Porter Cable PCB270 table saw review

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 02-19-2012 10:35 PM 10619 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not much of a comprehensive review, but I really like my new saw.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 10:46 PM

Great review Steve ,seems look a big upgrade congrats.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 10:47 PM

Thanks Steve…great review. I am in fact in the market for a table saw but I’ve got my eye on a used one. But, since you are in California and as you said you’re gonna die per the manual, can I have your new saw?

Love you man!

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 10:49 PM

Thanks for the review, Steve. Sounds like a great saw.

And as for those “hip buster” rails, I had a Craftsman saw with those too. A tennis ball with an L-shaped cut slipped onto each rail solved the issue.

Good luck on the new saw and enjoy it!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 11:04 PM

Nice Review!

Glad you like it!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 11:09 PM

Good review Steve. I like the looks of that saw. Might be my next big purchase. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 02-19-2012 11:12 PM

Great Review, and nice saw! My saw has the hip buster as well, so the tennis ball idea is worth trying for me. Thanks!

-- Pie

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 11:15 PM

Thanks Steve. I am going to be shopping for one shortly and will keep your review in mind.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 11:47 PM

I have “hip busters” on my saw too. Tennis balls are just too small to cover the end of the rail so I went to Petco and got the big tennis balls … they fit perfectly! They are a couple of bucks each.
Nice saw… looking forward to some new projects from you.
Love your cat… mine would never come out due to the noise.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 02-20-2012 12:01 AM

I agree with everything you said in your review. I upgraded to the identical saw about a year ago and fell in love with it. It has enabled me to expand my efforts and gain confidence. The only downside is the difficult procedure to remove the riving knife i.e. putting your hand in thru the dust port opening to loosen the retaining knob while pushing it in. Great review! John

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#10 posted 02-20-2012 12:04 AM

Thanks Ellen…I’ll make a trip to Petco for a large ball. It was fun to get my cat in this one. She has no name, just “The Cat” or “Kiitty”. Love her to death, but names won’t describe her!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#11 posted 02-20-2012 12:15 AM

As an aside, my cat loves coming into my shop and jumping around on my workbenches. I thought it would be fun to shoot some video with her on my table saw. She would have nothing to do with it. Somehow she instinctively perceived it as “danger”.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#12 posted 02-20-2012 12:41 AM

Prop 65. Hahaha. Good luck to you Californians. If you wanna be safe, you better head on over to Nevada.

-- Eric

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#13 posted 02-20-2012 12:42 AM

Steve, what the rip capacity of the saw? Great video by the way!

-- Andrew, Ohio

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#14 posted 02-20-2012 12:48 AM

That’s a purdy saw!

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#15 posted 02-20-2012 02:51 AM

Hi Steve. Thank you for the review.

Glad you like the new saw. A nice gesture.

-- Back home. Fernando

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