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When you hear the words classic router, what router come to mind?

I love older tools, especially when they are still worthy of a place in the workshop. I work quite a few of my older tools, some have been in service for 20 plus years. I also keep my eye out at garage sales, auctions, Craigslist and Ebay. Always wondering if I may be passing up some wonderful tools from the past by not knowing what I'm looking at/for.
At the same time I'm also wondering which of todays routers will be future classics. If I was thinking of a router as an investment, which of todays routers would be worth more than what one pays for it today, in 25 years.

One IMHO classic. The Porter Cable model 100. This is an special edition "Heritage" model.
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When you hear the words classic router, what router come to mind?

I love older tools,
At the same time I'm also wondering which of todays routers will be future classics. .
I would think Hitachi M12 would be one of them.

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When you hear the words classic router, what router come to mind?

I love older tools, especially when they are still worthy of a place in the workshop. I work quite a few of my older tools, some have been in service for 20 plus years. I also keep my eye out at garage sales, auctions, Craigslist and Ebay. Always wondering if I may be passing up some wonderful tools from the past by not knowing what I'm looking at/for.
At the same time I'm also wondering which of todays routers will be future classics. If I was thinking of a router as an investment, which of todays routers would be worth more than what one pays for it today, in 25 years.

One IMHO classic. The Porter Cable model 100. This is an special edition "Heritage" model.
Hi Roger,

I personally doubt power tools such as routers will ever become "classic" such as hand tools.

Just my 2 cents worth.. I have been wrong before. I can remember the date...LOL

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I personally doubt power tools such as routers will ever become "classic" such as hand tools.

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There are quite a few legendary portable power tools. The Black & Decker Super Sawcat, Skil 77, Skil 100 "surfboard" planer, Porter Cable 503 "locomotive" belt sander, to name a few.

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Any wood working power tool, 20 years or older and not made in Asia, may be registered on Old Wood-Working Machines (OWWM) - Welcome .
I have a few tools registered there.

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in my area, the asian made hitachi wouldnt ever be labeled "classic".

it may be a geographical thing,maybe the hitachi is a big thing in canada, but in the USA the problem seems to be here that the hitachi brand is a sidebrand from lowes, one of our big box stores, and is marketed as a more inexpensive alternative to pc , bosch and dewal

the hitachi brand just doesnt seem to measure up to the brands from the U.S.

at least thats what ive seen at our lowes , (big box store).

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Any wood working power tool, 20 years or older and not made in Asia, may be registered on Old Wood-Working Machines
I read portable power tools are not within the scope of this website often when visiting OWWM. They seem to be a lot more interested in stationary woodworking machines, like tablesaw, jointers and planers. Not that that's a bad thing.

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in my area, the asian made hitachi wouldnt ever be labeled "classic".
Hitachi's NR83A pneumatic framing nailer is DEFINITELY a classic tool.


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it may be a geographical thing,maybe the hitachi is a big thing in canada, but in the USA the problem seems to be here that the hitachi brand is a sidebrand from lowes, one of our big box stores, and is marketed as a more inexpensive alternative to pc , bosch and dewal

the hitachi brand just doesnt seem to measure up to the brands from the U.S.

at least thats what ive seen at our lowes , (big box store).
Don't get me started on US made power tools...
Bosch is German, it would seem that most of their tools are being produced in Malaysia or Singapore, Porter Cable is now part of Stanley/Black & Decker conglomerate. again Asian manufactured, Mostly China from what I've seen, Along with Dewalt which seems to have mostly Mexican manufactured tools. As for portable power tools actually produced in the USA, I think only Milwaukee (which is itself a foreign owned corporation, part of the TTIgroup) is producing only a few models of their Sawzall domestically.

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Well, as long as we're airing opinions~~~ Just based on quantity, the PC 690 might make a classic list somewhere. I prefer my Hitachi M12VC over my friends 690 though. I think Hitachi is pretty much under rated, I have the M12VC as well as their mitre saw, 18 ga. stapler, 18 ga finish nailer and just ordered NR90 framing nailer. Jam clearance on the air guns is difficult to describe though, never had one.

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Well I saw the thread title and wanted to respond with the PC Model 100, but I see that was the opening volley! It is a thing of beauty.

I would say the Skil Model 77 worm saw qualifies as a classic power tool, though not a router. At least the older USA-made version does.

The Elu plunge router is definitely a classic; and the PC Speedmatic UB is a beauty.

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