Price check US made, new old stock Porter Cable 7518 (75182)

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Forum topic by Dreban posted 11-08-2019 06:28 AM 1212 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2019 06:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: porter cable 75182 porter cable 7518 pc 75182 pc 7518

Howdy. I have an opportunity to buy a PC 75182 that was made in the US and is new old stock. Comes with the fixed base, too, and 1/2” collet. It was a floor model I guess and never used. I talked him down to $215 but not sure if it’s worth it since I just need the motor to hand in my lift and, as I recall, new, made in Mexico models go on sale once or twice a year for about $240 and than would have a warranty. Thoughts? Is the older, US made 7518s really that much better than the newer Mexican models? Thanks. Appreciated.

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#1 posted 11-08-2019 11:36 AM

Personally, I would get the USA model. I have no first hand knowledge that it’s better than the new ones, but i do know that in general the PC line of tools has been delegated to a lower tier to allow the Dewalt line to be the premium brand of whatever that companies name is that now owns them. So my guess is they may have done some “cost engineering” on that later models that might not be a good thing. That said, I don’t worry about warranties too much. A lot of folks do, and if it’s that important to you go with your gut. I see 215 s a good price for what you described, and you can sell the base to recoup some of the cost. The 7518 was for years considered the de-facto standard for RT use….should be a great choice.

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#2 posted 11-08-2019 12:40 PM

I agree with Fred. I wouldn’t sell the base unless you already have a hand held router. I believe the 7518 is still considered the de-facto standard for RT use. The only time the warranty might become an issue is if you use the router all day every day. If you are a once-in-a-whiler then …

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#3 posted 11-08-2019 06:27 PM

Thanks. I have that nice Bosch mcr23whateveritscalled plunge/fixed set so this would just be for under table. I’m debating it. Reeeeeally want a Dewalt 20v powered Graco TC Pro power painter, which I need now, and I haven’t even built the router table torsion box extension for my table saw yet to drop my lift into. But I’d still need another $100 to get the sprayer. Decisions decisions.

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#4 posted 11-09-2019 01:52 PM

Get that router now. The USA made 3HP+ Porter Cable routers are built like tanks and are built with the best parts compared to current Spanish or Chinese made models. This router is the world standard for cabinet shops every where. Also, don’t sell your base just because you are putting it into a lift. You won’t get that much out of the base and it would be a huge headache to ever need it one day in the future and not have it. Never sell tools

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