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I just started a woodwork shop in the East of England, any ideas on aquireing a Porter-Cable 5116 Omnijig 16-Inch Dovetail Machine here in the UK please?
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The 5116 is the old Omnijig, not manufactured for a number of years. Thus, finding one would be most likely on the used market. The current 16" model is the 55160.

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You can get them in the states ,new in the box...

Porter-Cable 5116 Omnijig 16 Dovetail Machine | AceTool.com

16'' Porter Cable OmniJig Dovetail Jig 5116 | eBay

Porter Cable 5116 16 Inch Omnijig

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Hi Ed

I think you can forget PC in Europe, unless you want to import it. Whilst it is well known in North America, so far as I know, no-one imports PC into the UK. Again, as far as I know, they don't produce equipment to European voltages, so the bulk of their range would only work here if you got a transformer. It wouldn't really be worth someone's time to bring over just the non electrical items commercially.

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....as far as I know, they don't produce equipment to European voltages, so the bulk of their range would only work here if you got a transformer. It wouldn't really be worth someone's time to bring over just the non electrical items commercially.
True, Peter, but at least quite a few of the single speed routers are designed to operate on 25 to 60Hz, so they will work on a yellow site transfomer (110v). I ran a couple of P-C 691s that way for a while without problems. They weren't CE marked, though, so technically I wasn't insured when using them.......

I've seen the Omnijig dovetail jigs in the USA and I was mightily impressed - they really are a solid piece of kit - however, they weight a ton so shipping would be extremely expensive. Leigh jigs are, however, available through their UK distributor as an alternative. I have to ask the OP, though, just what percentage of your customers will actually clock that you've used dovetails in a piece?

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It's probably just as well that Leigh jigs are available in the UK. It is my understanding that they were invented in the UK but couldn't get the development finance locally so they went to the US.

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It's probably just as well that Leigh jigs are available in the UK. It is my understanding that they were invented in the UK but couldn't get the development finance locally so they went to the US.

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Hi Peter, I hope you don't mind but I wanted to set the record straight about the beginnings of Leigh Industries.

My father Ken Grisley was born and raised in the UK but emigrated to Canada in 1975. He didn't invent the Leigh Dovetail jig until 1980-81. If your interested in the whole story, I recently did an interview with Woodworkers Journal which you can see at this link. Ok, as i'm a new user it won't let me post a link. But if you go to Woodworkers Journal.com and search Leigh, the interview will be the first one at the top.

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