The Hitachi 10-Inch 15-Amp Bevel Compound Miter Saw has a lightweight design and includes miter detents at common cuts for woodworking.
This saw weighs 26 pounds, making it one of the lighter and more portable options. It is priced for home project and hobby enthusiasts, but could also serve as a light backup saw for professionals. A padded, durable horizontal grip helps make the miter saw more stable, helping to offset pressure while sawing. The miter scale extends from 0 to 52 degrees both to the right and the left. It includes miter stops at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6 and 50, some of the most common cuts in woodworking.
The bevel skill angles ranges to 45 degrees to the left, with bevel stops included to help make precise cuts. Note that this is not a dual-bevel cut saw. Its light weight may make it easier to move around a workroom or project sites. The included handle gives it a more portable design as well. It has a compact size of 15 x 13 inches.
The onboard dust collector should help to keep your worksite cleaner. The saw comes with a manufacturer's five-year tool warranty, which is a solid warranty period. It has a pivoting fence for increased accuracy and stability. The soft-start motor should help improve accuracy, safety and stability. The electric break should also help operate the saw safely and increase precision. The extended fence raises to four inches for vertical cutting.
As with any miter saw, it is recommended to calibrate your angles on a scrap piece of wood prior to cutting. Any miter saw may not offer instant accuracy out of the box. Also, if you consistently work with wide boards, you may need a larger saw or a more powerful one. The Hitachi has a five-inch cutting capacity. It may be more ideal for narrower cuts like trim or crown molding rather than wider cuts like wide decking. The bevel adjustment requires a metric wrench, which could be inconvenient for some. While Hitachi does make a miter saw with an onboard guiding laser, this model does not come equipped with one. This saw also does not have a cordless option, which limits its portability.
The Hitachi 10-inch miter saw can be a good value for frequent but not heavy use. It should perform well for home improvement hobbyists and non-professionals.