Porter-Cable vs. DeWalt - Router Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
wdwrkr88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Norm
Posts: 1
 
Default Porter-Cable vs. DeWalt



Hello All!
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!
wdwrkr88 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 09:42 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Bj
Posts: 23,786
       
Default

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

===========

Quote:
Originally Posted by wdwrkr88 View Post

Hello All!
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!

"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Marc Sommerfeld Tools ,Videos
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-n...RWaEpMA/videos

Find all threads started by bobj3
http://www.routerforums.com/search.php?searchid=944097



Last edited by bobj3; 12-16-2010 at 09:47 AM.
bobj3 is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 11:16 AM
Registered User
 
Ralph Barker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Country: United States
First Name: Ralph
Posts: 2,001
 
Default

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.

- Ralph
Ralph Barker is offline  
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 07:53 AM
Forum Contributor
 
xplorx4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Country: United States
First Name: Jerry
Posts: 10,655
 
Default

Greetings and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us, and remember to have fun, build well and above all be safe.

Wisdom: Where experience and knowledge combine and become one.

"We are all one decision away from Stupid!!"

Lamentations 3:22-23

"How often we sacrifice the permanent plans of God on the altar of immediate solutions"

I have a very good memory, just short is all.
xplorx4 is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 06:36 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Country: Canada
First Name: Bob
Posts: 14
 
Default

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.
rt_knir is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 10:01 PM
Registered User
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 10,580
 
Send a message via Skype™ to Mike
Default

A plunge base for the Colt is in the works at Bosch. Still no word on availability date or pricing.

Mike
"Living in the D" (this means Detroit!)
"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"
Mike is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 11:01 PM
Registered User
 
john880's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Country: United States
First Name: john
Posts: 138
 
Default

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.
john880 is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 10:35 AM
Registered User
 
Ken Bee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Ken
Posts: 411
 
Default

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.

When something is advertised as being foolproof there is always a better class of fool that comes along to prove them wrong.
Ken Bee is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 07:48 PM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 3,020
 
Default

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.

John Schaben

The problem with experience is I usually get it immediately after I need it.
jschaben is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-26-2012, 07:47 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Country: United States
First Name: Roger
Posts: 139
 
Default

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

Do as you always do,,, Get what you always get
rcp612 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Porter Cable 55160 Omnijig Review Echonav Tool Reviews 18 05-14-2014 05:33 AM
porter cable 4216 jig Da Mrs. Jigs and Fixtures 8 12-14-2011 10:19 AM
Dewalt 616 vs Porter Cable 690 gweissbock Table-mounted Routing 8 09-05-2010 06:36 AM
Bosch 1617vs Verses 690 Porter cable Glenmore Tool Reviews 20 08-09-2009 09:36 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome