Porter Cable sloppy plunge base

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by PeteMoss posted 06-04-2010 09:03 PM 8210 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t done the whole video thing before, but since there has been so much discussion about PC’s sloppy plunge action on their combo units after there was a review posted of one I thougt I would post a video of mine.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

13 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


118308 posts in 4909 days

#1 posted 06-04-2010 09:20 PM

It definitely seems excessive PC should back their router up and give a refund.


View deeman's profile


380 posts in 4413 days

#2 posted 06-04-2010 10:15 PM

Thanks for the video I have been wanting one of these. I am thinking I don’t want it anymore

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2718 posts in 4618 days

#3 posted 06-04-2010 10:44 PM

Wow! That’s pathetic. My Bosch has no play in it—or my old Porter Cable and Makita for that matter. I have been wondering how Porter Cable’s quality would hold up after being bought by Black & Decker. I guess that answers that.

I agree with Jim on the refund.


View schloemoe's profile


709 posts in 4270 days

#4 posted 06-05-2010 01:31 AM

I have a cheap old Ryobi that does’nt have that much play I think Jim is right refund. Send the vidio to P.C I’ll bet you get a check in the mail…............Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

View Dave Price's profile

Dave Price

90 posts in 4307 days

#5 posted 06-05-2010 02:13 AM

thanks Pete
im glad i didn’t buy that, when i bought my router it was the ridgid combo from the orange store it doesn’t have any play that im aware of. i picked the ridgid over the pc for the price.

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

View docholladay's profile


1287 posts in 4391 days

#6 posted 06-05-2010 01:08 PM

I wonder if there is a means to adjust this play. If there is, I would probably be via some sort of set screws on the tubes where the plunge rodes go through the motor clamp housing. It certainly would be worth taking a look. If there isn’t an adjustment, I certainly would contact PC to see if they would do something about it. I have an older PC 690 series that doesn’t have anything like that in the way of play.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

View Ger21's profile


1100 posts in 4463 days

#7 posted 06-05-2010 06:46 PM

I’d exchange that for another. I can’t imagine they’d sell ANY of those it they were all like that. Sure seems defective to me.

-- Gerry,

View Dusty56's profile


11868 posts in 5020 days

#8 posted 06-07-2010 02:10 AM

My 15 year old PC plunge base still doesn’t have any where near that amount of play in it !!
A router is supposed to be a precision piece of equipment. Get yourself a refund !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View Chris Pond's profile

Chris Pond

63 posts in 4379 days

#9 posted 06-08-2010 07:13 PM

You, did ok with your camera work. I would return it right way. The question to the group is why do top company send stuff out like this. Do they think “we” the public wouldn’t care, or that we are ok with this this level of quality? I would love to chat about this sometime.

-- Chris, Fernie, BC

View TheOldTimer's profile


226 posts in 4418 days

#10 posted 06-09-2010 05:55 AM

Great camera work, terrable router base play. My 690 plunge base is rock solid.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

View Craftsman on the lake's profile

Craftsman on the lake

3892 posts in 4770 days

#11 posted 06-10-2010 02:04 AM

I decided on a bosch last year. Glad I did. No play and I like it a lot. I almost exclusively use it in the plunge base. And my triton is a gem in the table.
I’d be complaining to PC. this is almost an unusable unit. Almost like buying a table saw with a bent arbor. Shouldn’t happen.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

View velo_tom's profile


123 posts in 4348 days

#12 posted 06-10-2010 10:16 PM

Porter Cable use to make good stuff, looks like they are using the new business paradigm, take a free ride on your reputation and make it cheep. My old Black and Decker plunge router functions better than that and I paid less than $60 for it.

I picked up a Milwaukee router with fixed and plunge bases at Amazon a couple years ago for only $140. I just checked and it’s not that cheep any more, they want $170 for it. Locally it cost that much with just the fixed base. The plunge base on it works fantastic. Only problem with it is that chips absolutely fly everywhere. The vacuum attachment functions so poorly I don’t bother with it. Otherwise it’s a great router.

See a lot of you using Bosch. I have a Bosch trim router that works great so imagine their other routers are good too. Have other Bosch tools, no complaints what so ever with that brand.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

View pintodeluxe's profile


6518 posts in 4145 days

#13 posted 05-23-2013 05:05 PM

Not good. Besides the inaccuracy, it doesn’t even look like it would plunge smoothly.

I have the Dewalt 618, which uses the renowned Elu plunge design. No slop, with a perfect piston action.
It uses phosphorus bronze bushings, which may allow for tighter tolerances that the P.C.


-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics