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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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Dimensions 8 inches x 10 inches x 10 inches 11.5 inches x 12.13 inches x 7.38 inches 0 inches x 0 inches x 0 inches 9.13 inches x 15.88 inches x 24 inches
Item Package Weight 9.79 pounds 12.7 pounds 11.2 pounds 21.25 pounds
Power Source corded-electric corded-electric corded-electric corded-electric
Special Features fixed-base variable-speed fixed-base plunge
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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. 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 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 the user to move the motor pack between plunge and d-handle bases (each sold separately). 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 inadvertently rotating out of the base, and ergonomic molded grips keep your hands and wrists comfortable, even during extended jobs. Dimensions and Warranty

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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.

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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
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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.


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Part Number 690LR
Item Weight 9.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 10 x 10 x 8 inches
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Item model number 690LR
Size full size
Color Black & Silver
Power Source corded-electric
Voltage 120.00
Item Package Quantity 1
Certification certified frustration-free
Special Features fixed-base
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description 3 Year Limited
National Stock Number 5130-01-396-6651

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ASIN B00005QEVQ
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 298 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,913 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#9 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Routers
#667 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 9.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available January 31, 2002

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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).
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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 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!
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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)
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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.
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