If the striking green and silver colorway of the Metabo HPT C10FCGS miter saw looks familiar, that’s because you’re looking at a rebranded Hitachi.
The power tools division of Hitachi – Hitachi Koki – acquired the German firm Metabo in 2016. When KKR bought out Hitachi Koki, the rebrand was rolled out with tools now falling under the Metabo umbrella.
Same tools, different name.
This is an extremely versatile miter saw which will fall in line perfectly with your cutting needs. The C10FCGS comes with an extremely potent motor onboard and it’s packed with great features to make your woodworking life easier.
Its total flexibility is one of the leading advantages of this saw. Whether you’re working with wood or plywood, soft fireboard or hardboard, decorative panels or sashes, the Metabo/Hitachi will cut comfortably through all these types of wood.
Whether you are a carpenter, woodworker or framer, the Hitachi will offer you a professional grade experience. Accurate cuts, both crosscutting and miter, are easily achieved. If you are not a pro, though, you can still enjoy operating this saw as it’s extremely user-friendly.
Straight off the bat, there is no need to calibrate the bevel or miter angle scales. This allows you to get going straight out the box.
Metabo provides replaceable carbon brushes on the C10FCGS. This will ensure that your saw lasts longer. It also simplifies maintenance so it’s a real win-win.
Although it’s no substitute for a full-bore dust collector, you will get a dust bag at the back. This traps at least some of the sawdust and keeps your working environment safe and debris-free.
Many power tools are incredibly heavy. Tipping the scales at a shade over 26 pounds, you’ll have no problem whatsoever moving the Metabo around.
The flip fence on the C10FCGS is oversized. This fence raises 4 inches so that you can cut larger pieces of work fuss-free. You will be able to cut 2 and 5/16 inches high and 5 and 21/32 inches deep without losing any precision at all. Also, where the fence raises, you can deal with vertical crown moldings with ease.
If this is not enough, there are also some handy holes in the fence. If you need to screw on an extra board, you can raise the height of the fence further without sacrificing accuracy. You will need to trim the board and you might lose a little cutting width. Go for a 1 x 6 plywood board for best results.
You will be able to cut up piles of 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 posts at 90 degrees. Even 4 x 4s present no problem for the Hitachi. With 2 x 6s, you can happily saw through with a single pass making this an extremely efficient piece of kit.
In addition to its wide range of scope, the C10FCGS is all about the motor. With its no-load speed of 5000rpm and capable 15 amps, all cutting tasks will seem a breeze. While the Hitachi has a 10-inch blade, the motor is fit to power a 12-incher. This translates to more than enough performance for most needs.
The handle is designed in such a way as to totally minimize vibration and allows you to enjoy a fantastic grip without slipping. This elastomeric grip lets you work for hours without feeling the strain.
Making simple adjustments is one of the principal jobs which woodworkers need to carry out. The Hitachi is classified as a dual-compound miter saw. This allows you to tilt the saw from left to right and swiftly adjust bevels from any angle. The bevel range to the left is 45 degrees.
If you want an even wider range of cuts, you can make miter adjustments in both directions from 0-52 degrees. There are positive stops at 0, 15, 22 ½, 31 ½ and 45 degrees. These represent the most common angles needed for woodworking. You use either the handle on the side or flick the lever with your thumb to lock in these positive stops.
When it comes to particularly delicate operations such as trims, the tungsten carbide tooth really comes into its own. If you need to work with larger pieces then the extendable fence will rise up nicely to a height of 4 inches.
The M etabo is both simple to use and easy to maneuver. The vibration-reducing handle makes it a pleasure to work with and the substantial miter saw table acts as a great steadying guide. It’s very well-supported with the clamping system built into the unit.
You can opt for a model equipped with Metabo’s outstanding Laser Marker System. This will give you enhanced accuracy when it comes to cutting. You will need to align this before getting to work.