I used my Dad's old Craftsman router for a lot of years, until the bearings piled up. About 15 years ago, I picked up a PC 690 kit with both bases. It was selected because I was told it was a decent enough router at a reasonable price.
In the last few years, I've picked up several more "high end" routers including the big Milwaukee for my router table, 2 x Hitachi M12V, the big bosch (not sure why I got it, other than online people bragging about how good it is), and a couple of trim routers. Needless to say, I'm over equipped on the router front.
... so I view the old PC690 as a garage sale item, suitable to abuse, disposable.
... and what abuse it has taken. A couple of weeks ago, I used it to plow a flat bottomed dado in drywall so I could bury a low voltage alarm wire in a wall. The drywall dust was pouring out of that thing, as I slid it across the wall. That can't be good for the bearings.
Anyway, this past weekend I used it to cut some oak pieces from a template and found myself marveling on how great it still works after all these years of use and abuse, and how well made it is. My plunge base was never any good but the fixed base and the motor have the comfort of an old friend.
No soft start. No curvy plastic moldings. No variable speed. It's just a crude aluminum body with a steel toggle switch that will jerk your wrists when you snap it on but it is totally reliable, cuts accurately, and has a nice feel to it when it's cutting. It will leave your ears ringing if you run it long without protection, though. lol!
I feel we're losing a good brand, with the downward spiral of Porter Cable.