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Hey all, just found forum when searching for a router i found locally at a resell shop... Im a guitar/violin luthier and always looking for tools... anyway this seems to be a very old porter cable which I like vintage stuff... all polished aluminum housing and the router base says porter cable router base model 5512 , but IM just thinking its the base since I cant find any info on it.. it is HUGE! 50% larger than my standard workhorse D handle 6912 routers which work just fine! anyway the plate on front of router is missing so I cant find the model or power rating of this router... also this collet has no threads but a place for a wrench.. what kind of collet does it use? its a BEAST! I spetd a shiny 15 spot for this router! hope it pays off! lol

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I think the router is a porter cable Rockwell 5142 router but its hard to tell... i cant for the life of me figure out what kind of collet goes in here.. there is a wrench slot on side but there are no threads anywhere.. not even sheered off threads.. its pretty clean inside the collet area and there are 3 angled slants that go down the inside as if something goes in and grips but they are not deep by any means.. is there something Im not seeing?
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The general design says it's pretty old. I don't know how you'd attach a collet to that either. The collar on the bottom looks to have an internal keyway.

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Can you see the diagram well enough in this link to see if it looks like the collet assembly? https://www.toolpartsdirect.com/rock...le-router.html The parts are 82 and 82A if I'm looking at this right.
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I blew it up 300% and it was 83 and 83 A. 83 is obsolete but 83 A has a substitute it says.
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Can you see the diagram well enough in this link to see if it looks like the collet assembly? https://www.toolpartsdirect.com/rock...le-router.html The parts are 82 and 82A if I'm looking at this right.
GO to the bottom of the screen and click in "Open in new window" the click on picture and it will display in large format.
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I blew it up 300% and it was 83 and 83 A. 83 is obsolete but 83 A has a substitute it says.
I dont see where it says substitute, where did you see that? boy this thing is a BEAST!
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In the box on the right if you scroll down about half way.
83A
18051 1/2" ROUTER COLLET *** Obsolete, use 698800 ***
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859807 *** Obsolete, No Replacement ***


There's no guarantee that the substitute part is available either but it's worth looking into.
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cool! looking now!
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well they said that was also discontinued... there is a video on youtube of a person who has this same router and they are checking to see if they can located the part.. actually they believe there is an upgrade that will work for modern collets now THAT would be excellent so crossing fingers!
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