I think the biggest difference in all miter saws is the ability to get back
to a 90 deg cut without using your square to reset. The better a saw can do
that, the better the saw, in my opinion. I'm sorry to say that I don't know
about either of these in that factor, but to me that would be the first and
most important question. As you said, no difference can be seen, but there
will be differences under the hood.
We service them & essentially they are the same saw, a few cosmetic
differences perhaps....all part of Pentair / Porter Cable / Delta past
Rockwell / Beaver
Starting with the two main components 894458 Armature...same in both, 894462
Field...same in both & so on & so on. Different decals perhaps, colors &
plastic identifying parts do not really make them different saws.
Maybe some are.
The two that come to my mind:
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Are quite different, no? Maybe the motor internals are the same, but
they use totally different table mechanisms. I've used both of these
guys and there were serious differences.
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You are thinking of different older models I think.
But I don't wish to argue....have a great New Year!
They are pretty much the same saw. Porter Cable, Delta , Devylbus
Oldham, and Viper all fall under the same parent company. Both saws
have rated equally in the magazine reviews I've seen. Go w/ the
Delta if its cheaper. If your possibly a tool collector I have a family
member who works for PC-DELTA in Jackson, TN. He says most likely
that PC will move out of the miter saw business soon and just focus on
power/hand tools (which is what PC does) and turn over the miters completely
to Delta (the woodworking machinery side).
" The extra $50 gets you a one year warranty
instead of the two year Delta warranty. Go figure."
Isn't that called Tipping the Porter for carrying your Cable?
OK... Not Really :-)
I couldn't see any difference but it posed an interesting question for
me. I am still using a 9" Delta Rockwell I bought in 1975. Still
works great but been thinking maybe time for an upgrade. Your two
choices fall in line with what I have been thinking about. When did
the 1" arbor hole come along? Dumb me thought everything used the 5/8
arbor still. Come to think about it I guess that saw is the newest
major tool in my shop!
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