Porter-Cable 3-1/4 HP Fixed Base Router #7518

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.1
out of 5
Brand:
Porter-Cable
Model:
7518
Price:
$350

Description

• 15 Amp motor provides the power and durability necessary for the toughest applications
• Versatile, electronic five-speed motor with 10,000, 13,000, 16,000, 19,000, and 21,000 rpm settings accommodates various router bit cutting diameters and applications
• Soft-start feature reduces torque at start-up and motor maintains constant speed under load
• Auto-release collet system allows for easy bit removal after use
• Precision machined aluminum motor housing and base
• Dust-sealed switch and sealed ball bearing construction enhance tool durability
• Base includes large integrated cast handles for enhanced stability and durability

• Power: 120 VAC, 60 HZ
• Horsepower: 3-1/4 HP
• Amps: 15 Amps
• No Load Speed: Soft starting 5 speed at 10,000, 13,000, 16,000, 19,000, and 21,000 rpm
• Speed: 10,000, 13,000, 16,000, 19,000, and 21,000 rpm
• Motor Diameter: 4.2 "
• Collets: 1/2 "
• Base: 7" Round
• Length: 11 "
• Width: 7 "
• Height: 11 "
• Weight: 14.5 lbs

WOOD magazine review

Big capacities, funky speed control

Review Summary

High Points:  At 4-9/16", this router’s base opening is largest among all 3+hp routers.  We like its two-wrench bit-changing system. Low Points:  Electronic controls ramp the motor up and down under load trying to maintain the preset speed, with little success.  Does not come with a 1⁄4" collet or adapter or any dust-collection hoods.  No flat edge on the subbase makes routing against a straightedge more prone to slight discrepancies. More Points:  The five-speed slide switc
h on top of the motor, marked in rpm, was easy to set when handheld, but difficult in a router table because you have to get down on your knees and look up to see the settings.  You rotate the motor in the base for height adjustments, but each movement changes the location of the power switch and speed selector.  This router’s motor works in most router lifts.

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

3

Ease of Use

4

Value

3

Reader Reviews

The router table staple

Review Summary

The Woodmagazine reviewer has titled this as a plunge router in error, as you can see it's a fixed base router. It has been the router table king for many years due to it's powerful motor and variable speeds.I also have one mounted in my router table, only because I was able to pick one up at auction for 80 dollars, except mine is the 7519, which is the fixed speed version. I have mine mounted in a Jessem Masterlift.
Has worked flawlessly and have had no issues or complaints,except that changing bits has always been a little more work than I liked, even above the table, with their two wrenches. So to remedy that, I installed an "Xtreme Xtension " router chuck in it.( See my review under router accessories). This is a router bit extender / quick release router bit that you mount right in the stock chuck. Now I can change router bit's quickly above the table with just a half turn of an Allen wrench. So much easier to do and it gives me a little more height on my bits as well. Router has all the power I've needed to handle any task I've thrown at it so far. Keep in mind though that these router table set ups are not shapers, so if your doing a big job that requires a lot of hogging out, you need to take smaller cuts in steps.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

The big boy router

Review Summary

The 7518 is awsome. I mounted it under my Grizzly table,what a great combo. When I start on raised panels, I'll run 2-4 hours at a time. The router plows right thru. One thing, keep you're air hose handy,as the saw dust will block the air intake. As far as a hand held router,be careful. That's a lot of power to hang on to.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

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