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Forum topic by distrbd posted 09-01-2016 04:31 PM 768 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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distrbd

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09-01-2016 04:31 PM

I have a local seller who wants $85 for an “almost new” kit, this router c/w 1.3/4 HP with both size collets and plunge/fixed base, it will be used in my second router table so I won’t even use the plunge base.

I already have a decent router table plus a couple of trim routers,and 2 plunge routers but I thought the $85 price seems to be right and I could use it in my spare router table but, I’m a bit hesitant because:
A= 1.3/4Hp for a table mounted router .
B= single speed only.
Does any of you have this router ? do you use it handheld or in your RT?
Is it a good deal regardless of the intended use?
Appreciate your thoughts/comments.
https://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-693LRPK-Fixed-Router-Plunge/dp/B00006411C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472746467&sr=8-1&keywords=PORTER-CABLE+693LRPK+1-3%2F4+HP+Fixed+Router+and+Plunge+Base+Kit

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 09-01-2016 05:18 PM

I need more power Scotty!
And I need variable speed too.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 09-01-2016 05:29 PM

I have one, but it’s for handheld use only. For me the RT needs variable speed, and more power….even if it’s a “spare” router table. But if you choose to go ahead and by it, you can probably sell the plunge base pretty easily.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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johnstoneb

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#3 posted 09-01-2016 05:48 PM

I have the PC 690 in my router table . It does and excellent job. Plenty of power and never felt the need for variable speed.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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distrbd

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#4 posted 09-01-2016 08:47 PM

It sounds like most of you are saying I’d be better off paying more and getting a 2.1/4 HP (or higher) with variable speed,in fact if I did get this router, it would be the least powerful of all the routers I ever owned.

Bruce,I have heard so many parises on this router that’s why I even considered it.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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distrbd

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#5 posted 09-02-2016 02:22 AM

I passed on that deal ,instead I used one of my older router which is a 2.1/4 HP Maximum(Canadian tire brand) , I had to drill 3 new holes on the old router table but at least the router is more powerful,has variable speed and LED lights.
Thanks to you I ended up saving $85 ,well at least for now .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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bigblockyeti

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#6 posted 09-02-2016 02:37 AM

I have two PC 690’s I use exclusive hand held, one has the standard two handles and the other has a D-handle which I’ve found particularly useful for edging skinny stock as I’m able to balance it better without it tipping, YMMV. I had a comparable single speed Milwaukee in my router table for quite some time despite also having a larger, variable speed plunge router that many often default to for router table duty. I found few short comings with a moderately sized, single speed router in a router table but I wouldn’t dare try raised panels or the like with such a setup.

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distrbd

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#7 posted 09-02-2016 03:22 AM

If it was a D”” handle router ,I would have bought it for sure,I have never owned a D handle router but I imagine it would make handheld routing much easier.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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ChefHDAN

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#8 posted 09-02-2016 06:09 PM

I have 3 routers, and for $85 I would have had 4, (Ahem Hi I’m Derek & I’m a tool addict).

I’ve got the 3 HP PC in the table for big jobs/bits and have a 2nd plate for my current 690 base to do edge finishes. For multi cut jobs it’s real nice to be able to go from mortise to chamfer without trying to run all of the stock or get set ups back. My newest is the Dewalt 611 which even though it’s only a 1/4” collet is really handy for the handheld work & I’ve seen a couple of large baseplate set ups clamped to a bench to make a small table too!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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distrbd

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#9 posted 09-02-2016 09:41 PM

Hi ChefDAN, one of the reason I wasn’t too attracted to that PC 690 was I have just bought a Dewalt 611 and like everything about that router so I couldn’t help comparing the 690 to the DW611 .

I wonder how many of us have more than 4 routers and still look for the 5th or the 6th one, lol.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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ChefHDAN

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#10 posted 09-14-2016 09:11 PM

Distrbd – funny was just looking at a dewalt kit on CL and had to stop myself, good tools at a good price are like candy to a fat kid for me.

Twice now I’ve gone to do something only to find that I don’t have the profile in a 1/4” shank and have to get the 690 because I can’t use the 611,,, maybe less routers and more bits..

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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distrbd

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#11 posted 09-14-2016 10:49 PM


Twice now I ve gone to do something only to find that I don t have the profile in a 1/4” shank and have to get the 690 because I can t use the 611,,, maybe less routers and more bits..

- ChefHDAN


Now that sound like what I’ve been doing.
Since my last post here, I have bought 7 or 8 router bits with different profiles but all with 1/4” shank,now I can use that DW611 to its full potential.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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