B&M to buy Porter-Cable 8529 router?

I have decided to buy the PC 8529, but I want to buy it at a brick and mortar retail store. I've learned the hard way that it pays to buy local and enjoy the 30 day return option.
I read that HD clearanced these back in September. Has anyone seen this router in the store recently?
Thanks.
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I got one back in Sept - I've been in several HD's in various states since then, and haven't seen any. I think PC has discontinued this model, and has replaced it with a new line - the numbers run like "690", "890". I didn't keep close track of the differences because I'd bought the 8529. But, this is a great router - lots of power and versatility.
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I just saw one at Lowe's last week. I bought one at HD during that clearance that has since taken a crap. Looks like the speed control died a slow death. I've been dragging my feet getting it in to be repaired and I need to take care of it ASAP. Other than that it was a great router when it worked.
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In my area, Woodcraft has it, as well as a superb mom and pop tool store (Berland's). Also, there is a Delta/PC service center that sells both new and refurbished ones.
I bought one for $100 when HD cleared them out. It is fantastic for $100 but I wouldn't pay more than that. I like my Dewalt 621 and my Hitachi M12V's much better.
Regarding returns from mail order places, some (such as Amazon/Toolcrib and Harbor Freight) have very good return policies. Just make sure you do your research before you buy. The cheapest price isn't necessarily the best deal.

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I'm considering purchasing the PC8529, too. You mention that you prefer your DW621 much more. How is it better (much better, as you say) than the PC? I'm having a hard time deciding and keep vacilling back and forth between Dewalt and Port-Cable, for a plunge router. I'd appreciate any insight.
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Don't know where this thread started and can't remember if I replied to it previously (getting "older" now, and the memory aint what was :) ). I don't know about the DW 621, but I got the 8526 on the clearance at HD ($90 - it was the display model, no case or other stuff). All I can say is that I really like it. Lots of power, great feel even though it's a heavy beast. I also bought the edge guide, and along with a template guide set, it is really a versitle tool.
The local Lowes here had three or for that were "on sale" for $229 - I think that was higher than HD before their clearance sale. I'd try your local Lowes, but if not there, you may have a hard time finding them because I think they discontinued the line.
Good luck !!
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I just bought my second one, first one still works great. Sold my 691 D handle. These are great routers. I like the soft start and the handle/switch/plunge-lock position better than others I've tried. I use it mostly with jigs like Leigh dovetail and a homemade jigs for mortice and tennons, no trimming or edging. Seems easy to tweak the depth with the knob once you get it close. I have a shaper with a router spindle so I don't do the router table thing. I don't think its perfect but you can pick them up on ebay for 150 most of the time. Jack

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