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Forum topic by rlrjr posted 08-17-2010 05:50 PM 5364 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2010 05:50 PM

I may have posted this question in the wrong forum so I will re-post it here. Does anyone know what the horsepower of the motor on the Porter Cable PCK270TS saw is? Also, is it classified as a “hybrid” saw? Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-30-2010 02:07 AM

The PCB270TS draws 15 amps with 120 volt power (or 7.5 with 220 v) so it would be 15×120 = 1800 watts, and the coversion of watts to horsepower is .00132 so we are looking at about 2.4 hp. As a note, after considerable research and comparrison, I replaced the 53 year old TS in my shop with this saw and am so far exteemly pleased with its performance, particularly with panel raising, rabbits and tenons.

As to the hybrid, my understanding is that this refers to the blending of the traditional ripsaw with the extended rip fence for panel sizing, so the PCB270 would definitely qualify.


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#2 posted 05-24-2011 10:43 PM

I bought this saw last year as my woodworking projects had outgrown the capabilities of my cheesy Ryobi TS. There have been complaints about the fence, but I have had great results. The motor is strong and smooth. The casters allow me to move the saw around the garage with ease. I absolutely loved this saw until last week. A new project requires me to use the miter slots. I checked the alignment to the blade and found it out of adjustment by 1/16th of an inch. The manual makes no reference for this adjustment. After a 30 minute discussion with a customer service agent reading from the same manual, I was told there is no way to adjust it, they would make a note of my complaint, and hung up on!!! I found a forum online discussing the same issue, with no resolution. Another site claims that the saw is not made by Porter Cable at all. It is made by Rexon who purchased the rights to to use the PC logo. This saw has so much potential, but without that adjustment, it is essentially useless. This oversight in conjunction with poor customer service has ensured there will be no more Porter Cable tools in my shop.

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#3 posted 05-24-2011 10:57 PM

It’s also worth noting that the elevation gear in this saw is some form of plastic (maybe Delrin or nylon), not metal as it should be, so I’d expect that to pose a problem sooner or later.

Real world horsepower will be ~ 1-1/2 hp to 1-3/4 hp like most other 120v saws of this type and duty rating.

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