Portamate Folding Miter Saw Power Tool Stand
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The first time I saw this tool stand, I flipped and decided that I just had to have it. That very week, I visited a friend who owned this stand for more than a year and told him that I shortly intended to buy one. He told me that he was as excited about buying one as I was, but after living with it for a while, he changed his mind a bit.
As he related, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the stand but that it may have a bit too much stuff loaded on which makes the stand unecessarily expensive and heavy. He never uses the vise, so he took it off and put it away. He rarely uses the light but he does use the wheels and he likes the lumber supports on the legs.
I bought one anyway. I agree with his conclusion about the vise but I really enjoy everything else. I like the wheels, I like the light and I love the power station and lumber supports.
I bought this stand earlier this year when it was offered without the vise. It’s pretty decent, and sturdy, but… oh so heavy. I really can’t overstate how heavy this stand is.
The saw mounts are pretty nice, they have rubber feet on the bottom so you can use it pretty easily on or off the stand. It also includes an adapter bracket for saws with a base that isn’t square like my Hitachi (the bolts in front are closer together than in the back).
I also ordered another set of mounts for my router table, but I haven’t had time to get it set up yet.
Now for the bad…
Did I mention how heavy it is? Because it’s heavy enough that you will want to roll it when you move it. This becomes an awkward hunched over maneuver, because the wheels only really work when you have it at a ridiculously low angle. If you lift it up to about waste level and try to roll it, the big metal guide on the end drags on the ground.
The tiny storage compartment is large enough to fit a couple pencils. The light is pointless, and mostly just gets in the way of my miter saw, so I’m going to try to remove it at some point. It also only runs on batteries, even though there is a power strip nearby.
Would I buy it again? Maybe.
EDIT: I just noticed this is the PM7000 model, and I bought the PM7500 (http://tools.woot.com/offers/portamate-folding-miter-saw-power-tool-stand-2). I think the PM7000 is actually a better design, so some of the issues I pointed out with mine probably don’t apply (the light, and the wheels).
If I was looking to buy it I would read the horrible reviews on Amazon before pulling the trigger…
I love this thing. It’s moderately heavy, but I’ve found nothing that does all it does and takes so little room when it’s not in use.
On the other hand, getting one delivered to me intact proved to be almost impossible.
I ordered a PM7000 from Woot early this year, but it arrived totally munged in shipping. The box was essentially destroyed, and the delivery guy dropped it on the porch and ran - probably because he was afraid we’d refuse delivery.
Woot took that first one back with no problems. I tried to get another from other online sellers who were closer to me, in hopes that less distance would mean less damage. All of them were damaged in shipping as well.
I finally got one from Home Depot that was delivered to the local store. Even that was slightly munged, but only cosmetically.
Bottom line: Great item, but beware of shipping damage.
Wood Magazine liked it.
And these Amazon reviews don’t seem that bad, overall.
OTOH, while researching this deal (and if you need a portable chop saw, this really does seem to be a cheap, solid answer), I found this little gem of a kit: the BOSSMATE MIGHTYMATE WorkBench.
You don’t link to them, and the ones I found are far from horrible.