Just a little rant for a Saturday

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Blog entry by venicewoodworker posted 08-27-2011 04:30 PM 1252 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am curious….am I the only one out here who is pissed that Porter Cable (once they were bought out by Stanley) has cheapened their tools? I have quite a few of them and have been pleased with their performance. Now it looks like they changed their target market.

Just had to get that off my chest.

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#1 posted 08-27-2011 05:49 PM

I don’t have much experience with PC except for my router. It’s a newer one (bought about 4 months ago) and it does a fine job and seems pretty tough. Maybe their other things are different.

The majority of my power handtools are Bosch and Makita.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#2 posted 08-27-2011 06:13 PM

My main interest in PC tools are their routers and belt sanders, I hope they don’t change even though I have a good number both of them already.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 08-27-2011 06:31 PM

I have a PC 7518 combo kit and a PC 7518 in one of my router tables used for panel bits. I really like both of them and they are precise workhorses and preform flawlessly.

I have a Bosch 1617 in my other router table and it works great also. Several other routers I have…a Milwaukee, a Crfatsman and another Bosch are set up for dedicated bits. The only one I don’t particularly like is the Craftsman but it only gets used with a roundover bit occasionally and it was on clearance sale as a display unit.
The only router I feel is better than the PC is the Festool…but I am saying this because I have other Festool sanders to judge their quality by..but I have not purchased a Festool router yet.

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 08:29 PM

I recently bought a PC 23 ga. pinner from a wood tool show. Comparing it to the Grex at $100 more for the model that shoots the same range of pins I really couldn’t justify the difference as I will not being using it everyday. If I were, I’d opt for the pricier and exquisite master of the realm… Grex.

But I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. It does the deed and does it well. I also own about twenty more examples of the PC line. Mostly routers but a couple of sanders too. Aside from the one I abused to death, they all are still giving good service. Sorry you got a lemon.


BTW, Porter Cable, Dewalt, Delta and Oldham Saw are all owned by Black & Decker and NOT Stanley according to my research.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#5 posted 08-27-2011 08:53 PM

J.C.: B&D, and therefore PC, Delta, etc., was bought out by Stanley a couple years ago. Delta has since been sold to Taiwanese interests.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 08-28-2011 02:16 PM

I’ve got 2 PC 18V combo kits(drill & circular saw)bought 4/09 and 12/09 and am getting ready to buy an PC 18V impact driver all using the same batteries. I also have a Model 892 PC router bought 3/05, I am happy with these tools and they seem to work fine for me. I didn’t know that PC was bought by Stanley or B&D but not surprising to me. As for Delta, after my experience with my drill press I don’t see myself buying another Delta tool.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#7 posted 08-28-2011 04:52 PM

PC may have seen the writing on the wall as to the drop off for demand of industrial grade tools. My guess is there’s a tremendous shift taking place from woodworking products like routers being purchased more by hobbyist and amateurs than those in the trade. And that means price for the most part trumps tool quality putting the quality tool maker between a rock and a hard place to turn a profit.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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