Hitachi C15FB 15 Amp 15-Inch Miter Saw (No Bevel)

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Hitachi's 15-inch miter saw is a heavy-duty tool ideal for people who need to cut big post and beam stock. It has a powerful 15 amp with an electric brake to match its sturdy construction, and can cut material as thick as 4-3/4 inches and as wide as 7-1/2 inches at 0 degrees, and as wide as 5-15/32 at a 45 degree miter. It also comes with a clamp nearly hefty enough to be called a vise for holding the material tight to the fence, and has built-in extension wings to make work with long boards easier. We really like the convenient thumb-operated blade guard lifter that makes it easier to work with big boards that might otherwise cause the guard to hang up. The miter gauge is riveted on, but the numbers and markings are not in relief, so it may need replacing in time as the paint wears off, although the riveted connection will make that replacement a tougher job than it should be. This saw has a vertical handle, like all the Hitachi miter saws, rather than the horizontal configuration many people prefer. In all, this is a truly reliable miter saw that's designed and built tough enough to remain accurate under demanding job site conditions. --Brian Trinen

Choosing a Miter Saw
Miter saws are versatile tools that have become a mainstay of workshops everywhere. These powerful saws make angled cuts by pulling a circular blade down onto a workpiece with a short, controlled plunge. It might appear that miter saws are infinitely complex and varied, but there are only three general types. The type you choose will depend on your woodworking needs.

Basic Miter Saws
Basic miter saws are the least versatile off the three major variations, but they’re a great starting point for novice do-it-yourselfers. These models typically adjust for miter cuts only, so consider upgrading if you need to do more than that.

Compound miter saws are easier to use than basic miter saws because you can place your stock flat for cutting, and they adjust simultaneously for miter and bevel cuts. A compound miter saw is great for jobs that feature stock that's not very tall or wide, such as door and window trim or picture frames.

Sliding Compound Miter Saws
Sliding compound miter saws are the most versatile of the available models. They have a motor and blade assembly that's mounted on a moveable arm to accommodate longer, wider workpieces. For smaller pieces, the saw performs like an ordinary fixed-head model. On some models, the blade can only pivot in one direction, but on a dual sliding compound miter saw, the blade can tilt to the right or left.

Important Features at a Glance
Though models will vary by manufacturer and design, these are a few of the more commonly found features that you might want to keep in mind.

  • Electric brake: Reverses the flow of electricity when the saw's trigger is released. This is an important safety feature that slows the blade quickly in case of emergency.
  • Blade guard: Most miter saws have self-retracting guards that withdraw when the saw is lowered for use, and reappear when it is raised.
  • Laser guide: Gives a precise visual line where the cut will occur on your workpiece.
  • Dust bag: Helps collect sawdust for a clearer, more tidy cutting area.
  • Shaft lock: Immobilizes the shaft and blade for quicker, easier blade changes.
  • Table extensions: Mount on either side of the saw to help balance longer workpieces.

Miter Saw Blades
Miter saw blades come in a variety of different sizes, grades, and materials, but there are three main types: steel, high-speed steel, and carbide-tipped blades.

  • Steel: Inexpensive and good for cutting soft woods or plywoods. Sharpness diminishes quickly in tougher materials.
  • High-Speed Steel: More rugged than steel blades, and great for cutting harder woods.
  • Carbide-Tipped: More expensive than other blades but much more durable. Maintain sharpness over a longer period.

The only 15-inch miter saw in the industry, the Hitachi C15FB is built to handle tough jobs and cut through wide stock, including various wood materials, plywood, decorative veneer, soft fiberboard, hardboard, and aluminum products. Its superior depth of cut and powerful motor allow for optimum material handling, and its 11 miter stops make the C15FB a precise tool that's incredibly easy to use.

This versatile, rugged miter saw easily handles wide stock and material requiring deep or angled cuts.
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C15FB Miter Saw
Tool Specifications

Blade Diameter15"
Weight55 lbs.
Accessories Included1 15" Combo Saw Blade
1 Dust Bag
1 Vise Assembly
1 Extension Guide
1 Wrench
Powers Through Tough Jobs with Ease
The C15FB runs off of any standard 115-volt power supply and features a robust 15 Amp single-phase motor that spins the 15-inch blade at no-load speeds of up to 3,400 RPM.

To get the motor going, use the trigger switch that's located on the comfortably designed handle. A lock-off button provides safety by locking the trigger when the saw is not in operation. When the trigger switch is released, an electric brake will stop the blade rotation to help prevent accidental cuts.

Sturdy Base Provides Support for Long Pieces
When you're cutting long pieces, the included extension guides that extend out from the base will give you the stability you need. Also, gear-case center beam support will help increase cutting accuracy as overall tool life. Additionally, a stopper feature will allow for precise continuous cuts in lengths that you preset.

Easy Miter Cuts to the Left or Right
The C15FB has positive miter detents at 0, 15, 22.5, 30, 45, and 57 degrees to the left or right. The easy-to-read miter index lets you quickly find the correct angle for the job, and a side handle makes it easy to adjust the table angle.

A 4-3/4- x 7-9/32-inch depth of cut allows this saw to cut through trim and molding while standing vertically. This is useful for cutting crown molding without ever having to lift the workpiece off the table to get the proper angle.

User-Friendly Tool That's Built to Last
Hitachi designed the C15FB with easy access to the carbon brush, so it's easy to replace the brush and greatly prolong the life of the tool. The included dust-collector attachment helps to reduce the amount of airborne particles in the work area, and the debris deflection guard diverts debris from the workspace.

Compatible with Hitachi UU610 Universal Work Station (not included), the Hitachi C15FB Miter Saw measures 29-3/4 inches tall and weighs 55 pounds. It is backed by Hitachi's five-year limited warranty.

About Hitachi: A Tradition of Innovation
Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) provides professional-grade power tools for a variety of applications, including woodwork, metalwork, concrete, drilling, cutting, and fastening. Hitachi is a leader in power tool research and development and has achieved many firsts in the power tool industry. Today, Hitachi continues the tradition of innovation and engineering with new features in addition to classic quality.

What's in the Box
C15FB Miter Saw, 15-inch combo saw blade, dust bag, vise assembly, extension guide, and wrench.

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