Porter-Cable PCE6430 trim router

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Porter-Cable
Model:
PCE6430
Price:
$100

Description

31,000 RPM, 4.5 amp motor provides the power and durability required to cut in various materials
Perfect for most trimming, small edge forming and hinge routing applications
Ergonomics allow for comfortable, single-handed control
Precision-machined, cast-aluminum fixed base provides long term durability
Quick release clips to remove the motor from the base
Micro-set collar for quick and accurate bit height adjustments
Spindle lock button allows for single-wrench bit changes
1/4" collet
LED light and clear sub-base ensure maximum visibility in operation
Amps: 4.5 Amps
No Load Speed: 31,000 rpm
Collet Diameter: 1/4 "
Spindle Lock: Yes
Weight: 4.6 lbs
Collets: 1/4"
Speed: 31,000 rpm

WOOD magazine review

Good trimmer, but with a few issues

Review Summary

This is a good, functional trim router with few frills, but still an effective tool. Its single-speed motor lacks a soft-start feature, so it jerks a bit when powering up. It has a cast aluminum base with a clear D-shaped subbase with a stepped bit opening for standard two-piece guide bushings. The LED light around the spindle illuminates the work area around the bit nicely. And the router has a good combination of balance and control for one-handed routing.
The collet travels 2-1/8", most among the trimmers we tested. But setting bit height can be pesky, as the adjuster has only fine threads for tedious movements. The depth scale is frustrating to use, so we just chose to ignore it. Finally, the split-cone collet sometimes made it hard to release bits, and the single-wrench-and-collet-lock bit changes is a personal preference issue.

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Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

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