Miter Saw / October 31, 2018 / Tina Abrahamsson.
Apple Computer Inc. began its operations in Steve Jobs cramped garage. Likewise Google Inc. was formally formed at the garage of Larry Page and Sergey Brins friend. What makes technology companies with small beginnings grow into large and successful corporations is their dedication to innovation and quality two attributes which Hitachi Ltd. had never tired of demonstrating. Like Google and Apple Hitachi began as a small business. The company started as an electrical repair shop in 1910. With its passion for innovation and quality Hitachi quickly climbed the ladder of success. Today Hitachi is the worlds third largest tech company in terms of revenue. The company is known as one of the top manufacturers of various products like Mainframe computers LCD projectors optical disk drives mobile phones and power tools. And when it comes to power tools Hitachi makes one of the best in the world. One of the premier power tools that Hitachi manufactures is the Hitachi miter saw. Hitachi Miter Saw: Innovation has been the trademark of Hitachi throughout its existence. In 1988 Hitachi engineers made a landmark product: the first sliding compound miter saw (CBFB).
The saw does not feature the "soft-start" feature found on some-saws so it does jump a little on startup. I simply have to wait a second or two until the blade has spun up to its full 4600-rpm speed and then make my cut. This gives me a little extra time to consider the cut Im about to make remembering the old adage of "measure twice and cut once. Another feature I really like on this saw is the electric brake on the blade. These brakes immediately slow the blade when you release the trigger. If a blade does not have an electric brake it can spin for 10 seconds or longer which can represent a real hazard to you or to the stock youre removing from the fence. My venerable old table saw (also a Makita) came with the electric brake feature and has made me a real believer in this safety device. Miter saw blades come in a variety of materials. Less expensive blades are usually made of steel and are fine for quick jobs using soft woods such as pine but they will dull quickly if youre using hard woods like oak.
Producing a virtually unparalleled smoothness of cut the tool is unbelievably precise and offers optimal operator control throughout every conceivable working condition. The new axial system completely replaces the miter saws former and comparatively underdeveloped rail system with two multi-joint articulating (or hinged) arms which appear more akin to a space-robot than a power tool. These cast-iron arms also ensure the saw remains properly aligned and calibrated despite time and unfavorable environments. Additionally the saws axial design is not only responsible for its unmatched durability and crazy-smooth precision but it also folds to sit flush with the back of the saw saving up to 12" of workspace compared with a standard sliding compound miter saw.
Before joining the two boards together slotted holes should be cut into the back-up board for the purpose of mounting and adjusting the fence position on the table top with reference to the fence on the miter saw. These slots should be slightly wider than the shaft diameter of the lag screws you intend to use to mount the fence to the table. Cut a few equally spaced slots in the back-up board perpendicular (at right angle) to the fence. A 2 x 4 joist should be located under the table top centered underneath the slots in the back-up board. This will give the lag screws something solid to bite into.