PORTER-CABLE PC14CTSD 14-Inch Chop Saw Review

Easy to Use Chop Saw with an Adjustable Wheel Guard
PORTER-CABLE PC14CTSD 14-Inch Chop Saw Review

Product Name: PORTER-CABLE PC14CTSD 14-Inch Chop Saw

Product Description: Porter-Cable Chop Saw

Price: $$$

Currency: US

Availability: InStock

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  • 9.1/10
    Rating - 9.1/10
9.1/10

Summary

The blade with this model cuts slow on flat materials. But if you have any spare blades, the power of the PORTER-CABLE PC14CTSD 14-Inch Chop Saw will impress you. The best part of this deal is the 30-days money back guarantee and one-year free service contract with great customer support from Porter Cable.

There are always three main parts of a chop saw one needs to examine before buying a power tool. Check its base and guards, the base should be thick, solid and sturdy. If it loses shape, the cutter will become useless. The second part is the battery. It is nearly impossible to find a brushless battery in chop saws but a high ampere battery with overload and overheat protection is fine.

The third part is the blade or abrasive wheel. Aluminum oxide grain wheels can do a wonderful job. Some models feature carbide-tipped blades for multiple functions. We have picked the PORTER-CABLE PC14CTSD 14-Inch Chop Saw due to its high rating.

High RPM – Powerful Motor

The PORTER-CABLE 14-Inch Chop Saw comes with a 15-amp motor, which can achieve a maximum speed of 3,800 RPM very fast. This is enough power to cut any metal you throw at it. Carbon brushes are accessible from outside and allow easy and quick replacement. It lacks overload or overheat protection so be careful with longer tasks. The base shoe looks okay, not great but still okay.

The accuracy of the cut depends on base shape and grip on material. Any abusive hit or over force knocks on depth stop adjustment bolt can create a dent. Such incident will result in wrong measurements of depth and angular cuts. If you want the most out of this unit, keep the base with respect and care and don’t use unnecessary force on handle.

Easy to Use – Adjustable Wheel Guard

The PORTER-CABLE PC14CTSD features D-Shape handle and reduces required force to pull the handle when cutting. This shape is also easy to grip and fatigue-free during long tasks. The blade is on the right so left handed operation offers good sight on a material. But the switch trigger is located on the left side of the handle which means if you are holding with a left hand, you will have to press the trigger with a small finger.

If you are holding the handle with the right hand, you will have to lean over the right hand for a better view. Porter-Cable should have designed it better. This model was introduced in 2011 but it still features decade-old chain and a hook to lock head. Wheel guard seems sturdy and it is adjustable to deflect sparks for additional safety.

Specifications and Features

  • 15-Amp motor
  • 4 horsepower
  • 4-3/4” x 5-1/3” depth capacity (round)
  • Wrench blade change
  • 3800 RPM (no load)
  • Quick release material clamp
  • 45° Bevel Cuts
  • Spindle lock

Pros

  • Quick-lock vise
  • Durable use
  • Heavy duty abrasive wheel
  • Adjustable wheel guard
  • D-shape handle
  • Impressive power

Cons

  • Made from stainless steel though, but its base is not very robust

Verdict

The blade with this model cuts slow on flat materials. But if you have any spare blades, the power of the PORTER-CABLE PC14CTSD 14-Inch Chop Saw will impress you. The best part of this deal is the 30-days money back guarantee and one-year free service contract with great customer support from Porter Cable.

They also back their tool is 3 years of limited warranty and this shows the stability and durability of this unit. Average user rating is also impressive which is 4.3 out or 5.0 stars. For the price and rating, this unit really is an excellent choice.

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