3-1/4 HP ELU Router from Rockler

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Forum topic by Woodguru posted 03-18-2010 06:38 AM 8068 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2010 06:38 AM

ELU Router

Just curious if anyone has purchased the 3-1/4HP ELU router at Rockler and have any reviews for it? Its similiar to the Porter Cable 3-1/4HP Model 7539, both are 5-speed. The ELU is selling for $199.

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 03:40 PM

I got the email from Rockler and saw this router too. The wheels started spinning that I could have a dedicated router for a router table / shaper. Still debating though. The decision would be a lot easier if I was more familiar with this brand and it’s durability.


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#2 posted 03-22-2010 04:32 PM

I agree there is a big question to be asked about durability, I can say though that ELU (if its the same company as the ones sold by Rockler) did make them in the UK.
I sent Rockler an e-mail asking where its manufactured but no reply yet, I will try and call and let you know.
I have a feeling its made in Mexico, same as Porter Cable.

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 06:08 PM

if you can spare a few more bucks, I got the 3 1/2 horse milwaukee for 270 on amazon. it is a beast and hands down the best router I’ve ever used.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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#4 posted 03-22-2010 06:33 PM

ELU is owned by Black and Decker which of course now owns Dewalt, PC and Delta. In the past the ELU routers were exactly the same as the Dewalts. At this price, this is a killer deal in my opinion…..From another source they say that this is a rebadged PC. Either way for $199, great price.

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#5 posted 07-28-2010 09:32 PM

07/28/2010 – On the Elu Router from Rockler, I bought the bullet and it was NOT a multiple speed or variable speed as advertised. If you haven’t bought one yet, I would highly recommend NOT get caught up in their game like I did. You can read my post about this on American Woodworker site.

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 07:28 PM

I own a 1987 model Black and Decker Elu 3328 and 5 large and 2 small Porter Cable routers. The PCs are nice. Three large ones are mulit-speed. The ELU is simply in a class above. It has locomotive torque, the voice of an Oak Ridge Boy baritone, and performs like a blown 454 Corvette. It is what you want to do end grain 1 1/2” roundovers on 8/4 oak for a Pentagon contract. It is heavy metal incarnate.

I never used it after I got my PCs for the same reason I don’t use a backhoe to plant bushes. I am reactivating temporarily till I can go through my surviving PCs replacing bearings, brushes, et. al.Then it will go back into storage just like my mint M-1 and 03-A3.

Although about 20 years old, it looks new and remains the epitome of performance in the field. $199? Yeah – and a Porsche 356 in the farmers garage for less than a new Yugo. The collector value is likely not there yet, but it remains the class of the field.

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