PORTER-CABLE don’t make the cheapest tools you can find but the quality is first-class and this 690LR fixed base router is no exception.
This router is exceedingly user-friendly so, even if you’re just starting out on your woodworking journey, you’ll be able to get going more or less straight out the box.
The 11-amp motor develops 1 ¾ peak horsepower and delivers enough power to work with even harder woods.
The single speed nature of the PORTER-CABLE has its advantages and drawbacks. The high velocity of 27,500RPM is perfect for most applications but you won’t be able to make those valuable adjustments when you feel the need to dial things back. The silver lining of the single speed is a guaranteed consistency of cut that’s often hard to find with variable speed alternatives.
You’ll work in comfort while assured of precise cutting thanks to the non-slip handles. There are plunge and D-handle bases available at extra cost if you want to widen your scope of work. This is something not usually available with fixed base routers.
Depth adjustment is straightforward and you can hone things to a tolerance of 1/128 inch which ensures micro-fine tweaks you can carry out without needing a PhD.
User-friendliness extends across the board with the PORTER-CABLE which is one of its principal selling points. There’s nothing worse than a potentially great router marred by fiddly controls or complicated procedures. This router is ideal whatever your level of expertise.
There are a few snags with this router that repay mentioning but are certainly not catastrophic…
For changing the bits, you will need to press 2 wrenches into commission. These come included so at least you won’t need to go out and buy them separately.
Although you’ll get a hard case chucked in, it’s got room for precious little bar the router. There’s also no on-board storage so you might want a little box to keep your accessories and necessities in to avoid misplacing them.
PORTER-CABLE offer up a 3-year limited warranty and a year of free servicing. As if this wasn’t enough, you’ll even enjoy a 90-day grace period when you can get a full refund if the router doesn’t live up to your expectations. This all combines to remove most reasons not to buy this delightful piece of kit so what are you waiting for?