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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