The C12LSH is packed with high-end features and Hitachi precision, garnering it the title of one of the Top 10 Innovative Tools for 2006 by Workbench Magazine. Aside from the inspired zero-clearance design, its most impressive facet might well be its capacity. Combining the slide with the 12-inch blade, you get an awesome 12-1/4-inch max width and an impressive depth of 4-3/16 inches. Even at a 45-degree right bevel and a 45-degree right miter, the max width is still a generous 8-5/8 inches and a max depth of 1-3/4 inches. And even if that stock is oak or hard maple, this saw is not intimidated and cuts beautifully without hesitation, with a 15-amp motor behind it. The large pivoting fence supports your stock up to 4-11/16 inches, plenty to cut most crown moldings vertically. We love the LCD digital readout of the miter and bevel angles, relieving us of having to hunch and squint at the gauges. Another nice feature is the ability to fine-tune your setting, whether bevel or miter, with the micro adjustment knobs that put absolute precision at your fingertips. Hitachi’s laser design is patented, controlled by a micro-dial that lets you adjust the line to the right or left of the cut. And unlike those on other saw brands, the laser isn’t mounted to the arbor and projects even when the blade is not moving. There are two downsides, as we see it. First is something you already expect with a miter saw – the dust collection is minimal. The second item in the column is this saw’s considerable weight, nearly 70 pounds, that might make it cumbersome to tote to job sites. If you’re planning to keep in it your shop, we don’t think you can do better than this saw for accuracy, features, adjustability, capacity and power. Also, the customer needs to use the flip fence feature when doing compounds so that they will not have the issue of the saw hitting the fence.
The award-winning Hitachi C12LSH 12-Inch Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw with Laser Marker and Digital Display provides smooth, accurate miters and crosscuts in a variety of workpieces, including wood, plywood, crown molding, decorative panels, soft fiberboard, hard board, and aluminum sashes. A top-of-the-line tool for trim carpenters, framers, and woodworkers who demand precision and reliability, the C12LSH features a compact slide system, an LCD, Hitachi's exclusive Laser Marker System, and more.
Exclusive Laser Marker System ensures precision cuts. View larger.
Dial in precise angles with micro-miter and micro-bevel adjustment knobs.
Backlit LCD displays miter and bevel readings. View larger.
The bevel scale ranges from zero to 45 degrees to the left and right, allowing your material to stay in place while you flip the saw head to make opposing cuts. After your major bevel angle is secured, a micro-bevel adjustment knob can be used to dial in a precise angle, while positive stops allow for quick and easy measurements and settings.
The 12-inch TCT saw blade (included) makes easy work of delicate trim and other woodwork, and the pivoting fence raises a height of 4-11/16 inches to allow for accurate vertical cutting of crown molding and other large workpieces.
Compact Slide System Requires Zero Clearance
With its revolutionary compact slide system, the C12LSH requires no rear clearance like other sliding saws. Hitachi's patented fixed rail system allows the saw head to glide smoothly along twin rails, which stay put and do not protrude to the rear of the saw. The result is a sliding saw that can be operated on a small work surface that has minimal rear clearance, such as up against a wall.
This innovative new feature is just one of the reasons that the Hitachi C12LSH was named one of the "Top 10 Innovative Tools for 2006" by Workbench Magazine, February 2006.
Laser Marker Technology and LCD for Perfect Cuts
Hitachi equipped the C12LSH with its exclusive Laser Marker System, which can be activated before the blade is in motion for exact alignment and predictable blade placement. The laser marker is easily adjustable to the left or right of the cut mark to suit your preferences, simply line up the laser with your mark on the workpiece, and the saw blade will make an exact cut along the laser guide. As long as your measurements are right, your cuts will be, too!
The C12LSH also includes an innovative LCD (liquid crystal display) that takes the guesswork out of miter and bevel readings and saves time by eliminating costly mistakes. This top-mounted digital scale swivels to provide clear and accurate miter and bevel readings from any angle.
Chock-Full of User-Friendly Features
The C12LSH has plenty of features to help you make the perfect cut the first time. To start, it has a powerful 15-amp motor that generates a no-load speed of up to 3,800 RPM to smoothly and easily cut through even the toughest hardwoods.
For precise, safe cutting, a fixed splinter guard increases safety and reduces tear-out for clean, finished cuts, and a comfortable vertical handle with a vibration-reducing elastomer grip prevents slippage and keeps you in control at all times.
The C12LSH also includes a dust bag that minimizes accumulation of dust and particles in your both your workspace and the saw's interior components, keeping your jobsite clean and prolonging the life of the tool. An added bonus, easily accessible carbon brushes will help your saw perform for the long term.
The Hitachi C12LSH measures 23-7/16 x 36-5/8 x 27-15/16 inches and weighs 66.1 pounds. Durably built, this tool is backed by an industry-leading five year warranty.
About Hitachi: A Tradition of Innovation
Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) provides professional-grade power tools for a variety of applications, including woodwork, metalwork, concrete, drilling, cutting, and fastening. Hitachi is a leader in power tool research and development and has achieved many firsts in the power tool industry, including creating the first-ever sliding compound miter saw to combine the capacity of a radial arm saw and the convenience of a miter saw. Today, Hitachi continues the tradition of innovation and engineering with new features in addition to classic quality.
What's in the Box
C12LSH Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw with Laser Marker and Digital Display, 12-inch, 60-tooth TCT saw blade, dust bag, vise assembly, and box wrench.
The C12LSH was named one of the "Top 10 Innovative Tools for 2006" by Workbench Magazine, February 2006.