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I am getting ready to buy a 690 series router. What does the "LR" stand for? I am trying to break the code when it comes to the PC 690 series routers. Is there a link by chance that you can direct me to? Thanks.

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LR stand for lever release, referring to the type of adjustment on the 690. I own two of them, they are a nice router for the money and easy to find attachment for.
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Bob, a couple of things to consider before you make your purchase. Momentum has carried the PC 690 series routers for a long time. This lever release feature has been on the Bosch 1617's for over 20 years now. The 690 series is rated at 1-1/2 hp; the 1617EVS is rated at 2-1/4 hp. The 1617EVS is quieter, has less run out and usually costs less. On the 1617EVS you can change guide bushings without altering your height adjustment. And the biggest deal breaker for me was the fact that there are no dust collection adapters for the 690 series. Food for thought.
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LR stand for lever release, referring to the type of adjustment on the 690. I own two of them, they are a nice router for the money and easy to find attachment for.
I'm glad you knew this as I thought it meant it was for lefties or righties
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Good info Mike. Thanks. As I already have another PC 690, this would allow be to swap motors and share bases as necessary. I have my other 690 in a router table that I have been work on. That one does not have the lever release so the PC 690 LR is sounding even better from my standpoint. If I did not already have the PC 690, the Bosch 1617 EVS would certainly be worth considering. Thanks for the expert information!

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I'm glad you knew this as I thought it meant it was for lefties or righties
Me too, Rick.
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Not to disparage the Bosch, which many of you are head over heels in love with, but there IS a dust base available for the PC690. Not sure they are still made but they show up on e-Bay and Craig's list. PC39690. I have one and it works.
Thanks for the "LR" info, I have several PC690's and they all have different mysterious letters after the "690"
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I have a 690 LR and has been great for the 12 years Ive owned it. Cant go wrong with one.
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I have a 690 LR and has been great for the 12 years Ive owned it. Cant go wrong with one.
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now a days you can....
I cant really say anything about the current ones since mine is from 03'. I use a 3hp porter cable motor with INCRA Mast-R-Lift-II Router Lift now. i just use the 690 on my perfect circle jig only.
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