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rockom

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10-30-2007 06:02 AM

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Hello,

I purchased the PC 893PK router today (on sale too). I thought I was getting a good package but then I finished reading through a few more buyer reviews. Now I’m not so sure I want to even open the package….I’m thinking of returning it.

Summary of the bads…
- the plunge base is worthless
- the bases don’t slide well
- accessories are hard to find for the 890 series bases

Is any of this true?
This is my first router and I don’t want to buy another any time soon.
I’ll be doing occasional projects….nothing huge. I’d like to put the router in a table now and then. I don’t intend to be spinning large bits.

Thanks,
-Rocko

-- -> Malta, IL -<


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WayneC

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#1 posted 10-30-2007 08:33 AM

Hmmm. Where did you see your reviews? Mine has been fine. Tritons are getting a lot of good press if you decide to return it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-30-2007 02:39 PM

I haven’t paid that much attention but I haven’t heard any bad reviews on any PC routers. Routers, like hand planes, are one of those slippery slopes. I have 6 at the moment and probably need another. Oh, by the way once you have a router table, you will use those big bits. Hide and watch.

If you return it, Freud had a special on their router and a portable table for it. Might check it out.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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coloradoclimber

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#3 posted 10-30-2007 04:19 PM

I have multiple of the PC 690 series, along with other brands, all a few years or more old. I’ve been real happy with the 690s. I’ve never used the 893 series so I cant comment on those specifically. I also have heard rumors that PC quality has slipped. Might be true or it might just be the ebb and flow of the rumor mill.

One thing I would suggest is that you get at least two routers. One for the table and one for hand held. A smaller one, in the 1 3/4 range, for hand held work, and a bigger one, in the 2 hp+ range to permanently mount to your router table. 1 3/4 has been plenty big enough for anything I’ve wanted to do hand held and it’s just easier to maneuver. The bigger one in the table will let you spin bigger bits when the day comes.

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#4 posted 10-30-2007 05:05 PM

Thanks for the replies…

The reviews were on amazon, the porter cbale website, and a router forum ( I don’t have the URL bookmarked on this computer). I think I may just take it back and get a 690 fixed base. Hopefully a local place will have one. I do like the Triton. I read a review last night from Feb 07 in finewoodworking. The Freud had the most runout at 0.005 inches. The Triton had the least runout at 0.0007.

More feedback is welcome.

Confused in Malta…
-Rocko

-- -> Malta, IL -<

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#5 posted 10-30-2007 06:01 PM

As a side note, I belive the 890 series uses the same attachments as the 690.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 10-30-2007 06:07 PM

I see Price Cutter has the Porter Cable 690 LR on sale for $139.99 plus a free 343k random orbital sander included. Single speed and fixed base.

I have read quite a few reviews on amazon, and sometimes they are accurate and sometimes not. Most people who purchase something will not write a review. Usually you are really thrilled or really upset at the product to write a review. Check the date of the review. Sometimes they are a few years old, so may not apply to the current product. Also, there is always someone who will not be happy with their purchase not matter what it does. That said, if the majority are negative, then it is something to consider.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#7 posted 10-30-2007 06:57 PM

WayneC,
Thats what I though. The 890 base takes the 690 base plate as well. Apparently the 890 motor will fit in the 690 base too. Maybe the person who complained of available inserts and bushings didn’t realize this. I’ve been told that routers tend to be a PC world. I just can’t imaging PC throwing all that out the window. I’m starting to think this will be ok.

Bill,
Thanks for feedback and info. I remember “TheWoodWhisperer” saying he throws out the best reviews and the worst reviews and considers the rest as actual review material to consider. I got the 893PK on sale at Farm & Fleet for $239. Thats the lowest I have been able to find it.

I’m new here…I really like this forum.
-Rocko

-- -> Malta, IL -<

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#8 posted 10-30-2007 06:59 PM

WayneC, Ever have problems with the plunge action sticking on your 893?

Thanks,
-Rocko

-- -> Malta, IL -<

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che

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#9 posted 10-30-2007 07:55 PM

Open that thing up and make some dust.

The June 2007 Popular Woodworking has a review of all the 2 base routers including the PC 893PK. The reviewer rated the Milwaukee 5616-24 as his first choice and listed the Bosch 1617EVSPK, DeWalt DW618PK and Porter Cable 893PK as “close behind”.

Quote from the article…
“The Bosch, DeWalt, and Porter-Cable were close behind (the Milwaukee) and would be good, useful choices if they have a feature you prefer or find one at a bargain price.”

-- Che.

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#10 posted 10-30-2007 07:55 PM

PS The review was very helpful and listed what the user liked and disliked about each router. He mostly left the decision up to the individual, but did list his ultimate preference. I can also highly recommend the Milwaukee, which I got partially based on this review.

-- Che.

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#11 posted 10-30-2007 08:44 PM

I have not had any plunge issues. Actually, I have 2 of them. One that I purchased new and one I got used at the flea market. The second one is perminately mounted in my router table. Personally, I would be inclined to use it and then if you have a plunge issue get a Triton or Milwaukee as a scond router. I’m with coloradoclimber in that eventually you will want more than one router.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 10-30-2007 09:00 PM

That pretty much settles it. I think I’ll be making some dust tonight. I do recall reading the article mentioned by Che. I also read this review (http://woodworking.about.com/b/a/000091.htm) a little bit ago. He mentions that an issue was had with the bases and it has been resolved. I know for a fact I will be buying more routers in the future. But I’d rather buy my next router to expand my tool base rather than replace a regrettable purchase.

Thanks for all your help. Now….I need to go bit shopping.

-Rocko

-- -> Malta, IL -<

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#13 posted 10-31-2007 04:24 AM

Well I cracked open the packing…this router is bigger than I imagined. I’m already budgeting a 690 for it’s smaller size and light weight. Anyway, so far I really like the 893. Not anything like the reviews I read. Very nice. And for those who don’t like the spindle locks….it looks like you can still use two wrenches. As far as the plunge base goes…..very smooth. It doesn’t catch, snag, drag, or do any of those other things.

-Rocko

-- -> Malta, IL -<

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WayneC

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#14 posted 10-31-2007 06:04 AM

Glad you cracked it open. Have fun making sawdust.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 11-03-2007 06:21 PM

Glad to hear it is working so well. We want to see some of those projects posted soon.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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