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Forum topic by Jeff_G posted 06-01-2009 04:59 AM 1702 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff_G

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06-01-2009 04:59 AM

Oh my…I am in middle om making my entertainment center and of course my “piece of cr*p” router finally died…seriously it is probably best I hated that thing.

Don’t ask it was a big box retailer one…ya know what I mean.

So I am in kind of a hurry to replace it so I can get back to my work.

I’ve never owned a plunge router not sure if I would use it like that but I have a couple ($200) bucks to spend on some thing new. What is my best option? What will last me a while and is versatile enough for a moderate woodworker?

Anyplace in particular that I should shop to purchase one online?

Thanks for you experience and expertise…

~ Jeff


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#1 posted 06-01-2009 05:02 AM

Porter Cable fixed base router. HD and Lowes carry them for $150. I have 4 at home and 6 in the school shop. they are workhorses. I also have a PC plunge and some chinese junk plunge that were thrown in with a large purchase, and we just dont use the plunge action unless making signs, and most just tip the router into the wood to make a sign. The only place I would feel I would need a plunge is making mortises. And in my case I have a dedicated mortiser, go figure. Hope that helps

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Jeff_G

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#2 posted 06-01-2009 05:17 AM

Thanks that is a great help…..Are there any Porter Cable model numbers routers that I should be looking at?
Is this one what you are talking about?

http://www.amazon.com/Porter-Cable-690LR-Fixed-Horsepower-Router/dp/B00005QEVQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1243826138&sr=1-2

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#3 posted 06-01-2009 05:18 AM

Jeff….if you have a good eye and good intuition, look for used ones at craigslist…..in these days with the hard situation for many people, there are lots of good deals out there. Porter Cable & bosch could be good options.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#4 posted 06-01-2009 05:20 AM

mmm….i can’t remember the name of that memeber, but some online retailer had that router for $99

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 05:20 AM

Thr Porter-Cable 690 is an old standby. You can get it with just a fixed base for under $150, or in a kit with both fixed and plunge bases for under $200.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 06-01-2009 05:21 AM

Thanks I will give my local Craigs List a look…..

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#7 posted 06-01-2009 05:28 AM

Hey Jeff
what Charlie said . I have a large number of routers and the one I use the most is my PC 690. My students like the “D” handle model for more control and so do I, I’m not sure if the come in a combo kits.

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#8 posted 06-01-2009 05:38 AM

I recently bought the Bosch 1617 dual base kit. I love it!. It’s pictured on my mortising jig project. I also have the Porter Cable 690. It does come in a dual base kit also. It’s a good router, but I don’t like the adjustment on the fixed base if you’re fine tuning the height. If you can find one Bosch has offered the kit with a free edge guide.

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#9 posted 06-01-2009 05:41 AM

I have found a couple on craigslist, some times great deals, Picked up the 3 1/4 hp plunge for 75 bucks. Also found reconditioned porter cable on amazon.com at a great price.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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Jeff_G

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#10 posted 06-01-2009 06:12 AM

Thanks Everyone….I’ll start my search sounds like porter cable has something that will last a while.
I appreciate everyone’s quick and thoughtful help. This forum is like no other…

~ Jeff

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#11 posted 06-01-2009 07:02 AM

Another 690 fan here. I have an older 3 HP Makita for the RT, but my 690 gets used about 90 percent of the time for hand held operations. 1 Router, 2 Bases for under 200.00 it was a no brainer.

John

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#12 posted 06-01-2009 07:42 AM

Another vote for the 690. I have it in my router table and it is a huge step up from the fixed base Craftsman that I have had for several years. A huge step forward in options and overall professional quality.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#13 posted 06-01-2009 08:04 AM

I have to counter the suggestion of the PC 690. The PC 890 series is the same size and has more power for about the same price. It also is variable speed. Check the Porter Cable web site. They often have “rebuilt” ones for a great price.
The same bases that fit the 690 fit the 890 and most aftermarket accessories fit PC routers.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#14 posted 06-01-2009 10:55 AM

The Milwaukee 5616 (kit or single) would be on my short list in the $200 range. For less money, the Hitachi M12VC is nice value on sale. Amazon has the 5616 for $182 shipped, and ReconconditionedSales has new M12VCs for $129. The combo kits add a little to each if you want a plunge base and a fixed.

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#15 posted 06-01-2009 05:19 PM

Another vote for the Bosch 1617EVS kit – fixed and plunge bases. I have had mine for 3 years + and it has never failed me. Very easy and accurate bit height adjustment on both plunge and fixed bases.

Jim

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