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Porter Cable 20v MAX lithium cordless tools

Porter Cable 20v MAX lithium cordless tools

10-01-2014 05:26 AM by Loren | 2 comments »

The circular saw is a disappointment. It has cutting power but the shoe is wiggly. If you need a precise circular saw, choose a different format. Otherwise the P-C tools I tested are good quality withpowerful, high-torque motors and relatively basic features.

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Porter Cable 18 Volt Biscuit / Plate Joiner

Porter Cable 18 Volt Biscuit / Plate Joiner

07-19-2014 04:46 AM by ontheworkbench | 6 comments »

I know this might be a slightly odd tool review and if you are familiar with the Porter Cable 18 volt line up you are probably scratching your head wondering if you missed something. No you did not, and no you cannot buy this off the shelf at a big box store. But with a little bit of patience and ingenuity this is possible. This is my first biscuit joiner, and I wanted a cordless one. A while back I bought into the 18 volt porter cable lineup (if I knew then what I know now I might have we...

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First impressions

First impressions

07-05-2014 04:55 AM by Nates02gt | 9 comments »

I just picked the drill press up from Lowes today. They honored a 25% Harbor Freight coupon which brought the price down to about $260 out the door. My daughter and I got it set up in about 30 minutes and so far am very impressed. I haven’t measured the runout yet. I do wish that they would make it easier to tilt the table. This is not an issue with this drill press specifically, it was the same on the bench top Ryobi that I just sold. I will update this review as I get more time ...

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Solid performer, but change the saw blade is a pain

Solid performer, but change the saw blade is a pain

05-08-2014 06:15 PM by paxorion | 3 comments »

That’s probably all the saw you’d need – My wife Famous last words for a saw that I quickly became annoyed with. I purchased the saw about 3 years ago during a Lowes fathers day sale. For the price, was quite the bargain. I’ve used the saw for for a much of home repair/renovation jobs, as well as many woodworking projects to break down sheet goods and solid lumber. At 13amps, it’s rated to have less power than many 15amp saws, but I doubt many would experi...

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Great Saw but Assembly was Quirky

Great Saw but Assembly was Quirky

03-13-2014 05:20 AM by ontheworkbench | 8 comments »

This is my first band saw so perhaps this may not be the best review, but with that in mind I will proceed anyway. I had been looking at bandsaws for a while, and was trying to find one that I thought would fit my needs now and into the future. I just could not justify a benchtop saw as those are not well suited for resawing, but I also wanted to stay in a reasonable budget. Ultimately it came down to this one and the Ridgid. I chose this saw over the orange one due to the closed base which h...

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Porter Cable 390K 5" low profile Random Orbital Sander

Porter Cable 390K 5" low profile Random Orbital Sander

01-12-2014 05:51 PM by GeneR | 21 comments »

First off I have used many, many different sanders before this purchase. I bought this sander to replace a porter cable 1/4 sheet finishing sander that finally gave out after many years of reliable use. I looked at several random orbital sanders that were comparable including the Dewalt version which is more of a finishing sander where this is an all around work horse. The most notable difference between this and other ROS’s is the fact this is very quiet compared to Dewalt, Black...

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Porter-Cable Disk/Belt Sander

Porter-Cable Disk/Belt Sander

11-30-2013 08:27 PM by Tony Strupulis | 7 comments »

I bought this sander because I needed something that would sand at a true right angle. I have a couple other sanding stations that give me all sorts of problems sanding a square edge. This sander has large work tables that can be adjusted to be square to the sanding surface, but not right out of the box. Every time I would tighten the table angle, it would pull itself out of adjustment. This was very frustrating as I was working on a deadline and didn’t have time to troubleshoot the...

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Porter Cable should be ashamed to have their name on these

Porter Cable should be ashamed to have their name on these

06-28-2013 04:48 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 20 comments »

I bought these bits a year and a half ago. They were a “name brand” and in a price range I could afford at the time.This was a major mistake on my part. I bought an expensive sticker with crappy bits in the box. These bits are very cheap and not worth your time or money. I’ve seen reviews on these bits before usually stating that the person just bought them and they work great. That’s the truth. They work great during the “30 day satisfaction” period. These...

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table saw

table saw

01-28-2013 05:43 PM by BJF | 20 comments »

I have been a woodworker for about 3 years, but have only recently gotten serious. Last March I purchased the Porter Cable, from Lowes, $599. I agonized for year over what table saw to buy. Price wasn’t the biggest issue, it was mostly concern over spending a great deal of money and being disappointed in the result. However, from some classes I took and research I did, it became clear that the equipment doesn’t make the woodworker, so to speak. I also realized that size was a...

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Porter-Cable PC218C-2 PORTER-CABLE 18-Volt Cordless Drill & Circular Saw Combo

Porter-Cable PC218C-2 PORTER-CABLE 18-Volt Cordless Drill & Circular Saw Combo

01-07-2013 01:31 AM by kdc68 | 6 comments »

I’ve had this combo set for just over a year now. Overall they work good. The Nicad batteries aren’t as long lasting as I would have hoped. When I had the chance I upgraded to Lithuim batteries. That was an improvement.The drill has its quirks. The chuck isn’t the best. Once in a while the driver or a drill bit comes loose when using it. I have learned to tighten the chuck after a few uses.The cordless saw isn’t bad, but I upgraded to a better blade (the norm). ...

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