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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Tool: 14" Porter Cable Bandsaw
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I purchased this bandsaw after alot of research asking questions and debate. Made the purchase at lowes, they had one in stock. After getting it home and opening the box really the only assembly that was required is the stand it sits on. Took me about an hour to our together and in the spot I wanted to use it in. After setting the saw onto the stand the only other assembly was the table. The set up was very easy and the directions were rather easy which I like. Turned it on made a few adjustments and it's solid! I have used the blade that came already assembled and so far so good. Only draw back I see of this saw is the miter gauge. IMO it doesn't serve the purpose it is intended for. When I look at it I almost feel like its just there at this point so most of the time it just sits off to the side. Over all I am extremely please with this product. I also have a pc router and it's just as good. Pc seems to make a very good product and I plan to continue purchasing because of it.

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Nice review. I read reviews from another site: bandsawreviews.com. I think your knowledge regarding the machine is quite impressive. You can write reviews on different brands of band saw machines at that site.
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Nice review. I read reviews from another site: bandsawreviews.com. I think your knowledge regarding the machine is quite impressive. You can write reviews on different brands of band saw machines at that site.
I believe that prior to my purchase I did stumble upon that site and was kinda overwhelmed at how many different models there were. I acquired a PC router from my father inlaws after he passed and after realizing it was made of quality material I chose to stay with them for this purchase as well. Love both pieces of equip!

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IMHO the 'problem' you mention with the miter gauge is largely the fact that band saws are designed to cut curves not angles. It has always seemed odd to me that they are included with band saws.
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I believe that prior to my purchase I did stumble upon that site and was kinda overwhelmed at how many different models there were. I acquired a PC router from my father inlaws after he passed and after realizing it was made of quality material I chose to stay with them for this purchase as well. Love both pieces of equip!
That site surely has a lot of band saw models open for reviews.
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IMHO the 'problem' you mention with the miter gauge is largely the fact that band saws are designed to cut curves not angles. It has always seemed odd to me that they are included with band saws.
Curves, as in re-sawing?
I have a miter gauge just for the band saw.
What's so wrong about cutting angles with it?

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IMHO the 'problem' you mention with the miter gauge is largely the fact that band saws are designed to cut curves not angles. It has always seemed odd to me that they are included with band saws.


A bandsaw is one of the most versatile of all saws. There are tons of jigs and fixtures for making almost any cut. Sorry to have to disagree with you.
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What works for you might not work for everybody else. But you have a point there. I also believe that a band saw is one of the most versatile of all saws.
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Ditto to the a band saw’s versatility!
To L Town Graphics: Glad you found a niche in the power tools world. It is a trusted name.
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I have this saw as well and love it. I added the PC rip fence for $49. IT is ordered through a place in North Carolina, think the part number was X4TC. The fence works great, I never use the mitre. I also added a Carter 3 TPI hook for cutting thick stuff, and that works alot better than the stock blade for cutting down 2x4's to make slats for adirondack chairs. I have considered the Carter roller guide upgrade, but I have not had any issues with the cool blocks, so I will wait until I have nothing left to buy before I make that purchase
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