Porter Cable 891 - 2 1/4HP GripVac Router

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Forum topic by Cheyenne posted 12-15-2011 05:07 PM 2130 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2011 05:07 PM

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Hi – I found a brand new in the box Porter Cable 891 Router with height adjuster for sale for $100. I’ve searched LJ for reviews but didn’t find any. Three are 5 reviews on Amazon but I figured why not check with the woodworking community first. I currently have the Porter Cable 690 1 3/4HP and it works well. Looking for another router to use in my table so I can keep the 690 as a hand held. Should I jump on the deal or let it pass? Thanks!

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 07:14 PM responses for 220 days….sorry about that Cheyenne.
FYI for anyone else…I have a 891 mounted in a table and works fine. The shaft/spindle does get hot if running for more than 15 minutes or so. I believe that is the reason there are some bad reviews was do to the overheating.
But mine is still running fine after 5 or so years.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 01:42 AM

I have a porter cable 890 router with the plunge base. It is my favorite hand held router and is only used minimal for small tasks. Just Friday we used it to route out a rabbit on back side of door frames for glass inserts. The plunge action is very smooth and the router is overall my favorite router. I also have a couple 690 fixed base routers. But my second favorite router is our 3 1/2 up Milwaukee.

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 02:53 AM

When I looked at rhe P/C 890 series routers, it seemed that the height adjuster had a ton of backlash on it so I ended up buying a Bosch 1617EVS which has been a good router and has a much more precise height adjuster.

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 03:01 AM


I have two 891s, and love both – one in the table, one for the hand-held. From my research, you either get very good machines or you get bad ones – everyone seems polarized. My table-mounter router has never found a cut too difficult; and my hand-held is well-balanced, powerful, and predictable. I agree with MC that the height adjustment is rough and playful, and the castings are not precise.

Buying new, the 891 has serious competition from Bosch, which is what I would go for; and Festool 1400 – more pricey, but eminently more versatile within a robust system (the Festool system is extremely functional and expensive).

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