This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: email@example.com (Frank Caggiano)
Date: 27 Apr 92 16:16:41 GMT
A few weeks ago I posted a message asking if anyone had
any experience with the new slide compound saws. I received a
number of replies, thanks to all.
After looking at the Makita LS1011 and the Hitachi C8FB I decided
on the Hitachi. It was a bit more money but I felt it was the better
For those not familiar with these saws they are a cross between
a power mitre saw and a small radial arm saw. They do all a mitre
saw can do plus have the ability to crosscut up to 12 inches. The
saw rides on rails. The Hitachi will crosscut at 90 degs. close to
a 3x12. Even though the Hitachi is only 8.5 inches its capacity
is close to and in some cases exceeds most 10inch saws of this
The Hitachi has two rails for the saw to slide on the Makita has
one. The mitre adjustment on the Hitachi is similar to mitre
saws, a handle out the front that you turn to (un)lock
and rotate the table. On the makita there is a bolt with a wing
nut in the back of the saw which locks the table you then grabe
the table to rotate it. On the saw on display in the store where I
saw them the table already had the beginings of a grove wearing
into it from rubbing the bolt while the table was turned.
In addition to standard degree markins ont the mitre scale
the Hitachi has markings in degree of rise per run and also
markings for the common angles needed for crown molding.
All in all I'm glade I paid the extra money for the Hitachi.
One point to remember with these saws, the cut is made by pushing
the saw AWAY from the operator not pulling it forward like on a RAS.