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Forum topic by dennis mitchell posted 08-04-2007 11:25 PM 2333 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dennis mitchell

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08-04-2007 11:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: porta cable 690

I’ve stood by Porta Cables Routers. I have about twelve of them. I don’t need a bunch of fancy gadgets on my tools. I just want them to stand up to industrial use. Anyway I had this big set of drawers (about 30) to dovetail. I had my helper run the dovetail operation. Time to put them together and they don’t fit…hum. I’m use to the bits slowly sliding out if you don’t tighten them, but the bit was fine. The base was “improved” with this new quick release mechanism and it slipped. I’ve never had this happen on the older models that you tighten by hand. That is 100 board feet and about 12 hours labor to fix. Thanks Porta-Cable…Please quit fixing what isn’t broken.


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#1 posted 08-04-2007 11:30 PM

Thanks for the info Dennis. I bought 3 of the PC routers with the newer base. I’ll try to keep them tight.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-04-2007 11:33 PM

I think that’s the problem that I found with the Sears model.. the level kept releasing and the bit would come out.
One of our Jocks fixed his with a bolt and nuts.

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 12-21-2007 07:20 AM

I opened up one of my woodworking magazines yesterday to a full page ad with Porta-Cable claiming it “obsessed” over the details. Just thought I would add the bit about my last PC 2” nailer that only lasted 2 months and the brand new router that just screams when it is turned on, or the 21 inch belt sander with the non-flat base. I’ve been very brand loyal. Might as well start ordering from Harbor Freight. Sorry I’m swithching PC has turned to Crap.

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#4 posted 12-21-2007 11:59 AM

Yea i got one of the quick release PC routers too. Hasn’t slipped on me so far but im sure its waiting till im in a super bind to get a project out.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#5 posted 12-21-2007 01:54 PM

Dennis, to be sure I understand the problem, are you saying the router slipped in the base as opposed the the bit slipping in the chuck?

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#6 posted 12-21-2007 03:08 PM

dennis , i have 5 of the pc quick release models and i learned much the same way you have . luckily i learned for about 10 bucks . i do like the idea but they need to get obsessed about pre setting them or attach a warning to it telling you to set the pressure before using it !

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dennis mitchell

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#7 posted 12-21-2007 04:30 PM

BroDave, The router slipped in the base. It also lets out a horrible scream when starting up I don’t know what that’s about, but it can’t be good.

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#8 posted 12-21-2007 07:45 PM

Didn’t PC get bought by some other company recently? It seems like about a year ago, people were worried about whether PC’s quality would start to fall. Guess so.

PC’s base-plate screws always drove me nuts – how am I supposed to center the collet if they use countersink screws?

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#9 posted 12-21-2007 07:52 PM

I have one that stays mounted all the time. I wondered how cuts weren’t always exactly exactly.

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#10 posted 12-21-2007 07:54 PM

Porter Cable was first bought by Delta. Alarming but not horrible. Then I believe Black and Decker bought PorterCable/Delta. I am curiuous if anyone else has heard the same thing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#11 posted 12-21-2007 10:47 PM

yes chip ive also heard b & d now own p c

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#12 posted 12-22-2007 04:20 AM

Chip,

I talked to a sales assiciate at Lowes (in the tool dept.) and someone at a tool repair shop, who both said that Black and Decker has bought out Porter Cable.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#13 posted 12-22-2007 04:24 AM

Triton router, here I come.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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dennis mitchell

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#14 posted 12-22-2007 06:44 AM

Triton’s looking better all the time!

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#15 posted 12-22-2007 07:21 AM

Black and Decker, huh. That can’t be good. Hopefully the standard won’t slip all the way down to the Black and Decker Walmart sold junk. The PC’s have always had a strong following. Especially the Routers. I’ll have to keep an eye on future product tests to see what’s going on. They might be pulling a Craftsman!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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