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This was the shop router in the day..

Dewalt, Milwaukee, PC, Bosch,etc. In 2020 which brand was the routing leader in pro shop, home shop or in the carpentry field??
 

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Well, other than the fact that they are no longer making the 690...yeah. I ended up sourcing one used, earlier this year, as that was what I wanted. I don't know what is currently considered the best available home shop router, have to wait for someone with more experience than me to reply.
 

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I bought a 690LR (new) earlier this year, or sometime last year. It was on sale, $99.00. I never owned one, and it was a great price.
I didn't realize it was a single speed router. I bought a variable speed controller. I will probably use it when I build my horizontal slot mortiser. It will primarily be dedicated for that unit, as I have multiple routers: sizes, and brands.
All of the routers perform well, no real dislikes with any of them. It would be hard for me to choose, "an all around favorite". I try to be neutral and not sold on a specific brand. I like options!
It is unfortunate when you hear stories of customers needing replacement parts only to find that the unit is obsolete. weather it is a router, sander, planer, etc. I have been in that situation, as well as others.
 

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I haven't found a use for a multi speed router out of the table. Anything that requires down shifting Im usually routing in the table...

Sounds like a nice feature, but something else to go wrong with a router only needing one speed
 

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I bought a 690LR (new) earlier this year, or sometime last year. It was on sale, $99.00. I never owned one, and it was a great price.
I didn't realize it was a single speed router. I bought a variable speed controller. I will probably use it when I build my horizontal slot mortiser. It will primarily be dedicated for that unit, as I have multiple routers: sizes, and brands.
All of the routers perform well, no real dislikes with any of them. It would be hard for me to choose, "an all around favorite". I try to be neutral and not sold on a specific brand. I like options!
It is unfortunate when you hear stories of customers needing replacement parts only to find that the unit is obsolete. weather it is a router, sander, planer, etc. I have been in that situation, as well as others.
Yes great buy on the PC
 

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Problem is once the new 690's aren't around what s the next router?

Are there no defenders of Makita, Bosch, Milwaukee, dewalt? Will the PC be the shop router of 2021?
 

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I have an older pc690 and love it . Was heartbroken to here it was discontinued . I just bought bosches 1617 and like it better , but it’s also much larger .
Will probably be buying a second 1617 for table mounting also


I also have two brand new pc7518 motors only ,but never used them other to test .
Stick has a real hate on for them so I’ll probably be selling them . Actually had them sold once ,but was to lazy to ship them
 

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The Bosch 1617 is a great router and I've used it, but where is he price on the Bosch? Didn't Bosch have trouble with the metal in the years past? Something with the base locking up and wouldnt turn?
 

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So the Porter cable came in at $99 and the Bosch coming in at $169 that's a big jump. There's are no routers inbetween these two good routers?
 

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The PC is a 1/3/4 HP, Bosch is a 2 1/4 HP with variable speed. I caught a Bosch on sale for $139. I scooped it up to be able to leave the fixed base in my RT. Dual motors, I can leave one in the table.
Like I said, I just love options!
 

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PC at 13/4 is fine for anything out of the table. Because the route is 21/4 and variable I haven't found an advantage.

It sounds like they drop a little bigger hp and a variable speed in to sell it better. The Bosch 2 1/4 variable seems in between the Porter cable and a 3+ router would make more sense...

To me, the 690 at $99 holds a great value...at aditional cost the Bosch is a great router. But with wasted features. Like a sunroof or push button doors on a car...
 

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I agree. I think the prices reflect what is being provided, across the board.

Most 1 3/4 Hp routers don't provide a 1/2" collet. Most just come with 1/4", the 690 does!
 

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I have an old 690, and I love it. May I ask, is it worth buying the plunge base for it while I still can?


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The PC 690 was a work horse but they still have some at Lowes. The PC 890 is not available anywhere I can find. I have a PC 690 but my old one burned up by using a speed control. I think that Porter Cable being owned by Black and Decker has decided to consolidate their product offerings and the venerable PC is out. I cannot remember the model but the big 3hp one is still available in places but if you want a PC you better get it while you can.
 

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I finally took a look at Lowes. The 690 is still available. I also noted that router in general are going up in price...
 
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