Porter-Cable PCB370SS Scroll Saw Has Lots of Features Including a Mobile Stand
posted on October 1, 2011 by Chris Marshall
Porter-Cable scroll saw 2011 Street price: $189
Throat Depth/Stroke: 16-1⁄16”/ 1-1⁄16"
Speed range: 500-1500 SPM
Table size: 12-5⁄8" x 18-1⁄2"
Motor: 1.6 amps
Blade style: Plain end or pin

Porter-Cable’s saw was a really pleasant surprise! It provides an excellent combination of sensible features, located right where you want them to be. Up top, the saw has a huge “On/Off” switch that’s easy to activate — and you’ll never have to grope under the table to find it as you may with other saws in this group. Once it’s up and running, you can set the variable-speed motor with a dial just above the power switch — also helpful.

A gooseneck worklight and replaceable bulb shed light on your cutting line, and a dust blower puffs away the debris. The tool’s table can be tipped to a variety of bevel angles, like every saw here, but this is the only model to provide both a tilt angle indicator — it’s built right into the tabletop — and seven preset detent angles. The table tilted easily with a telescoping knob combination below and in front, and it locked positively.

Blade changing was pretty easy, thanks to a knurled nut on top that you can tighten without a wrench and a wingnut to lock the bottom blade clamp. Both of these provisions can also be tightened with a hex wrench. This saw also comes with a quick-release flip lever, nested inside a large knob in back and on top. Quick-release is a blade tensioning feature I really love, because it speeds the process of setting up internal cuts: just flip the lever to slacken the blade. Once it is reattached, flip the lever back again to bring the blade up to its previous tension — or nearly so. It’s very handy!

On-board blade and tool storage were also good plusses, and I appreciated the side-mounted vacuum dust port below the table. The hose stays connected and conveniently out of your way.

Porter cable scroll saw stand Even on its mobile stand, the Porter-Cable Scroll Saw is stable and great for making tight cuts and intarsia.

But here’s one final sterling detail of this goodie-loaded saw: it comes with a steel workstand. Kudos to P-C for including that! One hit to the pocketbook provides everything you need to get up and running for $189 as of 2011 ... less than the cost of the highest priced saw here. If you choose to purchase the Porter-Cable scroll saw, you’ll need to make a special trip to Lowe’s® — it’s only sold there.

posted on October 1, 2011 by Chris Marshall
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5 thoughts on “Porter-Cable PCB370SS Scroll Saw Has Lots of Features Including a Mobile Stand”

  • Dave Hoffman

    Installing a plain end blade is next to impossible and the lower "wing nut" can not be reached. I am returning mine.

  • Barry Myers

    I love these articles and often refer back for reference, so maybe this info will help someone.
    After reading this review I checked Lowes' site and found the newer model PCB375SS for the same price. The specs looked the same, plus it has a slightly larger table surface, which is another improvement. I think I'll pick one of these up in the near future.
    BONUS for military personnel (present AND prior) - You can get an additional 10% off your purchases at Lowes and the big orange store by showing your ID card OR your DD214 for non-retirees. That adds up fast on power tools. ($18.90 off this saw brings it to $160.10)

  • Gene Ferguson

    I purchased the pcb370ss at Lowes 9 months ago. I was new at scrolling s so all the features were new to me. I found out that the saw blade on the up & down motion did not stay true to vertical. It moves to the right on the up blade movement. The blade also moves forward about half way on the upward movement. I could not find any adjustments for these problems.

    Now my bellows does not work, it has a crack in it. The saw has been a disappointment to me.

  • richard flatequal

    1. why do blade always break? use recommend brands used? 2. why do bellows crack since time, I've installed 8bellows. 3. 8-19-14, spring inside casting sheared off,Why? 3. removed screws right side, up top flapper broke due to roller bearing inside, why? Last schematic inside, instruction book is not clear enough indicating what first on replacing parts or goes on second and should be more specific. Ex., 2ytr, lays on upper arm instead guess work. T.Y.

  • CURTIS FARRINGTON
    CURTIS FARRINGTON August 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    HI GENE, IT SEEMS THAT YOU NEED TO SQUARE THE BLADE TO THE TABLE TOP. ONE HAS TO DO THIS WITH ALL SCROLL SAWS UNLESS YOU GET INTO THE $1,000 PLUS ONES. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BRAND OF SAW. A PERSON NEEDS TO THIS SQUARING EVERY TIME ONE USES THE SAW. THERE IS A SMALL SQUARE A PERSON CAN PURCHASE TO DO THIS FOR UNDER $4.00. SOME OF THE SCROLL SAW SITES HAVE THESE FOR SALE. CURTIS

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