Something from the 7610 series? I have one of roughly the same vintage that
is still the 1st router I reach for unless I need something with a lot
more hp. It's a nice, compact unit, good quality and performance. I'm
a hobbyist, not a professionial, but even so, 40 +/- years old and never
even had to replace the switch or brushes. I've bought plenty of
"premium" name tools since then that have not held up so well.
There are no stupid questions, but there are lots of stupid answers.
Larry W. - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar. org
I have a 14V PC cordless. I liked it but don't use it anymore mainly
because it's too heavy for overhead use and I have better now (the
batteries went kaput and they were too expensive to replace). I
wouldn't buy any of the new garbage. OTOH, the PC690 and PC7518 (have
a motor in a lift) are still reasonable routers.
I really like my Bosch drills and drivers (have eight ;-). I didn't
really like the older Makitas. I've gone through way too many
batteries on them.
The following caught my attention in the article referenced herein.
"There's a sizeable gap in price and performance between DeWalt and Porter-
Cable. This new line of power tools seems intended to fill that gap by appe
aling to budget-conscious pros who want something better than Porter-Cable
but may not need or be able to afford DeWalt."
When did Porter Cable stop being a professional carpenter brand? Porter Ca
ble was all Norm Abram used on the New Yankee Workshop. I think he qualifi
es as a pro carpenter-woodworker. I think of the following brands as pro t
ools. Bosch, DeWalt, Porter Cable, Milwaukee, Makita. Hilti, Metabo, and
some of the other European brands are a bit different.
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