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New tablesaw - pseudo review Hitachi C10RJ

As mentioned in: What have you done today to your Cherokee? and for @SkipW

I've done the initial setup with the saw and have done some initial work with it.

Overall review: Good quality and great value (cost vs quality). Purchase was price was $349 minus a nice 10% military discount.

Initial setup:
Squaring the miter gauge. The gauge wasn't perfectly square. Plastic with aluminum rail. Standard 3/4 x 3/8 T-slot. No positive stops. Tried squaring to the indicator/needle, but one of the screws stripped (may have already been stripped) when trying to adjust. Not giving much of a ding for this because, unfortunately, it seems like most/all saws in this range have a crappy miter gauge. I was able to square it up and tighten it with the adjustment knob. I ordered https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XR7QDMX which is a less expensive Incra clone.

Squaring the blade: Blade was off ~1/16" or so in heel adjustment. My nutdriver wasn't long enough to get to the bolts to adjust, but it is adjustable.

Squaring the fence: No adjustment needed (but possible). The gear train for it is nice and smooth. Reviews tend to say "not as good as DeWalt", but I didn't compare directly. Definitely much nicer than the plain friction fences. There are two major mount points for either regular or extended rip (up to 35" by spec, but I didn't measure). With the extended position the fence can be rotated 90 degrees to support the work material as well. I wanted to be able to rip 4x8 panels so 24" was the minimum rip capacity I needed.

Stand: No frills stand, but sturdy. Assembly was straight-forward without needing to use the manual. No concerns about the saw tipping or moving when I was working on it. Folds up into a relatively small space.

Size and weight: The box says the contents are 96lbs. It moves easily with the rolling stand, though. I'm mildly concerned about the torque and pressure put on the legs when folding/unfolding, but there are no signs of it being weak. Just a potential for a design change that might have eliminated some of the stress. Table size is about 28x22 with an outfeed extension good for another 6" or so. It's bigger than a lot of the competition, but it's needed for the ripping capacity. The blade is positioned a little to the rear of center. 13/16" dado capacity (I tested with a 3/4" dado).

Other notes:
I was also really interested in the worm-drive Skilsaw SPT70WT for the same price, but I couldn't see one in person and the (fixed) stand was an extra $70. 50lbs. 25" rip. Looks like the table is smaller. 1/2" dado capacity.

Comparing to it's big-yellow competitor, DeWalt DWE7491RS. Very similar design and layout. DeWalt is $250 more. 26x22 table. 13/16" dado capacity.

The Hitachi seems to be a bit of a sleeper. It's not widely available or widely reviewed (it was released in ~April of this year). The price/quality/features/value is definitely a winning combination for me. I'm happy with the purchase. I only used it to work on some 1x3 framing, but I don't have any doubt it can handle heavier stock.
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@Rojhan: Thanks very much for taking the time to post this review. Your thoughts have given me a reason to seek out the Hitachi for a look. As I am a heavy Dewalt table saw user with several, it might be a hard sell but your price/value comparison makes a good case. I am happy to see a well priced competitor with the rack and pinion fence setup and will give it a try.

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