P-C 7518 Router Wrenches -Disapointment!

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Forum topic by NedG posted 02-11-2014 07:11 PM 1796 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2014 07:11 PM

I just purchased a Porter-Cable 7518 router and the while the router itself may be excellent, the two wrenches for the collett are very poorly done. They are pressed from sheet metal, the surfaces of the jaws that meet the collett are rough with no attempt to machine them, and the wrenches are not sized well the fit the collett. What a disappointment!! The wrenches are a big part of using the router, and consequently I would not buy this router again. —- Ned

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 08:06 PM

You are right. For a top quality router like the 7518, the wrenches are pretty lame. That being said, I have 2 of these motors and a 690 so I have 6 of these gems, but wouldn’t not buy a motor again because of the wrenches. This is pretty much standard for some companies of giving you junk for accessories. Sounds like you got a even worse set from the “new” Porter Cable. Mine are a couple of years old, but usable. I bought a PC bent wrench from Marc Sommerfield that is great, and reworked an old brand X wrench to fit. I keep these on my primary table, but use the others on my secondary table and the handheld 690. For a table mount, the 7518 is the crown jewel IMHO. You will enjoy using it and probably find a work around for the wrenches. After all, that’s what we do ‘cause we are woodworkers!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#2 posted 02-11-2014 08:12 PM

Better quality wrenches are available at most any BORG, Sears or the like. Maybe PC decided to put more effort in the motor than the wrenches. After all, that is what a router is.

-- David

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#3 posted 02-11-2014 08:15 PM

The wrenches I got with my Milwaukee pistol grip router are like 1/4 inch thick steel. I love that router.

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#4 posted 02-11-2014 08:23 PM

PC has been shipping wrenches like that for many years, even back before recent acquisitions and the dumbing down of the brand.

IIRC when Freud still made routers, they also sent lame wrenches out with good routers.

On the other hand, Bosch and Milwaukee routers I have purchased over the years always came with nice wrenches.

The cheap wrenches never gave me much pause though. For instance, the PC’s were better routers than the Bosch. I would rather Bosch made a better router and left upgrading the wrench up to me.


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#5 posted 02-11-2014 08:28 PM

+1 to what darthford said, the Milwaukee wrenches are either cast or forged and have machined jaws, far superior to those that come with the PC routers I have. One the plus side, the Milwaukee wrenches fit the PC collet!

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#6 posted 02-11-2014 08:41 PM

Thanks you guys for your thoughtful replies. The general consensus is, rightly, the 7518 is a great router and I should not judge it on the wrenches alone.

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#7 posted 02-11-2014 08:54 PM

The 7518 is a great router, I used to use both a 7539 and a 7518 regularly in the shop I worked in. I only bought the Milwaukee 5625-29 because it was such a good deal on sale and my first D-handle Milwaukee sold me on what to expect in terms of performance and quality.

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#8 posted 02-11-2014 09:27 PM

The after market 1 1/8” offset wrenches are far better made and some even have cushioned grips.
But, expect to pay 30 bucks for a set.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 02-11-2014 09:48 PM

We have a store here called “Retool” that sells used tools very cheaply. I buy wrenches there for $1.29 each and have the required wrenches hanging on a nail by each piece of my equipment that needs wrenches. I toss the cheap ones that come with the tools.

-- Website is No PHD just a DD214 and a GED

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#10 posted 02-11-2014 10:05 PM

yea the wrenches are cheap, but I don’t care. They work and that sucker has been running fault free for 10+ years. It’s a hoss an I would not trade it for nothing except maybe another one. I still have the original base in the drawer. Back when I bought mine, you could not get it without a base. Now you can and save a few bucks. Mines in a router table. Always managed to get the bit out and another one in. :) TIC

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#11 posted 02-11-2014 10:13 PM

I just got the 7518 and I was also surprised by the quality, or lack of, with the wrenches. They do the job but as stated they don’t fit very well, or give you any confidence using them.

-- Earl

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#12 posted 02-11-2014 10:23 PM

I also use this router and it is a work horse. That said, I have to agree with others that the wrenches are poorly made. These routers are not inexpensive discount tools. They should come with decent wrenches, I shouldn’t have to go out and buy better fitting wrenches. They do have a tendency to slip in use. The cost of producing better surfaces in the wrench would add very little to price of the wrench.

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Fred Hargis

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#13 posted 02-11-2014 10:38 PM

I’m a dissenter on this. While I agree the PC wrenches are as cheap as all getout, they are quite functional….which is what I like. I have several Milwaukee with those extremely heavy wrenches, and find myself reaching for the PC ones more often than not. A lot lighter, but still up to the task. I bent one of the Milwaukee for use with my table mounted router, and I had to use a hydraulic press to do so. If I had more than 2 of the PC wrenches I would have bent on of those in my wood vise. I’ve had my 690 for about 15 years, and those wrenches haven’t spread open or otherwise failed yet.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#14 posted 02-12-2014 02:23 AM

You can get used wrenches of most any size at a pawn shop for a buck or two.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#15 posted 02-12-2014 03:39 AM

Try and get the head of a normal 1 1/8 inch wrench down inside a router head. The heads on those wrenches are pretty massive, they are designed for turning big heavy bolts not router colletts. The PC wrenches work, you just expect a better quality wrench for what the PC costs.

-- Earl

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