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Woodbum

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10-18-2015 12:08 PM

Does anybody know of a source for reasonably priced repair parts for a Porter Cable 7518 variable speed router motor? One of my table mounted motors is stuck on high speed and the speed control does nothing. I priced the speed control part at two different sources online, and it is at between 42% and 47% of the original cost of the router motor; which seems a little steep to me. I am probably just being a cheapskate, but I would like to find another source that may have a little better pricing. I still have to take the motor apart and try to clean the speed control, if possible, to try to fix the problem Thanks in advance for any help that anyone might offer.

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#1 posted 10-18-2015 12:44 PM

Since its stuck on high speed I wouldn’t worry about trying to fix the speed controller especially at those prices! Perhaps you should look at an aftermarket speed controller. I see plenty of separate add on speed controllers listed on Amazon in the 20-40 dollar range. Just search router speed control on Amazon. As an added bonus, you wouldn’t have to go underneath your table to adjust the speed as you can mount it on the outside of your cabinet/table next to your on/off switch.

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#2 posted 10-18-2015 02:35 PM

Thanks for the quick response and good advice Scott. This is one option that I will definitely look into.

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#3 posted 10-18-2015 03:06 PM

Unfortunately this is an issue. I have a 13 year old 7518 that on the lowest spead revs and slows. Fortunately very few of the largest bits require the slowest speed. I have priced the part and replacing. True it is an expensive part, but once replace it should go on and keep humming. I know I have pounded the heck out of mine over the years and with some big bits and a lot of molding. It’s worth fixing. If you find a cheap (original factory part) then let me know.

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#4 posted 10-18-2015 05:07 PM

Is there such a thing as “reasonably priced” replacement parts for Porter Cable (or many other brands) especially when you add shipping? For me it is usually a coin-flip between toss or fix. Unfortunate.

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#5 posted 10-18-2015 07:54 PM

I buy from www.ereplacementparts.com. Not sure what they want for your needed parts, but you might give them a try. They have always been good to deal with.

Charley

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#6 posted 10-19-2015 01:19 AM

I had a problem with one of my PC routers, the toggle on/off switch failed and PC wanted a ridiculous amount for the replacement switch. Undeterred, I removed the switch and put it under my magnifier to find the OEM part number. After about 20 minutes searching on google I found it online for, no kidding, less than a buck with $5 shipping. I bought 5 just to have extras.

That speed control switch in the 7518 might be possible to disassemble so you can replace the speed control switch in the housing. Might be worth trying.

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#7 posted 10-19-2015 12:19 PM

Thanks to all of you for the help. Charley: I tried ereplacementparts.com, and they had the part, but it was priced about the same as some of the other suppliers. I will try to clean the switch first, and then if that doesn’t work, opt for the external speed control, or just have a single speed 7518 if I can’t find the OEM part number and approach it from that angle. I really can’t justify spending the kind of money that they are attempting to extort from their customers for the replacement part at this stage in my life; maybe later.

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teejk02

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#8 posted 10-20-2015 03:37 PM

I can understand the pricing on the “odd” parts but even the “wear” parts are obscene. I recently replaced the piston bumper on a PC finish nailer and was shocked at what they charged for a piece of plastic (I recall it was $16 plus $8 shipping). Likewise I recently had to replace the seals on a Cat pressure washer pump (was about $100 for 6 O-rings and rubber seals). Both were “coin-flips” on whether to repair or replace.

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Woodbum

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#9 posted 10-20-2015 06:59 PM

Yeah, their pricing really bites. I bought the motor on sale for $259 about 5 years ago. Those clowns want between $104 and $120 depending on who is selling it just for the speed control, plus S and H. I got the OEM part info off the control module and spent about 40 minutes this morning looking for one online. Nope, no dice. I took the control module out and cleaned it with air. Again no joy. I went on line to look for an external router speed control, but every one I found would not work with soft start. S**t. So for now, I have a big old single speed screamer in my table. Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions

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#10 posted 10-21-2015 02:12 PM

Woodbum. I have 4 7518s, one I took out of my table. When I go to the shop today ill check
it out.Maybe we can work something out

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#11 posted 10-21-2015 11:33 PM

skipj: Sounds good! Just let me know if something is feasible. Thank you.

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