Hitachi’s C10RJ 10-inch table saw is a complete departure from any table saw you’ve seen from the company in the past. At first glance, the roll-cage design looks similar to a compact saw, but its specs and features set it firmly in the larger jobsite saw category. The saw is stout (and heavy) with an aluminum top; with the initial startup, I could tell that it is a table saw to be taken seriously.

The Motor and Cutting Power
It runs on a direct-drive 15-amp motor with soft start and electric break that produces a no-load speed of 4,500 rpm, which Hitachi reports can handle anything from framing lumber to hardwoods. So far in my initial testing, it handled 2-by and 3/4-inch CDX with ease; I’ve yet to test it on hardwoods. I had some initial power issues, but quickly determined that this was due to a voltage drop in my shop and NOT the saw (I’m set up temporarily in a large commercial space until my new shop space is complete). Once I plugged into an adequately-juiced outlet, I was impressed by the saw’s power.

A full review is forthcoming in which I’ll look at the saw’s ability to handle heavy framing stock like LVLs and pressure treated 4x4s, as well as poplar, oak, and maple. I’ll also be testing the quality of the cut looking for glue-line rips in poplar, oak, and maple. I’ll dive deeper into the saw’s features and accuracy, including how parallel and true the fence stays to the blade as well as how easily it can be adjusted and tuned, and how good the dust collection is (Rob Robillard of A Concord Carpenter / ToolboxBuzz explores some of these features in his video review here; he found the dust collection to be excellent). The soft-start is a really nice feature, as is the large paddle-style “off” switch. An electric brake is new to the jobsite table-saw category (and maybe all table saws I imagine); it’s different, but I like it as a feature so far. For now, let’s look at some of the saw’s and stand’s physical characteristics.

The C10RJ is engineered with sturdy, foldable legs and all-terrain treaded wheels.
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The C10RJ is engineered with sturdy, foldable legs and all-terrain treaded wheels.

The Stand
The saw comes with a rolling stand with 8-inch rubber all-terrain treaded wheels and folding legs; one of the legs includes an adjustable foot to aid in leveling the saw on uneven surfaces, which I find to be a nice feature in this kind of setup (some stands out there may not have adjustable feet – it seems there are a couple of versions of the stand). The aluminum legs and large rubber feet make for a solid base, but the feet pop off relatively easily so it’s worth adding some epoxy to secure them. I question whether the stand will take the same amount of abuse as beefier all-aluminum stands; the wheel mounts need some reinforcement or a different design because one side is bent already—the result of landing unevenly from a 6-inch drop (my shop has a short step up into the back door). The legs certainly are solid enough and when they’re fully-extended they provide a wide and very stable base; the saw isn’t going to tip even when ripping large, heavy sheets of plywood.

It's a little awkward getting into the back of a pickup, so if you work alone and don't have a trailer that's something to be aware of. I have a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The saw's handle barely grabs the tailgate when it's down.

Saw Adjustments and Features
The top measures 28 3/4 inches by 22 inches and has an integral outfeed arm that extends beyond the back of the saw for additional material support. In its closed position, the outfield arm sticks out far enough that it makes maneuvering in and out of doorways a little cumbersome; I plan to remove it completely when working indoors because even when fully extended, the gain seemed unremarkable (I feel this way about all integrated outfeed arms).

The fence rides on telescoping guide rails that adjust via a rack-and-pinion track. I like the rack-and-pinion design here; it’s not as finely-tuned as my DeWalt, but it is smooth and works well. By finely-tuned I mean that the gears are larger so you have to work the adjustment knob differently. Guide-rails lock via a lever to the right of the table top. The rip fence extends to either side of the blade for a 35-inch capacity to the right and 22 inches when set on the left. The fence itself is solid and true and locks in the front and back of the guide rails; it has a nice flip-down feature for material support when extended beyond the table. Bevel capacity ranges from 0° to 45° (bevel adjustment is rack-and-pinion, too – which is really nice for fine-tuning); the max depth of cut at 0° is 3 1/8 inches and at 45° is 2 1/4 inches. It can take a dado stack up to 8" by 13/16"

Maneuverability
The adjustment knob for the fence sticks out a good 2 ½” from the front guide rail, so it can snag easily if you’re not careful maneuvering it. The outfeed extension sticks past the rear guide rail about 4” in its closed position due to some small stops that screw into the support’s arms. You might think the stops are unnecessary, but they are there to hold the outfeed extension off of the back of the saw’s fence. So if you include all of that, the saw’s depth (or width, if you're rolling it through a doorway) from front of the knob to the back of the outfeed extension is a little over 31”. That means you can get it through a 2-8 rough opening (R.O.), but probably nothing smaller unless you take off the outfeed extension altogether. Without the outfeed extension it will roll through a 2-4 R.O. no problem, and possibly even a 2-2 if you can finagle an angle that isn’t impeded by the front knob (I haven’t tested this out yet). That front knob really messes with the saw’s overall depth and though it is stout, I would worry about it taking one too many trips into a king stud – which is bound to happen at the end of a few long days.

The C10RJ also includes overload protection with automatic shut off to prevent damage to the motor; a riving knife; built-in storage for the push stick, blade guard, anti-kickback pawls, power cord, and other accessories; and a 2 1/2-inch dust port for connecting to vacs and dust collectors. Additional features include adjustment from the table top for bevel stops at 0° and 45° and a quick-release, tool-less blade insert. The C10RJ comes with a 10-inch 40-tooth carbide-tipped blade, T-style miter gauge, blade-guard assembly, push stick, rip fence, out-feed support, anti-kickback pawls, two blade wrenches and hex bar wrenches, and a folding stand.

Further testing is necessary, but so far I have been impressed by the power, accuracy, and cut quality of the saw. Cost: $480.

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