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Posted on The lesser of two evils... R4512 or PCB270TS

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#1 posted 06-23-2012 06:23 PM

Hi Ryan – It’s always a matter of personal preference, but I think I’d take another shot at an R4512. If you get one without the issue I think you’ll have the better saw….slightly better fence, definitely stronger elevation gears. I really think it’s a matter of “when”, not “if” those plastic gears will fail, but time will tell. Try to find one with a newer serial number. Get the manager to give you a discount for your trouble….at least 10%. Maybe they’ll even accept a 20% HF coupon. (Heck, ask if they’ll sell you a Steel City 35990 within your budget). Leave some change to buy a decent blade, which will ultimately determine how well the saw cuts once it’s aligned.

I’d also be keeping my eyes peeled for a nice used saw.

Good luck!

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