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    Question PC Modification For Use Without The Handle

    PC Modification For Use Without The Handle

    Does anyone know off-hand what the thread size is on the PC 7424XP handle?

    I wanted to pick up a couple bolts on my way home today, but forgot to bring the handle with me to compare sizes with.

    I want to place the bolts where the handle screws in to the head of the polisher to help hold the plastic housing in place as well as keep any rattles to a minimum.

    So does anyone happen to know what the thread size is?
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    Re: PC 7424XP Handle - Thread Size

    I just looked up the part# for the handle on Porter Cables site and found the thread size.

    Thread Size: 5/16-18

    In case anyone is interested.
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    Re: PC 7424XP Handle - Thread Size

    Sorry... had that on a to-do list all day just didn't get to it...

    You going to purchase some stubby bolts to hold the plastic cover on instead of using Duct Tape?


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    Re: PC 7424XP Handle - Thread Size

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post
    Sorry... had that on a to-do list all day just didn't get to it...
    That's OK. Thanks anyway, Mike

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post
    You going to purchase some stubby bolts to hold the plastic cover on instead of using Duct Tape?

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    Yep. :D

    Here it is.

    5\16"-18 x 1\2" long socket head cap screw and washer



    Installed



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    Re: PC 7424XP Handle - Thread Size

    Very nice and this will help a lot of people that like you and I... prefer to not use handles on their polishers... plus it looks better than duct tape...


    Moving this thread to Hot Topics and Frequently Asked Questions


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    Re: PC 7424XP Handle - Thread Size

    Just some additional info for anyone in the future.

    The old Meguiar's G100 polisher also has the same thread size. (5/16"-18)

    I had been meaning to install the bolts on the plastic housing of my G100 polisher for several years now, but just never got around to it. So after installing the bolts on my new PC7424XP, I went out and bought (2) 5/16"-18 x 3/4" long hex head bolts and washers and installed them in my old G100 polisher.

    So either 5/16"-18 x 1/2" long or 5/16"-18 x 3/4" long bolts will work for both polishers.
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    Re: PC 7424XP Handle - Thread Size

    Moved from Hot Topics to Tips and Techniques...


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    Re: PC Modification For Use Without The Handle

    Here's an article that goes over the topic of handles on DA Polishers...

    Handle? Or No Handle? - Using DA Polishers Without the Handle


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    Re: PC Modification For Use Without The Handle

    Just to chime in...my PC is NOT 5/16! It's M8X1.25. It is only about 6 months old. Whether or not this is now common or not is anyones quess.

    Before you try and 'force' a 5/16 in there...try the M8.

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    Re: PC Modification For Use Without The Handle

    Quote Originally Posted by BillE View Post
    Just to chime in...my PC is NOT 5/16! It's M8X1.25. It is only about 6 months old. Whether or not this is now common or not is anyones quess.

    Before you try and 'force' a 5/16 in there...try the M8.

    Bill
    You are correct. I just checked Porter Cables parts site and they now have 2 different threaded handles listed for the 7424XP that was not listed previously. It seems the newest model polishers must now be using the M8 x 1.25 threaded handle. The 5/16-18 threaded handle on Porter Cables site is listed for 7424XP polishers with date code 2009-10 and earlier.
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