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Posted on Porter Cable 690LR Router enough power for raised panel bits?

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 02:11 PM

O.K., since you have the variable speed router you should be fine. The biggest problem with underpowered tools, whether it’s a router or a table saw, is you have to adjust your technique to the tool. With a higher HP router, you could run a panel through in one pass if inclined. But with your 690, you will have to make several passes or hog out some of the waste on a table saw as Loren suggested—which is the method I would use if using a 690. If you tried to cut a panel in one pass on a 690, I can almost guarantee you’re going to burn the wood. So it can be done, but it will require more steps and take more time. If you’re doing small projects it’s not that bad, but it can be a real PITA if you had a lot of projects to do.

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