|Review by TedAGTG||posted 10-27-2010 04:33 AM||11496 views||0 times favorited||37 comments|
- Porter-Cable PCB370SS 16" Variable Speed Scroll Saw
- Brand: Porter-Cable | Category: Scroll Saws
I purchased this saw new at Lowe’s and was initially happy with the performance. The first saw had much lower vibration than my previous one. The table tilts 45 degrees left or right and has positive stops at the most popular angles. The blade clamps were not easy to work with and blade slippage (and consequently blade tension) was frustrating. I was doing some fairly intricate fretwork with hundreds of inside cuts requiring blade clamping and unclamping every 45 seconds to a minute for hours at a time. TEDIOUS!! After I owned the saw for four weeks, the dust blower failed and I returned it to Lowes. The second saw had higher vibration than the first and after around 6 hours shook the motor loose from it’s mounts! I again returned the saw and the third one lasted for another four weeks until the misalignment of the upper and lower arms became unbearable. The misalignment created a grinding motion side to side and destroyed 2 cherry box lids that I was working on. Lowes was great and refunded my money. Porter Cable does not make this saw- a company called Rexon does for them. Beware! Porter Cable is owned by Black and Decker (they also own Dewalt and Delta) and their quality control seems more like a theory at this point. I do not recommend this saw. Even the one on display at the store had misaligned arms – very sad. I am opting for a used RBI Hawk – much more expensive but an established winner. Proceed with caution!
-- Ted@AGTG WoodCraft