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Posted on Which table saw to buy - Steel City 35990c or Porter Cable PCB270TS

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 08:53 PM

I have a large SC table saw, 3hp 220, cast iron with 52 in to the right. The two times I’ve needed to call SC their tech help was helpful, knowledgeable and timely. The start switch went out and the tip of the arbor shaft chipped. SC immediately replaced both parts and they were easy to change out.
I used to buy PC routers and liked everything I used branded PC. They were bought out by Black and Decker. I’ve looked at the products they now make for the big box stores. To me, they look like warmed over cheap poorly made B and D products. I think they picked a few items to continue under the PC name but cheapened them to the point of being almost useless.
I also have an SC 14in granite top bandsaw. It has and continues to work great.
I have not used the PC table saw but I have looked at one in the store. I was not impressed! As far as the components for the saws, I think they all come out of the same Chinese factory but to different specs.
Like Bertha said. The solid cast is worth the difference. Mass is one of the key factors in making a good saw and dampening vibration.
So far, I’m happy with both my SC tools.
PS. I really cannot believe I waded into yet another table saw thread. This is almost as dangerous as arguing politics and religion at the same time. Every body has their own opinion. A TS is the center piece of almost every shop and you’ll be glad if you put a little extra into this critical tool.
Hope this helps. BTKS

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