Popular Woodworking 2002-06 № 128, страница 47

Popular Woodworking 2002-06 № 128, страница 47

PORTER-CABLE 7529:

A GOOD IDEA WITH TWO MAJOR SHORTCOMINGS

This router should have been a strong contender, but it fell short in a couple important areas.While offering a good micro-adjust mechanism once engaged, it has the most complicated and time-consuming method to engage and disengage the mechanism. Once engaged, the micro-adjust was smooth and precise. The second disappointment was the motor's performance.The motor bogged down more easily than the other tools in our test. The 7529 does offer through-the-base dust collection, but it is far less convenient than DeWalt's. The plunge spring was tight, making the router less responsive in plunging action.We were pleased with the dual switches on the 7529, which allow you to

turn on the machine using either the switch on the top or on the handle. This makes the router easier to use in a router table. The collet lock made bit changing on this model easy, and the wide-diameter base opening allowed room for huge bits. While an adequate router, its shortcomings in the motor and micro-adjustment setup make it hard to recommend it compared to the competition. When you take into consideration the $20 price difference between it and the Bosch and DeWalt routers, the Porter-Cable slips even further.

For more information, contact Porter-Cable at 800-487-8665 orwww.porter-cable.com. PW

Premium Mid-sized Plunge Routers

BOSCH 1613AEVS

DEWALT DW621

MAKITA RP1101

PORTER-CABLE 7529

Street Price

$200

$200

$240

$220

Motor

Amps stated

12

10

11

12

Amps no load/load

5.1/9.3

5.5/9.2

3.5/10.8

4.4/8.1

RPM stated

11-22K

8-24K

8-24K

10-23K

RPM no load/load

21.6K/19.1K

27.1K/22.1K

23.8K/21.1K

21.5K/16.3K

Base

Diameter

611^16"

61/2"

53/4"

61/2"

Opening size

2V16"

29/16"

11/8"

31/2"

Shape

D

Double-D

Round

D

Template guide

Bosch

PC, w/insert

PC

PC, w/insert

Edge guide centers

4"

31/4"

23/8"

41/2"

Dust collection

w/adapt.

thru-base

NA

thru-base

Collet

Self-releasing?

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Spindle lock?

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Bit changing ease (1-5)

4.2

4.2

2.8

4

Plunge Performance

Micro-adjust quality (1-5)

4.8

3.9

2.6

1.4

Plunge control method

Lever

Handle/twist

Lever

Lever

Weight to start plunge (lbs.)

9#

6#

4#

4#

Weight to complete plunge (lbs.)

29#

17#

17#

30#

Plunge smoothness (1-5)

3.6

4

4.2

4

Plunge lock ease (1-5)

3.6

4.6

3.6

4

Max plunge depth

21/4"

21/8"

219/32"

21/2"

Depth-stop method

8-pos. turret

3-pos. turret

3-pos. turret

3-pos. turret

Router Table Performance

Height-adjust method

Precision knob

Turret stop

Turret stop

Precision knob

Height-adjust smoothness

Tight

Good

Tight

Good

Switch location

Handle

Handle

Top

Top or Handle

Overall

Switch type

Trigger

Trigger

Toggle

Thumb trigger, toggle

Ease of switch (1-5)

4.6

4.8

2.8

3.5

db*

84db

104db

88db

91db

Weight

9.7 lbs

10 lbs

9.3 lbs

9.3 lbs

Ergonomics (1-5)

3.6

4.2

3.4

3.6

Cord length, material

9', P

8',R

9',R

10',R

Warranty

1 yr

1 yr

1 yr

1 yr

Key: On the 1-5 scale, 1=unacceptable, 5=excellent. P = plastic; R = rubber; * Decibels measured at 24" away from the router.

Key: On the 1-5 scale, 1=unacceptable, 5=excellent. P = plastic; R = rubber; * Decibels measured at 24" away from the router.

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