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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-06-2015, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Im considering the purchase of either Porter Cable or Dewalt palm size router. I make small boxes and need a smaller router for using Brusso hinge templates.
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1. Are the 2 worthy of my purchase?
2. Do thy accept the same bushing for bits and templates as my larger Porte Cable 690lr?

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1. DeWalt is the better choice. Black and Decker, the parent company, has decided to make the Porter Cable brand lower quality and the DeWalt brand higher quality.
2. Yes


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When i got mine i narrowed it down to Bosch Colt and the Dewalt. I chose the Colt because with a pair of 1617's in the shop, i already had the edge guide, guide bushing adapter, guide bushings, a few jigs made with same diameter rods, etc. So i stayed with one family for efficiency's sake. I really do like the clear base and light on the Dewalt--but i theorized i could make/add those to the Bosch. I've yet to do it, but i could!! No disappointment in the Colt, it's been a fine machine--but in that class of router, the Dewalt is a class act as well.

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I have the Dewalt DWP611PK and like it, yes it will accept any 1/4" shank bits & PC bushings.

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Using a couple of old Craftsman routers & a Bosch 1617EVSPK & a Dewalt DWP611PK Routers in SW Louisiana.
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Would study the Ridgid, in my view, better than both of your choices.
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Originally Posted by Quillman View Post
Would study the Ridgid, in my view, better than both of your choices.
I'm with you Pat! I love my Ridgid palm router almost as much as the full size ones. And those subbases are high on my "to get list"!
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Originally Posted by Quillman View Post
Would study the Ridgid, in my view, better than both of your choices.
One thing you write is, "The LED, whilst thoughtful, is not significant. You need the damn thing before you start the machine, & not much whilst you're making chips, lest you rout in the dark". I mainly work on interior fit-out, shops, hotels, restaurants, bars, etc. We often work inside very poorly lit spaces inside places like shopping malls and the like, behind hoardings (or at night, like tonight) - and most of the joinery will go in before the electricians put in lighting, so a router or trimmer with an LED "headlight" is a boon (and it's why a lot of 18 volt cordless tools have LED lights). Whoever designed this particular tool was maybe aware of that. Good for them. Pity we can't get this model in the UK



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Of the two, I'd go for the DeWalt. I have the Bosch Colt myself because I already have a lot of accessories. But I really like the features on the DeWalt. Hard to go wrong on it if you don't have accessories yet.
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I have four palm routers... an old B&D, a Ridgid and 2 Dewalt 611 kits. The Dewalt is by far the best and the plunge base is invaluable and works very smooth. I never use the B&D or the Ridgid since buying the Dewalts
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Like Greg, I have four palm router two PC 7301, one Colt and a chinese one that looks like Makita. I am happy with all of them.

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