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PORTER-CABLE 690LRVS 11 Amp 1-3/4-Horsepower Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router


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  • 11 Amp motor producing 1-3/4 peak hp 25-60 HZ
  • Soft-starting motor with variable-speed from 10,000-27,500 rpm
  • Cam lock lever enables simple coarse height adjustments and motor release (fixed base)
  • Micrometer depth adjustor accurate to 1/128-inch
  • Dust-sealed switch and sealed ball bearing construction enhance tool durability; Precision machined aluminum motor housing and base
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 690LRVS
Item Weight10 pounds
Product Dimensions10 x 9.3 x 7.4 inches
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Item model number690LRVS
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Item Package Quantity1
Special Featuresfixed-base
Warranty Description1 Year Limited
  
Additional Information
ASINB00006411B
Best Sellers Rank #203,383 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight10 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableMarch 26, 2002
  
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Product Description

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Utilizing a hefty 1-3/4 HP motor, the Porter-Cable 690LRVS 11 Amp fixed base router offers a powerful variable speed motor plus a lever release clamp and a dust proof switch. Built on the classic Porter-Cable design, the 690LRVS is a mainstay of remodeling, woodworking, cabinet making, trim, deck building and home improvement job sites.

Porter-Cable 690LRVS
Routing power for remodeling, woodworking, cabinet making, trim, deck building and home improvement job sites (view larger).
At a Glance
690LRVS 11 Amp, 1-3/4-Horsepower Variable Speed Router At a Glance:
  • 1-3/4 horsepower variable speed motor generates 10,000-27,500 RPM

  • Micrometer depth adjustor accurate to 1/128-inch

  • Cam lock lever enables simple coarse height adjustments

  • Includes standard base with overmolded grips

  • Three-year limited warranty; one-year free service
At a Glance

Power and Performance

A more powerful version of Porter-Cable's classic 690 router, the 1-3/4 horsepower, 11 amp 690LRVS delivers a variable speed from 10,000-27,500 RPM for use in hard and soft woods, plastics, PVC trim and MDF. The cam lock lever enables coarse height adjustments and motor release for basic edge-forming while the micro depth adjustor is accurate to 1/128 inch. It accepts collets for 1/4 and 1/2 inch shank bits. An auto-release collet system minimizes frozen bits.

Additionally, the 690LRVS offers a drop-kick feature that prevents the motor from dropping out when the unit is placed under a table. You can release the motor by pushing up, turning the motor housing and removing it from the table.

Comfort and Convenience

To ensure years of top-notch performance, the 690LRVS is equipped with a dust-sealed switch and sealed ball bearings to keep dust out, and both motor housing and base are crafted from precision machined aluminum. Its overmolded grips provide greater comfort in extended use. The router is compatible with Porter-Cable's interchangeable router base system, including plunge base, D-handle base, and router table (all sold separately).

Warranty

This Porter-Cable tool is backed by three-year limited warranty covering any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship (from the date of purchase). It's also covered by Porter-Cable's one-year free service contract, where Porter-Cable will maintain the tool and replace worn parts caused by normal use--for free.

What's in the Box

Porter-Cable 690LRVS variable speed router motor; fixed base; 14/- and 1/2-inch collets; collet wrench; operating instructions


From the Manufacturer

Built on the classic Porter-Cable design, the 690LRVS 1-3/4 horsepower fixed base router is a mainstay of remodeling, woodworking, cabinet making, trim, deck building and home improvement jobsites. Simple to use, rugged, and accurate the 11 amp soft-starting motor delivers a variable speed from 10,000-27,500 RPM for use in hard and soft woods, plastics, PVC trim and MDF. The cam lock lever enables coarse height adjustments and motor release for basic edge-forming while the micro depth adjustor is accurate to 1/128 inch. It accepts collets for 1/4 and 1/2 inch shank bits. An auto-release collet system minimizes frozen bits. When used upside down in a router table, its integrated stop prevents motor from rotating out of the base. Ninety-day money back guarantee, 3 year limited warranty, 1 year free service contract.

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The variable speed it real nice.
Billy W. Sills
Easy change of bits and adjustment of height.
snooks
There's gotta be a better way to do this!
Peter Hughes

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Smith on May 13, 2003
I received this Porter Cable router from Amazon in hopes that it would fit in my JDS Multirouter. It won't, because of the lever's requirement to pop out to approximately 1-1/2" from the body when released.
BUT...
No big deal... I just switched bases with my old PC router, and I'm up and running. So, in case you're wondering if this motor fits the old bases, it does.
After that, I tried the new router, and here are my observations... First, some people complain about the switch being changed from a toggle to a rocker, but I don't mind that. Neither is particularly easy to switch on and off, but between the two, the rocker (shielded by rubber) is probably less likely to accidentally turn on if accidentally bumped by something (e.g., a cord).
The soft start is not the same soft start that the big PCs have. Those machines have a VERY soft start. This router's soft start is a fast one... In fact, if I hadn't known it was a soft start and hadn't A-B'd it with my other 690, I would never have noticed it being a soft start.
The main thing this router brings to the table is the variable speed coupled with the 1-3/4HP motor. The two together enable the use of big bits (which need to turn slower but also need more power). My big 1-3/4" cove bit (yeah... it's really that big) works a lot better at the slower speed afforded by this router. My old 690 always burned the wood a little with that bit... not this router, though.
The locking lever is nice... No more breaking your thumb on that tiny bolt mechanism on the 690.
Other than those differences, this router has one other important feature -- it still adheres to many of the industry standards set by the 690. The base plates, etc.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2004
I recently purchased the Porter Cable 690LRVS router to replace a store brand model I have used for several years and it has all the features I desire in a router. Most all the work I do with a router is with the router mounted to a small router table and I found the 690LRVS especially good for this use. The 1001-T2 base is an excellent design and makes bit height adjusts easy and precise. The lever lock feature and the pin guides in the base allow easy and precise adjustments with simply a quick release of the lever lock and a twist of the motor to raise or lower the bit height. (The motor diameter is just right to grasp and turn with one hand.) Even mounted upside down under the table, the bit height remains where set without having to support the motor with the hand to keep it from dropping down before re-engaging the lock, as I had to do with my old router. Even so, the router motor is easy to remove from the base if need be to use the motor in another base for off table work or for bit replacement. Athough the 690LRVS does not have a shaft lock feature, I have no problem replacing bits using the two wrenches while the motor is under my table. The opening in the base is just big enough.
I like the sealed rocker ON/OFF switch, rather than a toggle switch. And, the variable speed feature is great to be able to adjust the speed for different wood hardnesses and bit sizes. (My old router accepted only 1/4 bits, so its great having the 1/2 bit capability with the 690LRVS.)
Only adjustment I had to make for the 690LRVS was that I had to modify my router table mounting hole pattern to mount the 1001-T2 base to my store brand router table. The 1001-T2 base has a 4 inch center to center spacing for the mounting screws, whereas my router table had a 4 1/2 inch spacing.
Great router. Definitely 5 stars!!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert Strasser on February 20, 2005
I dedided to buy the PC 690LRVS instead of the Makita RF1101 because I could not center the base of the current Makita RF1101 that I own. The Makita may be a little quieter, but I use ear protection anyway. I also wanted soft start, so I didn't buy the less expensive Porter Cable router. One reviewer said the soft start was not very good on this router, compared to the larger models. He may have a bad router. My 690LRVS has the softest start of any router that I own (I own 5 routers).
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By L. Harris on August 31, 2007
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I just got one of these, and it's my first PC router. When I saw how you adjust the depth of cut I thought, "You've got to be kidding." In all the pictures it looks like you turn an adjustment ring to adjust the height of the motor in the base, but that ring doesn't actually adjust anything. All adjustment is accomplished by rotating the motor in the base. The motor has four small round pins that ride in two spiral grooves in the base, so turning the motor adjusts the height. The ring just has marks denoting the height adjustment corresponding to the amount of rotation of the motor, and the ring turns so you can zero it on a mark on the motor. Here are the problems I find with this approach:

- The switch and cord change location based on the depth of the cut. Maybe I'm just weird, but I like having the switch on a power tool located in the same place every time I use it.

- The weight of the motor is enough to cause it to rotate down in the base when the locking clamp is off. This is partly because, IMO, the pitch of the groove is too steep.

- When I turn the motor in the base it makes kind of a grinding sound because the grooves in the base aren't machined very smoothly. Definitely not impressed.

- There is no "fine" adjustment mechanism. All adjustment is done by turning the motor. Another consequence of the steep pitch in the adjustment groove is that fine adjustments are tricky. Rotating the motor 180° lowers it 1". That's 2.8° for 1/64". 2.8° isn't much, and in a router I think of 1/64th of an inch as a course adjustment. When the locking clamp is off, the motor is fairly loose in the base, so this thing really doesn't give me a feeling of tight control over the height setting.
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