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New Table Saw! Hitachi C10RJ Jobsite Table Saw – The Ultimate Review Part 1 of 3

This is part 1 of 3 posts I’m doing over my new table saw.  Breaking it apart keeps each section shorter and easier to digest.

  1. Part One – Unboxing and Assembly
  2. Part Two – Features and Review
  3. Part Three – Comparison between my old and new saw

Why this Saw?

In short, my old jobsite saw is getting worn out from years of heavy use and it needed to be replaced.  I played with saws in the store, read reviews, and debated the pros and cons of each.

I’m a mobile carpenter.  My shop is completely portable, you can see my Portable Shop by clicking here.  So, while I would love a full size cabinet saw, it’s just not practical for the work I do.  I did know I wanted the biggest table saw that I could reasonably fit in my trailer.  This is what drew me toward Hitachi’s new jobsite saw—it’s size.  As far as I know, the C10RJ has the largest rip capacity of any jobsite saw at 35.”  Quality was also of extreme importance.  A broken tool can cost a lot of money in downtime.  Hitachi has a well established reputation for quality, professional-grade tools.

Ultimately three saws made it to my short list;  The Ridgid R4513, the Dewalt DWE749RS, and the Hitachi C10RJ.  All three of these saws would make a great choice for the professional contractor or weekend woodworker with a limited shop space.

So why did I choose the Hitachi over these two saws?

I know this is odd but one major reason was to be a little bit different.  The Hitachi Jobsite Saw is a new release and not many people have it. Yes, seriously.

  • The Ridgid Jobsite Saw is limited to a 25″ rip, but I did really like the rip fence and the way the tape measure works.  It has the same style stand as my old Craftsman Professional Jobsite saw. This was close to my top choice,but my current saw only has a 24″ rip and I find that to be limiting on occasion.
  • The Dewalt Jobsite Saw is arguably one of the best jobsite table saws on the market.  The Dewalt and the Hitachi look about as different as a GMC and Chevy Truck.  They share the same style rack and pinion fence.  The stands are very similar.  Even the on and off buttons are the same.  The are some differences such as the way the fence locks into place…and… the fence is limited to 32″ (Deal breaker, I know!).  Oh! the riving knife is different.  Hitachi would have a hard time winning a patent infringement suit. The Dewalt’s fence was a little smoother, but not better enough to justify the price difference.
  • As stated above the Hitachi and Dewalt are very similar.  While the Dewalt’s fence was a little smoother.  I liked the price of the Hitachi at about $150 less.  The Hitachi also included a gear driven bevel adjustment vs a slide, a small outfeed support table, and I really like the brake that stops the blade in 1/4 the time. That is a NICE feature.

I’ll be adding a detailed video review next week, but today here’s how to put it together…

Unboxing and Assembly

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