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#1 posted 02-02-2013 01:11 PM

LOL….what don’t you want to know?!

If you’re going to be running wire, I’d definitely include a 240v circuit (aka as 220v, but 240v is the actual). It can free up the 120v circuits for other things, allows bigger motors to be run, allows smaller gauge wire, and is more likely to deliver to full amperage during peak demands, which can prevent bogging and overheating.

The PCB270TS is one of a handful of entry level full size cast iron saws with belt drive induction motors (Ridgid R4512, Cman 21833, Steel City 35990CS are others). You bought into the right class of saw IMO….many of us mistakenly purchase cheap benchtop saws as a starter because of price. The PCB270TS is essentially a modified version of the former Hitachi C10FL that was also made exclusively for Lowes, and now includes a riving knife and better wheels….the fact that it says “Hitachi” or “Porter Cable” means very little. All of these saws are capable of good hobby work and furniture building with proper setup and blade selection, and are but none at the level of a 3hp industrial cabinet saw. All of them have pros and cons, and none offers all the “good stuff” in one package. All are in the range of 1.5hp (the 270TS is not “3hp”), all come with steel wings vs cast, all have somewhat weak fences. The PCB270TS in particular has what I’d consider one of the weaker fence in this class, but in fairness, it does seem to work. I’m also concerned about the non-metal gear used in the blade elevation mechanism. I probably would have suggested the R4512 over the PCB270TS, because I think the fence is a little better, it has a lifetime service agreement, 90 day return, and can be purchased for ~ $400 with a 20% off Harbor Freight coupon (it sometimes requires asking more than one manager or store, or getting HQ involved). Whether or not it’s worth returning and buying the R4512 is up to you.

Some table saw reading for you.

Please keep us posted on your decision.

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