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Porter-Cable 7539 3-hp Plunge Router

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Porter-Cable
Model:
7539
Price:
$370

Description

* 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: rpm
* Motor Diameter:
* Collets: 1/2 "
* Base: 7" Round
* Switch: Trigger
* Length: 11.5 "
* Width: 7 "
* Height: 13.13 "
* Weight: 17.25 lbs
* Shipping Weight: 21 lbs

WOOD magazine review

Lots of power, but needs user-friendly updates

Review Summary

High Points:  It's got plenty of power for any size bit.  The spring-loaded plunge-lock lever locks when released—our favorite system because you won’t plunge accidentally.  We like its two-wrench bit-changing system. Low Points:  Like the P-C 7518, this model’s motor ramped up and down under load trying to maintain the preset speed, and its speed-selector switch is difficult to read in a router table.
 You get no 1/4" collet or any dust-collection hoods, although a dust shield diverts chips.  The 7539 is top-heavy, and the stiff plunge action makes fine adjustments difficult.  When mounted in a table (and still under spring tension), coarse adjustments proved difficult unless the insert plate was screwed to the table or held in place by the fence.  The 3-15/32" base opening prohibits the use of larger bits.  No flat edge on the subbase makes routing against a straightedge more prone to slight discrepancies.

Detailed Ratings

3.0
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

3

Ease of Use

3

Value

3

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