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Porter-Cable 690LRVS 1-3/4 HP Variable Speed Router

"We have chosen the Porter-Cable 690LRVS 1-3/4 HP Variable Speed Router as our top router for it's usability, comfort, options, quality, and price to performance ratio."

Variable Speed Router Tool Pick Review

Porter-Cable 690LRVS 1-3/4 HP Variable Speed Router

HIW Rating: our rating 10

It's difficult to find anything wrong with this router - it has everything you could want in a versatile router.  We started using the Porter Cable 690's in the 1980's and have never needed anything more!   The only thing we wish it did include is a shaft lock collar although it's more of a wish-list feature.  We do like the changes from a toggle switch to a rocker style and also the lever lock system instead of the thumbscrew when adjusting the depth. 

You get both 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch collets to handle even the largest of bits designed for 1/2-inch collets.  The Porter Cable collet system is self releasing which means you don't have to worry about trying to release stuck bits.  Believe me, this thing has the power and speed control to handle any job you can throw at it.  Say goodbye to the chatter or burning that other routers in this class exhibit.  With all the power this router has to offer you would expect it to jump out of your hands on start-up.  Porter Cable has taken care of this with their soft-start technology.  This is truly a router that any professional woodworker will enjoy and it's priced low enough for the do-it-yourselfer or occasional woodworker.   If you only have one router this is the only one I would even consider!

 Porter-Cable 690LRVS Features
  • 11 Amps, AC only, 10,000-27,500 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
  Porter-Cable 690LRVS Standard Equipment
  • Router motor
  • Base
  • 1/4" collet
  • 1/2" collet
  • Collet wrenches
  • Operating manual

Porter-Cable 690LRVS Specifications
  • Power: 120 VAC, 25-60 HZ
  • Shipping Weight: 9 1/2 Lbs.
  • Peak HP: 1 3/4
  • Rated Input Current (Amps): 11
  • Motor Diameter: 3 1/2"
  • No-Load Speed (RPM): 10,000-27,500 RPM
  • Collets: Standard: 1/4" & 1/2"
  • Available: 3/8"
  • Base: Round

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