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