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Hello. New member here. I seem to have lost my best router friend (Pat Warner) and I need some up-to-date advice about a new fixed-base router. I need to get a new router-table router with the best height-control adjustments (meaning: most stable, accurate and easy to set). I use an embarrassingly old and beat up bunch of routers and it's time to graduate.

Also I've read about PC 690s being both good (the 'old' ones) and not-so-good (the 'newer' ones). But how do you tell the difference? Serial number? Body design?

Thanks for any help, Craig Umanoff
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Hey, Craig, welcome!
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welcome Craig..
new old stock is about unheard of.. been too many years..
Bosch 1617 for the table...

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The bosch 1617 you can take the fixed base and remove the phenolic base and mount it under your table plate. You might have to drill a hole in the plate to access the end of the height adjustment shaft to raise and lower it from the table top.
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The Triton 3 1/4 hp router is a plunge model but if you remove the spring (per their instructions), you can mount it under a table. The height adjustment can be made through the table with the supplied crank handle. Plenty of power to handle anything you can throw at it.

I have one in a table and a Bosch 1617 on the other end!

Note that I used the Kreg insert plates. They are predrilled so the crank handle and the Bosch hex key can fit through to make height adjustments.
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Thanks, Stick 486, but I meant that if I were looking for an older 'good' PC where is the cut-off from the poorer quality ones and how can you tell 'em apart by looking at them?

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Craig; the point they're making is 'why would you?!'

-Parts will be almost non-existant
-new technology is far superior...soft start, electronic speed controllers, through-the-base ht. adj. just to name three off the top
-service from a lot of these older companies is hit or miss as they've been bought and sold so many times (the companies, not the tools).
-Craftsman is a good example; here in Canada Sears is closing their doors.
Do yourself a huge favor and buy a state of the art machine from a reputable manufacturer who will give you great Customer Service (my vote goes to Bosch).
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Thanks, Stick 486, but I meant that if I were looking for an older 'good' PC where is the cut-off from the poorer quality ones and how can you tell 'em apart by looking at them?
Got it... good luck w/ that..
What DaninVan said...
have no fears/worries...
go w/ the Bosch...
CPO Bosch is a good place to start...

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Here is a link to CPO which is a great company to deal with. I and others have bought from them and they stand 100% behind their products.


https://www.cpooutlets.com/routers-a...efault,sc.html
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@cptvideo - Craig - I have a PC690 and a Bosch 1617 (both routers are kits, meaning they both have fixed and plunge bases). Quite frankly, the two don't compare. The Bosch is soft start - the router won't jerk out of your hands when you fire it up - the Bosch has speed control; the 690 (an older model) doesn't have those. The Bosch sits in a table in a Kreg insert plate. I had to drill my own holes, so drilled a hole for the above-table adjustment as well.

Go with the Bosch, you won't be disappointed.
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