Rough Cutting Saw That's Easy to Handle
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 Tiger Saw, Porter-Cable’s latest job site tool entry, was tested by students at Madison (WI) College Cabinetmaking & Millwork program, which is also an accredited Woodwork Career Alliance Evaluation Center. Program director Patrick Molzahn filed this report.

As a post-secondary cabinetmaking and millwork training program, we rarely get to use tools intended more for demolition, such as a reciprocating saw. However, our students recently put the Porter Cable PCC670 20V Reciprocating Tiger Saw to the test to cut apart some pallets we had laying around. They were impressed by the power of this saw. Compact and lightweight, the saw stood up to the task. Its comfortable, ergonomic grip made it easy to hold. The rubberized surface helped dampen any vibration.

Two nice safety features: the Tiger Saw features a variable speed trigger, and the blade stops immediately when the trigger is released. And the handle has a slide lock to prevent accidental startup when transporting the saw.

The pivoting shoe allowed us to get into tight corners. The blade installs in seconds by simply turning the clamp collar – no tools required. The lithium-ion battery held up well, with no noticeable power loss even when cutting dense hardwood.

Porter Cable offers an impressive 3-year warranty on this tool; two years for the battery. Overall we were pleasantly surprised with this lightweight tool, and although we may not use it to build cabinets, it will be close at hand when jobs call for demolition.

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Patrick Molzahn | Educator
Patrick Molzahn, Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program Director, Madison Area Technical College
Originally trained as an architect and sculptor, Patrick Molzahn discovered his love for building while spending his college summers working as a carpenter.  Believing that if you can build a boat, you can build anything, Patrick went on to study Traditional Wooden Boat Building.  After Boat school, he opened a one man shop specializing in Architectural Woodwork and custom furniture.  Since the fall of 2000, Patrick has been the director of the Cabinetmaking & Millwork program at Madison Area Technical College, in Madison, WI. 
In 2008, he received the distinguished WMIA “Educator of the Year” Wooden Globe award. Over the past four decades, he has traveled around the world researching how other cultures train their woodworkers. He is a founding board member of the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America, and in 2018, he became the first individual to earn the WCA’s highest honor, the Diamond Credential. 
Patrick is the author of the 5th edition of the classic text, Modern Cabinetmaking, and his writings have appeared in numerous publications, including Woodshop News, Fine Woodworking, and Fine Homebuilding.  An avid hiker, Patrick has explored trails on five continents, and in 2016, completed over 1300 miles of the Appalachian Trail.