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7 people found this helpful
on July 20, 2011
a lot more power and less vibration than my P-C 690s. more power than i need for 90+% of my work. My model is the 892 fixed base with variable speed. I intended to use this with my router table, but when i found out that the new BenchDog router lift was designed for the P-C 7518, I decided to upgrade (I already had the BenchDog cast iron table). Now I have two variable speed P-C production routers - 2 1/4 and 3 1/2 hp. I'm satisfied with both.
That said, I agree with some of the reviewers that the quality leaves something to be desired. The first 892 I received was damaged in shipping (even though it was in it's protective case). The plastic parts in the height adjustment mechanism and lock assembly were shattered. These pieces are critical to the use of the router and really should be made of tougher material. However, the replacement arrived quickly from Amazon and in fine order. Although I'm satisfied, I'd recommend that a prospective purchaser also consider alternatives before purchase to make sure that they get the level of quality they require. If you're looking for a table mounted router, a popular alternative these days is the P-C 7518. I can say with first-hand experience that the 892 series is not in a league with the 7518 - the latter being of much higher quality, fit and finish. The 892 is a good enough router but not top tier For table use I'd recommend something like a 7518 or a Triton. The lift manufacturers must feel the same way, because they appear to favor them in their designs.
update: I bought this several years ago. At that time the PC7518 was one of the few games in town for 3+hp routers (the other that i was looking at was the Triton). The field is much more competitive at this point, with Milwaukee, Makita, Freud, Hitachi, Dewalt, to name a few joining PC and Triton with 3+hp routers, so you have a much wider range of options than I did at the time.