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Porter-Cable Model 7518 3-1/4 HP Router

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$349.99
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5.0

(12 reviews)

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Product Information:

Model 7518. This industrial-quality router features an electronic five-speed 15 amp motor with a range from 10,000 to 21,000 RPM. Strong enough to maintain constant speed under load and outfitted with a soft start to avoid sudden surges. The specially engineered 1/2" collet auto-releases the bit, eliminating bit "freeze-up". Another unique design puts the bottom bearing closer to work for minimum bit run-out and vibration. Auto-release collet system ends "frozen" bits. Unique design puts bottom bearing closer to work for minimum bit run-out and vibration. Precision machined aluminum motor housing & base100% sealed ball bearings. Includes: Motor Base 1/2" Collet wrenches and Operating manual.


  • Weight 15.5 lbs

  • 15 Amps, AC only

  • Electronic five-speed with soft start 10,000, 13,000, 16,000, 19,000, 21,000 RPM

  • Maintains constant speed under load

  • 1/2" collet

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    4.8

    (based on 12 reviews)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (11)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Good grip (5)
    • Easy to store (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • In the workshop (10)
    • Router table (2)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (9), Professional (2)

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    5.0

    Excellent Router for Table Use

    By  SB

    from Upstate NY

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy to Adjust
    • Good Grip
    • Powerful
    • Quiet As Routers Go

    Cons

    • Some Recalled See Below

    Best Uses

    Comments about Porter-Cable Model 7518 3-1/4 HP Router :

    I bought the Porter-Cable 7518 to augment my Dewalt 616 because I needed an adjustable speed router to turn large bits; also, this seemed to be the best router available for table use. It's mounted to a Veritas steel table top and a shop-made stand. The 7518 is well-made, quiet, heavy and powerful. It produces lovely cuts with very large (e.g., 1-1/2" diameter) bits. Users will also appreciate the soft-start feature, the large, well-placed handles and ease of adjustment. One caveat: be sure the base of your new 7518 has insulated handles--Porter-Cable recalled the base without insulated handles because of shock hazard. If you do end up with an uninsulated base (as I did), Porter-Cable will replace it quickly and for free. I got mine 2-3 days after calling their service center.

     
    5.0

    Excellent machine

    By  Ron

    from Montreal, Canada

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful
    • Softstart is great

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • In The Workshop

    Comments about Porter-Cable Model 7518 3-1/4 HP Router :

    The router of choice for the Kreg Router Table Lifter. No additional bushings to buy. Kreg ships the lifter ready to accept the 7518.

     
    5.0

    ROUTER OR SHAPER?

    By  bubbadovetail

    from flint, mi

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Easy To Store
    • Stays in the router lift

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • In The Workshop

    Comments about Porter-Cable Model 7518 3-1/4 HP Router :

    While shapers do have their place in the shop for things like production moldings and large kitchen projects. This router placed in a Pinnical router lift and mounted in a cabnit (we built one simular to Norm Abram's) it is simply amazing. Doing a small kitchen project with ogee raised panel doors of white ash, we used the Freud quarda cut raised panel cutter and were able to make the cuts in 2 passes without bogging the machine down. I have 2 teen age son's that are learning to do the cabinetry business and I feel that they are safer learning on this setup than a shaper, but in my opnion this machine will handel most any task that the shaper does in routine cabnit or furniture making. jb

     
    4.0

    Easy to use and lots of power

    By  mictrav

    from Ontario, Canada

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy To Store
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Grip
    • Good Safety Features
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • In The Workshop

    Comments about Porter-Cable Model 7518 3-1/4 HP Router :

    Perfect for a router table with a lift

     
    4.0

    Excelent product...

    By  Benito

    from Chihuahua, México

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Hard To Use

    Best Uses

    • In The Workshop

    Comments about Porter-Cable Model 7518 3-1/4 HP Router :

    Is a powerfull machine, but i buy to install on my table router. i don't install, because need an insert special, very expensive... i has buy...

     
    5.0

    No chance required

    By  LVPG

    from PA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Grip
    • Great router table use
    • Many accessories

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • No fine adjustment

    Best Uses

    • Continuous use
    • In The Workshop
    • Router Table

    Comments about Porter-Cable Model 7518 3-1/4 HP Router :

    There are many fine, heavy-duty and powerful routers today. In my opinion, the PC is the industry standard. My previous router-table router was the Ryobi RE600. For 17 years, the unit performed well. If I could have changed anything, it would have been the height adjustment control. Like many plunge routers today, it used a threaded rod to adjust the height. I much prefer rotating the motor, in a fixed base, like that of my PC 690. Using the threaded rod proved to be extremely slow for gross adjustments. The PC also has a host of accessories for the unit as do many 3rd party manufacturers. Another issue with the Ryobi was the lack of accessories. Accessories exploit the potential of any power tool. They should not be under estimated.

     
    5.0

    Porter-Cable Model 7518 router

    By  Jack

    from Manton, CA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Repair
    • In The Workshop

    Comments about Porter-Cable Model 7518 3-1/4 HP Router :

    This router is permanently mounted to my router table which is used all the time. The best thing I believe is the 5-speed motor so it works great with every size router bit.

     
    5.0

    All the power you'll ever need

    By  Pops

    from Greenwood, S.C.

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Powerful

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Best on a router table

    Comments about Porter-Cable Model 7518 3-1/4 HP Router :

    This router has more than enough motor to power through any project I used it on. It was definitely the right router for my needs.

     
    5.0

    Wow! This is everything it advertizes!

    By  Keith

    from Arcade, NY

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • In The Workshop
    • Use with a router table

    Comments about Porter-Cable Model 7518 3-1/4 HP Router :

    I purchased this to make my own raised panel doors and can't believe how well it works!

     
    5.0

    horsepower, was a boatmotor in past life

    By  oldat45

    from Manchester nh

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Good Grip
    • Powerful

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • In The Workshop

    Comments about Porter-Cable Model 7518 3-1/4 HP Router :

    The speedmatic is the most rock solid router I've ever used, both in the table and by hand. I use it in a jig I made for cutting dadoes with the table plate as the base plate. It sits rock solid as I slide it through the jig. I feel like I almost have to check that its cutting because it doesnt bog down and it moves so smoothly.

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