DeWalt vs Hitachi Miter Saw

DeWalt vs Hitachi Miter Saw which brand makes the better miter saw?

​There are several 12 inch models available from each manufacturer. From DeWalt in the 12 inch space there is the DWS709, DWS779 and DWS780. From Hitachi the C12RSH and C12RSH2.

Lets take a look at the two top miter saws from each brand DeWalt DWS780 vs Hitachi C12RSH2.

Both are 12 inch double bevel compound miter saws and both have a 15 Amp motor with fairly similar miter and bevel ranges.

We'll take a closer look at each model first and then a comparison between the DWS780 and C12RSH2 at the end.​


Hitachi C12RSH2

​The Hitachi C12RSH2 has a top speed of 3,800 RPM and is powered by a 15 AMP motor.

It can cut crown molding up to 7-1/2 inches in height and has a bevel range on both sides of 45 degrees, although there is no micro bevel adjustment.

On the miter front it has a max angle of 57 degrees to the right and a lesser angle of 45 degrees to the left.​

The main design difference between the Hitachi and a lot of other miter saws is that it has a very compact slide rail system. Unlike the majority of other miters it requires very little free space or clearance to the rear of the saw.

The C12RSH2 also has a laser guide system something that is fairly standard on miters these days with the exception of the DWS780 below.​

Specifications

  • 15 amp motor
  • Miter angles of 57 to the right, 45 degrees to the left
  • Bevel angles of 45 degrees left and right
  • Limited 5 year warranty

DeWalt DWS780

​Powered by a 15 Amp motor the DWS780 from DeWalt is a 12 inch double bevel sliding compound miter saw.

​Miter angles of 50 to the left and 60 degrees to the right. The bevel angles are 45 degrees on either side. Both the miter and bevel have positive detents at the most popular angles.

With a top speed of 3,800 it is similar to the majority of other 12 inch miters just like the Hitachi.

Cutting capacity is 2x15 inch at 90 and 2x14 inch at an angle of 45 degrees.

When it comes to 10 vs 12 inch miter saws the 10 inchers with the smaller blades will have a higher RPM as their top speed. This higher RPM can make them more suitable for finer woodworking assuming you are using a quality blade.​

There is also the DWS779 available from DeWalt that is virtually the same specifications as the DWS780 yet is can be as much as 200 dollars cheaper depending on where you purchase it.

If would like to see both saws compared check out our other article DWS779 vs DWS780​.

Specifications

  • 15 amp motor
  • 50 left and 60 degrees right miter ranges
  • 47 degrees both left and right bevel angle
  • XPS alignment
  • Limited 3 year warranty

DeWalt vs Hitachi Miter Saw

​So who wins the battle of DeWalt vs Hitachi Miter Saw?

Both saws have a similar power rating with a 15 Amp motor that spins their blades at 3,8​00 RPM.

The major advantage of the CS12RSH2 is that is requires little to no rear clearance so for those with very limited space in their wood shop it does make sense.​

The DeWalt DWS780 is more expensive than the Hitachi although the DWS779 is priced roughly the same online. ​

Well for the DeWalt DWS780 vs Hitachi C12RSH2 the DeWalt is by far the more popular miter saw brand. DeWalt have built a very solid following over the last decade for the majority of their power tool range. 

​Personally if I were on a budget and had to choose I would pick the DWS779. Practically the same price as the Hitachi but definitely a superior machine.

However, DeWalt may discontinue this particular model soon so you may be purchasing a soon to be discontinued line and it will become harder to find. Saying that if it is discontinued there may be stock clearance sales available.

If money is not an issue then the DWS780 with the added XPS cross cut alignment is the standout winner!

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