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Hitachi C12RSH2 vs DeWalt DWS780: Which One’s Best?

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Best Choice
  • Tremendous stock capacity
  • Positive bevel and miter stops
  • Dead on accuracy out of the box
  • Best Price
    Second place
    Hitachi C12RSH2 Hitachi C12RSH2
  • Attractive pricing
  • Excellent stock capacity
  • Wall-hugging design for tight workspaces and shallow benches
  • In the market for a powerful, capable, highly rated double bevel, sliding compound miter saw? Then these two offerings from Hitachi and DeWalt should be on your list. Based on the specifications of each saw, they are worthy competitors with each providing something the other doesn’t.

    The DWS780 can handle much wider stock (16” vs. 12” for the C12RSH2), so for users who routinely need to cut large stock, the DWS is a better choice.

    The C12RSH2 will appeal to users who have to work in cramped spaces or on shallow benches with its “zero-clearance” wall-hugging design.

    Both are capable of being used in commercial applications where accurate results in large, complex compound cuts are an everyday requirement. So the contest may be decided by the remaining features and at the end, price, because the DeWalt is significantly more expensive.

    DEWALT DWS780 cutting wood

    What’s the difference between them?

    Let’s stack the two saws up against each other and see which excels at what.

    Performance – Point to DWS780

    Regarding specifications, both saws match up well. The motors provide the same no-load RPM and both draw 15 amps. Adjustability is also comparable with the precise markings for angles on the DWS780 going against the micro-adjustment capabilities for bevel and miter on the C12RSH2. Both can handle 7+” crown molding in a nested position. The DWS780 takes a point in performance with its ability to cut much wider stock, 16” at 90o versus 12” for the C12RSH2.

    Price – Point to C12RSH2

    If price is the primary driver, the C12RSH2 is the saw of choice coming in at about 41% less than the DWS. Is the price differential justified? You need to look at the full feature set of each and compare it to what you plan to do with the saw.

    Hitachi C12RSH2 cutting wood

    Durability – Point to DWS780

    Both saws are rugged, but a point goes to the DWS780 in this category. Features such as a stainless steel miter gauge for accurate setup through thousands of cuts, high visibility, etched bevel gauge, and machined fence channels position the DWS780 to survive rigorous use better than the C12RSH2. Even though the latter outweighs the DeWalt saw by a few pounds, it does not translate into a durability advantage for the C12RSH2.

    Design – Point to C12RSH2

    The C12RSH2 comes out ahead on design with its compact form factor giving it greater versatility in cramped spaces and on shallow benches. Both saws take ergonomics into account with handle design and cushioned grips.

    DEWALT DWS780 diagonal cut

    Point of Cut Enhancements – ½ Point DWS780

    The DWS780 replaces the laser marker with a unique LED-based alternative. This very bright LED casts a shadow of the saw blade exactly where the blade will cut. For those who love laser markers, this may be a spoiler, but the DWS780 solution offers benefits over a laser. First, it never has to be recalibrated. Secondly, it illuminates the cut location, something many users like. Finally, it is likely to perform better in bright light conditions. The user manual for the C12RSH2 recommends using the saw in dimmer light to see the laser line better.

    The C12RSH2 laser marking system has a very nice feature of its own, adjustability. You can set the laser line on the cut line or to either side, depending upon your preference. Even so, the illumination offered by the DWS780 puts it a bit ahead of the C12RSH2 in this category.

    Quick Rundown of Hitachi C12RSH2

    Hitachi C12RSH2 15-Amp 12-Inch Dual Bevel Sliding...
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    This excellent saw has the features and capabilities to take on more expensive brands at a lower price without sacrificing quality.

    • Wall-hugging design for tight workspaces and shallow benches
    • Excellent stock capacity
    • Accuracy dead-on out of the box
    • Attractive pricing
    • Five year warranty
    • Terrible dust collection
    • Cannot handle the largest stock a job might require
    • Construction not as robust as the DWS780

    Quick Rundown of DeWalt DWS780

    DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding...
    7,258 Customer Reviews
    DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding...
    • New precise miter system
    • Handle design for added portability
    • Integrated XPS cross cut positioning system provides adjustment-free cut line indication

    DeWalt delivers a power, capable, and durable saw with all the features most professionals will need. But it comes at a higher price tag.

    • Positive bevel and miter stops
    • Tremendous stock capacity
    • Dead on accuracy out of the box
    • Robust construction designed to minimize wear and provide predictable results every time
    • Dust collection is terrible
    • Guide rails extend out the back requiring more operating space
    • Three year warranty

    General user impressions

    User reactions and impressions to both saws were remarkably similar. And in both cases, overwhelmingly positive. Both saws cut smoothly in every kind of stock with both 15 amp, belt-driven motors cutting through tough wood and knots without bogging down.

    Out of box accuracy was highly praised for both saws, and both received praise for ease of set up and use. Numerous users report of the saws operating without issue for years and still retaining the initial accuracy. Accuracy is especially important when cutting complex miters and bevels in expensive stock such as wide crown molding.


    Negatives also seemed to mirror each other. Both had reviews that noted terrible out of box accuracy that generally could not be adjusted. Issues with build quality and damage to plastic parts surfaced with both saws. Rails sticking on the DWS780 was one of the more common complaints along with a general impression of the saw being difficult to manipulate. The C12RSH2 received some knocks over premature motor failures. It bears repeating that the negatives were a small fraction of total reviews.


    For the woodworking professional who requires a saw that will handle the largest stock for projects like framing and deck construction as well as the precision to cut the most complex compound joints in expensive crown molding, the choice has to be the DeWalt DWS780. It takes top honors for users in this situation.

    For professionals focused more on finish carpentry and homeowners, the Hitachi C12RSH2 is a better alternative. It has most of the features of the DWS780 for a lot less money and is well suited for the smaller shop.

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