One handy, dandy tool that every serious hobbyist and professional carpenter need for their line of work is a miter saw. The most versatile type of miter saw is the bevel compound miter saw which not only miters to the left and right, but the head can swivel in one or both directions. This means you no longer have to hold a piece of material vertically against the fence, but instead, you just need to tilt the saw head to the appropriate angle and plunge it down and into the material.

Hitachi C10FCG vs C10FCH2

Hitachi C10FCG

We’re going to take a close look at two of Hitachi’s most high-rated bevel compound miter saw models: the Hitachi C10FCG and the Hitachi C10FCH2. From their model codes, it’s safe to assume that they come from the same product series, but the latter has more bells and whistles that make it easier to use. The only question left to answer is how much better is the C10FCH2 compared to the C10FCGLet’s find out.

Maximum Speed

C10FCG and C10FCH2
Miter saws rely heavily on high speed to produce clean cuts with every plunge. Both the C10FCG and the C10FCH2 come equipped with 15.0-amp motors that produce up to 5,000 RPM no-load. This is rather impressive considering that these are budget-friendly miter saws, though the size of the blade plays a role in its super-quick spin.

Hitachi C10FCH2 vs C10FCG

Hitachi C10FCH2

Blade Size

C10FCG and C10FCH2
Speaking of blade size, both of these tools use 10-inch 24-tooth blades. Miter saws usually come with blades ranging between 7-1/4 and 12-inches. The best things about 10-inch blades are that they are extremely quick and are readily available in many hardware stores and online if you need to purchase replacements. The drawback of 10 inchers is that they have limited cutting capacities, but hobbyists and even professional woodworkers can make use out of 10-inch miter saw blades for a wide range of project.

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Cutting Capacity

C10FCG and C10FCH2
We mentioned earlier that the cutting capacities of 10-inch blades are rather limited. In numerical terms, when the head is at the upright position, it can produce cuts of up to 2-5/16 x -21/32 inches. When mitered at a 52° angle in any direction, it can cut up to 2-5/16 x 3-1/2 inches. When the head is beveled at 45°, it has a cutting capacity of up to 1-5/8 x 4 inches. The simple way to overcome the limited cutting capacity of the 10-inch C10FCG and C10FCH2 is by flipping your material over and finishing the cut from the other side. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Hitachi C10FCG

Hitachi C10FCG

Beveling and Mitering Capacities

C10FCG and C10FCH2
Beveling refers to how the head of the miter saw and tilt sideways, whereas mitering is the ability of the saw head to swing in both directions. How far the bevel or miter of the saw head determines at what angles the blade can cut through materials.

Both the C10FCG and C10FCH2 have the same beveling and mitering ranges. It can bevel up to 45° to the left and miter up to 52° to the left and right. They also have positive stops placed at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, and 45° – the most commonly used angles when construction furniture or fixtures.

Hitachi C10FCH2

Hitachi C10FCH2


Many contract workers need to have their own set of tools ready to take with them to various job sites. Because of this, it’s important to select tools that are easy to load and unload onto and from the bed of your truck. The C10FCG weighs only 26.2 pounds, making it extremely lightweight.

The C10FCH2 is only very slightly heavier than the C10FCG. It weighs 26.5 pounds. The difference in weight is due to the laser guide that comes with the tool (more on this later).

Conclusion: The difference in weight is so immaterial that they’re practically the same weight. That being said, these bevel compound miter saws are so lightweight that lifting them using a single hand is possible and entirely easy to do. One downside of such a lightweight miter saw is that it needs to be mounted to avoid accidents. In fact, any miter saw – heavy or light – should be mounted on a work surface correctly to avoid the worst-case scenarios.

Laser Guide

Laser guides are great for helping ensure proper cuts with every plunge, but experienced woodworkers and even novice ones can learn where the blade enters in a piece of wood through trial and error. The C10FCG doesn’t have a laser guide, but you’ll learn “how to” without one.

Hitachi C10FCG vs C10FCH2: Bevel Compound Miter Saw Comparison

The main differentiator between the C10FCG and the C10FCH2 is that the latter comes with a laser guide. The light’s not tremendously bright so you’ll probably end up learning to use this miter saw without relying on the light too much. In closed spaces, the laser guide should be completely visible.

Conclusion: The additional 0.3 pounds of the C10FCH2 compared to the C10FCG is mainly due to the laser guide. The laser guide itself shines brightly in closed areas, but when working outdoors, you’ll have to rely on careful measurements and pure intuition to get the right cuts with every plunge. That being said, any craftsman worth his or her salt should know how to use a miter saw without a laser guide but having one built-in to your miter saw can really help speed things up.

Dust Collection System

C10FCG and C10FCH2
One thing that many customers have complained about is the somewhat poor-quality dust collection bag that comes with these models. The bag attaches to the dust port behind the machine and is supposed to prevent dust and chips from going airborne.

What we found is that the bag collects roughly 40% to 50% of the chips produced from the blade. The one, true way to properly collect dust with these miter saws is by connecting your shop vac to the dust port, but you’ll need to attach an adapter to so your shop vac’s hose can connect properly (adapter sold separately).

Hitachi C10FCH2 vs C10FCG: Bevel Compound Miter Saw Comparison


One thing we should mention is that both the Hitachi C10FCG and C10FCH2 are budget-friendly bevel compound miter saws, so comparing these tools to heavy-duty, costly miter saws from other brands isn’t really fair.

That being said, we feel that as budget-friendly alternatives, these tools do what you’d expect from a miter saw with its blade size, motor, and beveling and mitering capacities.

These miter saws aren’t exactly things you would brag to other contract workers about, but they can get most home and contract woodworking jobs done. If we had to recommend one over the other, we’d say spend the extra bucks and get the Hitachi C10FCH2 with a built-in laser guide. The guide may not be the brightest beam of light, but when visible it’s extremely helpful in ensuring accurate cuts with every plunge of the blade.

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