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Forum topic by SchottFamily posted 04-04-2013 05:40 AM 1522 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SchottFamily

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04-04-2013 05:40 AM

I noticed that the Porter-Cable PCB270TS disappeared from the lowes site last night and still isn’t back.

“We’re sorry, we couldn’t find any matches for “pcb270ts”

Anyone hear anything about an end of life for this saw? Did the R4512 win? ;)

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AlaskaGuy

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 10:20 AM

No, I hadn’t noticed. But then I don’t know what a Porter-Cable PCB270TS is.

I don’t know why every Tom, Dick and Harry thinks every Moe, Larry and Curly has memorized every tool model # out there.

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 11:32 AM

I haven’t heard anything, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they are pulling it for now at least. Who knows, maybe they’re responding to the R4512’s success by redesigning their saw.

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 11:57 AM

@AlaskaGuy… LOL sometimes I wonder the same thing.
I’m guessing by the “TS” at the end of the numbers, this is a table saw.

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 01:40 PM

When I checked the Lowe’s site just now, it was there.

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 01:52 PM

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 01:58 PM

According to the link ChrisK just posted, it’s in stock at my local store. Price here is $599 for reference

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 03:23 PM

It’s an ok saw for the money, but there’s better saws for the cash.

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 04:18 PM

You might ask Steve Marin if it’s worth it.

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 04:24 PM

I think you mean Steve Ramsey (Wood working for mere mortals).

$100 more than the R4512 and plastic elevation gears? No thanks

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 04:29 PM

I have an R4512 great saw I have not had one problem with it. I came right on right out of the box.

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#11 posted 04-04-2013 05:06 PM

I was at a Lowes last week and was checking out the PCB270TS. Besides the bevel gear, the other issue I saw was that the stamped steel wings seemed to be made from a thinner gauge of steel than I would want. I haven’t seen the R4512 personally, wonder if the wings are stronger than the Porter Cable wings.

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AndyM1949

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#12 posted 04-04-2013 05:32 PM

I’m not sure but the R4512 has a stout wing. It also has a good electric motor that you can wire for 220volts..
Some of the other saws don’t have an induction moter like the Ridgid saw.

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SchottFamily

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#13 posted 04-05-2013 01:15 AM

lol @ AlaskaGuy – I don’t assume that everyone knows. I certainly don’t memorize them. I was surprised by a response though from someone who didn’t know what I was talking about. Guessing there’s not much to do in Alaska? ;)

Anyhow, I just visited a lowes on the way home and there is no longer a display unit set up in the tool section. I was told by the guy there that they should be available on the website for a while longer, but they were not going to be stocking them. He assumed that meant that they were on the way out.

I’ve been agonizing over purchasing either the Rigid R4512 or the PC for about a year now and then upgrading to cast wings and a better fence as time and money allowed. Feature for feature, they’re almost identical, but I think the PC has a slight advantage – and I’ve never had an issue with any of the PC tools that I own. The PC often goes on sale for $550 and my lowes allows me to use HF coupons, so that’s another 20% off – for $440, I think it’s a pretty good deal.

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#14 posted 04-05-2013 01:39 AM

Honestly I’ve never wanted cast wings on my R4512. The steel ones are plenty sturdy and flat, and the saw is heavy enough. The fence on the R4512 is a lot nicer, but the split rails suck. The PC has the same design.

Once I saw that plastic blade height assembly in the PC, I looked no further. Aside from trunions, that is probably the second worst location I can think of to put plastic on a table saw. Failure is not a question of “if”, it’s a question of “when”. If I got one of those for free there would be a “New in box PCB270TS” ad on Craigslist the same day. Hearing they may be phasing it out would make me less comfortable knowing that parts availability for a guaranteed failure item my be slim in the near future

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#15 posted 04-05-2013 01:42 AM

Don’t agonize over it; the 4512 is the better saw here, no contest.
FWIW, that pc saw used to be a hitachi.

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