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Old 01-05-2008, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default Let's talk about routers (woodworking)...

My Christmas present to me is going to be a router. Should be one of the last "big tools" to get me through my currently-foreseen round of projects. I'll be using it mostly for putting edges on bookcases, stuff like that. Things like cleaning up the edges when I lay down some laminate. Putting in some dados on the interior of the bookshelves.

What do you think of this?



http://www.amazon.com/Porter-Cable-6...9555574&sr=1-1

$100, with shipping.

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Very seldom can you improve on "perfection" but when you look at the changes on the legendary 690 router you will agree that is exactly what Porter-Cable has done. Since quality couldn't be improved, we attacked horsepower by increasing it to 1-3/4 and incorporated a new one-handed lever-release height adjustment. No more fumbling with the T-bolt, now just adjust your height "snap" it and rout. This new mechanism is extremely beneficial in router table applications where space is limited. To top it off we have added a dust proof switch and larger, more ergonomic handles for better control. Of course, you will find the same stand-by features that made the 690 famous; Precision machined aluminum motor housing and base, 1/64-inch micrometer depth-of-cut adjustment, 100-percent sealed ball bearing construction and 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch auto-release collets to ensure bit changes are as smooth as the router itself. Combine that with the Porter-Cable 1 year parts and labor warranty and you have a complete package that will be around for a very long time.

FEATURES
  • 11 Amps, AC only, 27,500 RPM, 1/4" & 1/2" collets
  • Auto-release collet system ends "frozen" bits
  • Precision machined aluminum motor housing & base
  • Accurate micrometer depth-of-cut adjustment to 1/128"
  • 100% sealed ball bearings
  • Dust-sealed switch
  • Lever release height adjustment
  • Under table stop prevents motor from inadvertently rotating out of base
  • Standard Equipment: Router motor #6902, base #1001, 1/4" collet #42999, 1/2" collet #42950, collet wrenches #42596, and operating manual
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Power: 120 VAC, 25-60 HZ
  • Shipping Weight: 9 1/2 Lbs.
  • Peak HP: 1 3/4
  • Motor Amps: 11
  • Motor Diameter: 3 1/2"
  • Speed RPM: 27,000 RPM
  • Collets: Standard: 1/4" & 1/2" Available: 3/8"
  • Height: 8"
  • Base: Round
  • Net Weight: 8 Lbs
WARRANTY
1 year parts and labor warranty.

Product Description
Sealed 100% ball bearing construction. Precision machined aluminum motor housing and base. Micrometer depth-of-cut adjustment. Lever release height adjustment. Dust proof switch. Auto release collet system ends "frozen bits". STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Router motor, base, 1/4" collet, 1/2" collet, collet wrenches and operating manual. SPECIFICATIONS: 10 amp motor, 1-3/4 peak HP, AC only.

Now, I've debated between a fixed-base and a plunge router, but can't foresee too many circumstances when I would really NEED a plunge router. Should I be going in that route anyway, though?

Thoughts? Comments?


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Old 01-05-2008, 06:00 PM   #2
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I like Porter Cable, and that model looks like a good all-around one. I think you'll be fine with the fixed base. The plunge models can get a little bulky.


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Its a good little router for edging & the like. I don't have that particular version, mines a little older, but then what the heck, I've got 5 others to chose from.

Porter Cable makes very good routers, I wouldn't be afraid to pull the trigger. Any bigger & it's too bulky, any smaller & it limits what 'cha can do with it.
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I have the same router and love it! Over the holidays I built a 6' X 3' X 1' bookcase for the bottom of my basement stairs. It took me a total of 8 hours of working time to buils. rock solid and only cost me about $60 in materials!

Make sure that you get the plunge attachment.
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Seem like a good price to you? I don't believe the "original" price of $300, but even the cheap Ryobis were pretty close to a hunnert bucks at The Depot.
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Pretty much what Yuri said. Porter Cable is a good solid brand, one of the best IMHO.

Spend the extra few bucks for good router bits. You'll usually be working on a finished surface. The last thing you want to do is damage your work.

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I have a table router that works great...
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I find that my cheap little router table is a great addition. It's not much money which is good because I don't use it that often, but if you're mass producing mouldings or the like it's invaluable.

As far as Porter Cable, I don't think you can go wrong there. My last Craftsman self destructed with very little use. I hate Craftsman power tools.
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Looks like a good one--and I don't think you'll need a plunge router unless you are a hard core woodworker.

All I have is a trim router and it does everything I need it to do.

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First project will be a pair of bookcases that I've got designed to look like they'll be built-ins, but that can come along with me to the next house. Then, I've got to build shelving in virtually every closet in the house. Gotta maximize every nook and crany I can; for a small house, it's not put together all that efficienctly.


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