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#1 posted 03-20-2012 01:29 PM

One of my first routers was a 2HP Craftsman, junk, sold it. Then I got a Bosch 1613EVS, sticky plunge action to this day but still have it. Then I got the DeWalt 2HP plunge router when it came out because of the dust collection, not a bad router. All the while a friend of my mine was touting his Porter-Cable 690. When I stumbled on a deal at ACE Hardware for the kit that included the router, regular base, and plunge base for $113 I picked one up. I now have 3 690’s, that one, another one with a regular base, and one with the D Handle base. They are my go to routers. Really like how they feel and plenty of power. Have say that friend of mine was right. Really solid router. I ran across one on clearance for $109 a couple of months ago and didn’t pick it up because I got like 9 10 routers already. Kicking myself now for not getting it. I also have the PC 3-1/4HP regular base on and the 3-1/4HP plunge base one. Good routers.

The design of the PC 690’s hasn’t changed in years. Why? Because they hit on a really good design and it worked as I found out. To the point where everybody eventually started copying it. They kept it simple, no frills, no big this is the latest gimzo you got to have it. My router table has the PC 3-1/4HP motor in it. Plenty of power to swing 3-1/2” raised panel door bits. I’m pretty sold on PC routers, the 69x’s, the 75xx’s, but not the 8xx’s.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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