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Forum topic by BentheViking posted 01-02-2012 05:43 AM 1338 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2012 05:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

Super excited to have an awesome family that got me or gave me money to get some tools that I’m really excited to finally add to my shop.

Porter Cable table saw (PCB220TS)
Kreg Master Jig Set (K4MS)
Oshlun 6” Stacked Dado Set

I opened up the dado set and kreg set and was very impressed by the quality of them which is good since I bought them both based solely off of reviews. Can’t wait for the dust to fly.

Table saw is still sitting in the box. Wish I could take it out, but I know once I take it out of the box and build it, it will never go back in. As much as I’d love to pull it out now since I do have some projects to do, but with my current living situation and my lack of shop, it would be tough. Think I’ll have to wait until I buy a house later this year. Then it will be shop time.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 05:54 AM

Congrats on the score. I think I just heard the table saw call to you….set me free, set me free!

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 06:16 AM

Great to get tools you want for Christmas! Congratulations! Hope you get to use them soon.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 07:30 AM

it’s always nice to get a few new tools. and in your case, you can just look at it and hold it untill you get your new house in 2012

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 02:01 AM

Killer score … Take a little advice from me on this one. When you do move into the new house DO NOT immediatly set up your shop and spen the first three days workin on it. Help the wife set up everything in the house first. Let me tell ya that one went over like a fart in a space suit with my wife.

PS .. hows the house hunt goin?

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 01-06-2012 02:56 AM

Great get. Thats just the beginning you know…LOL. I kind of did the same thing years ago. I picked up a tool here and there waiting for my shop space. I even bought a router that hung on the wall in the utility room of the house for two years before I ever turned it on. Good luck on the new house and shop.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 01-06-2012 04:20 AM

Chris i’ve only been with my wife for 3 years but i think i learned long before then that that would not be the best way for me to spend my first few days even if it would be the most fun.

And the house hunt hasn’t really started too much yet, but I think we’ve steered from the wolcott area towards cheshire/southington

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 01-06-2012 04:33 AM

I think spending the first three days in the shop would be a grand idea. Then you’d have the priveledge of staying there for a few weeks, unable to go into the house.


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#8 posted 01-06-2012 05:25 PM

Thats where i ended up … right next to the dog … to quote Seasick Steve “Back in the dogouse, thats where i belong”.

Good luck on the hunt Ben. Prices seem to be pretty decent in that area right now, and both are good towns.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#9 posted 01-06-2012 09:08 PM

Maybe I’ll have you come over for the first three days and build my shop that way I don’t get myself in trouble…haha

And back on the topic of the topic…looks like today the saw, still in the box and everything will be set in our storage unit…a sad day indeed as I’ve wanted the damn thing for over a year. Oh well once we move in I will find lots of projects to do that I will say can only be done if I go out and get a miter saw/planer/jointer/drill press. Then once the dust starts flying I’ll have to get a DC to keep things clean.

Good things come to those who wait…hopefully

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#10 posted 01-06-2012 10:22 PM

I also got a great deal of tools for Christmas, since I have been doing nothing but complain about the ones I currently have. I also went out and bought the table saw you recieved and that is one of my favorite new tools. I also got a great deal of DeWalt tools, which was great because that is by far my favorite brand. This is the first time in awhile that I’ve actually been looking forward to doing housework. Thanks to my new helpers!

-- Paul, Pennsylvania,

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#11 posted 01-06-2012 10:51 PM

Sounds like a good haul, Ben.

How’s life in the frozen north? It’s sunny and 70 in beautiful Uptown today. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 01-07-2012 04:44 AM

Paul glad to hear you got the saw. It seems like a great value for what it is especially if you can get your Lowe’s to accept a 20% HF coupon. Any issues or complications or drawbacks so far?

Charlie we are jealous. Spent my night listening to Rebirth and baking a king cake cuz its 12th night. Excited to watch the black and gold tomorrow and the purple and gold on monday. What a crazy time it must be there right now.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#13 posted 01-07-2012 06:08 AM

I’ll be there cheering them on. Who dat!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 01-10-2012 10:52 PM

I purchased the exact same table saw and Kreg Jig last spring when I decided I wanted to try some woodworking. I built a couple of the projects on the Lowe’s website, which were great for someone at my level.

The Kreg Jig is great for its purpose. After a couple practice runs I was able to make simple joints without much problem.

The table saw in my opinion is priced perfectly. It is definitely better than the $100-150 Skill or Ryobi saws I looked at, but it is definitely not as nice as the Ridgid, Dewalt, or Bosch saws. If I had to do it over I would probably spend the extra $200 for the Ridgid portable table saw. The reviews that complain about the Porter-Cable’s metal throat plate are spot on. It seems very difficult to make your own insert, and there are no zero clearance inserts that I could find anywhere. It is also very flexible. I haven’t really run into any problems in this area, but it just makes me a little nervous. Although, given that this is my first table saw I would probably be nervous anyhow. The only other complaint I had was the the anti-kickback pawls scratched the heck out of any wood I ran through it until I dipped them in some plasti-grip type covering.

One last note. I recently invested in the “GRR-Ripper” push block system. It is a little expensive, but I feel way more confortable making a lot of cuts.

Overall, I have really enjoyed having these two tools in my shop. Just about perfect for a beginner like me. Good luck with everything


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