|Item Weight||9.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10 x 10 x 8 inches|
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|Item model number||690LR|
|Color||Black & Silver|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||3 Year Limited|
|National Stock Number||5130-01-396-6651|
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PORTER-CABLE 690LR 11-Amp Fixed-Base Router
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- 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
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1-3/4-horsepower router makes precision cuts in a wide variety of woods. View larger.
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.
Aluminum motor housing and base
for stability during operation.
Auto-release collet system
for easy bit removal.
Top Customer Reviews
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).
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 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!
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent. If you can only afford one router, this is one of the best for the money.Published 7 days ago by Roger Hirlinger
It must have received damage in transit. I haven't used it that often. About the four use, plastic fell out from inside. I assume it's insulator material.Published 12 days ago by Don
The second Porter-Cable 690 I own.I have had the first one at least 20 years (not hard use) really like this item. My first one stopped running at full power. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Don Wallen
It's a PC 690 router. If you ended up here, you already know why and how. Just wait for a sale. But if you can get the variable speed model, get that one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by God
this router only lasted a couple of months then it burned up while routing last night. I only use it periodically on a residential basis. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Powerful, Smooth. I have 4 routers...this is the favorite!! Great value, great price. Good shipping. Faster than expected.Published 1 month ago by Richard E. Shrader
been using this model for 20 years works and lasts well! I have bought 3 over the years and work them in a cabinet shop and they get a lot of use!Good routerPublished 2 months ago by Herman harrison