Metabo HPT C10RJS – Jobsite Table Saw (Product Review)

Whether you’re an experienced or newbie woodworker, you need a remarkable table saw that can deliver quality results—because bad table saws will only veer off-course.

Today, we’ll be looking at the Metabo HPT C10RJS to see how good it is for workshop or jobsite.

Are you ready? Then, let’s jump right in!

Key Features (In-brief)

Here are some of the things you can expect from this fantastic tool:

  • Features an electric brake
  • It has a soft start function that reduces recoil and noise at startup
  • Bevel range: 0-45 degrees for cuts ranging from 3-⅛-inch to 2-¼-inch
  • 28-3/4 -inch x 22-inch working tabletop (with outfeed support)
  • Has a direct drive universal 15 amp motor that delivers up to 4,500 RPM
  • Onboard tool accessory storage
  • Has a riving knife
  • Fold & roll stand with high stability and durability
  • Big power switch with safety cover (for emergencies)
  • 2-1/2 inch dust port located at the rear end
  • Overload protection
  • 8x 13/16 inch dado capacity
  • Large 8-inch rubber (all-terrain treaded wheels)
  • Has adjustable positive stops with a 3/4-inch t-slot miter gauge (0, 15, 30, 45, and 60 degrees to the left and right)
  • Equipped with a front bevel scale and height adjustment knobs
  • Features a telescoping table extension that supports 35-inches of ripping capacity to the right and 22-inches to the left.
  • Comes with a 10-inch and 40 teeth carbide-tipped blade 

Specifications

Here are the specifications of this table saw:

  • Model Number: Metabo C10RJS
  • Blade Size: 10-inch
  • Motor: 15 Amp 120V – 60Hz
  • No-Load Speed: 4,500 RPM
  • Blade Type Included: 40T Carbide Tipped
  • Table Material: Aluminum
  • Working Table Size: 28-3/4 x 22-inch
  • Outfeed Support Size: 28-3/4 x 2-inch
  • Max Rip Capacity Right: 35-inch
  • Max Rip Capacity Left: 22-inch
  • Cut Depth @ 0 Degrees: 3-1/8-inch
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45 Degrees: 2-1/4-inch
  • Max Width of Dado: 8 x 13/16-inch
  • Soft Start: Yes
  • Electric Brake: Yes
  • Dust Port Size: 2-1/2-inch
  • Fold & Roll Stand: Included
  • Tool Weight (Assembled): 96 lbs.
  • Warranty: 2 years

Features

The Metabo C10RJS is one of the high-quality table saws you can rely on to get the job done quickly.

Plus, it gives clean and precise cuts—most times. This model was designed for rip-sawing and crosscutting of lumber, hardwood (composite wood materials and plywood).

Sounds amazing?

Then, take a look at the details of the features this model has to offer:

Motor

This table saw uses a direct drive universal 15 amp motor (120 volts) that works fine with a standard residential power outlet. The motor of this tool dishes out a top speed of 4500 RPM, which is powerful enough to get you through many projects.

The best part is, the saw has a soft-start feature that starts the blade with low noise and brings it up to speed with no staggering recoil. So, you don’t have to worry every time you start this table saw.

But that’s not all.

The Metabo HPT C10RJS has an overload sensor that automatically shuts down the motor when overloaded. This feature prevents the table saw from getting damaged.

As if that’s not amazing enough, this model also comes with an oversized switch—protected by an emergency off-safety cover.

Blades

At some point, woodworking tools manufacturers decided that the standard professional table saws should use a 10-inch blade powered by 15 amp motors. Thankfully, the Metabo HPT C10RJS didn’t fail to meet this standard.

The tool uses a 10-inch blade to make fast and precise cuts. Best of all, the blade comes packaged with a 40-tooth and carbide tip for almost all purposes. Thus, you can do both ripping and crosscutting with this blade. But, in a scenario where the blade doesn’t cut specific woodpieces effectively (like hardwood), you can upgrade it.

Also, you can adjust the angle (0-45 degrees) and the height of the blade with the front-mounted adjustment knob. And if you lock the angle, you can still adjust the blade’s height.

Tables and Fences

Like many portable saws out there, the table is designed with aluminum to reduce the tool’s weight. The table is quite large and measures up to 28-3/4 inches wide by 22 inches deep.

Plus, it features extendable support at the rear region, which measures an extra 2 inches and 10 inches when fully extended. This feature supports workpieces longer than the table’s original length.

Also, the fence has qualities similar to the fences found on DeWalt portable saws. It uses a rack-and-pinion mechanism to move across the table. You can extend it to a maximum length of 27 inches—to the right of the blade—in its original position.

But that’s not all.

You can also change the position of the fence and make it reach a maximum length of 35 inches. Again, this feature places it ahead of its competition.

What’s more?  

A part of the fence flips over to create an L-shaped shelf that supports the workpiece. Plus, you can also move the fence to the left side of the blade’s original position with a maximum length of 22 inches.

Additionally, the table has a riving knife and anti-kickback pawl that protects the operator while cutting.

Fold/Roll Stand Function

The Metabo HPT C10RJS is one of the table saws with high portability. Why? Because it features a set of wheels at the base of its stand that makes it easy to roll the device. However, you’ll need to assemble it. Also, it has a broad base that prevents the tool from tipping over.

But here comes the cool part;

You can also fold the stand so the saw can stay straight up. This allows the device to be securely and efficiently stored.

The wheels on the base stand are eight all-terrain wheels, making navigation through different terrains—less stressful. However, some woodwork experts suggested that bigger wheels would make it easier on rough terrains.

The table saw is quite sturdy, but the stand will likely bend if you place too much weight on it.  But none of these should trouble you if you use the table saw for jobs in your workshop.

Miter Gauge and Slots

The Metabo HPT C10RJS features two T-slot miter slots (3/4 inches) on the two sides of the blade that securely keeps the miter gauge on track. As a result, the miter gauge has excellent quality and a large scale with positive stops at 0, 15, 30, 45, and 60 degrees in both directions (left and right).

Note: the miter gauge can easily slide out when transporting the table saw. So, ensure you securely place it; otherwise, you’ll lose your miter gauge.

Dust Collection

There are a couple of dust collection options with the Metabo HPT C10RJS. First, you can place a nylon curtain around the area of the blade to help direct dust toward the chute and into a bag.

Or, you can use a shop vac by attaching it to a 2-1/2 inches port positioned at the rear of the table saw. The saw’s seal is strong enough to ensure the suction from the shop vac efficiently removes dust so that you can use the tool indoors.

Performance

Now that we know the features of this table saw let’s check out some experiments I carried out to test the performance of this tool.

So, buckle up, and let’s cut some things.

First Impression

When I purchased the Metabo HPT C10RJS, it got me excited to find out what the tool had to offer. Of course, I had done my research, but it made me even more eager to find out in person. When the device arrived, there was a bit of assembly required.

However, after assembling the necessary parts, I was impressed with the design and weight of the device.

Stand

What caught my fancy about this tool was the wide stand of the device. Now, if you’re a seasoned woodworker, you’d know that most table saws come with legs close together that make it easy for the saw to tip over.

However, this wide stance gave the tool a sense of stability. The other part that made me smile was the foldable stand. When I was ready to move to the next job, I could easily fold the legs down and tip the saw upwards—even rolling it to the truck was easy.

Table

The table of this saw was quite big and could handle most of the projects I had.

At one point, the piece of lumber was longer than the table. All I had to do was extend the table an extra 10 inches, which solved the problem. It also has a big 35-inch rip capacity that impressed me a lot.

I could also guide my cuts with the fence that extended 2.5 inches further than the DeWalt I previously tested. It could even rotate to create an edge level with the top of the table to make even bigger rips.

Cut Performance

To test the cut performance, I had to cut some dimensional lumber for a remodel job. To my amazement, the cuts were all straight and accurate.

Next, I used the ruler at the edge of the table to quickly measure the lumber and mark measurements with a plastic marker. This made my cuts even more accurate. Finally, I got convinced that the table saw had the precision and power to handle the jobs you need it to.

However, I encountered some problems when adjusting the blade. Honestly, it wasn’t easy to make the blade parallel with the miter slots, mainly because the instruction wasn’t in the manual. So I needed to remove some bolts below the table to adjust it properly.

On the other hand, I found it easy to adjust the riving knife, fence, and bevel to the blade’s position at the time—because the instruction was in the manual.

So, I started with these adjustments, first, to get my blade square.

And here’s what I found out:

When your blade, miter gauge, bevel, and fence are all in position, all your cuts will be accurate.

Beveling

The beveling of this table saw works like every other table saw, so there was nothing special. However, I felt this area needed to be improved since it featured a plastic-to-metal connection that could get worn out easily. 

Brakes

Now, this is my favorite feature. It felt safe knowing there was a feature to stop the blades immediately in case of accidents.

But that’s not all.

This feature is also convenient. With it, you can stop spinning blades instantly to prevent kickbacks, damage to your workpiece, and injury. Now, I wasn’t careless enough to use this feature, but I did test it out a little, and it worked perfectly.

Plus, the onboard storage makes it easy to store your tools when they are needed.

Finally, I noticed my miter gauge falling out a couple of times when transporting the device, so make sure yours is secure.

Pros

  • You can handle dense and thick materials with the powerful motor
  • The wide stand offers better stability
  • It has the largest rip width in its class (35 inches)
  • The table is extremely flat
  • The 8-inch all-terrain tires can work on any surface

Cons

  • The instruction manual doesn’t cover some blade alignment processes
  • The bevel lock will not be stable if not tightened properly
  • The miter gauge is also not stable enough. Hence, it can fall off during transport
  • Axle can bend if you’re not careful when crossing obstacles

Safety Features

One great thing about Metabo is that they always have safety in mind—while designing their tools.

So, the blade’s brake system is one of the safety features installed by Metabo as a safety measure. You don’t have to wait for the blade to stop completely before loading your material.

Spinning blades are dangerous and can cause kickbacks that can injure you and damage your workpiece. Other safety features include anti-kickback pawls and riving knives. Plus, the soft-start function prevents recoil and keeps you safe during startup. Overall, the Metabo HPT C10RJS is a very safe tool.

Set-Up

The Metabo HPT C10RJS requires quite a bit of setup to run. But, it’s not such a stressful process. You just have to assemble the stand, outfeed support, and the riving knife.

Here are the components that come with the box:

What’s in the box?

  • 10″ 40-Tooth Carbide Tipped Blade
  • Blade Guard Assembly
  • Anti-kickback Pawl Assembly
  • Miter Gauge Assembly
  • Push Stick
  • Rip Fence Assembly
  • Outfeed Support Assembly
  • (2) Blade Wrenches
  • 5mm Hex Bar Wrench
  • 4mm Hex Bar Wrench
  • 2.5mm Hex Bar Wrench

The Table Saw Buying Guide

Before I selected the Metabo HPT C10RJS, I followed a buying guide. And since I bought it, that means it met a majority of my criteria.

So, here’s the buying guide, and see if it meets your standards.

Overall Build Quality

The overall build of a table saw has a huge role in determining the value of a table saw. If you want a solid table saw, it can cost you a few extra bucks. But if you need a table saw with remarkable durability and performance, then it’s worth the investment.

Power

Power is one of the most important factors to consider when looking to purchase a table saw. If you want to cut tough and dense materials other than wood, then go for a table saw with a powerful motor.

Size and Portability

If you don’t do most of your work in a workshop, then you’ll probably be looking out for this feature. But, again, the size and portability are essential if you’ll be moving around a lot.

Maximum Rip Capacity

This category depends on the size of your projects. If you’re going for small commercial work, you don’t need to focus on this factor. However, if you have largescale jobs, then you should get a table saw with a powerful maximum rip capacity, like the Metabo HPT C10RJS.

Safety features

Safety is essential. So, don’t purchase any table saw without safety features. It could cause fatal accidents.

Dust Collection System

You should purchase table saws with many dust collection options. Also, if it’s compatible with a shop vacuum, it can solve all your dust collection needs.

FAQs

Are Hitachi and Metabo the same?

Yes, they are. In 2018, Metabo HPT became the new name for the Hitachi brand.

Final Verdict

I recommend the Metabo HPT C10RJS because it has the power to handle various jobs. It also carries the speed to give you accurate and clean cuts. Its safety features are also top-notch.

Moreover, it’s portable and compact.

So, whether you’re a professional woodworker or DIY enthusiast, this table saw is a fantastic option to have in your woodworking arsenal. Metabo HPT C10RJS will also get the job done for you faster.

Nonetheless, I’d love to know your thoughts and comments about this Metabo HPT C10RJS. Are you digging it too? Or you already have a favorite you want to compare with it?

Feel free to say something below.

 

James Thomas

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