Hi­tachi C10FSHPS, $550


800-829-4752, hi­tachipow­er­tools.com High Points

▲One of the most pow­er­ful mo­tors with a soft-start fea­ture that elim­i­nates the lurch com­mon to some oth­ers.

▲At just 43 pounds, we found this saw easy to lift and carry.

▲5-year war­ranty

Low Points

▼The short right-side fence can’t sup­port crown mold­ing cut in the nested po­si­tion. ▼The miter and bevel scales are dif­fi­cult to read, there’s no way to cal­i­brate the miter scale, there’s no miter-de­tent over­ride, and the threaded miter lock came loose a few times.

▼We found its ver­ti­cally ori­ented D-han­dle and power switch awk­ward to use, and even more dif­fi­cult to op­er­ate left-handed.

▼The blade wrench does not store on the saw.

More Points

Its rear-mounted laser proves ef­fec­tive when clean, but got cov­ered in saw­dust af­ter a few cuts.

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