|Review by Oldtool||posted 12-16-2012 08:32 PM||2348 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I’ve been looking at cordless circular saws for some time now, because I want one to take with me to lumberyards to break down long boards so they fit into my small station wagon.
Walking into Lowes three weeks ago looking for an unrelated item, I stumbled upon a Porter Cable combo-package of 4 tools, two Ni-cd batteries and a charger for a price I couldn’t afford to pass up – $129.00. After looking at it for about 10 seconds before I made up my mind to buy it, I was at the register within another 5 seconds, and with my Lowes charge card, I received an additional 5% off the selling price.
Using the circular saw to break down boards to component size, for continued hand tool fininshing, I will say I am personally please with the purchase. Granted, this saw doesn’t cut as fast as a corded saw, but with a maximum cutting depth of 2 – 1/8”, it will do all that I wanted from a cordless saw. The other tools; a drill, light and a reciprocating saw, are all gravy .
If considering such a saw, please keep in mind that I work in a one car garage – so I typically buy tools based on a combination of price & function. By that I mean, if the tool will do what I want it to do for only an occassional use, and it is realitively inexpensive compared to other products on the market, what the heck I’ll but it. I don’t need the best tools, I try to make do with what I have, and I don’t like over spending if I feel the more expensive item won’t do anything the less expensive tool can do. That’s my disclaimer, and I’m sticking to it.
With all this in mind, I gave this Porter Cable PC186CS circular saw 5 stars.
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