Qty:1
Add to Cart
or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.

More Buying Choices
Add to Cart
$119.99
+ $6.99 shipping
Sold by: Best Tool Prices
Add to Cart
$134.56
+ $10.43 shipping
Sold by: Akamai Source
Add to Cart
$139.99
+ $6.98 shipping
Sold by: CPO Outlets
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

PORTER-CABLE 690LR 11-Amp Fixed-Base Router

| 16 answered questions

List Price: $298.96
Price: $127.99 & FREE Shipping. Details
You Save: $170.97 (57%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Friday, April 25? Order within and choose Two-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
  • 11-amp motor producing 1-3/4 peak horsepower
  • 27,500 revolutions-per-minute single-speed motor
  • Precision machined aluminum motor housing and base
  • Cam-lock lever enables simple coarse height adjustments and motor release
  • Micrometer depth adjuster accurate to 1/128-inch
See more product details
29 new from $119.99 4 used from $118.25

Frequently Bought Together

PORTER-CABLE 690LR 11-Amp Fixed-Base Router + MLCS 8377 15-Piece Router Bit Set with Carbide-Tipped 1/2-Inch Shanks
Price for both: $167.94

Buy the selected items together


Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Buy Used and Save: Buy a Used "PORTER-CABLE 690LR 11-Amp Fixed-Base Router" and save 60% off the $298.96 list price. Buy with confidence as the condition of this item and its timely delivery are guaranteed under the "Amazon A-to-z Guarantee". See all Used offers.
Want To Know More?

Need Help? We are open now.

Order by phone and get advice Call-Me Button You are viewing item number:B00005QEVQ.


Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 690LR
Item Weight9.4 pounds
Product Dimensions10 x 10 x 8 inches
OriginMexico
California residentsClick here for Proposition 65 warning
Item model number690LR
Sizefull size
ColorBlack & Silver
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty Description3 Year Limited
  
Additional Information
ASINB00005QEVQ
Best Sellers Rank #2,522 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 31, 2002
  
Feedback
 

Product Description

Amazon.com

Powerful and efficient, the Porter-Cable 690LR fixed-base router utilizes a hefty 1-3/4-horsepower motor to generate an impressive 27,500 revolutions-per-minute for precise cuts. Two ergonomic handles are strategically placed to make routing easy and comfortable, even during all-day jobs. For added convenience, the router includes collets that will accept 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch shank bits.

callout box top
690LR Fixed-Base Router
At a Glance:
  • Single-speed router with
    1-3/4-horsepower motor generates 27,500 rpm for easy routing

  • Fast, precise coarse adjustments via spiral can design and cam-lock lever

  • Auto-release collet system for easy bit removal

  • Three-year warranty
callout box bottom
Porter-Cable Fixed-Base Router

1-3/4-horsepower router makes precision cuts in a wide variety of woods. View larger.
Powerful and Precise
An essential addition to any woodworking shop, the router owes its robust performance to a single-speed, 11-amp motor that produces 1-3/4 peak horsepower to handle a range of jobs. For consistent, steady performance, the cam-lock lever enables simple coarse height adjustments. A quick fixed-base motor release allows th user to move the motor pack between plunge and d-handle bases (each sold seperately). Accurate to within 1/128 inch, a micro depth adjustor ensures optimum precision.

Rugged Construction with Dust-Sealed Components
As durable as it is efficient, the router features a precision-machined aluminum motor housing and base. A dust-sealed switch and sealed ball-bearing construction guard against wear and tear--even in a hardworking shop or busy jobsite.

Fast Bit Removal and Ergonomic Design for Stability and Comfort
For user-friendly performance and consistency, the router includes an auto-release collet system for easy bit removal. An under-table stop prevents the motor from inadvertantly rotating out of the base, and ergonomic molded grips keep your hands and wrists comfortable, even during extended jobs.

Dimensions and Warranty Information
The 690LR Fixed-Base Router measures 12.0 by 5.50 by 8.62 inches (L x W x H), weighs 8.0 pounds, and is backed by a three-year limited warranty, a one-year free service contract, and 90 day money back guarantee.

What's in the Box
Router with motor, fixed base, 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch collets, collet wrench, and operating manual.


Porter-Cable Fixed-Base Router
Aluminum motor housing and base
for stability during operation.
Porter-Cable Fixed-Base Router
Auto-release collet system
for easy bit removal.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Works great on the router table.
M. Cooper
It runs smooth, the balance is very good and it is not very heavy for it's size and power.
Frank J. Ethridge
The fine adjustment ring was very helpful when setting the depth.
Big B

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

159 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Robert Frapples on August 8, 2005
This review is predominantly for the hobbyist assessing which router to buy and looking for a 1-3/4hp router.

i own this router (690LR), and also the 690VSLR (variable speed). If you plan on using this router in a table and are going to use large bits (like stile and rail) you need to get the variable speed so you can run it at lower speeds. You only want to use larger bits in a router table.

Everyone complains the switch is in an inconvenient location. Me too. Though, this is not a show stopper.

i have 4 different bases for this router. Plunge, D-handle, fixed base, and plain jane base for the router table. Plunge base is good. Love the D-handle as switch is right there on the handle! Point is, you can buy this router and then as your needs arise buy different bases. Changing motor into various bases is very easy. Can even buy new motor. Also, brushes are easy to access and change.

Since this is the standard in routers there are a ton of after market items to use with this router (edge guides, bushings, etc...).

Takes two wrenches to change bits. Some would make this out to be a big deal. It is not. Changing bits is a snap.

You will find other reviewers that do not like having to remove the motor to change bits. But, removing/installing the motor is a very easy venture. If you think this is going to be a problem, do not like the power switch location and are only looking for a fixed base router you should also strongly consider the Milwaukee 5615-20.

Rated 4 stars based on power switch location, and find the micro adjustment capabilties are not as strong as they could be.

Porter Cable is still the standard in routers. This is a quality router. If expandability and compatibility with after market items is desired then this is a great choice.

PS - for about 50$ more you can buy this router in a combo kit with a Plunge base (693LRPK).
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Luke T. Evans on August 1, 2004
Walk through any production cabinetmaking or woodworking shop and you'll probably see 7 out of 10 workers using Porter Cable 690 routers. Most pro woodworkers own several (one guy in my shop owns 23, but he's not normal), and have them equipped with the most commonly used bits and production set-ups. Durable, capable, and simple in concept and design, the 690 is hard to beat.

The new lever release adjustment clamp is nice, but a lot of people prefer the older turn-key type. I've found that the turn-key types tend to strip out over periods of extended use, but it is easier to get finer adjustments with them. If you get the lever type, keep it lubricated and adjusted (not too tight) and you'll find it works just fine.

Lots of people seem to be unhappy with the updated switch placement, and I must say it is a little annoying, but not so much that it outweighs the other qualities of this fine router. The older toggle switch sure was nice, though. It could probably be retrofitted quite easily.

Due to the widespread use of this router, there are many jigs and templates available for it, certainly more than any other router. The Porter Cable plunge base that is available for this router is decent and durable. Like everything else Porter Cable, it is simple and not flashy. That's fine with most pro woodworkers, since most know that function beats style any day. You can save some money by getting this router without the plastic case (the router with case kit is $139 at Home Depot/Lowes, but the router itself is only $112 on Amazon, a smokin' deal). The case isn't very useful anyway, as you have to wrestle to get the router to fit in it, and there's no room for bit/template storage, etc.

What else can I say? If you need either a starter router or need to supplement you existing production capability, pick up a Porter Cable 690 router. Why stop at one? Buy several!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Violette on June 25, 2003
I got frustrated with my Craftsman Professional router when I apparently bought the only model that didn't support their guide bushings. So, I went out and bought this Porter-Cable router so I could use my dovetail jig. Like others, I find this router to be great for doing hand routing, and like other reviewers, I don't like where the switch is located. I'm so afraid that I'm going to do a number on my arm sometime when I'm not careful, because you actually have to lift one hand off the router in order to turn it on and off. That said, it has a very solid feel and I use it for all my hand routing needs (the Craftsman router is now permanently attached to my router table)
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Wells on December 2, 2002
I have the older 1.5hp version of the 690. I haven't used the updated one but the basics are the same. It glides through wood without hesitation regardless of the bit style or depth(within reason of course). It spends 95% of it's time in my router table where it lives quite happily. In this application, I find it to be ideal for my hobby needs. Even the older screw-type motor lock works well.
If you are looking for a first router or one to put under a table, look no further, you've found it. The only thing that is a drag is having to use two wrenches to change bits, but not many routers in this class have a spindle lock. The collet design is outstanding, by the way, so you don't have to worry about bits sticking.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By George - Liverpool, NY on June 9, 2008
Verified Purchase
Being a do-it-yourself homeowner, over the years I've owned many tools. However, until purchasing this Porter Cable 690LR router, I had never owned a router before. I had always wanted one but could never justify making a purchase. Heck, my idea of fine woodworking usually entailed 2x4's, wood screws, and glue. But there came a day recently when I decided to take on the project of making cabinets for my kitchen. For this project a router was an absolutely essential piece of equipment for making dovetail and dato joints in hardwood and hardwood plywood. It was also necessary for decorative finishing like chamfering and rounding edges, etc.

After doing some research, (after all I knew nothing about routers), I decided to take a chance on this Porter Cable product. From the reviews, it seemed like a solid product, so why not? After receiving it from Amazon, I was very impressed with the quality of the tool. It was very simple and well made. It came with both a 1/4" and a 1/2" bit collar to hold either 1/4" or 1/2" shaft size bits. It also came with two stamped steel wrenches used to tighten the nut on the collar to the nut located on the bottom of the motor part of the assembly. When tightened, these two nuts securely hold the bit in the router. It has a fixed aluminum base which has two handles, a built-in clamping mechanism, and a plastic screw-on bottom plate that allows the base to smoothly glide over wood. It also has a top assembly which includes the motor, on/off switch, and on the bottom the part that the base slides and rotates over. If you don't know about routers like I didn't, fixed base routers cut at fixed depth as opposed to plunge routers which can plunge into the work for applications like making letters in wood signs, etc.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0xa4b6b7f8)