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Posted on Porter Cable PCB222TS - Addressing the odd throat insert plate

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 02:39 AM

I have had the 220 model for about a year and have mostly liked it. I bought it while on sale at lowes, price and the fold up features where the main attraction for me. I work out of my garage and have very little space so being able to store it away was key to me. That being said, it didn’t take long to get really frustrated by the insert plate. It is very difficult to make a zero clearance insert, but I’m glad that they fixed the problem, probably after a lot of complaints. I noticed the new model the other day while at lowes, with a better insert size. I didn’t remove it to see if it still has the funky tabs on the corners, I would guess not since it is now a wider insert. But I would check it out first to see how easy it would be to make your own insert. Also to note, the riving knife inserted fully down makes it near impossible to have a ZCI installed, as it sits against the back of the opening. Check to see if that would be a problem, if you plan to use the stock knife.
Overall I have thought it is a good saw, good enough for occasional home use and a great deal for the price. With the revised insert and increased rip width, it would be even better.

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