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Blog entry by kosta posted 04-11-2009 04:36 AM 971 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yo whats up everybody I was just wondering which is a better router a porter cable 1-3/4 1/4 collet or a skil 2-3/4 1/4 collet with the option of a fixed and and plunge base. I have heard a lot about the porter cables but not a lot about the skils.

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#1 posted 04-11-2009 04:43 AM

I would get a router that accepts both 1/2” and 1/4”. 1/2” bits are sturdier.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 04-11-2009 04:48 AM

yea I know what your talkin about those 1/4 collets seem like their about to break off

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#3 posted 04-11-2009 05:36 AM

I didn’t think PC made a router limited to 1/4 shanks other than trim routers. My personal opinion based on nothing more than anecdotal innuendo is to avoid the Skil. I do own several PC routers and have had no problems with them.

-- Chris

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Francisco Luna

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#4 posted 04-11-2009 05:46 AM

Hi Kosta…’ll find more collects for the Porter Cable,I’m with Chris, that’s a more popular rputer,so better choise.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#5 posted 04-11-2009 05:51 AM

Skil is for the once a year woodworker. The real LJs use PC, bosch, etc. PC is an industry standard. I have 6 PCs and had 2 Ryobis. Only bought the ryobis because I was young and broke. PCs are still going, ryobis = dead.

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John Gray

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#6 posted 04-11-2009 01:40 PM

PC is the one, altho I own the Bosch myself. Well actually Bosch, Makita, Dewalt, and Freud models. Whatever brand you get make sure it accepts both 1/4” and 1/2” bits, you won’t be sorry if you do.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 04-11-2009 03:28 PM

I would say by the motor size, both of those should also have 1/2” collets.

Get the PC, the Skil will not even compare in the long run.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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matt garcia

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#8 posted 04-11-2009 03:50 PM

I own 3 Porter Cable routers. All perform flawlessly. They’ve been in the router business a long time. Another good choice is a Makita. I always think of the tool a professional cabinet maker would use.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 04-11-2009 07:54 PM

I’m a newbie so I don’t have near the experience that these guys do, but I got a Skil router for christmas and have already had to send it back to the repair center. The motor would not stay in the housing, so I couldn’t keep the depth adjustment where I wanted it.

I also have a Craftsman router that has worked really well for me, at least compared to the Skil, but I don’t use it all that much. Every serious woodworker I know or talk to owns or has owned multiple PC routers, so that speaks volumes about their products.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#10 posted 04-12-2009 01:07 AM

I’m new and had never used a router… until I bought the Bosch fixed and plunge base combo. I had read as many reviews as I could find… especially about going with 1/2” vs 1/4”. (Bosch has both collets…) Found the Bosch on sale and went with it instead of the pricier PC (at that time). The Bosch is the most enjoyable tool I have to use. I also got the Bosch router table that works real nice. I doubt if you could go wrong with either the PC or Bosch. I have a Skill saber saw that was inexpensive… I don’t care for it and I suspect I would say the same about the skill router. As several woodworkers remind me, “buy the absolute best tool you can afford.” I thought I went overboard with the Bosch, but I’m glad I did.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#11 posted 04-12-2009 03:21 AM

If you are even thinking of becoming a serious woodworker, don’t spend your money on tools like black & decker or skil. Those tools are fine for using every once in a while, but not something you would use alot of like a router. Go with the PC, Bosch, and I also have a milwaukee that I like as much as my PC. Be sure it has a 1/2” collet at well as a 1/4”.

-- Rusty

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#12 posted 04-13-2009 04:17 AM

I’ve seen a few minutes of your videos….Forget the router man….You need a proper bench and some safety equipment…..



-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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