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Hitachi recently announced their latest entry to the miter saw market: the model C8FSHE 8-1/2” sliding compound miter saw.  Of course, they’ve draped it in the funky green color scheme that’s become the trademark look for Hitachi’s power tools — it seems to produce a love-it-or-hate-it vibe in many tool guys, even before they try the saw.

It looks like Hitachi decided to dance with the one who brought them — they updated the reliable CF8B platform and added a few new twists like a laser guide and LED worklight.   And if you’re not down with the LED lights and lasers, Hitachi also offers the C8FSE which remains the solid road dog the platform is built on, minus the trinkets.

The price tag will be around $340 for the C8FSE or $370 for the C8FSHE.

Model C8FSHE Miter Saw [Hitachi]
Street Pricing [Google Products]

 

2 Responses to Hitachi’s Mean Green Miters

  1. I love the fact that sliding compound miter saws are getting cheaper. But going with an 8-1/2″ blade really limits your blade options. They either should have used a 10″ or a 7-1/4″ blade. I know they are probably trying to make sure they can cut through 4x material, but go down to the store and try to find a 8-1/2″ blade.

  2. Jason says:

    Hitachi has done what every other company does. Maximize profit by cutting corners. The “updated” 8 1/2″ saw us an inferior piece of garbage compared to its bulletproof predecessor. The slides are 1″ rather than 1 1/4″. The entire structure has been made cheaper, the brushes in the motor are half the size of the old ones. The mitre detents are prone to inaccuracies.

    They took a solid product, and sent manufacturing off to china, like everyone else. They did the same thing with their nail guns. The nt50ae was best in the industry, and would last 15 years in commercial use. The fancy new nt50ae2 is a Chinese piece of crap.

    Here’s a thought, stop trying to cheap out on products to make more money…selling 100 units at 799$ is the same as selling 200 units at 399$, except at 799$ you have a respectable quality product!

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