Hitachi C12FDH Review

The Hitachi C12FDH Compound miter saw delivers accurate, seamless crosscuts and miters of different materials, including wood, hardwood, plywood, hardboard, fiberboards, crown molding, plastic, aluminum, decorative panels, and more.

This is the ideal power tool for framers, woodworkers, and carpenters who require superior accuracy, the Hitachi C12FDH is equipped with the brand’s unique Laser Marking System for precise alignments, confident blade positioning, and accurate cuts.

Hitachi C12FDH review

Hitachi C12FDH 15 Amp 12-Inch Dual Bevel Miter Saw with Laser

There are a number of miter saws that use a dust bag to collect the dust created from the cuts it makes, but many are largely ineffective. But Hitachi has done a great job with the C12FDH in providing a dust bag that actually works really well. This will enable you to use the saw inside if required without making a big mess of the room you are working in.

A closer look at the Hitachi C12FDH

15 amp-strong motor

For starters, the Hitachi C12FDH Compound Miter Saw has a 15 AMP strong motor which produces a no-load rotation speed of up to 4,000 rotation per minute for easy, seamless cuts through thick, moisture-rich lumber, tough hardwoods, and other work pieces. This offers sufficient versatility for working on delicate DIY tasks or large scale construction projects.

Recision bevels and miters for cutting efficiency

The C12FDH is not just made with versatility in mind, but user-friendliness as well. It features convenient, thumb-activated miter stops for adjusting from 0 to 52 degree angles right and left. This offers quick and easy adjustments for the cutting blade to make miters for crown molding and other work pieces to be trimmed.

The 0 to 48 degree adjustment feature of the bevel scale also secures work pieces in place as you flip the blade head for making alternate cuts, thus promoting better cutting efficiency. Once the bevel angle is locked in place, you can turn to different angles using the bevel adjustment dial without causing inaccuracies due to the saw head’s weight.

12 inch TCT blade for delicate trims

To help simplify delicate trimmings and cuts, the C12FDH is equipped with a 12 inch tungsten carbide tipped (TCT) blade with 32 fine tooth finish. This works hand in hand with the pivoting fence that stands over 5 inches in height to promote precise cutting of crown molding vertically as well as larger materials of up to 2 and a half inches high and 5 and ¾ inches deep.

Portable size and weight

Weighing approximately 46 pounds and spanning 24.6 by 30.7 by 27 inches, the Hitachi C12FDH is one of the lightest, most portable compound miter saws in the market. This makes it an ideal mechanical saw to be taken from one workplace to the next.

It also has a large base for superior balance and support to prevent your working pieces from warping, as well as an integrated clamping feature that holds the materials firmly in place. This will enable you to cut larger applications with greater accuracy.

Laser marking system for perfect alignments

The unique Laser Marking System of the C12FDH compound miter saw can be used before cutting to ensure proper alignment and guarantee the placement of the saw blade. This feature can be adjusted easily according to your liking.

Just align the laser mark on the materials to be cut, and the C12FDH blade will precisely cut or trim on the projected laser mark. This gets rid of further guesswork and the need for manual estimations. Instead, you can cut away through your work pieces like a pro.

The Hitachi C12FDH Compound Miter Saw also comes with a hex bar, box wrench, vice assembly, and dust bag. It is backed by the company’s standard 5 year warranty.


  • A great saw for the homeowner or for light commercial work
  • It is very user friendly, clean cutting and accurate
  • It is solid, easy to adjust and very easy to use
  • The blade that comes with the saw is a very good blade as well
  • The saw has nunmerous advantages including bevel to the right and left and a bigger table for more stability
  • The laser is extremely nice in that it helps you line up with your pencil mark really fast
  • Double bevel and laser guide are very helpful for detail work
  • Easy to calibrate, accurate 90 degrees cut
  • Blade guard action is very nice
  • Very powerful and smooth
  • Dust collection that actually works
  • Great price for a dual bevel saw


  • A little large and heavy but cuts great
  • Dust Collection system is ok but its meant more for outdoor use

Overall conclusion on the Hitachi C12FDH

Hitachi has used their knowledge and experience to create a really good quality, functional miter saw in the C12FDH, and at a very affordable price too. Suitable for both home DIY work and using out on site, the size and weight of the saw allows for easy maneuverability from one place to the next when required. Foe the cost of the Hitachi C12FDH, you are getting a very good quality and durable miter saw for your money.

Hitachi C12FDH 15 Amp 12-Inch Dual Bevel Miter Saw with Laser review

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  • Laser marker system
  • Accurately indicates where the blade will cut on the material and can be easily adjusted to the right or left of the cut mark depending upon the users preference
  • Powerful 15 Amp motor with 1,950 Watts of output power
  • Smoothly powers through hardwoods with ease
  • Tall, pivoting aluminum fence that stands at a height of 5-1/8″”
  • Allows crown molding to be cut vertically for convenience
  • Blade Size 12″
  • Cross Cut (90°) 2-3/4″ x 8″ or
  • 3-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
  • 45° Miter 2-3/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • 45° Bevel Left 1-31/32″ x 8″
  • Right 1-7/32″ x 8″
  • Miter R/L 45 & Bevel L 45 1-31/32″ x 8″
  • Miter R/L 45 & Bevel R 45 1-7/32″ x 5-1/2″
  • Miter Cut Range (R & L) 0°-52°
  • Bevel Cut Range (R & L) 0°-48°
  • Compound Cut Range Miter (R & L) 0°-45°
  • Bevel (R & L) 0°-45°
  • Positive Miter Stops 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, 45°
  • Amps 15
  • No-Load Speed 4,000 RPM
  • Tool Dimensions (WxDxH) 24-5/8″x 30-23/32″x27″
  • Weight 46.3 lbs
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • 12-inch TCT saw blade
  • Dust bag
  • Vice assembly
  • Box wrench
  • Hex bar wrench
  • 5-year warranty

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