View Full Version : Porter Cable 42700 Edge Guide
01-04-2004, 01:08 AM
I just bought a Porter Cable 690 router kit and it came with a bonus 42700 Edge Guide... but the edge guide did not come with any instructions.. Can someone please tell me 1) what exactly is this used for 2) How to set this up..
Thanks a lot!
01-04-2004, 04:58 AM
I have a story about a Porter cable edge guide that I suspect is the same thing, for the older router series. I'm not familiar with the model number you posted. See the link below for photos and such. If it is the same deal, its a very nice unit, easy to adjust and makes very fine adjustments when you need them.
01-04-2004, 01:03 PM
Yep, that is it.. Thanks for the article.. there are a few pics that kinda show me some applications for it.. but still not totally understanding its use..
01-05-2004, 02:57 PM
I was in the same boat. Goto the PC web site and request the manual, they will send it in the mail. Got mine in a few days, it was helpful.
01-06-2004, 12:05 AM
I just bought the 690 with the edge guide and used it this weekend to build a table and fence for my drill press. It worked like a charm.
You just attach the edge guide to the base plate (either one, stationary or plunge.) To do this, you install the two smaller guide pins that came with the guide, they goin the two small holes on the back side of the base unit. The guide kit came with two screws in the little plastic pack that the pins came in. You use them to lock the guide into the base. Once you have it installed, you use it to make nice streight datos or other cuts in a work piece. By running the black plate on the bottom of the guide on the edge of your piece, you keep the bit traveling in a nice streight line. You use the brass adjuster knob to make real fine adjustments in you cut.
I used it to make datos in the wood to put in mini track to mount the fence i made for the drill press.
Once you get the chace to use it you will fall in love with it. I know I did.
And by the way,,,,,, that edge guide you got for free with the router kit is a $50 item. Not to mention, if you got the same kit as I did, you got (in my opinion) a pretty good deal to start with. I did quite a bit of reserch, and found few better deals than Home Depot for a variable speed 1&3/4 horse soft start router with two bases and case,,,,plus the edge guide.
I would imagine some of you guys may have been able to find even a better deal, but it was good for me at the time and I took it home to play with the same day.
If you have any more questions you can E-mail me and i'll try to help,