Hitachi 10” Job Site Table Saw  

Hitachi 10-Inch Job Site Table Saw with fold and Roll Stand  C10RJ Review

The Hitachi 10” Job Site Table Saw is new and welcomed addition to the job-site. This new saw, has a fold and roll stand that attaches with 4-bolts. It’s optional if you decide you don’t want a stand, but I think once you get your hands on it you’ll agree its a nice addition to the saw.

The Hitachi 10” Job Site Table Saw features a powerful, direct-drive, 15-Amp motor that produces 4,500 RPBs. This saw has a soft start motor and electric brake that stops the rotation of the blade within seconds. It’s powerful, we’ve used it to rip everything from shim stock to LVL framing with no negative issues.

Hitachi Table Saw Top

The Hitachi 10” Job Site Table Saw is aluminum and measures 28-3/4” x 22”. An out-feed support of 28-3/4” x 2” allows for  additional material support. We found the extension support difficult to slide and not long enough to really make a huge difference. If it weren’t already super lightweight I’d remove it to shave weight off the saw.

The throat plate has 4 adjustment screws so that the front and back of the plate can be adjusted flush with the table. There is a finger button that locks and unlocks the plate into the table – I really like the finger lock, it’s secure, tool-less, and a nice touch.

Depth of Cut, Bevel and Dado

The Hitachi 10” Job Site Table Saws 10” blade can bevel between 0° to 45°. The depth of cut at 0° is 3-1/8” and 45° is 2-1/4”. Both the bevel scale and bevel height adjustment knobs for the blade are on the saws front panel and is easy to see, access and operate. This saw will accept an 8 x 13/16″ dado blade.

A 3-position, riving knife is included to prevent binding and kick-back risks. Next to the fence, this riving knife is probably my favorite safety feature of this saw.

Power Switch

The Hitachi 10” Table Saw has a covered power switch cover with a large, oversized, red emergency off switch. The shut-off cover is located at knee level and designed to be accessed with the user’s knee, if needed, during an emergency shutdown where the user’s hands might be holding the material. The saw is equipped with an power cut off and overload protection that automatically shuts off the motor in a possible current overload situation to help prevent damage to the saw. This safety feature did not occur to use during use and testing.

Hitachi Table Saw Fence

The fence on the Hitachi 10” Table Saw is excellent. We found it smooth to operate and solid. The fence release lever operates in the opposite direction to my Dewalt saw.  This screws me up a bit, but I’m sure this will fade after getting in more hours using the saw. The rip scale is adjustable and easy to read and was accurate out of the box – a rare find!  There is no scale to the left of the blade.

The Hitachi 10” Job Site Table Saw reminds me a little bit of the Dewalt’s rack and pinion fence. The fence telescopes out to provide a 35″ rip capacity to the right and 22″ to the left. It’s smooth and accurate. This fence has a rotation feature that allows the fence to rotate 90-degrees, which provides a support ledge for material, when the fence is extended out past the table top.

Blade Heel Adjustments

Hitachi’s manual does not mention if the saw has a heel adjustment, to make adjustments to the blade. If you look inside the saws cabinet you’ll see It’s a cast aluminum block and a nylon holder. This block has two silver hex head bolts that bolt to the underside of the table. If you remove one of those bolts you will see the mounting holes are elongated which allows for lateral adjustment. Loosening both bolts will allow you to adjust the blade.

Folding and Rolling Stand

The folding stand is stable and durable. It easily sets up or breakdown, and the legs are angled at the perfect degree to provide stability for pushing large sheet stock through the machine without the risk of tipping. The stand has folding legs that lock in position with spring loaded pins.

We’d like to see an easier way to open and close the legs. The pins work OK, but can be difficult to fins and manipulate. I’d like to see a lever, similar to Dewalts folding work stands, instead. The legs and assembly is lightweight aluminum, we wish Hitach had added a leg leveling feature to the leg design. The stand has large 8″ rubber, all-terrain wheels which easily maneuvers the saw around the job-site. When folded and stood upright the saw is only 19″ deep which is nice for storing in your van or trailer.

Specifications

  • Blade Size 10″
  • Motor 15 Amp 120V – 60Hz
  • No-Load Speed 4,500 RPM
  • Blade Type Included 40T Carbide Tipped
  • Table Material Aluminum
  • Working Table Size 28-3/4″ x 22″
  • Out-feed Support Size 28-3/4″ x 2″
  • Max Rip Capacity Right 35″
  • Max Rip Capacity Left 22″
  • Max Cut Depth @ 0 Degrees 3-1/8″
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45 Degrees 2-1/4″
  • Max Width of Dado 8 x 13/16″
  • Soft Start Yes
  • Electric Brake Yes
  • Dust Port Size 2-1/2″
  • Fold & Roll Stand Included
  • Tool Weight (Assembled) 96 lbs
  • Warranty 2-Year

Dust Collection

The Hitachi 10” Job Site Table Saw has excellent dust collection, the system seals in the saw cavity  allowing the vacuum a chance to suction out the dust from below the table. On the backside of the saw is a 2-1/2” dust port, which allows connection to most shop vacuums.

When used with a vacuum, this saw does an amazing job at keeping the dust down. When not connected to the table the saw shoots dust out of the dust chute.

Features

  • Direct drive universal 15 Amp motor produces 4,500 RPM Soft start function
  • Electric brake
  • 10″ 40-Tooth carbide tipped blade
  • Bevel range of 0 degree to 45 degrees for cuts ranging from 3-1/8″ (at 0 degree) to 2-1/4″ (at 45 degrees)
  • 28-3/4″ x 22″ working table top without feed support of 28-3/4″ x 2″ for material support
  • Telescoping table extension supports 35″ of ripping capacity to the right and 22″ to the left
  • Both the bevel scale and bevel height adjustment knobs for the blade are situation on the front panel of the saw
  • Equipped with a 3/4″ T-slot miter gauge that features a large scale with adjustable positive stops at 0, 15, 30, 45 and 60 degrees to the left and right On-tool accessory storage allows for easy access to needed items and convenient storage while not in use
  • 8 x 13/16″ Dado capacity
  • Fold & roll stand
  • Large 8″ rubber, all-terrain treaded wheels
  • Riving knife
  • Oversized power switch
  • 2-1/2″ dust port
  • Covered by Hitachi’s 2-Year Limited Warranty

Cost

The Hitachi 10” Job Site Table Saw sells online for $399.00, online here: Hitachi-C10RJ-15-Amp-Jobsite-Capacity

Overall Impression

This new Hitachi job site table saw is well designed, powerful, quiet and cuts well. It’s night and day to the older Hitachi table saws we’ve seen.

It’s a definite competitor to the Dewalt DWE7491 table saw. While I think Dewalt is the better saw, the Hitachi is dam close and $200 cheaper.

Having the ability to rip to 35″ or to apply a dado blade makes this saw a contender for high end cabinet and casework on job job-sites. We highly recommend this saw for your job-site!

Hitachi 10” Job Site Table Saw Video Review


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Rob Robillard

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1 Comment

  1. James Brock

    where do I find a dado insert for the Hitachi table saw or do I need to make one if so can you give me some ideas on how to do that. the channel is not wide enough as it is now to handle a 3/4 dado is it.

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