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Circ Saw Spindle Locks: Are they worth it?

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Hello Everyone,

I am a novice woodworker, and am asking this question honestly. I recently purchased a Porter Cable PC13CSL from Lowes at $59.97. It's a 13-amp saw with a laser, and no spindle lock. After I brought it home, I looked at the box and began to wonder if the extra 2 amps and spindle lock were worth the $15 more for the PC15CSLK at $74.97.

From my reading, I know that spindle locks make blade changes easier, so I guess I am asking for your concensus on spindle locks for circular saws. Thanks in advance.

Donnell Wells
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Thanks everyone that replied so far. I think I'll keep the saw I have and spend the $15 toward a good 40T or 60T blade.

As for accuracy, I think I'll be making a DIY track guide of some sort, as I have to rip some half inch ply for those shelves. I also build model railroad benchwork, so this saw should come in real handy ripping down 3/4" Birch ply!

Thanks again,
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