Reader Jim sent us a brief but comprehensive review of Porter Cable’s 2-speed 14″ floor-standing band saw. The saw is designed for cutting hard and soft wood, and features a 16″ x 16″ tilting cast iron work surface. Here’s what Jim had to say about the saw:
I bought one of these saws recently at Lowe’s, and it runs like a singer sewing machine. NO vibration, tracks excellent, cuts oak, cherry, almond, without any chatter. Must be the 1-1/2 horse motor! The only thing that PC/Delta could include is the possibility of guide bearings, instead of those stupid metal things! A good fence would also be welcome – like the one that Grizzly includes on their 14″ band saw.
That’s one of the simplest and most helpful reviews I’ve ever seen for a band saw, thanks Jim!
You can find these saws at Lowes for $399 . Similarly sized saws via woodworking suppliers such as Woodcraft are priced higher and include a few more bells and whistles, but this Porter Cable doesn’t seem to sacrifice much in terms of features or performance.
For comparison, here is the Grizzly band saw that Jim appears to be referring to.