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Old 07-25-2010, 07:44 AM   #1
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they dont sell porter cable here in ireland i am curious to know what they are like do yous use them in the trade or are they a good DIYers power tool
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Old 07-25-2010, 08:20 AM   #2
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My Porter Cable experience is limited to their routers and sanders.

The routers are top of the line,I have 5 different ones--all have given great service--I work them hard--
No complaints.

PC makes a fine and quiet belt sander---belt sanders are a fussy tool(easy to damage) 7 years and this one is still fine.

I've got 4 of their 5" random orbit sanders---The pads wear out,there is a little speed control belt that goes bad --not a bad tool,but I'm guessing that someone makes a better one.

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I have used their routers for years, they have been great tools.

I also like their LH and RH framing saws.

I can't comment on their pnuematic line of tools, but they appear to be heavy compared to other higher end makers.

I have never been impressed with their cordless tools in the past and the current line is price pointed for the HO market. I can't see them standing up to daily use.
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I have the Biscuit Joiner - great tool. Optional mini blade has come in handy several times. 135* on the shoe is very useful.

I have the Tiger Saw Sawzall - good tool. Rugged, heavy duty, orbital action makes quick work of demo.

5" Random orbital - 4 years old I haven't had any issues with.

2 - D handle routers - the best!!!

3-1/2 HP router for my Router table - smooth & powerful. I Like the variable speed on this unit.

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I have a few PC router bits......medium quality
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good info thanks lads
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I have used their routers for years, they have been great tools.

I also like their LH and RH framing saws.

I can't comment on their pnuematic line of tools, but they appear to be heavy compared to other higher end makers.

I have never been impressed with their cordless tools in the past and the current line is price pointed for the HO market. I can't see them standing up to daily use.
My 15ga P-C is a feather weight
compared to the Sencos I've used.
I bought it specifically for a big
bead board cathedral ceiling.
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My 15ga P-C is a feather weight
compared to the Sencos I've used.
I bought it specifically for a big
bead board cathedral ceiling.
Hmmm, I haven't used my Senco 15 gauge yet Neo. Thanks for reminding me I have it.
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Just picked up that PC 2 1/4 HP router at the Home Repo for 103 bucks. There's one left with no wrapper with the bar code. It should be out on the clearance table any day now.
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I likes me P-C.
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they dont make them like they use to.



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The PC cordless tools I've seen looks like a complete piece of junk. I hope that their corded models don't follow suit?
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The PC cordless tools I've seen looks like a complete piece of junk. I hope that their corded models don't follow suit?
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I've cut miles of arcs with my old PC router, through 3/4 plywood as well as PVC material. Cut out hundreds of window openings through 1/2" ply/OSB as well. I just hope the new one I bought holds up as well.

I agree, the cordless tools look like playschool stuff.
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I'm actually pleased with
the 18V circ saw.
I never intended it to be
a primary tool though.
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the older porter cable stuff is decent, but most of the newer stuff just looks like the black and decker home owner gear turned grey and black, their new air gear is a step down from before black and decker bought them out
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In 2003 I purchased the 3 piece box set aircomp. finish and brad nailers. One of my best buys I think it was $290. The nailers are still being used today, air compressor though takes up space in the shop.
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Have many P-C tools and give them a big thumbs-up!
Their industrial quality routers set the standard and have a wide variety of useful accessories. Biscuit joiner and 4" belt sander are heavy duty and completely reliable. Read a lot in this forum about Hitachi nailers, and may try one someday, but have been using my P-C nailers (FR 350's, FN 250's, and a FN 150 for years with zero problems. They're tough tools that can handle work site conditions.

These are all older tools, and earlier posts on this forum discuss how Porter-Cable tools are becoming the DIY grade, so quality and reliability may change.
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Have many P-C tools and give them a big thumbs-up!
Their industrial quality routers set the standard and have a wide variety of useful accessories. Biscuit joiner and 4" belt sander are heavy duty and completely reliable. Read a lot in this forum about Hitachi nailers, and may try one someday, but have been using my P-C nailers (FR 350's, FN 250's, and a FN 150 for years with zero problems. They're tough tools that can handle work site conditions.

These are all older tools, and earlier posts on this forum discuss how Porter-Cable tools are becoming the DIY grade, so quality and reliability may change.

Hitachi nailers are the way to go
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Lone......you got a permit for all those weapons?!?!?
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Lone......you got a permit for all those weapons?!?!?
Permit? I don't need no stinkin' permit.
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