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Blog entry by PeteMoss posted 1413 days ago 4425 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t done the whole video thing before, but since there has been so much discussion about PC’s sloppy plunge action on their combo units after there was a review posted of one I thougt I would post a video of mine.

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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1413 days ago

It definitely seems excessive PC should back their router up and give a refund.

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deeman

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#2 posted 1413 days ago

Thanks for the video I have been wanting one of these. I am thinking I don’t want it anymore

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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Kent Shepherd

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#3 posted 1413 days ago

Wow! That’s pathetic. My Bosch has no play in it—or my old Porter Cable and Makita for that matter. I have been wondering how Porter Cable’s quality would hold up after being bought by Black & Decker. I guess that answers that.

I agree with Jim on the refund.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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schloemoe

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#4 posted 1413 days ago

I have a cheap old Ryobi that does’nt have that much play I think Jim is right refund. Send the vidio to P.C I’ll bet you get a check in the mail…............Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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Dave Price

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#5 posted 1413 days ago

thanks Pete
im glad i didn’t buy that, when i bought my router it was the ridgid combo from the orange store it doesn’t have any play that im aware of. i picked the ridgid over the pc for the price.

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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docholladay

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#6 posted 1412 days ago

I wonder if there is a means to adjust this play. If there is, I would probably be via some sort of set screws on the tubes where the plunge rodes go through the motor clamp housing. It certainly would be worth taking a look. If there isn’t an adjustment, I certainly would contact PC to see if they would do something about it. I have an older PC 690 series that doesn’t have anything like that in the way of play.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Ger21

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#7 posted 1412 days ago

I’d exchange that for another. I can’t imagine they’d sell ANY of those it they were all like that. Sure seems defective to me.

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 1411 days ago

My 15 year old PC plunge base still doesn’t have any where near that amount of play in it !!
A router is supposed to be a precision piece of equipment. Get yourself a refund !

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Chris Pond

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#9 posted 1409 days ago

You, did ok with your camera work. I would return it right way. The question to the group is why do top company send stuff out like this. Do they think “we” the public wouldn’t care, or that we are ok with this this level of quality? I would love to chat about this sometime.

-- Chris, Summerland BC

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TheOldTimer

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#10 posted 1409 days ago

Great camera work, terrable router base play. My 690 plunge base is rock solid.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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Craftsman on the lake

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#11 posted 1408 days ago

I decided on a bosch last year. Glad I did. No play and I like it a lot. I almost exclusively use it in the plunge base. And my triton is a gem in the table.
I’d be complaining to PC. this is almost an unusable unit. Almost like buying a table saw with a bent arbor. Shouldn’t happen.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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velo_tom

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#12 posted 1407 days ago

Porter Cable use to make good stuff, looks like they are using the new business paradigm, take a free ride on your reputation and make it cheep. My old Black and Decker plunge router functions better than that and I paid less than $60 for it.

I picked up a Milwaukee router with fixed and plunge bases at Amazon a couple years ago for only $140. I just checked and it’s not that cheep any more, they want $170 for it. Locally it cost that much with just the fixed base. The plunge base on it works fantastic. Only problem with it is that chips absolutely fly everywhere. The vacuum attachment functions so poorly I don’t bother with it. Otherwise it’s a great router.

See a lot of you using Bosch. I have a Bosch trim router that works great so imagine their other routers are good too. Have other Bosch tools, no complaints what so ever with that brand.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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pintodeluxe

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#13 posted 329 days ago

Not good. Besides the inaccuracy, it doesn’t even look like it would plunge smoothly.

I have the Dewalt 618, which uses the renowned Elu plunge design. No slop, with a perfect piston action.
It uses phosphorus bronze bushings, which may allow for tighter tolerances that the P.C.

Thanks

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