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Hitachi C8FSE 8-1/2 -Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw

by Hitachi
3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Externally accessible carbon brush for quick and easy brush changes
  • Easy-to-use positive miter stops for quick miter adjustments to 15, 22.5, 31.6, and 45 degrees to the both left and right
  • This product is guaranteed by Hitachi's industry-leading warranty to be free from defect in materials and workmanship for a period of five years from the original purchase date
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Technical Details
Part NumberC8FSE
Item Weight19 Kg
Product Dimensions76.2 x 41.1 x 39.4 cm
Item model numberC8FSE
Voltage120 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?No
Additional Information
Customer Reviews 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
Best Sellers Rank #44,425 in Tools & Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight19 Kg
Date First AvailableSept. 6 2011
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The Hitachi C8FSE 8-1/2-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw is one of Hitachi's newest 8-1/2 inch sliding compound miter saws. The Hitachi C8FSE is powered by a 9.5 amp motor with a no-load speed of 5,500 RPM's yet only weighs 31 pounds for easy portability. The Hitachi C8FSE uses a linear ball bearing slide system for superior accuracy while positive stops on the miter and bevel scales make easy-to-read measurements and quick settings. The Hitachi C8FSE features a vertical handle with soft, vibration reducing elastomer grip and electronic speed control for consistant RPM while cutting. The Hitachi C8FSE is equipped with an adjustable pivoting fence for improved stability while cutting and a splinter guard that reduces tear out and increases user safety. Externally replaceable carbon brushes greatly prolong the life of the Hitachi C8FSE.

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thought i would chime in on this, in case anyone else bought this saw and is having a hard time getting good cuts!
turns out at least on the saw i got, the one piece casting was warped/mismanufactured! the blade was binding against the plastic piece which sits along the edge of the cut line on the base of the saw. i got my square out and discovered that the entire casting is warped to such an extent that the cut line is out of square 3/16" over the 11" of slide travel. impossible to get a square cut, and all the bevel angles would be wrong by a few degrees. wow! i might expect this sort of thing from ryobi, or mastercraft, but hitachi?? i assume that more of the same saws will have this problem, as it looks like a casting defect. just be warned, and i for one will not purchase any more hitachi products made in china!
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Its a good one .
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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c9514e4) out of 5 stars Its doesn't replace the older one. March 25 2009
By Joshua Briere - Published on
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I'll break it down simply put, the good and the bad. I was not sure if this saw would replace the older version and be as well built. It's not the same quality as the older one. Hitachi designers did a good job making this saw very light weight, but sacrificed some of the quality with plastic and a thin casted table. The saw was dead on with the cross cut set at 0 degrees. Miters came out fair when cutting large crown but were off by maybe a 1/32"-1/16" every time. Here is what I found out. I took a framing square and checked the relationship between the left and right fence. That was on the money. I then checked the table and realized that the miter center table sat below the left and right outside support tables a whole 1/16th. There is no adjustability to raise or lower the miter table and that's why my cuts are off slightly. That combined with the play of the head and rails having some slop and being able to freely clunk the head to the right and left a 16th. The best way I can describe it is it feels like the head doesn't ride on the right rail snuggly, and by the time you tighten the slide action so you don't have any play its very stiff to slide. Also the blade guard stays low when you bring the head down and doesn't allow you to start your cut with a back stroke and then to finish your cut with the forward stroke with ease. The kerf insert is also another big 1/32 below the already low miter table. That's 3/32nds out of level. The good is that it is very light, portable, decently accurate and it has a rebate as of right now for a Hitachi 2 1/4hp router. I work in very high end homes working with prefinished huge crown molding and paneling, etc and need the accuracy to be within a 1/32th. If you don't need this kind of precision then this saw is a decent unit. If the table wasn't out of level with the base I would have worked it out. But because you can't adjust this problem I am sending it back. It's also kind of cheesy to be blunt. As an alternative I bought the Hitachi 10" slider which is a Japanese made unit and is proven to be accurate from my experience. Hope this review helps some finish carpenters out there
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c89d7ec) out of 5 stars Watch the hook March 24 2009
By Justin M. Zeller - Published on
I just sent back the third C8FSE in a row. None of the three could cut a straight line... I ordered the Forrest bladeForrest CM08H606100 Chopmaster 8-1/2-Inch 60 Tooth ATB Miter Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor for as clean a cut as possible. I square the fence to the blade, and on small stock it looked great. But when I tried cutting wide stock (12" or more) for cabinets, the manufacturer defect showed up.

The arbor on the first saw was bent, making blade visibly wobble. I returned it for replacement.

The arbor was good on the second, but the entire head was cocked out of parallel alignment with the slides. With the factory blade installed, the maple veneer would slightly tear out on the left as the blade exited the ply. With the Forrest blade there was no tear out, but after completing the cut my co-worker and I could both see a belly that let in daylight between the cut and a straight-edge.

I had the same problem with the last replacement.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c807528) out of 5 stars Not Impressed Yet! May 7 2009
By J. Eugster - Published on
After waiting for years to buy this saw because of all the great reviews I bought the one with the laser. I build furniture and thought this would be the end all of miter saws. First off, the fence was out of adjustment and took some doing to line up. After less than 3 months of limited usage, the electric brake quit braking! I took it to an authorized repair facility, they ordered a switch which came in defective. Then they ordered another switch, armature, and two other items and I got the saw back after about 4 weeks. Less than 10 hours of use and once again, no brake -- it just coasts down forever which really makes it totally inefficient. I'd just as soon use my table saw. I contacted Hitachi once again wanting them to send my a replacement but it won't work that way. I need to take it to another authorized repair place and have them go through whatever the proper channels are to replace this saw. Maybe since it's "new & improved" I should have gotten the older, proven one or maybe because it's made in a different factory. Whatever the case, I'm very disappointed with this saw up to now. Purchased the end of October and barely any use.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7fd798) out of 5 stars Expert review May 9 2009
By Bradley C. Stewart - Published on
Having owned 6 Hitachi C8FB2 saws this new version does not compare. Very cheap. Save yourself the time and misery spend the extra hundred and buy the saw built for a lifetime. My shop cuts a million dollars of exotic hardwoods a year with the C8FB2.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c804108) out of 5 stars 4++ Stars May 26 2010
By JJA - Published on
I would have rated this saw at 4 1/2 stars if that option was available. I purchased the original model a long time ago(10+ years) when I was a GC and my crew used this saw every day and it never went in the shop as still runs today but it was showing its wear so I decided to buy a new saw. I looked at the 10" and 12" but decided to go back to a proven entity. The major difference is the addition of the laser and the light but it still has the dual rails which I think is the key for these tools to maintain its accuracy. I typically don't go for gimmicks for things like a laser as I would rather align my cuts by eye and the blade, but I find the laser very accurate and helpful when you need to make cuts that don't need to be super critical. The lamp is a nice feature but it is the reason that I knocked a few points off of my rating. I find it cumbersome as its stem is located adjacent to the trigger and it takes time to adjust your use of this tool around it but you certainly are able to get used to, but it certainly is not a deal breaker. Earlier this year my wife and I were installing new wood floor through out our house and she made at least 50% of the cuts and this was the first power saw of any type that she had ever used. This speaks for itself in regard to her feeling safe around this saw, ease of use, etc. I was able to buy it at a great price around $275 but it is certainly a bargain even at $50 more