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PORTER-CABLE 698 Bench Top Router Table

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  • Large 19-3/4-inch 16-3/4-inch machined aluminum top with cast-in lip to support table extensions
  • 3/4-inch Miter Gauge Slot
  • Multiple starting pin locations
  • Quick-adjust split-fence design with independently adjustable halves; Large 3-5/8-inch table hole size allows use of 3-1/2-inch diameter router bits
  • Comes with table and miter gauge
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PORTER-CABLE 698 Bench Top Router Table + PORTER-CABLE 690LR 11-Amp Fixed-Base Router + MLCS 8377 15-Piece Router Bit Set with Carbide-Tipped 1/2-Inch Shanks
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Technical Details
Part Number 698
Item Weight37 pounds
Product Dimensions20 x 30.5 x 10 inches
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Item model number698
Item Package Quantity1
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ASINB000022425
Best Sellers Rank #67,822 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight37 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableNovember 8, 1999
  
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Made of lightweight machined aluminum for durability and mobility, the 698 Bench Top Router Table from Porter-Cable is a versatile, portable, and adjustable table that's ideal for home improvement enthusiasts and woodworking novices. It easily attaches to a work table for added stability, and is also a snap to move from site to site. A pre-drilled 3-5/8-inch table hole for mounting and adjusting your router base accommodates 3-1/2-inch router bits, while the generous height of the legs allows enough room for the majority of routers. A split fence features two sections that you can position to work either front-to-back or laterally. Additionally, there are two starter pin positions, two inserts in a larger and smaller size, and 3/4-inch miter gauge slot.

From the Manufacturer

The Porter-Cable 698 router table is ideal for small shops, remodeling sites, and woodworking for under-table routing, light shaping, milling and jointing applications. The 19-3/4 inch by 16-3/4 inch aluminum top is milled with a 3/4-inch miter gauge slot and multiple starting pin locations. The quick-adjust split-fence design enables accurate edge-jointing. The 3-5/8 inch table hole allows bits as large as a 3-1/2-inch panel bit to be used on the table. The dust collection hood accepts a 2-1/2 inch hose while the 12-7/8 inch leg height enables use of most 1-1/2 to 3-1/4 horsepower routers on the market. 1 year limited warranty.

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Customer Reviews

The table is so rough from the milling process that it will mar your wood.
"wahamilton"
The fence is clumsy and hard to adjust, the miter gauge slot has substantial slop in it, and ridges in the table are rough and sometimes mark work.
Timothy S. Rumbinas
Too much wasted time is spent both aligning the fences to the table and to each other.
Andy W.

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164 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Andy W. on February 28, 2001
Thought I was getting a deal when I purchased the 1-1/2 hp P-C plunge router set with table. You get what you pay for. No problem with router but the table is VERY sub-standard. The fence adjustment is LOUSY. One wing nut holds each sliding fence and is almost impossible to get it square to the working surface due to the slop in the design. Too much wasted time is spent both aligning the fences to the table and to each other. The lightweight construction (cheap) allows the table to move around quite a bit when running material thru...be sure to clamp/bolt it down before use. The miter slot is rough and the slide is sticky. The only minor positive is the dust chute works adequately when connected to the shop vac.
In hindsight, I should have bought the router alone and looked elsewhere for a quality built piece of equipment. Now I'm forced to use it until I can build one that is suitable.
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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Timothy S. Rumbinas on January 21, 2001
I am usually a big fan of Porter-Cable products, but this one is a dud. The fence is clumsy and hard to adjust, the miter gauge slot has substantial slop in it, and ridges in the table are rough and sometimes mark work. I bought it as part of a 3 piece kit - the "Ultimate Router Workshop." The cost was less than as a stand alone piece, so I'll probably keep it. If I had purchased it as a stand-alone item, it would be returnsville! If you're serious about owning the PC 1 1/2 hp routers with both bases, purchase them separately and pony up the extra cash for a more refined table. You'll thank yourself later.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Chris Midgley on October 6, 2000
This unit is made of light weight materials with inexpensive mechanicals that make it difficult to setup. The fence is hard to use, as it uses a simple L-bracket from the fence to the table with a twist-screw to tighten down - often changing the position as the screw is tightened. Forget using it without seriously clamping the unit down to some solid surface, as there isn't enough mass to hold it in place. This said, once set up, the unit works fine and is very portable.
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A. Doyle on October 18, 2005
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This router table -- at just over $100 on Amazon -- is an excellent deal for what it is. It is not meant to be an industrial-strength, micrometer-precise piece of equipment; rather, it is for the home workshop and it provides reliable, quality results. All Porter-Cable Routers fit without drilling or adjustments, and my table was assembled and in use in less than 30 minutes.

To address some of the criticism from other reviewers, I can report:

1) The fence adjustment works very well if you line up the infeed and outfeed fences with a straightedge or piece of stock according to the instructions, based on the type of cut you are making. It is a manual process but it's quick and the result and reliability are excellent.

2) The squareness of the fence to the table normally is critical only when running a piece of stock through the table "on edge" -- not flat. My fence is very close to square (<1 degree off), and if I really need the precision, I can compensate by adjusting the fence or temporarily applying a new fence surface, followed by doing some test cuts (which I do anyway). 95% of the time I run work through "flat," so this is not an issue.

3) Yes, the instruction manual directs the user to firmly secure the router table assembly to a workbench or other surface because if you don't, the whole table may move dangerously from vibration or when feeding work into it. This is not a valid complaint because the instruction manual addresses it, and all router tables and stationary power tools should be firmly secured to the surface/stand/base on which they rest.

4) The insert rings should not be able to vibrate out if the fences and guard assembly are correctly positioned.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Fence is hard to adjust, the safety cover is clumsy, the insert ring is not flush with the table.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Wells on December 2, 2002
As a hobby woodcrafter, I find this table quite adequate for my needs. I've seen the high priced/high quality tables and I'm clear this is not in that league, but for what it is designed for, it does very well.
I only have a couple of complaints, but most of them have been worked out so that they aren't an issue.
1st, the table casting was rough, so I filed the burrs smooth.
2nd, the table top doesn't appear to be totally rectangular, though the infeed and outfeed sides are parallel and that's all I care about.
3rd, you only get two insert rings. It would be nice to have at least three.
4th, the insert rings don't sit flush to the table, they are a tad short. This only causes a problem with very short work pieces and larger bits.
That's about it for complaints. At first I thought the dual fences were a bit fiddly, but I got used to it quickly and can set it up fairly fast.
I haven't had a problem getting the fences to lock square to the table. I find using a large rafter triangle really helps speed this process up.
I really like the switch located on the outside of the leg as well, that's way nicer than having to reach under every time!
My miter gauge and slot seem to work just fine and are square to the fences.
Overall a great little hobby table, but probably not to useful for any real production work.
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