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Porter-Cable PCB370SS Scroll Saw Has Lots of Features Including a Mobile Stand
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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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16 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 August 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm


  • Jack

    I've had mine for a little while and I've noticed something. It has operated fine for me. I did break a blade but I just figured that a blade that's not much wider than a hair might have a tendency to break after making several projects. But I guess that's just me. I might be a whole lot picker if I would have paid more than I did. Think for a minute, why did you spend 130 to 190 dollars for a scroll saw you wanted to be perfect or almost perfect. Why didn't you buy the Dewalt for 500 dollars. I know why but I'm not going there. My porter cable saw works perfectly for what I paid for it and I'm very pleased. I'm sorry for you folks that expect to purchase a 1000 dollars worth of equipment for 180 bucks because you'll be unhappy your whole life.

  • Keith

    can not figure out why in the world would they put the worse blade clamps on a nice saw, it is so stupid to do that, should have put clamp holders Mike's delta or a dewalt saw

  • Paul

    Just unpacked mine. I was unhappy to learn that although the bottom blade clamp has a knob, the upper does not; just a setscrew. My older Delta saw has setscrews for both upper and lower clamps and is a pain when you must make frequent stops to remove the blade from the upper clamp in order to change to a different position as in fret work.

  • Edd Graham

    I need a manual for this saw ???

  • Cameron

    Here you go Edd:

  • Sid Broussard

    I have had this saw for over a year, It is now in the shop. I figure for less than $200 I got my money's worth out of it,. Like Jack said and what it amounts to "You get what you pay for"

  • Randy

    Is the Bellows the Air Pump? Mine quit and I have only had this thing for 3 months. Kinda disappointed. Please let me know if I am on the right track for a fix here please...Thanks

  • Zara

    I just bought this scroll saw and have never done it before. I am still learning how to use it but have done a few intarsia pieces, I am still using the original blade that came with it. Let the blade do the work. I am now looking to get the spiral blades for intricate work. Great value for the money.

  • sharon

    The Porter Cable 18" variable speed scroll saw with stand is a piece of junk. The tension won't stay in place no matter what you do. Trying to change the blades are horrible. I didn't expect a "cadillac", but I did expect the saw to work properly. The tension knob on the back will not stay in place. The blower hasn't worked forever. Now it runs like a person running a chain saw. The absolute worst saw around. I have been checking around and there are better saws for the same price or a better price that this piece of JUNK, I will never buy a porter cable product ever again. Their reputation has went to the gutter for their products

  • Don

    Loved my saw till it broke, used it every day. parts are hard to comeby. Brought a new Portor Cable that one I made one cut , tryed to tune the blade cant be done. lookinng down from the top the arms are off 3/16" , not enought movement in adjusting screws for alinment. There are many times I need to cut hair lines in Patterns. Am looking for a replacement saw now, what is a very good one to look for? Thanks!!

  • David

    I purchased the 18" Porter Cable saw in Feb. of 2016 after recovering from sticker shock of other saws. I am pleased with this saw it has many features that you must pay extra for on other scroll saws lite & stand table tilt right and left. this saw has no tool blade change uses both pin and plain saw blades. the saw runs smooth and quiet. cuts straight.
    I got this saw to replace an old Craftsman scroll saw that died.This replacement saw works much nicer than the other saw all the controls are in front where they are handy.
    Happy scrolling

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