Should I buy a Porter Cable 10" Stationary Table Saw?

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04-03-2010 07:20 PM

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I am thinking about buying a 10” Porter Cable Stationary Table Saw so I can have some fun with a new toy on Easter Sunday. Lowes has one for $599. It looks great with some nice features.

Does anyone have positives or negatives to share about Porter Cable or their table saws?




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#1 posted 04-03-2010 08:06 PM

Don – The PCB270TS is essentially a slightly updated version of the Hitachi C10FL, which received mostly good, but several mixed comments from owners/users. Most of the $600 saws on the market, including the PC and the Hitachi, are capable of good work once setup properly and equipped with a good blade, but the $600 range doesn’t usually get “all the goodies” in one package unless it’s used. There are going to be some disadvantages with all of them, so pick and choose what’s most important to you. The common knocks against the C10FL were the caliber of the aluminum fence, steel wings, and the 4 independent wheels. The PC offers an improved mobile base and a riving knife…those upgrades and a slightly wider rip capacity are the bulk of the differences between the C10FL and the PCB270TS.

Other $600 saws are the Shop Fox W1725 from Grizzly (item T21853), which is an older style contractor saw with an outboard belt drive induction motor, steel wings, no mobile base, no riving knife, and an excellent Shop Fox Aluma Classic (biese clone) fence…with the fence and the value being the key attractions IMO. $425/$519 shipped.

The Delta 36-980 is a similar style and design to the Shop Fox but has cast iron wings, a similar Delta T2 fence, and a good built in mobile base.

The new Craftsman 21833 is more similar to the Hitachi and PC, having an inboard belt drive induction motor, riving knife, steel wings, nice mobile base, basic aluminum fence, and a true riving knife. You might just find the Craftsman 22116 granite top hybrid saw on sale for < $700 on sale. There’s also the older 22114 model on sale for $680…cabinet mounted trunnions, cast iron wings, no mobile base, no riving knife, and basic aluminum fence fence. You might even find a closeout price on the 22124 with Biese fence.

The Steel City 35920 is similar to the Ridgid R4511 and Cman 22116…all made by Steel City’s Orion. ~ $650.

Look at as many as you can and go with the one that makes your heart beat the fastest!

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#2 posted 04-03-2010 08:54 PM

Greetings: Sounds to me like Don only asked one question about a table saw that he’s very interested in buying (well.. maybe two..positives and negatives) for a Porter Cable. That’s it…..he didn’t ask for a complete run-down on all the rest of the saw makers. If he would have wanted to know all that info, he would of ask…
That being said, I can’t help you, Don. I own a Unisaw, and no nothing about the PC saw.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 09:00 PM

I recently bought the Ridgid granite top table saw and couldnt be more pleased! I saw it at Home Depot the other day reduced to $499 now, so thats an even better deal than it was when I bought mine. Its rock steady, plenty of power…. and has a great locking mobile base to move it around your shop.

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#4 posted 04-03-2010 09:58 PM

Greetings: IMO, the positives and negatives are more useful when compared against comparably priced saws. I’m sure Don will sort it out to suit his needs. Thanks for clarifying some things though.

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#5 posted 04-03-2010 10:18 PM

Thanks Knotscott for all of the info. I like learning about these things and I liked your last line about chosing the one that makes your heart beat fastest. I have been shopping around and I think I am going to try the PC. Timing being what it is, I am off to Lowes now. I am doing Easter Church tonight and then I can spend the day in my shop tomorrow with my new toy.

Thanks to everyone for their input. Sorry I didn’t allow more time for others to join in. I will write a review of the PC on and let you all know how it goes.



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#6 posted 04-04-2010 02:28 AM

I’d be interested in your review, I was looking at the same saw this morning at Lowes. It was sitting right next to the Hiatachi. I thought it seemed sturdier and I like the mobile feature better than the other.

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#7 posted 04-04-2010 02:54 AM

When it come to a table saw, I would and get the best quality saw you can afford.

The table saw will be the center of your shop. I had a Carftman 10” saw for years and it served me well, but when I up graded to a SawStop I could not believe the difference in quality of performance. I am not saying that you need to buy a high dollar table saw but you will appreciate the added quality from a higher end table saw.
Good luck with your hunt for a table saw, maybe the Easter Bunny will bring you one.

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#8 posted 04-09-2010 10:48 PM

Hi Don,

Just curious if you got it set up and cut some wood. I’m going to get the same saw and was wondering what you thought.


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#9 posted 04-09-2010 10:59 PM

I will look forward to your review. I have heard some bad reviews on the Hitatchi TS and the two look similar but maybe you will provide some positive insight on the PC. I love the older model PC tools, especially routers but I have not been fond of the their newest line of tools, primarily speaking about the 18v hand power tools they sell.

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#10 posted 04-10-2010 12:38 AM

Hi Don, you may have already bought the saw, but during these times there are some real deals on Craig’s list. I needed a back up and found a Delta Unisaw 3HP. single phase 220v complete with outboard table and moveable base for $350.00!! It was in a cabinet shop scaling down from the economy and was used only for their dado cuts, run by a little old lady only on sundays after church. Joking about the little old lady, but the rest is true.

good Luck

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#11 posted 04-10-2010 02:01 AM

Well guys, I couldn’t stand it. I bought the saw last weekend. It is obviously very early in the experience but so far I absolutely love it. It went together very smoothly and I noticed some details in the assembly process that gave me a sense of quality. For example, when assembling the legs to the base, they added three small holes in the legs and three indents in the base that insured proper alignment on the first try. Not a big deal but a little detail that would have been easier and cheaper to leave out. The single foot pedal casters work great and the saw rolls around on my shop floor very easily. The initial cuts are very smooth and accurate in terms of being square, but that’s pretty easy to do with a brand new blade and being freah out of the carton. The fence is solid and has a micro adjust feature that I really like. Now, guys, I’m not a heavy production shop guy and this is my first table saw so I probably don’t know what I’m talking about. But, so far I am really happy with my purchase. I will a full review after I had had a chance to play on it some more. Don


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#12 posted 04-10-2010 03:11 PM

Thanks for the update Don. There’s a lot to be said about the experience of your first quality saw. It’ll be tough to duplicate this experience. My Shop Fox W1677 3hp cabinet saw is the 4th saw I’ve purchased brand new. I’m very happy with it, and it’s in a different league than my previous saws, but the experience isn’t quite the same as when I got my GI 50-185 and Craftsman 22124 setup and running smoothly where the emotions ran and excitement ran very high. It’s almost unfair, but I treat the Shop Fox like the tool it is…I kind of miss “loving” my saw!

I do hope you’ll pursue a blade upgrade for it. Enjoy and be safe.

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#13 posted 04-18-2010 03:17 AM

I hope you are happy. If this is your first saw then you probably have a great starter saw. When my wife and I first married, she bought me my first TS, she paid 150.00 for my saw brand new at Sears. So that should tell you something about the experience I had to suffer through in my early woodworking years. We all start somewhere but it seems you might get a good start.

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#14 posted 07-15-2010 03:32 AM

I just bought bought the new PC PCB270TS saw this past Saterday, after looking at many other saws over the past year. It took roughly 2 hours to assemble and was impressed with the quaity of the materials, even down to the harden steel bolts and nuts. The only adjustment I had to made was with the hair line indicator on the rip fence. So far i am very pleased with the purchase.

I couldn’t figure out why this saw and others i looked at have about a 12” empty space to the right of the right extension. Why didn’t they just put in a 24’ extension wing instead of a 10”? I noticed other saws have the same feature. Is there a reason for this?

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#15 posted 07-15-2010 08:29 AM

Don, I as well have been looking at this table saw for some time but being new to woodworking i wasn’t so sure how this saw would perform.I surely do not want a saw that is difficult to set up;alignment ect.I like the price of the Porter Cable and Lowes is two miles away.I have read somewhere that Home Depot might be offering their new redesigned table saw by mid Aug.?.Has anyone else heard this?.Well I’m glad you have offered your initial thoughts on this saw and look forward for more reviews. Jeff

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