Hitachi C8FSE Review: 8-1/2 Inch Compact Miter Saw

What if even the 10-inch miter saws are too big for your needs? That means you need something smaller, and for many, it also means getting the Hitachi C8FSE 9.2-Amp 8-1/2-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw instead. This is a compact miter saw with an 8.5-inch blade, but don’t let its size fool you. It also has sliding and compound features that really help with woodcutting projects. Read Hitachi C8FSE Review.

Hitachi C8FSE Review

What's in the Box:

  • C8FSE Compound Miter Saw
  • DWX724 8-1/2-inch TCT saw blade
  • DWX725B dust bag
  • DWX726 vice assembly
  • DW7080 box wrench
  • sub fence

Robust Power

This comes with a 9.2-amp motor, which may not seem enough if you’re used to 15-amp motors. But since it only has an 8.5-inch blade, the available power is enough for your needs. It’s certainly strong enough to get the blade spinning at 5,500 rpm. There’s even an electronic speed control system that keeps blade rpm rate consistent when you make your cuts, so you always get smooth and controlled results.

Miter and Bevel Range

For your miter cuts, you have thumb-actuated stops at the most common miter angles. These are set at 15, 22.5, 31.6, and 45 degrees on both the left and right. The miter angle range to the left is up to 45 degrees, while to the right you have 57 degrees. So there’s no problem for you to adjust the cutting blade angle to make miter cuts in your crown molding. You also have up to 48 degrees of angle range to the left, plus another 5 degrees to the right. So you’ll only need a single try to get the bevel cuts you want.

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This is the most portable of all the 8.5-inch miter saws you’re likely to encounter. It’s not just compact, but it’s very light at 31 pounds. You don’t have to be a hefty guy to carry this to your job site.


This comes with a decent time warranty. You’re unlike to find another miter saw from another brand with a warranty period this long.

C8FSE Compound Miter Saw Tool Specifications

No-Load Speed5,500 RPM
Blade Diameter8-1/2"
Bevel Angle RangeRight 0°-5° Left 0°-48°
Miter Angle RangeRight 0°-57° Left 0°-45°
Miter Detent Stops (R & L)15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, 45°
Cross Cut Capacity (90°)2-9/16" x 12"
Tool Dimensions (WxDxH)21-27/32" x 31-3/32" x 19-3/32"
Weight31 lbs
What we liked
  • The warranty period is amazingly long.
  • It’s really easy to transport.
  • The handle is comfy and it reduces vibrations too.
  • It offers accurate cuts.
What we didn't like
  • It’s not a dual-bevel model.
  • You need to change the stock blade for best results.


Question. What’s the crosscut capacity at 90 degrees?
Answer. It can cut through lumber measuring 2 and 9/16 inches by 12 inches.

Question. What are the dimensions of the C8FSE?
Answer. It measures 21 and 27/32 inches wide, 31 and 3/32 inches deep, and 19 and 3/32 inches high.

Technical Details

Item Weight42.7 pounds
Product Dimensions30 x 16.2 x 15.5 inches
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Power Sourcecorded-electric
Voltage120 volts
Included ComponentsBare-Tool
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No

Final Verdict

The Hitachi C8FSE has long been available in the market, and obviously, there are newer options for 8.5-inch miter saws. But the C8FSE holds up very well, and for many people, it remains the gold standard for its class. It’s perfect for jobs like cutting flooring, it’s very easy to use, and it’s very light and portable too. It may have been available for a long time now, but its build quality means it will also serve you for a long time to come.

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