Latest Porter Cable Circular Saw Lighter Then Ever Hot
It looks like Porter-Cable has filled an RPM gap with their latest 7-1/4" circular saw. The PC15TCSMK looks to be Porter Cables blade-right replacement to the much loved MAG line. To be honest, I am a bit confused as to why the blade-right versions of the MAG saws were discontinued, while the blade-left models still remain; but I digress. Porter Cable does have a couple other blade-right saws on the market right now, but none of them offer the higher 5600 RPM's at 15 Amps the PC15TCSMK has to offer.
Based on user feedback, Porter-Cable built the PC15TCSMK to be a lighter saw, with better weight distribution, and better ergonomics. Taking some features form the MAG line, PCs latest creation uses a similar cast magnesium shoe. In total, their new saw is only .1 lbs lighter then the MAG saw, but every little bit helps, plus the MAG was already amazingly light. Another improvement over the MAG, besides being smaller and lighter, is the angled front handle (the first thing I noticed from the photo), which allows your hand to be in a more natural relaxed position during use. Some other honorable mentions include: a soft trigger grip handle, optimized trigger force, bevel stops at 22.5 and 45 degrees, and a 10 foot cord.
The PC15TCSMK includes a 24-tooth carbide thin-kerf framers blade, wrench, rip fence, and kit box. The saw will be available in May 2010 and carries a suggested retail price of $99.99.