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Porter Cable PC14CTSD 14-Inch Chop Saw Review
Good Value for the Money
A good metal cutting chop saw is a useful tool, they can however be quite expensive. If you are not going to be using yours every day you will likely want to get one that is at the lower end of the price range. There are plenty of good cutoff saws that are not too expensive, one of them is the Porter Cable PC14CTSD, this is my review.
The best thing about the Porter Cable chop saw is the price. This is a saw that is at the low end of the price range, that does not however mean that it is not a good saw. While you are certainly not going to get a saw that is as good as one of the top of the line models you will get a pretty good saw that definitely represents good value for the money.
The Porter Cable PC14CTSD has decent power although it may be a little bit underpowered if you trying to get through some of the harder metals. You will have to be patient to get through them but you will get the job done.
I also like the fact that the blade is easy to change. This is one of my biggest complaints with most chop saws, given that you have to change blades on these things all of the time you would think they would be designed to make it easy to change blades, sadly this is not the case. While the Porter Cable saw does not allow for tool less blade changes it is still fairly easy to get the blades changed.
Given that we are talking about a saw at the low end of the price range it will come as no surprise to learn that there are areas where it could be improved. The biggest thing for me is that it does not feel like the most sturdy saw that I have ever used. This does keep the weight down which is nice if you are going to be moving it around the job site but I am not sure that it is going to last all that long. The other issue is with the power as already discussed, it could use more power to make it easy to get through harder metals.
I would highly recommend the Porter Cable PC14CTSD to anybody who is in need of a decent cutoff saw but are not looking to spend a lot of money on one. If you will use it enough to justify the price then by all means get yourself a top quality saw, it will make your life a lot easier. For the people who need a cutoff saw but will not be using it on a daily basis this is perfectly adequate option.