Hitachi C12LSH 12" Sliding Compound Mitersaw

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* Compact slide system allows the saw head to slide along fixed rails, eliminating the need for rear clearance.
* Top-mounted, digital, LCD scale swivels to provide miter and bevel readings from any angle.
* Laser marker system.
* 15 Amp motor with 1,850 Watts of max output power.
* Micro-miter and micro-bevel adjustment knobs.
* Pivoting fence raises fence height to 4-11/16" to cut crown molding vertically.
* 0-57 degree miter angle to the right and 0-46 degree miter angle to the left.
* 0-45 degree angle range to the right and left.
* Carbon brush access, allows the user to replace the brush as needed.
* Vertical handle.

* Amps: 15
* No-Load Speed: 3,800 RPM
* Blade Diameter: 12"
* Miter Cutting Range: 0-46 Degree L; 0-57 Degree R
* Bevel Cutting Range: Left & Right 0-45 Degree
* Digital Display
* Laser Marker
* Saw Blade Drive System: Poly V Belt & Gear
* Tool Dimension WxDxH: 23-7/16"x36-5/8"x27-15/16"
* Tool Weight: 66.1 lbs
* Cutting Capacities (HxW):
90 Degree Cross Cut: 4-3/16"x12-1/4" or 4-11/16"x10-3/16"
45 Degree Miter (L/R): 4-3/16"x8-5/8" or 4-11/16" x7-1/16"
45 Degree Bevel (L): 2-3/4"x12-1/4" or 2-15/16" x10-3/16"

WOOD magazine review

Microadjustable, digital accuracy

Review Summary

A 12" sliding mitersaw takes up almost as much space as a contractor-style tablesaw, and fits up against a wall about as well. But Hitachi’s C12LSH gives a full 12"-plus of crosscut capacity, yet requires only 25" of bench depth. (Including the miter-locking handle, its total depth measures just over 36".) The secret to its compact footprint? The head (motor and blade) on most sliding mitersaws is fixed to a pair of rails that slide in the saw’s base.
On the C12LSH, the head slides on fixed rails, similar to the way the head slides on a radial-arm saw. (You can lock the head on the rails and have the rails slide in the base like a typical saw, but we found no advantage in that.) The dual-bevel C12LSH has a base-mounted laser (no need to turn on the saw to see the line) that adjusts to the left or right side of the blade in seconds without tools. The line proved accurate, but we didn’t haul it to a jobsite to see how well it held after being banged around. The C12LSH also sports two features unique to Hitachi mitersaws: microadjustments for both the miter and bevel angle, and a digital LCD display on a flexible gooseneck that shows both angle settings, accurate to 0.5°. We made a number of miter and bevel cuts at random angles, noting the reading on the display, and then compared that reading to the measurement on a protractor. The cuts were dead-on every time. Next, we made several inside and outside compound cuts in 5" crown molding while trimming out a room and crowning a cabinet. The fit on all joints proved tight.

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