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  • Very good quality product but the instructions could be better
  • September 23, 2016
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

I purchased this router to replace a router that was manufactured in the Porter Cable family, that was given to me as a gift over 40 years ago. For a couple of decades, I used that router almost weekly when I worked as a finish carpenter. So I had no reservations on purchasing another Porter Cable product. If this one lasts 40 years like the last one did, I will be 102! But who knows, I may still be playing around in my workshop at that age. One can hope. I would have to say that this is the second Porter Cable product that I have purchase recently (I recently purchased the PC dove tail jig), and the operating instructions are not really that good. I have a suggestion...... A couple of months ago, I purchased a garage door from Home Depot and it came with a DVD that showed you step by step, how to install and adjust the door. I literally put the DVD in my laptop and had it in my garage and used it through out the entire process and I don't think I would have had a successful installation without it. Perhaps Porter Cable could include a DVD with their products?

Pros Accurate, Durable, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting, Powerful Cons operating instructions could be better
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James

Poulsbo, WA
55 to 64, Male
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By: James
  • very nice router
  • March 04, 2014
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

This router is very nice. Its height adjustment from above table is very easy however it occasionally slips. Haven't done much with the plunge base yet but the little I have used it, it has performed well. The removed the latching mechanism for arbor lick that came on older versions of this model and I do miss that. That's why I deducted one star.

Pros Easy to Use, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Powerful Cons No Instructions
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Tolli

Indianapolis
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By: Tolli
  • Still a novice user but this thing is a beast. Cuts with little to no trouble with even thick (3/...
  • January 15, 2019
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

Still a novice user but this thing is a beast. Cuts with little to no trouble with even thick (3/4" or thicker) hardwood, MDF, and ABS plastic (small increments depth wise with the plastic). I personally use the ECO-Tray bit set from mobile solutions because my woodworking is car audio based. The plunge base(w/ vacuum attachment) is awesome to use with the Jasper circle jigs. It makes it very easy to make those perfect circle for subwoofer boxes. I have to say my biggest pro for this router is the adjustment features. Port-a-Cable really thought of it all. I will definitely be purchasing another one of these router motors for my future router table setup!

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By: Chopbox
  • Absolutely love this router. I bought it for a couple reasons.. I needed a good plunge router, it...
  • June 15, 2019
  • Recommended Product

Absolutely love this router. I bought it for a couple reasons.. I needed a good plunge router, it has dust collection, it has the router table lift feature, and it fits SO many aftermarket base plates and jigs. So far I've only used it in my second router table and it has all the power I need. Used it with a couple ogee bits to edge. Using them to make new kitchen cabinet drawer fronts and new doors. As you can see from the pictures, it cuts fantastic. Though it sounds odd, I really like how the height adjuster handle has up and down on it. Funny but it's useful for me. The only thing I was bummed about is that the dust collection is only on the plunge base, which is not the base that goes in the router table. So wish they has something (even if I had to purchase) for dust collection on the fixed base. So odd there is nothing. Maybe there is a good reason I don't know about. But overall I am very happy with this router and would buy again without hesitation. Going to be making a number of dog holes in my new assembly table and I am sure this is going to be perfect for the job.

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  • This router feels solid, but not heavy and has a controlling yet comfortable grip. When mounted i...
  • December 18, 2018
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

This router feels solid, but not heavy and has a controlling yet comfortable grip. When mounted in a Bosch router table, upside down, the motor unit is a little sloppy in the original mounting base. However, the major and minor adjustments work pretty well. The recessed on/off switch is a little difficult to locate from the grip handles, which isn't a terribly big deal in most cases, but should you need to turn the unit off quickly that might be a problem. The cord is reasonably flexible and long enough to stay out of the way when working. The soft start is truly an excellent feature as there is hardly any movement when getting up to speed. I would recommend buy this router again and recommend Porter Cable as an excellent product, made by people who seem to actually use what they manufacture. Five Star and thumbs up to Porter.

MandM

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By: MandM
  • Love it!
  • July 19, 2017
  • Recommended Product

Easy to use and powerful. Love the variable speed control. Took me a while to figure out how to remove the motor from the sleeve while mounted on the router table, but now it's easy to do. And I love being able to easily adjust the height. A pleasure to use!

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  • I purchased this item for the fine adjustment feature on the fixed base and the vacuum attachment...
  • April 18, 2017
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

I purchased this item for the fine adjustment feature on the fixed base and the vacuum attachment on the plunge base. So far I have only used it to cut dovetails, for which the fine adjustment excelled.

HomeDepotCustomer

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By: HomeDepotCustomer
  • Great Router!
  • September 21, 2016
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

I have owned a heavy duty Dewalt router for many years and it has served me well however this new Porter Cable router is much easier to use for many hand routing jobs and is easy to operate. It's light weight, easy bit changing and smooth plunge action make it a true pleasure and I'm now looking for more projects requiring a router. I have only owned it for a short time so I can't yet testify to how it holds up over time but so far-so great! I would definitely recommend this router based on my experience to date.

Pros Accurate, All In One, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, Powerful, Sturdy
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Ron

Dallas, Texas
65 or over, Male
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By: Ron
  • I am impressed
  • January 12, 2016
  • Recommended Product

This combination is very close to perfect.b the motor is quiet and delivers constant speed in varied work applications. I have the fixed base permanently attached to my router table. And use the plunge base with dust collection ., for everything else. No complaints yet, and I don't expect any.

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  • Great Product
  • February 03, 2015
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

Exactly fit the need. Purchased specifically for us with a circle cutting jig that required a plunge base. The plunge based stays attached to the circle jig, used for speaker cut outs, and still have the fixed base for other work. Purchased after reviewing several products. One advantage with Porter Cable is that most jigs and accessories are designed to fit. Home depot had a great price on this unit.

Pros Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Durable, Powerful
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Auburn7781

Benton, KY
55 to 64, Male
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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By: Auburn7781