Hitachi C10FL – The Best Ever Hitachi Table Saws
The Hitachi C10FL used to be a popular table saw nearly a decade ago. It had the power, the efficiency and the general accuracy you would expect from a Hitachi table saw. At least, this was what was advertised on paper.
The C10FL is not an affordable saw. While production of this unit has been discontinued, it can still be had second-hand for around 500 bucks.
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Hitachi C10FL Table Saw Review
How about features:
Hitachi C10FL parts
- Has a professional look. One of the things that got the Hitachi C10FL going was its great professional look.
- 3 HP 15-Amp induction motor – Able to cut the most difficult material with smooth operation. The motor can effectively send a maximum of 3450 RPM to the blades.
- 27 x 40 inches table top with extension – This dimension is bigger than many modern table saws of the same price, and it even has an extension wing to make it even wider.
- Blade adjustment – The tilt and blade adjustment makes it possible to cut wood of multiple height and depth. Visibility is awkward, though.
- Custom fence – You can easily retrofit your own fence with this unit. It is not delivered with one, which is a bummer.
- Knee switch – You can power on or off the table saw with a knee jerk.
- Cast aluminum trunnions and benchtop with T-slots. Lack markings.
- Solidly built and heavy base limits operational vibrations.
What we love
The powerful 15-Amp motor is relatively silent and a smooth performer. It also has an exceptionally good dust collection system that left the workshop spank clean after every use. However, this does come with its own set of problems.
The wide working area of this Hitachi table saw is a big plus. It is open-space, and dimensionally not limited when making straight cuts.
What Hitachi need improve
Right after setting this table saw up, you will notice that the Hitachi C10FL has a movable base that is simply just a base. It moves, but it lacks the general smoothness of a movable table saw. It is jittery at best and any ridges on the floor will literally bend the rollers. That’s right. It happened to many people. Which is more than weird, since Hitachi advertised this product as a “stationary table saw”.
It weighs a ton, and it makes no sense to have a table saw of this size and weight to be movable.
This table is also a potential fire hazard. The dust collection compartment is inside the table saw, so you visually have no idea what it is collecting. Sawdust that enters it is hot from friction so the risk of a fire is ever so present with this table saw model.
Furthermore, the instructions that came with the Hitachi C10FL table saw was literally rocket science. You absolutely need sound knowledge about the operational parts of a table saw to get it going. Not the easiest thing in the world if you’re a beginner or use your table saw for simple cuts.
It was also fairly pricey, and nothing can justify the price of this table saw. Absolutely nothing!
We feel that the features of this table was “beef up” and didn’t reflect reality, at least, for its users. Many customers quickly found their way into a whirlpool of woes using this product. To think about it, how could Hitachi ever have released this table saw in the first place?
Hopefully, this old model by Hitachi will be relegated to table saw history and be nothing than a bad memory. Today, there are far superior table saws at a fraction of the price of the Hitachi C10FL. Both your money and time will thank you for looking the other way.
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