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

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 01:03 PM

I can’t speak of the SC saw; no experience wih it. I did look at the PC saw a year ago. I liked the saw till I checked out the fence. The fence on the one I checked out was not good at all. I wound up with a Craftsman hybrid, model 21833, which was about the same price, ~$450 including tax and discounts. I think the new Ridgid 4512, replacement for the Granit top 4511, is the same saw as the Craftsman with different paint. I really like the Craftsman, but I have seen on here where some folks have had problems with alignment issues with its trunnion. Bottom line, I wish I had not been so concerned with getting a saw for less than $500 to stay within my budget. Like I said before, I’m happy with the Craftsman, but I know it’s right on the thin edge of just acceptable quality. For such an important tool I would feel a lot better if I had some extra beef in there.

Be sure to take a close look at the fence on that PC saw. Lock it down then grab it with your hand and give it a twist. You will see that you can easily twist it out of plumb, in the vertical plane, by a few degrees.

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