Rigid R4512 or Porter Cable PCB270TS Table Saw?

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Forum topic by pashley posted 02-23-2013 02:54 PM 3226 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2013 02:54 PM

Time for a new table saw.

Believe it or not, this boy has been making some decent stuff on….a DeWalt DW744X contractor saw,

Which I’ve had for like, 10 years. I think the bearings are starting to go. I got a good deal on it at the time, around $329 as I recall.

So I don’t want to spend a ton of money on a saw, and the Rigid R4512 or Porter Cable PCB270TS seem to be decent choices. I don’t have a lot of room – or money. I’m leaning towards the Rigid because I understand that it has a lifetime guarantee on parts? It seems to get good reviews as well. I just can’t see paying an additional $100 for the PC, for what – a bevel degree dial on the front table?

I’m just wondering if other guys had this same quandary, and how they decided, or their experience with either saw….

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 03:05 PM

I have the R4512. I used to have an older Delta contractor style that needed a new fence. My boss, as sort of a bonus, bought the 4512 for me when he overheard me talking about my Delta. The Rigid wouldn’t have been my first choice but I have to admit that it is hardly a bad saw at all. I’ve had no accuracy problems with it. The top was flat. The side wings aren’t all that great and took me a little while to get them just where I wanted them relative to the top. The caster system works perfectly, a big plus when your workshop is your garage (and the saw is pretty heavy). You have to make or purchase an insert for using a dado stack. I made two upgrades for the saw, a new blade and an Osborne miter gauge. I think you can say that upgrading the miter gauge and factory blade goes with a lot of new table saws, however.
All in all I’ve had no real issues with this saw and I’ve had it more than a year now. It has never bogged down, is accurate, relatively quiet, has a surprisingly good fence for a contractor style saw, and has the blade clearance you need for using jigs like a crosscut sled or a tenoning jig ( if you use one ). So I would have to say that I would recommend it.

-- Bill L, PA, I don't believe in isms, I just believe in me.

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 03:23 PM

I don’t own either. But I was recently in the market for a new saw. I compared the two and got good advice from LJ’s about these two saws. If my decision was based on these two choices, my chose would have been the Ridgid. The Porter Cable would lose because of additional cost, plastic height adjustment gear, a flimsy fence, no LSA. Often you can get a good deal on used but higher quality saw from Craigslist. Good luck…it’s a tough decision

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 03:28 PM

i bought the 4512 last night and they accepted the harbor freight 20% off coupon which saved me $100.
today i’m planning on putting it together.i looked at the pc but thought the $100 more cost and the reviews where good on the rigid.i’ll find out soon when i get it tigether if i made a good choice.good luck.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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