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Forum topic by , posted 06-26-2010 06:30 AM 1154 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2010 06:30 AM

I just wanted to mention that just 2 days ago I took a stroll through Lowes tools. My sister gave me a 50.00 lowes card for my B day. I actually like HD for tools and did not have high hopes of any great deal from Lowes but hey I had the card. I actually found Lowes was clearing out the PC 890 router for 79.00. They were out of them but the clerk says he could sell me the display router for 25% off. So for 60.00, or 10.00 out of my pocket, I got a PC 890 fixed/plunge base router. I used it right away to plunge route the edge of 2 lazy suzan doors in order to inset my SOSS hinges. The plunge action is extremely smooth. It is simply an amazing router. Somehow or another, PC made this motor run fairly quiet. All of my 690 motors are loud, much louder then this 890. I spun the bit up to top speed and still it sounded fairly quiet which I was impressed with. I also took a fairly deep plunge with a 3/8” up cut spiral bit and it did not seem to struggle at all.

So I have been blessed with great router deals. I posted last month when I bought a like brand new milwaukee 3 1/2 hp router on CL for 60 and I am in the process of trading that router for a Jet shaper.

With the addition of this 890 I think one of my 690 plunge/fixed kit is now expendable and I am considering selling it. I now have 2 690 plunge/fixed kits, 1 hitatchi (2 1/4hp) plunge/fixed and now 1 890 plunge/fixed kit. I just do not need that many plunge routers…

Well, happy woodworking everyone!!!


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#1 posted 06-26-2010 06:35 AM

Great deal. My Skill router is a POS.

Of course it matches my skills.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#2 posted 06-26-2010 06:37 AM

Cool beans wow

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#3 posted 06-26-2010 06:47 AM

I have no idea Randy and Jim why Lowes has even closed this router out. The clerk just told me PC stopped sending those routers. I stopped at 2 more lowes on my way home that day in hopes to grab another but they were both completely sold out. I have been searching the pc890 online and everyone wants more then 200.00 for this router kit.

My mom gave me a small craftsman router, it only had a 1/4” collet, and that is where I started in my woodworking path. She told me maybe I could figure out something to do with that old thing just taking up space in the basement. I remember upgrading to a hitatchi and asking the Lowes clerk, “what is the difference between the plunge and fixed router, should I go the extra money for the plunge”. The fella had no clue so I just bought the fixed based router.

Well, it has certainly been an exciting woodworking adventure.

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#4 posted 06-26-2010 07:06 AM

YOu and Jim need to have a router sale :-)) BTW, that 3 1/2 hp router might have more Hp than the shaper??

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-26-2010 03:27 PM

Great buy on a very nice router, Jerry.
Look here at the review of the PC 7518.
IMO. maybe trade the Milwaukee for a 7518

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 06-26-2010 03:30 PM

Great deal, I’ll have to swing by mine and see what they got on sale/clearance. About a year ago they closed out the 690. Had one on the clearance table for $50. I had it in my hand and the clerk asked if I’d like it for $25. Of course I said I would. Also picked up a $20 rebate coupon for a grand total of a $5 router. Not only is it my cheapest, it’s also my favorite. Glad you got a great deal. Keep all them routers, you’ll be glad you did.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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#7 posted 06-26-2010 04:22 PM

Well Ingjr, I don’t think I can beat a 5.00 690. That is a very nice deal. The 690 has always been a great router. Topamax, I do think the router might be stronger then the Jet shaper. The Jet is a 1 hp but the Jet is also an induction motor. So, I am not sure yet if this is going to be a great deal. I suppose if the Jet runs my cope and stick cutters then I should be fine.

Gene, yeah, my last great deal on a router, the 3 1/2 hp Milwaukee, I agreed with my friend to trade for his 1 hp Jet shaper since he never uses his shaper. We have a Grizzly 3hp shaper and we use our shaper all of the time.

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#8 posted 06-26-2010 04:51 PM

I’m wondering how you can think you have too many routers?

-- Gerry,

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