, unless you go for a really high end miter saw, dust collection sucks with most miter saws. Unfortunately the C10FHC2 performs worse than most other units, but considering the price, you can’t expect it to compete with higher end models like the Kapex from Festool or the DWS780 from Dewalt.
Other than that, the only other complaint I have heard about this saw, has been the odd motor burn-out. In two of these cases this was caused by not using the correct extension cord. It is very important, with any miter saw, to make use of a properly rated extension cord.
One other thing I will mention is that the instructions for assembly is a little vague, and if you are not familiar with miter saws, you might take a bit longer to get up and running.
What are the best features
- Affordable price
- Convenient angle stops for easy alignment
- Very comfortable handle that reduces vibration (trust me, you will like this feature!)
- Enough power to handle 4x posts
- Excellent 5 year warranty
- Great list of accessories included considering the price
This saw has a lot going for it, not the least of which is the pricing. If you consider the price you pay, you really get a lot of bang for your buck. Thousands of DIYers own this saw, and the vast majority of them have given it good reviews. As for those less than happy reviewers, I found that many of them complained about features that even more expensive miter saws don’t have.
So, is the C10FCE2 worth your hard-earned money?
Let’s be honest, at this price you are not going to get the most accurate miter saw on the market. You are getting a workhorse that is a solid starter option for those new to miter saws. The motor is powerful, and will eat up a 2×6 in one go. I also like the 5 year warranty which is one of the main reasons Hitachi power tools are so popular.
I would venture that most woodworkers won’t have any issues to trim out an entire house with this tool. From base moulding, panel mouldings, door\window casings and chair rails, this saw will be able to handle it. If you do need to cut crown, you should probably double your budget and have a look at something like the Dewalt DW715.
In fact, I would say this is one of the best starter miter saws on the market.
If you have owned a few miter saws in the past and are looking for something a little better, I would recommend you check out my top picks here.