It’s specs and pricing at $129 put it directly against Ryobi’s and Harbor Freights 9 inch models. With further inspection of the Ryobi and Harbor Freight 9 inch models, I found out that they are identical models, other than their color scheme. Porter Cables model isn’t exactly identical to the HF and Ryobi model but is eerily similar in shape and specs, almost identical. The physical differences I spotted between Porter Cable’s model and the HF and Ryobi 9 inch models was the shape of the round over of the door edges and they use knobs to keep the doors closed instead of clips on the Ryobi HF models. Other than that they look almost identical other than the color scheme. I wouldn’t be surprised if Porter Cable’s 9 inch band saw came out of the same factory as the other two.
The differences don’t end there as Porter Cable’s specs for their 9 inch model are slightly different, with a slightly smaller blade of 59-1/2 inches, a feed rate of 2500 feet per minute. It’s table is slightly larger at 12-5/16-in x 11-7/8-in.
Of course at it’s $129 price point we’re not going to expect a boat load of features, or best in class features. As such this model lacks a fence, a built in light, and has upper and bottom block blade guides. If you want a fence and a light, you’re better off with Skill’s 9 inch band saw which retails for the same price although it still has similar block blade guides.
If the Porter Cable 9 inch model is anything like the Ryobi and HF 9 inchers, we should expect entry level performance. I reviewed the Ryobi 9 inch model and it was a decent little machine, perfect for small projects.
- Motor: 120V 2.5 Amps
- Cutting Speed: 2,500 FPM
- Blade Length: 59-1/2″
- Throat Capacity: 9″
- Table Size: 12-5/16-in x 11-7/8-in
- Maximum Cutting Height: 3.5″ (at 90°)
- Weight: 39.6 lbs