UPDATE: It looks like there may be some supply problems with the Metabo HPT C10RJ and C10RJS. Many retailers are out of stock. If you can’t wait, I recommend looking at the DeWalt DWE7491RS, Bosch 4100XC-10, or another alternative.
You’ll see this portable table saw with stand referred to under two names: the Hitachi C10RJ and the Metabo HPT C10RJ. Hitachi Power Tools was spun out of the Hitachi conglomerate and rebranded as Metabo HPT in 2018. Rest assured that these are the exact same product, regardless of the name on the outside.
This saw will appeal to DIYers and hobbyists whose workshop doesn’t have room for a full-size contractor or cabinet saw. While it is larger and heavier (96 lbs) than some portable table saws, the C10RJ can either be used on a bench-top or be mounted on its included wheeled base that folds up for storage.
Read on to see if the C10RJ is the best jobsite table saw for you!
Features and Benefits
Let’s look at some of the important factors to consider when buying a table saw and see how the Hitachi / Metabo HPT C10RJ stacks up.
Motor and Power Supply
The motor is a 120-volt, 15-amp unit that will run on a typical residential power outlet. It’s rated at 4500 RPM and has a soft-start feature to bring the blade quickly up to speed without a jarring recoil.
The motor will automatically shut off if overloaded in order to prevent damage. And if the saw loses power, a zero-voltage restart lock will keep it from unexpectedly (and dangerously) starting up again once power is restored.
Finally, the power switch has an emergency-off cover that can be easily activated with your knee in case your hands are busy with the workpiece on the saw.
Table and Fence
As is common with many portable table saws, the table is made of aluminum to save weight. The table is large for this class of saws, measuring 28 3/4” wide by 22” deep. A nice feature of the C10RJ over its competition is an extendable 2” support at the rear of the table. When fully extended, it provides up to 10” of extra outfeed support for longer workpieces.
The fence moves on a rack-and-pinion track akin to those commonly found on DeWalt portable table saws. It can be extended 27” to the right of the blade in its normal position. You can detach it and move it to a separate set of mounts to reach a maximum width of 35”, which exceeds that of any similarly-priced competitor. Part of the fence flips over to form an L-shaped shelf to help support the workpiece at these larger distances. You can also move the fence to the left side of the blade, where it has a maximum reach of 22”.
The saw comes with a durable wheeled stand that you’ll need to assemble. In the operating position, the stand provides a wide base to guard against tipping over. When folded up, the saw sits straight up vertically, so it can be securely parked for storage.
The all-terrain 8” wheels make it easy to navigate for the most part, though some customers report that larger wheels would be nice on rough terrain. While reasonably sturdy, the axle has been known to bend slightly if subjected to too much stress. Neither of these should be problems if you’re primarily using it in a shop setting.
Blades and Cutting
The saw accepts 10” blades, and comes packaged with a 40-tooth carbide-tipped general-purpose blade. This blade should perform acceptably for both ripping and crosscutting, but you may think about upgrading the blade if you want the best results.
Many portable jobsite saws are geared only towards construction work. But the C10RJ can also accept an 8” x 13/16” dado set, so it will let you tackle many woodworking projects as well.
A potential negative on this saw is that some customers report needing to align the blade out of the box. You should ensure that the blade is parallel to the miter slots and fence prior to operation. Since this is not actually addressed in the manual: You’ll need to look under the table for a pair of bolts that need to be loosened to allow for this adjustment. Measure the distances to ensure the blade is parallel and then tighten the bolts.
The blade can be beveled from 0 to 45 degrees. At 0 degrees, it can make a cut up to 3 1/8” deep, which is reduced to 2 1/4” at the full 45-degree tilt. Both the bevel and blade height are adjusted via knobs in the front, and the height can still be adjusted while the angle is locked.
Miter Gauge and Slots
Two 3/4” T-slot miter slots, one on either side of the blade, help keep the miter gauge securely in the track. The miter gauge is of good quality and features a large scale with positive stops at 0, 15, 30, 45 and 60 degrees to both the left and right.
Note, though, that some customers report the miter gauge does have a tendency to slide out when the saw is folded up for transport. Be sure to secure it so you don’t lose it!
This saw offers a couple of options for dealing with sawdust. A nylon curtain around the blade area helps direct dust down into a chute for gathering in a bag. Or you can attach a shop vac to a 2 1/2” port on the rear of the saw. The saw is sealed well enough that the suction from the shop vac removes dust sufficiently for indoor use.
The overload shutoff switch, zero-voltage restart lock, and knee-operable emergency off switch already mentioned above are all important safety features.
This model offers three safety features that should be considered must-haves:
- A clear plastic blade guard goes over the blade to allow your workpiece to slide under it but keep your fingers out.
- A riving knife behind the blade keeps wood from pinching back shut, which can lead to dangerous kickback.
- Anti-kickback pawls on either side of the blade dig into wood that’s trying to fly back towards you.
In addition, the saw features an electric brake to quickly stop the spinning blade when powered off, reducing the likelihood that you’ll accidentally stick a finger into a dangerous spot when retrieving your cut material.
How Does it Compare?
Before making a final decision, you should evaluate the C10RJ against other products in its class. Here’s a quick look at some that are worth your attention.
The table on the Bosch 4100XC-10 is slightly wider, at 30” by 22 1/2″. The included blade is a 24-tooth model, optimized for ripping wood rather than crosscuts. So if you’ll need to make any crosscuts, plan on swapping out the blade. The maximum ripping width is 30”, compared to 35” for the C10RJ. If you prefer the Bosch but need some extra width, they do offer a version with a 30” capacity, but you can expect to pay a fair bit more for that extra reach.
Some customers also report needing to align the blade out of the box, but unlike with the Hitachi, the Bosch instruction manual tells you how. If you’re not an experienced table saw user, the extra help may be welcome.
This DeWalt 10″ table saw also has a smaller table (26 3/8″ x 21 7/8″), but its maximum rip width of 32 1/2″ is in the same ballpark as the C10RJ. It features an additional dust-collection port attached to the top of the riving knife, in addition to a 2 1/2″ port in the rear of the blade assembly. If you have the right adapters to hook up both ports (or you’re outside and don’t care), this could be a nice feature. But some customers complain that the upper port tends to blow sawdust several feet away if not connected to a hose.
Overall, customers tend to give this DeWalt jobsite table saw pretty high marks, though it also tends to be pricier than the Hitachi.
Read our full review of the DeWalt DWE7491RS.
If safety is your number one priority, SawStop offers a jobsite table saw with their patented blade brake technology. It uses electrical conductivity to detect if flesh (like your finger) is touching the blade, and stops the blade instantly. It can turn a potential emergency room visit into a minor nick.
In most other respects, this is a similar saw feature-wise to the ones we’ve already discussed, with a maximum rip capacity of 25 1/2”. The price jump to the SawStop is pretty significant, but for many people, the peace of mind that comes with it is worth it.
If you need to make wide rip cuts and deal with larger sheet goods, but need the portability it offers, the Hitachi / Metabo HPT C10RJ may be a good choice. It is not the smallest or lightest jobsite table saw, so if you don’t need the extra rip capacity, some of its competitors may be easier to move about your workshop or load into your vehicle.
While overall this model gets good marks for quality, many customers note that the documentation leaves a lot to be desired. In particular, you may need to adjust the saw out of the box to ensure the blade is parallel to the fence, and the lack of documentation in the manual might confuse first-timer purchasers.
All in all, this is a solid jobsite table saw but might be a better choice for a more experienced user rather than someone brand-new to the world of table saws.