Porter Cable 7538 vs 7539... need advice
I'm new here, but I was trying to get a better idea of what router to buy. At the shop I work at we currently use a porter cable 7538 as our plunge. I love the thing because of its power and dependability. It literally plows through anything I have thrown at it from maple (soft & hard), cherry, walnut, and oak on the regular to ipe and teak.
I am now in need of one for my own personal use and have decided to go with the same porter cable. The thing is a beast and it's reliable as hell. We've gone through a triton and a dewalt in the 3 1/2 years I've been there. The PC 7538 we have has been there for 7 years by my boss' account and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.
So I was about to make a purchase and was reading about the 7539 variable speed. I was hoping some of you guys with experience using either one or both could glean a bit more firsthand advice on them. From the reviews I read on the 7539, it's nice to have the variable speed for doing table work with large size cutters. Do any of you feel there is any drawback to the vary speed in terms of durability on the motor for any reason?
I can imagine the soft start must be nice. The 7538 kicks on and you know damn well it's business time the second you hit the trigger. Is the soft start easier on the internal components? And it also gives you the flexibility to tune the speed to avoid tear out depending on the wood type and cutter size.
Just trying to figure out if the 7539 is worth the higher price and if it's going to be as reliable or more reliable than the 7538. I do like the idea of more flexibility with operating speed for cutter size and wood type, but not if it's going to cost me in dependability.
What do you guys think?