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PORTER-CABLE 691 11 Amp 1-3/4-Horsepower D-Handle Router with 1/4-Inch and 1/2-Inch Collets

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  • 11 Amp, 27,500 rpm motor producing 1-3/4 Peak hp
  • Gripvac handle allows for both single hand gripping and enhanced router control when used in conjunction with standard knob
  • D-handle incorporates trigger switch with -inch lock-on-inch feature
  • Precision machined aluminum motor housing and base
  • D-handle incorporates trigger switch with -inchlock-on-inch feature
  • Micrometer depth adjustor accurate to 1/128-inch; Dust-sealed switch and sealed ball bearing construction enhance tool durability
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Dimensions 12 inches x 12.75 inches x 8.75 inches 8 inches x 10 inches x 10 inches 9.5 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches 11.5 inches x 12.13 inches x 7.38 inches
Item Package Weight 12.15 pounds 9.79 pounds 10.2 pounds 12.7 pounds
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Stanley Black & Decker is a world-leading provider of tools and storage, commercial electronic security and engineered fastening systems, with unique growth platforms and a track record of sustained profitable growth.

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Porter-Cable’s D-Handle, fixed base 691 1-1/2 HP, 27,500 RPM router is ideal for woodworking, remodeling, trim and home improvement projects. Its D-Handle delivers a low center of gravity and a trigger lock-on feature for increased tool control in hard and soft woods and engineered material like melamine and PVC trim. Macro-adjust the tool with the cam-lock lever for simple edge-forming. Use the micro depth adjustments for bit depth changes accurate to 1/128 of an inch. It accepts collets for 1/4 and 1/2 inch shank bits and features an auto-release collet system minimizing frozen bits. Ninety-day money back guarantee, 3 year limited warranty, 1 year free service contract.

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Part Number 691
Item Weight 9.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 12.8 x 8.8 x 12 inches
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Item model number 691
Color Silver
Power Source corded-electric
Voltage 120 volts
Horsepower 1.5 HP
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B0000222VJ
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4.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #76,498 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#31 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tool Parts & Accessories > Router Parts & Accessories > Collets
#66 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Routers
#4,897 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 12.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, 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.
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Date First Available November 8, 1999

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By A Customer on March 18, 2000
I found this tool to be up to the usual Porter Cable high standard. It was well finished, and ready to go out of the box. I especially liked the D-handle with trigger motor control which allowed for instant on/off control of the tool. Bits are securely held in the collet, and come out freely when the collet is loosened. There is plenty of power for a hand held router, and the torque is applied smoothely so the tool does not jerk in one's hand. The only reason I did not give this tool the highest rating is because of the "knuckle buster" type of wrench system used to loosen and tighten the collet, but this is typical of all Porter cable routers.
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By jeff on November 1, 2000
This router is great for a first or only router because of its versatility. You can buy a plunge base if you need it, but i dont really care for it too much but it is cheaper than a new diecent router.The dhandle is a great feature it gives you alot more contol than just the two knobs found on most routers.1 1/2 hp is pleanty of power for most applications.The collet i dont mind but use real wrenches,the ones in the kit are cheap and tend to cut your fingers especially if the bit is in there really tight.The 690 series is the most popular router, many other accesories are avalible, which make it even more versitle.If this is your 1st router of your 50th, you have to have one.
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By A Customer on September 26, 2000
This is a wonderful router. We have made blind, taporing, dovetail socket routs, and parts to match. With this router we wiz right through the ladder rails and rungs with no complaints from this router. I just wish that the bits would keep up with the router. The "D" handle is just the perfect size, and the locking trigger is perfect for all of the routing that we do. The only complaint that i would have with this, and this is with every router I have ever come to research, and use, is that you can not hook up a vacume source anywhere on the router. Luckily i work in a wood shop with my father, and he is definatly from the "old school" and we designed a great design for that. Thanks Porter Cable, Daniel Kroeker Juniata, Nebraska GO HUSKERS!!
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I've owned this router for more than 10 years. It is dead reliable. I prefer the D-handle version as it affords better control. The 690 line is still THE standard reference for routers, though the design is aging. I would expect that anyone buying this router would be quite happy with it, but as more and more routers come available with variable speed, soft-start, better adjustment mechanisms, shaft locks, etc., the decision is harder than it used to be. 10 years ago I would have given this router 5 stars. The quality hasn't changed, but the market has. If a basic router fits your usage, however, you've found the right one - and without maintenance worry on features you don't need.

4 stars for showing its age.
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I have had the 690 Porter Cable router for years and finally committed that one to a table. This is the same motor (without the speed control) but with the "D" handle. Loads of power, really convienent to use. I find that I don't use the speed control all that much. Woodcraft offered the Porter Cable 892 kit as a replacement for this one. The guy said that Porter Cable quit making these. But this one is half the price and actually meant to be used one handed. A fine tool. BTW they still make it.
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I bought my D handle about 25 years ago and use it all the time; it still runs as good as new. The trigger is perfect because once you click it, no effort is needed to hold it down. I also like the two nut method of changing the bit; the reason is this type gives a better view of the work.
I have used most brands and for some reason I always use this one. The Bosch plunge was good but didn't last very long. My experience with Bosch tools has been that they don't last too long. The PC belt sander and half sheet sander are older than the router and they work perfect.
I am a builder and carpenter with 43 years of experience. I am 70 and work every day.
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Great router, If you are into woodworking buy Porter Cable. I have two others one with a plunge router and the big 3 1/2 hp mounted to my router table. My plunge router has the same motor head as this one and I have had it for 21 years. I use it heavily building cabinets. Have replaced the brushes only once. 21 years old and still runs like new. Great piece of equipment.
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I've had mine for over three years now and haven't had a problem yet. As far as torque is concerned it's not Porter Cable's top of the line but it is in the way of the base design. The D-handle with power trigger is the way to go for maximum router control. I noticed that another customer accused this router of being a "knuckle buster." This is only true if you change bits incorrectly. If you position the wrenches close enough together you can squeeze them toward each other with one hand for the initial loosening.
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