The Porter-Cable 2-1/4 HP Multi-Base Router Kit with Router Kit Table Height Adjuster features a soft-starting, 12 amp motor with full-time electronic feedback to maintain motor speed throughout a wide range of applications. Easy to use, powerful and accurate, this router has a variable speed control from 10,000 to 23,000 RPM, allowing you to optimize bit speed for the application and a plunge base with through-the-column dust collection for superior dust removal and bit and cut-line visibility. Durably made for years of reliable use, this router kit is perfect for tackling small to medium sized projects.
- Variable-speed control feature enables bit speed to be optimized for changing applications; 10,000 to 23,000 RPM
- Plunge base features machined brass bushings and steel guide rods for a smooth, free-flowing plunge stroke
- Plunge base offers through-the-column dust collection for efficient dust removal and improved bit and cut line visibility
- Depth rod with 6-position adjustable turret enables stepped or repeated plunge cuts
- Dual-position switch allows user to cut power while maintaining control of the router
- Durable latch lever enables quick and simple coarse depth adjustments and motor release for transition between bases
- Rack and pinion adjustment provides fine depth settings to 1/128 in.; fixed base only
- Clear LEXAN sub-base provides improved durability and bit visibility
- Flat side on plunge base allows user to work in tighter spaces and provides a straight reference point
- Collets included to accept 1/4 in. and 1/2 in. shank bits
- Includes: Router Motor, Fixed Base, Plunge Base, 1/4 in. and 1/2 in. Collets, Height Adjuster, Sub-Base Centering Gauge, Collet Wrench, Carrying Case and Operator’s Manual
- 90-day money back guarantee; 1-year free service contract; 3-year limited warranty
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including arsenic, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
Well built, handles well. Incorporates most of the features a woodworker could want. Plenty of power.
Still a novice user but this thing is a beast. Cuts with little to no trouble with even thick (3/4″ or thicker) hardwood, MDF, and ABS plastic (small increments depth wise with the plastic). I personally use the ECO-Tray bit set from mobile solutions because my woodworking is car audio based. The plunge base(w/ vacuum attachment) is awesome to use with the Jasper circle jigs. It makes it very easy to make those perfect circle for subwoofer boxes. I have to say my biggest pro for this router is the adjustment features. Port-a-Cable really thought of it all. I will definitely be purchasing another one of these router motors for my future router table setup!
Easy to use and powerful. Love the variable speed control. Took me a while to figure out how to remove the motor from the sleeve while mounted on the router table, but now it’s easy to do. And I love being able to easily adjust the height. A pleasure to use!
I purchased this router to replace a router that was manufactured in the Porter Cable family, that was given to me as a gift over 40 years ago. For a couple of decades, I used that router almost weekly when I worked as a finish carpenter.So I had no reservations on purchasing another Porter Cable product. If this one lasts 40 years like the last one did, I will be 102! But who knows, I may still be playing around in my workshop at that age. One can hope.I would have to say that this is the second Porter Cable product that I have purchase recently (I recently purchased the PC dove tail jig), and the operating instructions are not really that good.I have a suggestion……A couple of months ago, I purchased a garage door from Home Depot and it came with a DVD that showed you step by step, how to install and adjust the door.I literally put the DVD in my laptop and had it in my garage and used it through out the entire process and I don’t think I would have had a successful installation without it.Perhaps Porter Cable could include a DVD with their products?
Got this for my hubby for Christmas. He was VERY impressed with the quality, accessories and ease. He was a bit upset when he realized the original cost; but when I told him that a I got an EXCELLENT deal on Cyber Monday, he was again, happy.Delivery was fast! Good Job Home Depot and Porter-Cable
Great router! Soft start, smooth operation, quiet, strong. Great price too! Only problem I had was that the spindle lock pin sheared off during a bit change. My store didn’t carry this model so, Home Depot had me return the product to the store and I bought a new one on line.Only improvement I would like to see done is to make the end of the spindle lock pin larger. The smallsurface is hard on the finger tip to push and hold with the strong spring it has in it.
I did not give five stars only because that would be ‘Exceptional’. This kit is a very nice way to start out in routing – I bought it to go with a Kreg portable router table (I rate that 5 star for its kind). The motor unit is very smooth and quiet. The collets are sturdy and “c-clipped” to lightly retain the bits even when loosened. I bought this over some other routers because of two bases AND the top-side adjustment for the fixed base on a router table – someday I might afford a real Router Lift. The case for the kit is quite functional. The on-off switch is well designed for me – the ON position has the switch extended from the motor housing, so OFF is an easy and obvious push in. I have used this in and out of the router table and am very happy with my purchase. One critical review mentioned poor quality in the base. I would agree that it is not overbuilt, but I think that it is rather well designed. The same review criticized the the clear plastic base plates. I ordered a pair of Porter Cable black phenolic base plates because of the, and I am glad that I did (about $9 each) – they directly replace the clear ones. For installation on my router table insert plate, I could not find 5/8″ long 10-32 flat head screws to properly connect the fixed base to my table insert. You can order them on line from woodworking stores, but I tapped out the holes in the router base to use more common 3/4″ long screws. You may not have this issue depending on thickness of your router table insert.
Everything you would come to expect from a high quality brand. Easy to use, easy to adjust, smooth operation, and relatively quite.
The soft start is nice. It’s powerful and, once adjusted, quite accurate. I am not using this in a table. I have not yet used the plunge setup.
Excellent router!!! Porter Cable is the best! I also own one of their belt sanders and a plate joiner. I have never had a problem with any of them and they are rugged power tools. Porter Cable HEAVY DUTY, HIGH-QUALITY, Tools!!!
I replaced a DeWalt that I only bought because it was on sale. Mistake. Should have stayed with the PC. This this is so much smoother to operate and without problems. Do wish it came with a D handle base though. Nice tool!
Absolutely love this router. I bought it for a couple reasons.. I needed a good plunge router, it has dust collection, it has the router table lift feature, and it fits SO many aftermarket base plates and jigs. So far I’ve only used it in my second router table and it has all the power I need. Used it with a couple ogee bits to edge. Using them to make new kitchen cabinet drawer fronts and new doors. As you can see from the pictures, it cuts fantastic. Though it sounds odd, I really like how the height adjuster handle has up and down on it. Funny but it’s useful for me. The only thing I was bummed about is that the dust collection is only on the plunge base, which is not the base that goes in the router table. So wish they has something (even if I had to purchase) for dust collection on the fixed base. So odd there is nothing. Maybe there is a good reason I don’t know about. But overall I am very happy with this router and would buy again without hesitation. Going to be making a number of dog holes in my new assembly table and I am sure this is going to be perfect for the job.
This combination is very close to perfect.b the motor is quiet and delivers constant speed in varied work applications. I have the fixed base permanently attached to my router table. And use the plunge base with dust collection ., for everything else. No complaints yet, and I don’t expect any.
Good choice for the two bases one can be uses in router table and drop miter to use by hand. The adjustments on the base ideal for the table good price good quality.
very good router .I have used porter cable be for iv had it for several weeks .
This router feels solid, but not heavy and has a controlling yet comfortable grip. When mounted in a Bosch router table, upside down, the motor unit is a little sloppy in the original mounting base. However, the major and minor adjustments work pretty well. The recessed on/off switch is a little difficult to locate from the grip handles, which isn’t a terribly big deal in most cases, but should you need to turn the unit off quickly that might be a problem. The cord is reasonably flexible and long enough to stay out of the way when working. The soft start is truly an excellent feature as there is hardly any movement when getting up to speed. I would recommend buy this router again and recommend Porter Cable as an excellent product, made by people who seem to actually use what they manufacture. Five Star and thumbs up to Porter.
This router is very nice. Its height adjustment from above table is very easy however it occasionally slips. Haven’t done much with the plunge base yet but the little I have used it, it has performed well. The removed the latching mechanism for arbor lick that came on older versions of this model and I do miss that. That’s why I deducted one star.
I have a handful of PC older routers all made in the U.S.A. when I purchased them back in the 80’s like my first model100, then 691DH, 690, 7539, and 7518, All are top notch and still running and performing flawlessly, I just picked up the 895PK today to use in my horizontal router table but of yet to run a single board foot through its paces but overall appears to be what I’d expect of today’s composite material made power tools, somewhat cheesy in only the plastic components but only in appearances, the first impressions are good quality along with the well machined aluminum core of the motor housing and bases that came with this kit, the test I performed of just turning on the motor and running the speed control through its speed ranges seemed good with its soft start, lower noise emissions than earlier models, low vibrations and overall comfort Help me believe it will be a good performing tool.I will re-visit the review section after a few months of use to give a better response to what I like or dislike so I initially give this a 4 star review and recommend it as of now to anyone needing a higher horsepower rated router to spin up larger cutters in a well manageable hand hold able model.
I have owned a heavy duty Dewalt router for many years and it has served me well however this new Porter Cable router is much easier to use for many hand routing jobs and is easy to operate. It’s light weight, easy bit changing and smooth plunge action make it a true pleasure and I’m now looking for more projects requiring a router. I have only owned it for a short time so I can’t yet testify to how it holds up over time but so far-so great! I would definitely recommend this router based on my experience to date.