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Wise Buys: Portable Mitersaw Stands

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HTC portamate PM7000

HTC portamate PM7000

Editor test-drive:
Although the most expensive of the tested models, the PM7000 adds several nice features. Up front is a built-in power strip -- handy for plugging in multiple tools and the included worklight. Also standard is a vise I'd rate as medium-duty. (In addition, Portamate sells an accessory router tabletop with fence for about $125, and extra quick-release mounts for $25 per pair for mounting benchtop tools.)

The legs brace the stand well, and the front legs sport a pair of fold-up brackets that hold a workpiece while you set up the saw or cut another piece. A small storage compartment in the brace under the rail holds pencils, but not much more. I found the plastic 8"-diameter wheels adequate, but too small and narrow for easy rolling over a rough job site. I also wish the handle was easier to grab when the stand is collapsed.
-- Tested by Jeff Mertz, Design Editor


Comments (6)
aliyousuf093gm wrote:

I still use a 8 slider from way back love the portability Read More :

6/17/2015 10:42:04 PM Report Abuse
dadsboyjoe wrote:

I admired this stand at a local farm store, after it being in the store for about two years they put it on clearence. I bought it for $95 plus tax, it had the vise and everything. I love it I am partially disabled and I can still maneuver it. I would like to trade the single wheel for the new wo wheel set-up, but I use it like it is till I can find a set. I would recommend this stand to anyone.

3/7/2013 03:35:50 PM Report Abuse
AgMan05 wrote:

Have had this stand for four years now, strong and steady. Would get this again in a heart beat. When you need to fold it up its a breeze and if you just need to move it around and don't want to fold it up, it moves with ease with the wheels.

3/7/2013 10:00:51 AM Report Abuse
tommandkay wrote:

I have a Craftsman version of this. It's very much like the Dewalt (and probably is in reality). It can be a bit of a chore to wrestle with but it works great. I couldn't do without it.

1/19/2012 10:30:12 PM Report Abuse
woodclaver wrote:

I want to hear a report about the stand that uses your foot to clamp something up!

1/12/2012 12:37:46 PM Report Abuse
mgwalsh1 wrote:

It's a great stand, steady and reliable however it's not as easy as the notes indicate to move the saw in order to take advantage of the stops. I have the 12" compound mitre saw and it is a heavy beast; too heavy to move on a whim. The saw and stand are a great combination.

1/12/2012 10:54:23 AM Report Abuse

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