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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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 !!
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.
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