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hello all,
im very new to woodworking and im trying to decide which router to get.

i have it narrowed down to two routers, a Porter Cable 892 or a Freud FT1702VCEK

the router will be for table use only and if you can post any pros or cons
for each model it would help me a lot!

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hello all,
im very new to woodworking and im trying to decide which router to get.

i have it narrowed down to two routers, a Porter Cable 892 or a Freud FT1702VCEK

the router will be for table use only and if you can post any pros or cons
for each model it would help me a lot!
Northerner,
I can vouch for the PC 892. I have put it thorough just about every trial a newbie can do to a router and it has still performed very well. It has grundles of power, and seems well-designed & well-manufactured.

I've never used the Freud so I can't offer an opinion on that one.

I ended up buying an extra base for my 892 so I can use it for dovetails and other hand-held applications without taking the base out of my table. I eventually may buy a plunge base for it as well, because on this forum you will learn such cool things you can do with a plunge router you'll regret not having one, as I did.

Right now, I'm getting ready to use a Harbor Freight plunge router I bought some time ago without first knowing anything about routing. I'm not out much money for it, but I'm going to experiment with some router skis and see how much damage I can to it before I trade up to the plunge base for the PC 892. Bottom line, I've been really happy with the 892 as a very inexperienced woodworker.

Good luck on your choice. Let us know which way you decide to go.

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take a good look at the reviews. i was about to buy one of the routers you mentioned til someone suggested to read the reviews.

thank God i did. i got the craftsman.

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I have 3 of the 890 series routers. They've done fine by me. I have 2 fixed bases mounted to the 2 sizes of Oak Park plates (the small opening and the large opening), and 2 plunge bases. I like that the motors dismount from the bases quickly. I usually just swap motors instead of bits.

The bolt pattern on the 690's and 890's are identical, and a lot of the fixtures I had for my old 693 router fit perfectly.

I don't like the spindle lock arrangement for changing bits, I prefer to use 2 wrenches.

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i heard the PC has a plastic rack & pinion for moving up and down under a table??
if that is true i wouldnt think it would last long?

a few things going for the freud i know of is it comes with the adjusting tool where
the PC costs extra having to buy it separately, and it comes with a fixed and plunge
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hello all,
im very new to woodworking and im trying to decide which router to get.

i have it narrowed down to two routers, a Porter Cable 892 or a Freud FT1702VCEK

the router will be for table use only and if you can post any pros or cons
for each model it would help me a lot!
Hi Kevin - Have never used a 892 but I have two of the Frueds, one resident in the table. Height adjustment is very easy from either above or below the table. I have an open, portable table so access is very easy either way. One of the big pluses for me is the dust collection attachment. It works very well and in conjunction with the fence dust collection it runs very clean without a whole lot of extra stuff under there. I also like the collet lock but, it can get dicey with shorter bits. It automatically engages when you get the router high enough in the table so on shorter bits you have to ensure it doesn't inadvertantly engage on you. Not usually an issue unless you are using a short bit in conjunction with a jig of some sort. Those cases I use a collet extender. Overall, I have been pretty satisfied with the Freud.

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you can definitely save money by buying the freud. our lowes had them for 109 a while back.

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the rack is some type of plastic, but VERY hard. I've had no problems with them. One of the spare router motors I bought (from a dedicated plunge router) didn't have one on it, I was able to get it from Dewalt/PC fast for a couple of bucks.

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what about the base plates, isnt the PC more compatible with many brands of router plates?

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you can definitely save money by buying the freud. our lowes had them for 109 a while back.
Damn Levon it goes to show you the differences in Lowes stock through out Georgia..The one here in Fayetteville, Georgia does not carry Freud at all...This week end at the Woodpecker Show I will come home with a Freud 3000..

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