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Porter-Cable 8529 Plunge Router

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
Porter-Cable
Model:
8529
Price:
$220

Description

1/4", 1/2" collet
speed range 10,000-23,000 rpm
2-1/2" max plunge depth
4 depth stop
3-1/2" subbase opening
3-1/2" base opening
10' cord length
1 year warranty
10.8 lbs

WOOD magazine review

Ideally suited for table routing

Review Summary

This model has been discontinued by the manufacturer. High points: Spring-loaded plunge lock returns automatically to locked position, so you always know where to find it. It also can easily bypassed for router-table use. Toggle-style power switch works well both handheld and with router table-mounted. Though not on the handle, it's within an easy thumb's reach. Externally replaceable motor brushes for easy maintenance.
When used with the optional router-table accessory kit, you can adjust cutting height from above the table, making this router uniquely suited for router-table use. Low points: Although this router has a microadjust system, it requires a lot of knob turning and is so confusing that the six steps to use it are written on the router. It takes 20 lbs of pressure to plunge the bit 1"—a high amount of force. The clear plastic dust hood tends to cloud with dust, even when used with a vacuum, limiting view of the bit; you can easily remove it. More points: Instead of a rotating turret stop, the stop rod rotates to select which of the three stops you'll use. The knob for turning the stop is so snug to the router body that we found it easier to rotate it using the "foot" on the bottom of the rod. The features that make this a good router for table mounting seem to work against it in handheld mode. If you'll primarily use your router in a table, this is the best of the mid-size class.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Reader Reviews

Apparently discontinued, but worth finding on the secondary market

Review Summary

I own two of these routers. One is permanently stationed in my Legacy Ornamental mill, the other is my go-to plunge router for day-to-day use. This router is exactly what it should be and no more. It runs beautifully, plunges well, and has plenty of power for most any job you'd want to perform. My only niggle is with the depth lock lever.
It does vibrate a tad loose (at least the one on my Legacy does) and I need to use an allen key to tighten down the lock nut occasionally so that the machine keeps its depth adjustment. But beyond that, this is a great router. It even sports a 1" OD dust collection port on the base so you can collect the swarf from your cuts. It's worth noting that it does not use the same edge guide as the 690 and 890 series routers. The guide rod positions are wider and so you'll need the larger edge guide system. There was also a fairly significant change between rev's of this tool. Earlier versions sported a trigger on switch that was incorporated into the body of one of the handles. That made on/off options limited if you had to shut down in the middle of your operation. Later rev's have an on/off switch that's easily reachable with your thumb from the handle position. MUCH better arrangement, that. I don't believe that PC still offers this model for sale as a new item. But if you spot one (with the separate on/off switch!) on the secondary market it's definitely worth a try.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

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