A miter saw will make your next remodeling project a lot easier. And these two ten-inch beveling miter saws are handy for cutting baseboard as well as wood for crafts like picture frames. Let’s look at them both to see which one is the best for you.
Hitachi C10FCG 15-Amp 10″ Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw
The Hitachi C10FG is lightweight at 24.2 pounds, and it has slots on the bottom that make it easy to carry. It’s a handy little saw for small jobs.
By small jobs, we mean nothing over 5-21/32-inches in width or 3-1/2-inches in height. That’s its maximum cutting capacity at 90 degrees. When mitered to 45 degrees, the width decreases to 4 inches. And when beveled to 45 degrees, the height decreases down to 1-5/8-inches. Finally, when mitered and beveled to 45 degrees for a compound cut, the saw is limited to cutting stock not more than 4 inches wide and 1-5/8-inches tall.
Overall, the Hitachi C10FCG can miter up to 52 degrees right and left, but it only bevels to the left up to 45 degrees. Since it doesn’t bevel to the right, you’ll need to flip the material you’re cutting to bevel the other side of it.
While you’re working on the Hitachi, you’ll notice it has some user-friendly features like large controls and dust collection. The horizontal handle is large enough to fit hands wearing gloves. The trigger is also big enough that some left-handed users will feel comfortable using it although the trigger placement is aimed at right-handers.
The C10FCG comes with a dust bag for debris collection. While it doesn’t catch all the dust the saw generates, it helps keep the worktable clean. And while you’re cutting material, the included vise grip assembly will hold the stock still and free up your hand.
Overall, if you need a miter saw for occasional jobs cutting small pieces of wood, you might find the Hitachi offers good value for the money.
More features of the Hitachi C10FCG Compound Miter Saw:
- Covered by limited warranty
- Power cord is 6 feet long
- Carbon brushes in 15amp motor are user-replaceable
- Comes with dust bag, hex wrench for blade changes, vise grip assembly, and 24-tooth saw blade
Homecraft H26-260L 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw by Delta Power Tools
One feature Delta points out about their Homecraft miter saw is that it’s compatible with almost all miter saw stands. That’s convenient if you plan to take it with you. And it’s even lighter than the Hitachi because it only weighs 18 pounds.
The 14amp motor spins the blade up to 5500rpm to get cuts done quickly. And its capacity is close to what the Hitachi offers since it can handle vertical cuts in 2×6 and 4×4 lumber. But it doesn’t have as large of a miter range as it is only able to move up to 47 degrees left or right. And it bevels only to the left up to 45 degrees. You’ll need to flip stock to bevel its other side.
But for beginning woodworkers, there are two significant advantages of the Homecraft over the Hitachi. One is that the Homecraft comes with a laser marking system that reveals the cut line. You’ll see in advance where the blade will move so you can make adjustments if needed. And you can turn the light on and off without operating the blade because the light has an independent switch.
The second is that the Homecraft has an electronic brake. This brake stops the blade almost immediately after you release the trigger. It’s an important safety feature as well as a way to protect your projects from damage.
There is also a built-in dust collection system to keep debris off your workspace. The saw comes with a bag for this purpose.
The Homecraft H26-260L saw arrives with a 24-tooth blade in place, ready to use. But it has a spindle lock that makes blade changes easier if you want to swap for a different one.
More features of the Homecraft HR26-260L Compound Miter Saw:
- Covered by 3-year limited warranty
If you do occasional small woodworking projects, and you want a ten-inch miter saw with the ability to bevel, either one of these power tools is an inexpensive option. But you might prefer the Delta Homecraft H26-260L since it has beginner-friendly features like an electronic brake and a laser marker.