Hitachi C12RSH Review

The Hitachi C12RSH is a mid range miter saw that provides you with a lot of great features and functionality that makes your miter cutting just that much easier. The compact design of these saw makes for easy carrying and a high degree of portability if you need to take it from job to job all the time.

Hitachi C12RSH review

Hitachi C12RSH 15 Amp 12-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser

The fixed slide rail system used on the Hitachi C12RSH allows the head of the saw to move very smoothly over the dual rails. The compact slide system also does not require any rear clearance like many other miter saw models do. This means that you can use the saw in smaller more confined spaces and also have the saw up against a wall if need be.

When using any miter saw you want it to be as efficient as possible. The Hitachi C12RSH has everything in the right place that makes any cuts or adjustments you need to make really simple and you will not spend a lot of time whenever you need to change any of the settings around. It is an extremely user friendly saw, one that anyone can start using right out of the box.

Product dimensions

The Hitachi C12RSH is quite a compact size, yet it is extremely stable when you work on it. These are the measurements for the saw:

  • Length = 23- 7/16 inches
  • Depth = 27- 15/16 inches
  • Height = 36- 5/8 inches
  • Weight = 63.9 pounds

Specifications for the Hitachi C12RSH

Cutting range and ability

You get quite a large range for your miter cuts with the Hitachi C12RSH. On the left hand side you can set the miter angle anywhere from 0 to 46 degrees and on the right side from 0 to 57 degrees. You also get all of the standard positive miter stops to allow for quick and easy set up of the common miter angles that you will need to cut at.

The bevel cut angle range is from 0 to 45 degrees on both sides. You can quickly flip the head of the saw too so that you can make opposing cuts without having to move the application you are cutting at all. You can use the micro bevel adjustment knob to ensure that you get the exact angle that you need for your bevel cuts each and every time.

Laser technology

For precision cutting, the Hitachi C12RSH has a built in laser marker system that you can activate before the blade starts so you get an exact line and clear view of where you will be cutting. You can adjust the laser to your cutting preference. So if you like to cut down the left hand side of the of the laser mark you can easily set it to this, and also for the right hand side if this is your preference too.

Motor and speed

The Hitachi C12RSH has a 15 amp motor that produces a no load speed of 3,800 RPM, which will enable you to cut through even the toughest of hard woods very easily. It produces very clean cuts too, and the splinter guard will help to reduce any tear of the wood as the blade hits it and also keep you safe from any flying splinters too.


  • This saw is excellent for crown moldings and trim work
  • It has lots of power, easy to read markings, easy to adjust
  • The blade that came with it is top quality
  • The laser is very accurate
  • The sliding mechanism is extremely smooth
  • It works flawlessly and extremely accurate cuts
  • The built in hold down clamp and the depth of cut features are great additions
  • Great miter saw for the money with 5-year warranty


  • This saw is huge and heavy to move around
  • The extremely small dust bag is a joke
  • The table could be a little bigger

Overall conclusion on the Hitachi C12RSH

The consistency you get with this saw is very impressive, as is the smoothness of the operation. Hitachi has made the C12RSH really easy to use and the quality of the cuts is very high. You get a lot of functionality with this saw too, the Hitachi C12RSH is extremely user friendly and you are getting a lot of value for your money with this miter saw.

Hitachi C12RSH 15 Amp 12-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser review

Buy Hitachi C12RSH 15 Amp 12-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser

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  • Revolutionary compact slide system allows the saw head to slide along fixed rails, eliminating the need for rear clearance
  • Laser marker system from Hitachi increases cutting accuracy
  • Powerful 15 Amp motor with 1,850 Watts of max output power to tackle tough cutting jobs with ease
  • Micro miter and micro bevel adjustment knobs to dial-in to precise angles
  • Large pivoting fence raises fence height to 4-11/16 inches to cut crown molding vertically
  • 0-57 degree miter angle to the right for flexibility with 0-46 degree miter angle to the left
  • 0-45 degree bevel angle range to the right and left allowing users to quickly and easily flip the saw blade and leave the material in place
  • Positive stops on the miter and bevel scale for easy to read measurements and quick settings
  • Carbon brush access allows the user to replace the brush as needed to greatly prolong tool life
  • Vertical handle with soft, vibration reducing elastomer grip adds comfort and control
  • Amps 15
  • No-Load Speed 3,800 RPM
  • Blade Diameter 12″
  • Miter Cutting Range Left 0°-46°
  • Right 0°-57°
  • Bevel Cutting Range (R & L) 0°-45°
  • Tool Dimensions (WxDxH) 23-7/16″ x 36-5/8″ x 27-15/16″
  • Tool Weight 63.9 lbs
  • 90° Cross Cut 4-3/16″ x 12-1/4″ or 4-11/16″ x 10-3/16″
  • 45° Miter (L/R) 4-3/16″ x 8-5/8″ or 4-11/16″ x 7-1/16″
  • 45° Bevel (L) 2-3/4″ x 12-1/4″ or 2-15/16″ x 10-3/16″
  • Compound Cut 45° x 45° (L/L) 2-3/4″x8-5/8″ or 2-15/16″x7-1/16″
  • C12RSH Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw with Laser Marker, 12-inch
  • 60-tooth TCT saw blade
  • Dust bag
  • Vise assembly
  • Box wrench
  • 5 year warranty

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