Porter-Cable PCE6435 variable-speed trim router

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Porter-Cable
Model:
PCE6435
Price:
$120

Description

16,000 - 31,000 RPM, 5.6 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 coller 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: 5.6 Amps
No Load Speed: 16,000 - 31,000 rpm
Collet Diameter: 1/4" "
Spindle Lock: Yes
Collets: 1/4" "
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
Speed: 16,000 - 31,000 rpm
Tool Weight: 3.5 lbs
Base: Metal quick lock
Power: 5.6 amps

WOOD magazine review

Variable speed adds improvement over base model

Review Summary

This is the same router as the single-speed PC version, but the variable speed adds more versatility and user friendliness than P-C's base model. Like the single-speed version, the 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

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

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