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I've only been a member of Router Forums for a short time but you've convinced me.... I need a table router. Am considering the Porter-Cable 9690LR because Lowes has it on sale locally for $139 and I would like to build my own table to use it on. I currently have an old Craftsman handheld.

Is the 9690 powerful enough and versatile enough for table routing?

The pictures some of you guys posted of your tables are beautiful! I don't expect to build anything as elaborate as some of yours, just functional, I hope.

Thanks for any input you may have.

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I've only been a member of Router Forums for a short time but you've convinced me.... I need a table router. Am considering the Porter-Cable 9690LR because Lowes has it on sale locally for $139 and I would like to build my own table to use it on. I currently have an old Craftsman handheld.

Is the 9690 powerful enough and versatile enough for table routing?

The pictures some of you guys posted of your tables are beautiful! I don't expect to build anything as elaborate as some of yours, just functional, I hope.

Thanks for any input you may have.
Hi Joe

I've no experience of the Porter-Cable 9690LR as we don't see them this side of the pond, but it is only 1.75hp peak, so I would have thought not ideal. You really need about 50% more.
What sort of jobs are you thinking of using it for? If you don't intend using the big panel cutters it might not matter so much and, indeed, if you wanted to do occasional panel cutting, you could use the vertical bits, which don't need as much power, although you'd need to build a high fence.

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I have that very same router in my table and have not had a bit of problems its not a everyday tool like my table saw but works just great when needed the 690 series was made for table use and hand use .

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I have the 690VS kit, Fixed and plunge base. It's a very nice router, (never had it in the fixed base) however, I think if you buy it for RT use you'll soon discover that it isn't powerful enough for many of the projects you'll test it with. I firmly believe it is wonderful for handheld work.

If you're hit with the bug, you'll become more aggressive in the size and scope of your projects. For the lack of a more correct definition the 690vs model has protection built in that makes the RPMs drop rapidly when the router is pressured. This is good for the tool but may not be good for the project or your patience/demeanor after the 1st few times.

I would suggest purchasing a 2 or 3 hp model of whatever brand for use in the RT under the terms of "Better to have and not need than need and not have".

Then later as you progress in the field expand with other routers specialized/dedicated, medium and small

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The 690 should be adequate for all but the large panel raising bits. You will want a more powerfull one eventually, but it's a good place to start. I started with, and am still using, an older Craftsman 1.5 hp in a table. It takes me longer, as I have to take shallower cuts, but it gets the job done.

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Thanks guys for the input. I had used the 690 in handheld applications and thought it might work. Appears that the concensus is probably need more power. Since I'm not in a big hurry, I may look around to see other options.
Thanks so much for your opinions.

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The PC 690 is a good buy but I would purchase it more for hand use than table use. I would hold out for a little more power for the table. In the long run I think you will be happier. If you plan to build anything in the future such as cabinets for home or shop you will be taxing the PC690.

The larger routers now come with variable speed & soft start (soft start not a big deal in table). Larger bits require you to run at lower speeds. Triton makes a good router for the table. They both now come with a built in lift. Prices should be $230.00 range for 2-1/4hp & $270.00 range for #TRC001 3-1/4hp model You might still be able to find an older generation Trition #TRA001 3-1/4hp from WoodCraft for about 179.00 until they sell out. This one does not have above table adjustment but still a good router for table.

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Hi Joe

I would suggest you get one of the bigger routers, I have many of the PC routers and they are great...but sometimes you need more power and a VS control ..I have two of the Freud routers and they are great in the router table and they are so easy to adjust you don't need a lift kit on them..
Here's a link to great one of many types at a good price..


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Thanks guys for the input. I had used the 690 in handheld applications and thought it might work. Appears that the concensus is probably need more power. Since I'm not in a big hurry, I may look around to see other options.
Thanks so much for your opinions.

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I have the PC690LR, in fact it is my only router. I have two bases for it (one mounted in the table) so I can use in in the router table and hand held. The great thing about the 690 is the motor is so easy to move from one base to the other. I have yet to find something I can't do with this router. The lack of variable speed is not really an issue because I don't use bits much over 1 3/8 inches in diameter. I do have a set of rail and stile bits from Bosch, and those seem to work fine too. If you are going to be using larger bits, you will want a bigger router with variable speed. But if your work is mostly roundovers, dados, and decorative edges the PC690 will work great.
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You guys don't know your born ! I'm sure Gav would second me in saying I only wish this sort of thing was available in Croatia !

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