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Porter-Cable Invents Keyless Blade Change on Circular Saws

New Quik-Change™ System Enables Users to Change Blades without Tools

JACKSON, Tenn. – Professional builders, framers and remodelers no longer need to stop working and search for the right tool to change the blade on their circular saws. Porter-Cable Corporation, the first company to offer blade right and blade left MAG-SAWS in 1995, introduces the industry’s only circular saw with keyless blade change.

With its one-of-a-kind, Quik-Change™ system, Porter-Cable’s new line of circular saws enables users to easily change the circular saw blade by hand and get the blade as tight, if not tighter, than using a wrench. The hassle-free, keyless blade change system saves time on the jobsite by eliminating the need to locate a wrench or other tool in order to change blades.

The new Porter-Cable circular saws (models 324MAG, 325MAG, 423MAG and 424MAG) feature magnesium housing, which is tougher and lighter than the aluminum housing found on many competing circular saws. The magnesium housing’s durability extends the life of the circular saw and its lighter weight reduces possible physical strain from repetitive use increasing work on the jobsite.

Also, the MAG-SAWS are equipped with a unique, integrated dust collection system improving cutting visibility for more precise and efficient operation. The “dust elbow” of the circular saw can be adjusted in order to blow the dust away from the user, or a vacuum can be attached to the “dust elbow” to create a dust-free work environment. Additional benefits include a new soft-grip handle for comfort, increased line-of-sight for more accurate cuts and extended miter lip on the lower guard for no-hang up cuts.

The new line of Porter-Cable MAG-SAWS provide versatile cuts with a 15 amp motor and 0-50 degree miter capacity with a positive stop ay 45 degrees. An on-board clip keeps the cord away from the 7 ¼” 20T framer Razor™ Blade during operation. The 324MAG and 325MAG are blade right kits, and the 423MAG and 424MAG are blade left kits. An electronic brake is available on models 325MAG and 424MAG. The entire line will be available in March 2004 for approximately $129 to $149.

Porter-Cable Corporation (, a subsidiary of Pentair Inc. (NYSE – PNR), is a leading manufacturer of portable electric and cordless power tools; air nailers, staplers and compressors; generators; pressure washers; and related accessories for the professional woodworking, commercial/residential construction, plumbing and electrical markets. With its manufacturing operation centralized in Jackson, Tenn., Porter-Cable operates a second manufacturing facility in Steinheim, Germany, where its products are produced and sold throughout Europe under the FLEX brand name.

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