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PortaMate PM4400 Miter Saw Stand

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  • Portable, folding miter saw stand; 18-inch universal mounting fits even largest miter saws
  • 116-inch overall material support capacity with 13-inch material support Ts
  • Quick attach / detach tool mounts (remove aluminum mounting rails; assembly required)
  • Includes 1 stand
  • 43-3/4 by 8-3/4-inches; 1-year warranty
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number HTC-PM-4400
Item Weight39 pounds
Product Dimensions44.9 x 10.8 x 6.1 inches
Item model numberPM4400
Warranty Description1 year
  
Additional Information
ASINB000093UPT
Best Sellers Rank #746,726 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight39 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableApril 21, 2003
  
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Product Description

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Whether you haul your miter saw to the jobsite or bring the work into your shop, this is a great choice for a stand to hold your saw. Even the beefiest miter saw fits without fussing, and it holds an impressive 500 pounds. Mounting is not complicated, even if the holes on your saw base don't line up with the predrilled holes on this base. All you need is a subtable of 3/4-inch plywood and you're set. Whether you mount your saw directly to the saw stand or to the plywood first, removing it is a cinch. And working at your saw on this stand is even better. The work height is 36 inches, comfortable for a broad range of body types, and it's got great support at both infeed and outfeed with 13-inch "T" fixtures. Overall, the stand will handle 116 inches of stock, so the trim carpenter will be really pleased with this stand. But what we like best is its easy portability. You don't have to remove your saw to either head on back home from the jobsite or store it neatly in a space-challenged workshop. Just slide the saw to the left, press the lock buttons, walk the saw down to the ground and let the legs fold in, close up the other legs and you're ready to go. on rugged six-inch wheels. It even rolls without folding it down. The fit and finish are quality, and the powdercoating will withstand even the nastiest conditions. This is a good solid stand for both the back of the pickup truck as well as the home workshop.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste

What's in the Box
Stand, wheels, manual

From the Manufacturer

The PortaMate Miter Saw Stand features a comfortable 36-inch work height, 43 3/4-inch x 8 3/4-inch work bed (top frame), and 116-inch overall material support capacity. Dual wheel mounting positions allow it to roll fully assembled or wheelbarrow style. The powdercoated, heavy duty contractor grade materials provide 500 lb capacity on the main frame. Design of the 13-inch material support -T's allow sagging materials to ramp up to the correct work height. The 18-inch aluminum mounting rails accept most saws including 12-inch sliding compounds. Special hooks secure the tool to the stand and also allow the tool to be used on a bench.

Customer Reviews

Its compact when folded and easy to roll.
FOBO
Two of the four snap buttons would stick halfway through their holes -- not all the way up, and not all the way down.
Henry Perkins
Good luck trying to find a T bolt in a hardware store.
Kevin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Henry Perkins on June 20, 2004
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[Summary: Right around 3.5 stars. Snap button problems and support only for saws with mounting holes in a rectangle lower the score, but the stand is stable and rugged.]
I got a low-end compound miter saw to add some trim to my house. I certainly didn't want to spend more money on the stand than I did for the saw, so I bought the PM4400. It was a decent buy, but the assembly took over two hours. Half of this time was spent debugging the "snap" buttons. Snap buttons are spring-loaded bumps that fit through various holes in the frame to hold the legs either open or closed. They came pre-installed on my stand's legs, and that was part of the problem.
Two of the four snap buttons would stick halfway through their holes -- not all the way up, and not all the way down. First I tried some WD-40. No help. So I took a leg off and removed its snap button to look it over. This took a flat-bladed screwdriver (as mentioned in the instructions) plus some long-nosed pliers (not mentioned). When I had the spring piece out of the leg I could feel that there was some minor roughness around the edge of the hole the button is supposed to "snap" through. So I got a circular file (again, not mentioned) and ran it around the hole a couple times. After reassembly the button snapped smoothly, as it was supposed to. I repeated the process on the other three legs and now they lock open and closed pretty handily.
When it came to mounting my saw I discovered another difficulty: The PM4400 only supports saws with mounting holes in a rectangle. My saw has the mounting holes in the back closer together than those in the front. The stand's assembly instructions said to mount the saw to a 3/4" plywood base and drill holes in a rectangle in the plywood.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Skip Thomsen on January 7, 2006
I've been struggling along with one of these flimsy, wobbly stands for about two years. I do major remodeling and use my miter saws a lot. The so-called convenience of this one was that I could roll it from place to place. Well, barely.

Without going into all the things that are wrong with this stand, but one of them was the time one of the "lock buttons" failed to engage because the poorly-designed spring that's supposed to push it out got cocked sideways inside the leg. With no warning, the stand collapsed, sending my new $400 Bosch tilt-slide saw over the edge of a deck. I could have bought the Bosch stand for what that cost me.

Bottom line: I went to Home Depot and bought one of their Ryobi stands a few weeks ago for my litle trim saw. I had little faith in it because of the $97 price, but when I took it out of the box (fully assembled), I was blown away. It is stout, well-designed, and the best part is that my huge Bosch saw fits on it perfectly and with the flip of two levers the saw can be comfortably carried to the truck so I don't have to worry about rolling anything anywhere. I bought this stand to use under one of my small chopsaws I use for moldings and trim and ended up using it under my biggest saw. I'm going to buy another one so I can send my old stand to the scrap pile, wheels and all.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Nan K on November 23, 2003
The Port-A-Mate 4400 provides a very stable and easy to adjust stand for all miter saws. My husband reviews tools for two magazines. He wanted to see what HTC had for the Sliding miter saws he was reviewing. He mounted every type of miter saw from Ryobi to Bosch and the stand functioned perfectly. A small child could assemble the saw when it arrives in the box. It is also made in America. I know because I put the saws on the stands because my husband has a bad back injury. I found it took about two minutes to mount a saw once the stand was put together. It wheels around perfectly when the stand is broken down for transporting and even I can set it up in 30 seconds when we pick a spot to make cuts. All of the manufactures stands are very expensive when compared to this stand. This stand had a perfect powder coated finish and looked like it cost hundreds more. It is the best bargain on Amazon in my opinion. Just incase you think a woman has no idea about tools I am a theater arts major. I have built many sets in the theater that require the use of many power tools and thousands of types of finishes. You can't go wrong with this miter saw stand.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By FOBO on April 24, 2004
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I'm a serious DIY-er. I was (just like you) tired of wobbly saw horses and other makeshift setups and lugging around a 12" compound saw. I wanted a sturdy saw platform AND wheels. I did the research and decided on the Portamate based on (1) strength, (2) portability, (3) price and (4) Made in USA. I'm pleased on all accounts. The materials are strong and of good quality. The powder coated finish is first class. Once assembled it's a no-nonsense solid stand, as advertised. The saw mounts and detaches in seconds with the clamp-on mounts. The stand sets up and folds easily. Its compact when folded and easy to roll. It took me about two hours to assemble the unit due to skimpy instructions and minor hardware issues. One bolt had a thread problem that would not let it thread into the nut properly. After a session with the tap & die set, that issue was resolved. I also experienced the problem with the leg lock buttons that an earlier reviewer had. These buttons are spring loaded to snap into a hole and lock the legs when setup. The buttons are depressed to fold up the stand. The buttons worked perfectly on two legs but the other two wanted to stick, either open or closed. The problem was that the buttons fit too tightly in the leg holes. The buttons were easily removed from the holes with a screw driver and the holes slightly enlarged to allow proper clearance. The two hardware issues are very minor and I think common to many things we buy unassembled. A flawed bolt and a little too much paint/metal at the hole location, not big problems. These units are a bargain. Would gladly buy again.
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