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I am fairly new to routing and have been using an old Craftsman router so far. The Craftsman has been giving some issues due to its wear and age so I am in the market for a new router. The main purpose I will be using it for is planing lumber with my sled. I have been interested mainly in the Porter Cable 690 and 892. A few have directed me toward the Magnate Surface cleaning bits for this job but they come in a few different sizes.

As of right now I am mainly working with oak stock around 4" wide. Can anyone give advice on which router of the 2 and which bit and size would be best for this job?

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More power is better. If you plan on doing a lot of planing you should start thinking about a thickness planer. In the long run it will be cheaper to operate.

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Welcome to the forum, N/A.

If you plan to use the large Magnate 2707, a 3 hp router would be advised.
I use a bowl bit for planing end grain or easily chipped wood like curly maple. Otherwise, a planer is your best bet.

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Thanks for the replies and welcomes! I was actually planing on using the Magnate 2704 1.25 bit and getting the 2.25 Porter Cable 892 unless anyone steered me in a better direction. The Craftsman router was working okay for planing but the depth control was starting to bind up with each use and I was using a 1/2 dovetail bit which I'm sure is not the most efficient.

I definitely plan on getting a planer but I'm wanting to ease my way toward that direction.
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890 is too top heavy for extraordinary long shallow run cutting.
690 would be better. & better yet: A hand plane and then the planer or thickness sander.
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Thanks for the input. At the moment I don't think a hand plane is in the cards. Should the 690 be able to handle the 1.25 surfacing bit? I forgot to mention but the stock I'm dealing with will be no longer than 5' in length. I plan to get more equipment as my work progresses.
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Hi, Ittoler.

Welcomne to the forum. PC690 is my favourite. I use a 0.75 inches bit.

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