Porter-Cable - 3812 Portable Tablesaw - Fine Homebuilding Tool Review
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3812 Portable Tablesaw

Porter-Cable - 3812 Portable Tablesaw

Although it comes with a wobbly stand, this portable tablesaw from Porter-Cable has plenty of power

$400.00 (As of 7/1/2005)

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Editor's Review: Testing the Best Portable Tablesaws

review date: July 1, 2005

This portable tablesaw is powerful and has a good miter gauge. Its soft-start feature eases into the amp load, and the electronic brake is a great safety feature. On the downside, cranking the knob to adjust the blade swings the stand unacceptably from side to side. This wobbly stand makes ripping sheets of plywood awkward. Discounting the stand, this saw is solid overall, with decent accessories and lots of power. However, the blade guard doesn't flip out of the way or ride up and down with the blade, and it feels flimsy. While the guard is easiest to remove (no screws, bolts, or nuts), it feels like a throwaway and probably will be used only once.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Table Flatness N/A
Blade to Miter Slot Parallel N/A
Arbor Runout N/A
Noise Rating 89 db.
Portability 1.75 out of 5
Adjustments 3.75 out of 5

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Porter-Cable
Manufacturer's Web Site www.deltaportercable.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 888-848-5175
Weight 63-1/2 lb.
Dimensions 25-1/4 in. by 20 in.
Max Rip Capacity N/A
Dust Collection N/A
Fence Type N/A
Table Size 25-1/4 in. by 20 in.
Blade Size 10 in.
Blade Tilt N/A
Horsepower N/A
Amps N/A
Accessories N/A

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