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Hitachi C12LSH 15 Amp 12 -Inch Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter saw with Laser Guide and Digital Bevel Display

by Hitachi

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  • Powered by impressive 15-amp motor
  • Durably and comfortably crafted with a stainless steel detent plate, carbide blade, and soft grip
  • Includes positive stops 0, 15, 22-1/2, 31.6, and 45 degrees right and left. Includes TCT 60-tooth saw, blade, vise assembly, dust bag, 17-millimeter box wrench, and 5-year warranty
  • 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. It is a selling feature
  • The micro bevel and miter adjustment knobs dial into precise angles
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Technical Details
Part NumberC12LSH
Item Weight41 Kg
Product Dimensions76.2 x 59.4 x 70.9 cm
Item model numberC12LSH
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Voltage120 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?No
Length76.2 centimeter
Width59.4 centimeter
Height70.9 centimeter
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Best Sellers Rank #89,171 in Tools & Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight41 Kg
Date First AvailableOct. 12 2011
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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.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9e190024) out of 5 stars 58 reviews
98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0a3864) out of 5 stars The Mother of all Saws Oct. 31 2005
By Mark N. Beaulieu - Published on
This is a physically large and heavy saw. I bought it and the Hitachi miter stand to take to jobs sits to do cabnet grade trim work and I'm afraid I over bought. (I'm gonna end up with a hernia or a broken back). The lazer, while accurate, needs to be adjusted with every change of saw position. Plus, my lazer runs out of adjustment to the left side of the blade but has plenty to the right (there may be another adjustment but nothing in the manual). My biggest disapointment is the digital display. It only reads to .5 degree, but you can move the table between the marks and the saw stays at .5 (I can eye ball a half degree as this saw has a excellent miter scale (And a fair bevel scale). I think this feature (and the reason I bought the saw) to be over rated. I've also noticed a somewhat gritty slide action (may need a cleaning)..That being said I have found this saw to be accurate and powerfull. The soft start is a nice feature, but it takes some getting used to as you have to wait for the saw to get up to speed before contacting to wood.
131 of 147 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0a3c6c) out of 5 stars problems here Dec 1 2005
By Dusty - Published on
Things I like- very heavy for stationary use only. 12" blade allows using only one setting for crown molding cuts.Wonderfull!!! Don't waste your money on a 10" unless you must have a portable unit. Excellent machining and repeatabilty. Super smooth and well balanced. Handle located in vertical position.Super easy to set up angles.Superb feel.

The following is just my opinion. You may not agree with me.

Things I didn't like. The saw arrived with a broken laser. The factory gave me the option of taking it to a service center 2 hours away with a 6 week wait or they would send me the part if I would give my warranty.I'm in a hurry so I gave up the warranty. GRRR. This ain't WalMart fellows. Grrr again. Got the laser. It's a worthless one beam unit.You need two beams to locate the blade position guys. Duh. More hype. The digital readout is only .5 degrees. If you can't eyeball .5 degrees your not much of a wood worker.

The design and color scheme looks like a Ninja Turtle on drugs. Ugly, really ugly. Check the mental health of your designer Hitachi. He may have a problem. Now the real biggie- All SCMS have a serious problem with dust control. This saw is the worst I have ever used. The rear post is 5" wide with a sweeping U turn that shoots you directly between the eyes with high velocity sawdust. It even stings. I had to stop and clean my glasses off after 2-3 cuts.I came up with a very radical fix that solved the problem. You may have to live with it.Finally I have read posts that complained of a galling problem between aluminum sliding pieces. Scary since I lost my warranty. End of story. Would I buy again? I found nothing better available so I live with it.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0a3ce4) out of 5 stars Space Saver? Oct. 24 2005
By Wood Chuck - Published on
One of the big selling points for me on this one was the idea of saving space with the new slider design. Don't be fooled; it turns out the back of the saw is so big that it takes up about the same room as the old style sliders. You will need at least 19" from the back of the fence to the wall! On the other hand, I think the angle D.R.O. and laser features are great to have. Once you start to use the digital angle read out, you will never want to go back. Hitachi has a reputation for making well built and long lasting saws. (I hope this radical new design lives up to their name.) Also... Did I mention how ugly Hitachi's new tool designs are. God I hope they fire their new industrial designer so he/she can go back to work in the tennis shoe business.
43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0a6090) out of 5 stars I have used, abused and used them all again Oct. 28 2005
By bob woodworker - Published on
There is nothing I can not do with this saw. From the time I took it out of the box I was impressed. It does save space over the old bulky Dewalt I had and the cut is as clean as silk. I can not get over the capacity, digital readout ease of user and the accuracy of the laser. We purcahse this and the Makita at the same time. The Makita saw does not come close in terms of accuracy. The radical look of this saw sets it apart in the shop. I would not normally go for this look but I can not get over how good it looks and perfroms in my shop. I have 10 guys per working in the shop using the saw from 7am - 7PM. You could not purchase a better unit. I got the mail in rebate on the finish nailer as well and this was $189 value. I WISH AMAZON would have played this up a little better on thier site. I almost missed it. The value of the saw with the mail in rebate was icing on the cake.

The best slide I have every used!!!!!!!!!!!!!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0a61c8) out of 5 stars Good operation, gadgets notwithstanding April 9 2006
By Jared Emery - Published on
The saw's operation is exactly what you'd expect for something in this price range. I was comparing the Hitachi with the ever-popular DeWalt DW708. Since they were sitting side by side in the store, I figured I'd be able to easily make a decision. Wrong!


Clean cuts. Smooth rail action. Good fine tuning of the miter & bevel adjustment. Relatively thin laser line. Easy laser adjustment. Good positive stops on standard angle settings.


1) The space-saving statement by Hitachi is misleading. Even though the rails don't protrude out the back, the rest of the machine behind the blade is so bulky that it ends up being a wash. 2) No soft startup like Hitachi's smaller saws. Like the DeWalt, the Hitachi jumps when you pull the trigger. I don't know why they don't make this a standard feature on the larger saws. 3) The angle & bevel gauge, while not completely a gimmick, would have benefited from an extra decimal place. There's a lot of distance between, say, 10 and 10.5 degrees.


It's a chopsaw, and does a chopsaw's job well. Given that lasers are sprouting on more and more saws these days, the digital gauge is the only significant feature that differentiates this saw from the rest. The gauge's lack of super-fine accuracy doesn't make it a must-have feature. But considering the saw is at the same price point with other saws without the bells & whistles, it doesn't hurt to have them. That's why I bought it. And as far as the others' complaints about the saw's design, just look at the other tool manufacturers. Hitachi's not alone; everyone's trying to make their tools more trendy. Personally, I couldn't care less if it looks like a steroid-induced ninja turtle, as long as it does its job.