A few days ago we reported that Porter Cable’s new compact routers were identical to Dewalt’s. After taking a closer look at the product photos and specs, I realized that this was not true, there are a few subtle differences.
First, the Porter Cable kits are priced a little cheaper at $129 for the fixed base kit, and $189 for the fixed and plunge base combo kit. The Porter Cable version does include electronic speed control to maintain its speed under load, but does not include a variable speed adjustment.
It also looks like the Porter Cable version is missing the dual LED lights that the Dewalt boasts. Everything else – the soft start, ergonomic grip, depth-adjustment design, and spindle lock, looks to be identical on both brands’ tools.
The MSRP price difference between the two brands’ offerings is $10, but it is possible that the difference will be greater once the routers hit retail stores.