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Porter-Cable 7518 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only

Designed to handle a wide variety of home improvement projects.
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Achieves five speeds (10,000, 13,000, 16,000, 19,000 and 21,000 RPM), the Porter-Cable 75182 can handle a wide variety of home improvement projects. This rotor motor operates at a peak power of 3-1/4 horsepower to ensure consistent speed levels, and its completely sealed ball bearing construction combines with its machined aluminum motor housing to provide long term durability. For added convenience, the 75182 can be used as a replacement motor for router model 7518, and also works with 7500-series fixed base model 75361.

  • High-powered router motor generates five speeds: 10,000, 13,000, 16,000, 19,000 and 21,000 RPM
  • 3-1/4 HP peak ensures consistent speed
  • Completely sealed ball bearing construction for durability
  • Weighs 14.4 pounds
  • Can replace motor in Router Model 7518; also works with 7500 Series Fixed Base Model 75361
(1) Porter-Cable 7518 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only
(1) 6' Power Cord
(1) 1/2" Router Collet
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Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 36 months
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Brand Porter-Cable
Manufacturer Part Number 75182
Weight 14.1500
Speed Range 10000 - 21000 RPM
HP 3-1/4 HP
4.5 / 5.0
42 Reviews
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A good product
This has all of the extra power that I needed.
June 19, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
better motor than my trusty Makita motor it replaced
works great. Quiet ansd powerful
June 15, 2020
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
It does exactly what it was built for...
March 24, 2020
4 months ago
It's a work horse of a router motor for the router table
The router dust goes all over but a lot of it goes straight down into the router motor and this motor takes it like it never happened. There is an on-off switch and speed control. Make sure you obtain the stop-on safety switch. This motor fits right into the Rockler router table and lift without any needed modifications. The Rockler salesperson recommended this when I bought the table. Even though I had 4 other routers (all Sears...), I am so happy that I purchased this one.
January 6, 2020
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Powerful motor
Nice powerful motor for a router table. I like the speed switches. I use it with the Bench Dog cast iron table and Incra lift.
December 26, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Best Router Motor for Tables!
Really zero reason to buy anything else for a router table build. There is a good reason why these have been the tried and true for years! Don't go with anything else!
September 23, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Best Router Table Router Made Today
The Porter-Cable 7518 is the one its competition tries to beat, but cannot. It has robust HP and a nice range of variable speeds. It took 5 minutes to install into my Jess-Em Master Lift. A perfect fit.
July 27, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works great! Just what I needed. I put it in the Rockler Pro Lift. Should have done this years ago.
June 22, 2019
1 year ago
Just buy it, you won't be disappointed
If you do any amount of work on the router table, this is the motor you want. Soft start, almost no vibration, just a work horse for your table.
April 17, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
A lot of value for the cost.
On a per pound basis this is a great router. It is much more robust than I anticipated! The 5 set speeds are a cleaver solution. Making the motor only available is brilliant!
March 12, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Building a new router table.
Bernt J on Jul 3, 2020
Looking for high power for ShopFox overarm router. Also need variable speed built in to motor, as the router speed controllers sold separately work poorly. Previously used 1 3/4 HP, but kept running the bearings out.
Thomas M on May 23, 2020
Building a new router table.
Bernt J on Jul 3, 2020
Best motor for a router table.
Robert G on May 28, 2020
Looking for high power for ShopFox overarm router. Also need variable speed built in to motor, as the router speed controllers sold separately work poorly. Previously used 1 3/4 HP, but kept running the bearings out.
Thomas M on May 23, 2020
For router lift
Kermit E on May 18, 2020
It will fit onto my Jessem Mast-R-lift excel II router table.
Kirby K on May 18, 2020
It comes highly recommended for router tables. I also liked the fact that I didn't need to pay for the typical handheld router fixtures.
Phil E on May 17, 2020
Needed a replacement for my old Ryobi router.
STEVEN J on May 10, 2020
powerful, high-rated for router table installation
william n on Apr 23, 2020
Fits sawstop lift
A S on Apr 23, 2020
Building a router station. Wanted a powerful router.
Nathan H on Feb 26, 2020
To use with a jessem router table
Kenneth b on Feb 12, 2020
listed in Kreg instructions as motor that fits with the router lift
Kyle J on Jan 29, 2020
For use in pro-level router table. Already have one in my Incra table.
James D on Jan 4, 2020
old one failed
Scott O on Dec 26, 2019
Gift for my father for Christmas. Merry Christmas, Dad!
Tyler G on Nov 30, 2019
Bought this to go into a new router table.
Thomas D on Nov 19, 2019
Already have on in my shop
Rick S on Nov 1, 2019
Perfect for my new router table and lift
Lenny F on Oct 9, 2019
It’s the only router that fits my bench dog lift without an adapter. An adapter which they no longer provide.
George D on Sep 8, 2019
Best motor for table and adjustable speed and power
Daniel C on Jul 29, 2019
Only router on the market that fits my Big Dog Pro lift without an adapter
Tony M on Jul 14, 2019
My Triton table-ready router was a pain to use...too much under-the-table safety features that delayed routing. Bought this to go with my new Jess-Em lift. It had the most "best reviews" online.
Steve on Jun 15, 2019
Building a router table and want motor with power for it.
Ron M on Jun 3, 2019
Good reviews and confidence in the Porter-Cable brand.
Dennis J on Apr 23, 2019
using larger bits within router table
Jay C on Mar 21, 2019
I'm building a router table insert for my SawStop and this comes highly recommended.
Jacob Elliott A on Mar 6, 2019
maintenance department requested
Gary W on Mar 4, 2019
This will be mounted in a router table with a Kreg Lift Kit - looking forward to this upgrade!
Kevin J. R on Jan 11, 2019
To power a new router table I am assembling...
Junior on Jan 6, 2019
great reviews and it fits my new router lift
Michael M on Dec 20, 2018
best option for use in router table.
Howard M on Nov 26, 2018
Son asked for it
David R on Nov 12, 2018
I already have this item and it works great!
Jose L on Nov 12, 2018
I have a Porter Cable 7518 with a standard base, and love it. I now have a Rockler router table and ProLift, and want to add this motor permanently for convenience.
Edward J on Nov 9, 2018
Reviews and power
John B on Jul 22, 2018
My other one crashed on me and I need another..
Avery D on Jul 15, 2018
Needed a router for substantial work
Martin T on Jun 1, 2018
Power and it doesn't have any handles as I am creating a router lift to install on my table saw extension
Michael R on Apr 30, 2018
Because its motor diameter is 4.2" which should fit my Jet Router Table lift without shimming. Also because of it's HP and lack of need for a base.
Rory M on Mar 20, 2018
Lawrence V on Mar 10, 2018
It fit the pro lift w /o adaptor
Dennis S on Mar 3, 2018
For Bench-Dog router lift
TROY W on Dec 30, 2017
It fits Incra router lift and I need a powerful router motor
Ray B on Dec 16, 2017
Good reviews from others
Tony M on Sep 21, 2017
I needed it
monroe m on Aug 23, 2017
For router lift
Steven D on Aug 12, 2017
I have a good friend who owns one and has had good luck with it. I've been told that some of the PC quality has deteriorated but decided to take a chance because of the terms of the sale.
H T B on Aug 10, 2017
quality of this router is legendary
Paul A on Aug 8, 2017
Its a perfect fit for the router table and since it's going in a table I just need the motor.
Cameron B on Aug 6, 2017
for my lift in my router table.
Dennis L on Aug 6, 2017
Best motor for a router table.
Robert G on May 28, 2020
For router lift
Kermit E on May 18, 2020
I can't separate my 75182 router from it';s 75361 base. They rotate but seem to be locked by a stop. What should I do to get them apart?
John K on Jan 19, 2017
Will the 7518 work with the Rockler Router Lift FX ?
Jason S on Sep 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, the motor is too large. I bought a Rocker router table that included the FX lift. Wanted this motor so that my plunge router would be usable and for the extra power. However, the motor was too large for my lift, so I had to buy the Incra Mast-R-Lift II Designed for Rockler Tables.
can you use a 1/4" shank bit or can you only use 1/2" shank bits?
Bruce on May 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can use an adapter or you can use separate collets, one for 1/4 bit and another for 1/2 bits. I prefer the second as adapters sometimes come loose or break off when running.
Does it come with the collet?
A shopper on Apr 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it comes with 1 collet 1/2". Also comes with 2 wrenches
I have heard that the PC 7518 has dropped considerably in quality. Number one complaint seems to be bad bearings, the lower bearing near the collet gets very hot and breaks down prematurely. This overheating has also lead to motor burn out I have heard that several vendors no longer carry the router because of all the returns. Is any of this true, all of what I have heard is from the internet in the course of shopping. I donot intend to use this router in a CNC unit which runs constantly, but in a less demanding duty cycle mode?
Thank you
Robert R on Jan 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have been a clerk for Rockler for 20 years and I am not aware of a 7518 being returned. My 7518 is used in my router table without any problems. After I finish a run, I raise the motor up and vacuum any dust that may have collected on it. probable cause of bearing failure may be forcing the router thru a cut causing undo pressure on the bearings. Always let the tools do the work.
does this include the power cable?
A shopper on Jun 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely, it comes with a power cable installed. It includes everything you need to get it up and running. Best router on the market right now! Get one, you won't regret it!
I am beginning to notice a hesitation when I turn the machine on. Is this leading up to a problem with my 75182 router?
Don w on May 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This "hesitation" you mention did happen to my router just prior to breaking down. The router ran on my CNC for 5 years with no problems before this. I ran it for about 3 weeks after it started hesitating and I noticed bits lost their sharpness very quickly. It finally quit running and it is now being rebuilt. I bought a new one and will keep the rebuilt one as backup. I suggest to have yours checked up at a repair center.
Is there a external speed control available for this router?
Bob D on Nov 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No. The manufacturer does not recommend another variable in addition to the configured in the motor already. That's not saying you couldn't try to buy pass the one built in and then add a external one; its your motor. However take less than a minute to reach under the table and change speeds.
Good luck
Will this router fit in a saw stop router lift system?
Greg D on Jan 26, 2020
How many amps does this motor draw?
Richard B on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If one would use the formula of 741 watts per HP times 3.25 equals 2408 watts. Then divide by 120 volts you would come up with 20 amps. However, those horsepower numbers on routers, vacuum cleaners and air compressors are marketing numbers. I have mine on a 15 amp circuit. If you check the cord its 16 gauge a little light for 20 amps.
Will this fit the Rockler Pro Lift with plate 8 1/4 x 11 3/4" as is and without any adaptors etc......will it be plug and play ready ?
JOE B on May 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this router will fit in the Pro Lift without any modification.
does this router come ready to put in a router lift, Cord, collets, wrench, included?
Sid P on Sep 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: yes everything you need
Is this motor corded and does it come with a collet?
Raymond L on Jul 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes on both questions, but mine was included in a kit with a computerized lift assembly. I believe you can check other answers on the collect. They all seem to agree on it being included with motor only.
Will this fit in a JessEM II router lift?
Stan S on Jul 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have it in a Mast R II lift, but I don’t think it works in the Rout R lift II. I would contact JessEM to be sure.
How do you know what rpm to run with different bits?
Robert W on Oct 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Google it. One of the wood working mags had a chart I saw a while ago. Other than that, guess and proceed slowly till you know it's working well.
will a 690 collet fit the 7518 and are the provided collet wrenches offset?
loren s on Nov 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not sure about the collet, but no offset on the wrenches.
What is the diameter of motor?
A shopper on Apr 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 4.2" diameter
will this fit on a #23194 lift?
HOWARD L on Dec 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The body diameter of the PC 7518 router is too large for the Router Lift FX
Will this motor work with the Sawstop lift ?
Butch K on Mar 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will
Does the porter cable router 7518 work with the saw stop lift?
John R on Jan 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The saw stop lift can accommodate up to a 4.25 inch diameter motor. The diameter of the 7518 is 4.2 inches. I do not see a reason for it to not fit. Hope this helps!
I will use the motor in a lift. What is the motor diameter?
Dale M on Oct 31, 2017
will the 7518 fit in the same lift I have for my 690 ?
Jeff A on Feb 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 6990 and 890 series routers are 3.5" in diameter. The 7518 is 4.2" in diameter.
Will this fit in the bench dog 40-150 router lift?
Richard B on Aug 26, 2016
what is the overall size of the base ?
gary b on Jan 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This id the motor only, it does not include a base. The diameter of the motor is 4.2"
will this fit the pc 690 bases?
jay l on Oct 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: no, this is a 4.2" diameter. PC 690 is 3.5" diameter.
does it come in 240 v?
A shopper on May 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sorry no, we do not have a 240 volt version of this to offer.