With more than a hundred years of tool making under their belt, it’s no wonder professional carpenters and woodworkers turn to Porter-Cable for quality products. Today, Porter-Cable creates and distributes a variety of electric and cordless power tools, air tools, compressors, pressure washers, generators, accessories and more.
But in 1906 when R.E. Porter, G.G. Porter and F.E. Cable first opened their machine and tool shop, they originally manufactured miscellaneous products ranging from automobile tire pumps to pencil sharpeners. It wasn't until 1914 that Porter-Cable began focusing on power tools. Their first successful product, a new line of lathes became a popular tool for the manufacturing of small parts.
Since then Porter-Cable has continued to produce quality, time tested designs. In fact, two of Porter-Cable’s key products, the orbital finishing sander and the model 100 router, developed in the 1940’s, are still in production today. These products, as well as other product innovations are what made Porter-Cable a trusted name in the woodworking industry. Over the years some product highlights from Porter-Cable include the first portable electric belt sander (1926), the first helical-drive circular saw (1929), the pioneering of dust collection systems (1931) and the portable band saw introduced in the 1950’s.