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RECALL #17: Porter-Cable Fixed-Base Production Routers Recalled Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

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Blog entry by lightweightladylefty posted 07-03-2014 06:01 AM 1822 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My guess is that this recall will affect a considerable number of you woodworkers.

Recall Date: July 2, 2014
Recall Number: 14-221

Porter-Cable Fixed-Base Production Routers Recalled Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Fixed-base routers and router bases

Hazard: The router base handles are not insulated, posing an electric shock hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Consumer Contact: Porter-Cable toll-free at (888) 344-7973 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email support.portercable@sbdinc.com , or online at www.portercable.com, click on Important Safety Notice/Recalls, then select 2014 for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 100,000 in the United States and about 7,800 in Canada

Description: Four Porter-Cable 3 1/4 horsepower, electric, fixed-base production routers and one production router base are being recalled. The recalled routers are about 11 inches tall and 7 inches wide. The top of the router motor is black plastic and has the on/off switch for the router. The base is painted gray and has two side handles, an adjuster ring on the top and a clamp screw on the rear. The side handles on the base of recalled routers have no insulation. The Porter-Cable name and logo are on the front of the base. The recalled routers and base were manufactured from 1990 to April 2014.

Click here for the list of router models being recalled: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Porter-Cable-Fixed-Base-Production-Routers-Recalled/

The router model number and the manufacture date code are on a metal plate on the back of the upper motor housing. The date code consists of the year of manufacture, the week of manufacture and the manufacturing plant code in the YYYY WW-XX format.

The router base is model number 75361 and is also sold separately. The model number is located on the side of the base opposite the Porter-Cable label.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled routers and router bases, unplug the routers and contact Porter-Cable for a free replacement router base with insulation on the handles.

Sold at: Major industrial equipment suppliers and woodworker suppliers nationwide from 1990 to April 2014 for about $85 to $690 depending on the model.

Manufacturer/Importer/Distributor: Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., dba Porter-Cable, Towson, Md.

Manufactured in: Mexico.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.



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skipj

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#1 posted 07-03-2014 12:20 PM

Thank you for the info. I’ll check mine today when I get to the shop. I have 3 #7518s two are new.

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paxorion

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 01:14 PM

contact Porter-Cable for a free replacement router base with insulation on the handles.

If I’m reading this correctly, it looks like the base is the unit that is affected?

-- paxorion

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 07-03-2014 02:42 PM

Thanks for posting this. I cross posted it to the Stumpy forum as well. BTW, I have this router and have already contacted Porter Cable.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 07-03-2014 03:42 PM

Thanks! Porter Cable recall. Now that is a shocker!

Don’t have their 3 1/4 hp router but checked anyway.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Matt Przybylski

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 06:05 PM

Just called PC and spoke to a rep, it is the base unit for handheld use but you can continue to use it in a router table (I’ve never used it any other way but YMMV). Replacements will be shipped mid July and I just provided my address and got a case number and simple as that. Thanks for the heads up.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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tarp

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#6 posted 07-04-2014 04:29 PM

thanks for letting us know!

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lightweightladylefty

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#7 posted 07-05-2014 03:32 AM

I haven’t had a chance to call yet. I started to do so today and then remembered its Independence Day. (I’m retired in vacationland and never remember holidays since every day is pretty much a holiday!)

Matt, thanks for letting us know that its okay in the table. I have only one 7518 but I have two bases for it that are attached to tables so I don’t have to continually unscrew the whole thing. Its nice to know that I’m not in danger as long as I don’t take it out and use it hand-held. I just need to remember to call on Monday.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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robscastle

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#8 posted 07-05-2014 07:29 AM

Although not specifically mentioned in the description no doubt it does not have an earth pin and ground wire grounding the metalic touchable parts.
A fairly simple check would be to see if thr power plug had three pins.

-- Regards Robert

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Matt Przybylski

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#9 posted 07-11-2014 01:52 PM

Quick update here: I came home yesterday and the new base was at my door, less than a week turnaround.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 07-11-2014 07:34 PM

Same here. My new Porter Cable router base was boxed up on my door too. I was a little confused at first, because the package was marked “Black & Decker”. Inside was an envelope marked “Stanley Black & Decker” which just confused me more.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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