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Old 12-16-2010, 09:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a lifelong woodworker and about to invest in another router. This time I'm looking at the Porter-Cable compact plunge/fixed base combo. Now I see that DeWalt has come out with what looks like the same thing and I seem to remember something about the two merging sometime back. Are they the same? I have the Bosch Colt and it's a great little router, but I really like the idea of the compact size in a plunge for inlay work and these both come with the base ready to accept the bushing adapters. Thanks for the feedback!

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Amazon.com: DEWALT DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router Combo Kit with LED's: Home Improvement


http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW618PK...514311&sr=1-14

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I'm a lifelong woodworker and about to invest in another router. This time I'm looking at the Porter-Cable compact plunge/fixed base combo. Now I see that DeWalt has come out with what looks like the same thing and I seem to remember something about the two merging sometime back. Are they the same? I have the Bosch Colt and it's a great little router, but I really like the idea of the compact size in a plunge for inlay work and these both come with the base ready to accept the bushing adapters. Thanks for the feedback!
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The Porter Cable 450PK and the DeWalt DWP611PK appear to be identical tools with different color schemes for the two tool lines. The PC version has a red racing stripe in the middle, compared to the yellow strip on the DeWalt. So, you'd expect the PC to be fast, and the DeWalt to be timid. They both have a max speed of 27,000 rpm, though.


Amazon's price on the PC version is $6 less than the DeWalt.

Amazon.com: 1.25 HP Compact Router Fixed/Plunge Combo Kit: Home Improvement

Regarding the "merger" - both DeWalt and PC were purchased, along with Delta and other brands, years ago by Black & Decker. The recent "merger" was the purchase of Black & Decker by Stanley, creating Stanley Black & Decker.
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Delta has been sold to a Japanese company in the past year. Just purchased a DW611PK myself and have yet to give it a run.
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A plunge base for the Colt is in the works at Bosch. Still no word on availability date or pricing.
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I bought the Dewalt 611 pk and have use it on several occasions. They nailed it on this size router as far as I am conserned. I have three large Porter Cable models, and like their quility and almost bought their 450pk model, but in seeing a on hand review on Youtube Dewalt was my choice, glad I did.
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I have no experience with the PC 450PK so I can't give an honest comparison but I have the DeWalt 611PK and in my opinion it is a State of the Art Trim Router. The plunge action is very smooth and the lock for the plunge is perfectly placed. The plunge action stop is accurate and the LED lights are also a plus that to my knowledge The PC router doesn't have. The only negative comment I have seen about the DW 611 is that is is a little top heavy. I really can't say it is because before I even plugged it in I exchanged the base plate on the plunge base with an over sized Pat Warner base plate that is 3/8" thick and has a 5" diameter. The fixed base base plate was replaced with the Pat Warner Offset base plate which is also 3/8" thick and over sized. I have played around with it doing some inlays using scrap material and I must say it is an effortless procedure, both freehand and with a template and guide.

Something you have to take into consideration when selecting a router and asking opinions is everybody has their favorite router, me included. In the end it has to be your decision based on the features that best suits your needs.
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Just a couple of observations/opinions. Neither the PC 450 nor the deWalt 611 are particularly close in phyical size to the Colt or the Rigid 2401. Actually, comparing physical specs, the deWalt is only a few fractions of an inch smaller than my Hitachi M12VC. At the time the 611 came out I was looking for a trim router for a job in a fairly tight area in the bath. After comparing several routers and their available accessories the Colt and it's offset base were the only thing I found that looked like it might work. I'm glad I did as I really like the Colt, it just wants a plunge base so I'm waiting on Bosch right now, to see what they come up with and how much.

Oh yeah, FWIW, Black and Decker bought Porter Cable about a year or so ago. They have owned DeWalt since the early 60's. They seem to be positioning the Porter Cable brand on the high end DIY/homeowner market and the DeWalt brand toward the contractor/professional.
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One thing that seems overlooked in this discussion, the P-C is fixed speed and the DeWalt is variable speed. If that is a concern to you, then the DeWalt is the better option. IMO
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