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Porter Cable 690LR Router

A classic tried-and-true router that has remained virtually unchanged for decades - if it's not broke, don't fix it!
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Porter Cable promotes power and efficiency with this 690LR Fixed-Base Router. Featuring a powerful 1-3/4 horsepower motor to generate 27,500 RPM for precise cutting. Stressing comfort and ease of use, this unit has two ergonomic handles allowing you to comfortably control every move. Router includes collets to accept both 1/4" and 1/2" shank bits.

  • 11 Amp motor producing 1-3/4 Peak HP
  • 27,500 rpm single speed motor
  • Cam lock lever enables simple coarse height adjustments and motor release (fixed base)
  • Micrometer depth adjustor accurate to 1/128"
  • Dust-sealed switch and sealed ball bearing construction enhance tool durability
  • Precision machined aluminum motor housing and base
  • Auto-release collet system allows for easy bit removal after use
  • Collets included to accept 1/4" and 1/2" shank bits
  • Under table stop prevents motor from inadvertently rotating out of base
  • Overmolded grips for greater comfort in extended use
(1) Porter Cable 690LR Router
(1) 1/4" Collet
(1) 1/2" Collet
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Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 36 months
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Brand Porter-Cable
Manufacturer Part Number 690LR
Weight 9.7000
Tech Spec
  • Power: 120 VAC, 25-60 Hz
  • Amps: 11 A
  • Motor Diameter: 3-1/2"
  • No Load Speed: 27,500 RPM
  • Collets: 1/4" and 1/2"
  • Base: 5-3/4" Round
  • Length: 12"
  • Width: 5-1/2"
  • Height: 8-5/8"
  • Weight: 8 lbs.
Speed Range 27500 RPM
HP 1-3/4 HP
4.8 / 5.0
65 Reviews
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My 2nd one, cuz 2 is better than 1
Runs like a champ
November 17, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Top of the ine Router!
This is the "Go To" router in my shop. Several mounted in tables and several used as "hand held" machines. The locking mechanism is quick and precise - much better than the thumb screws on the older models.
November 14, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great router
I have other Porter Cable routers and love them. I bought this one as a dedicated router for my dovetail jig. Haven’t used it yet but I know it wii be fine.
November 14, 2019
3 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great router for $100.
Surprised by the power of this router. Turns half inch bits without issue.
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November 11, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
This is my 3rd 690LR router
I love these Porter cable routers and this is my 3rd one. I have one mounted on my router table, one for general use and this latest one will be set up and used exclusively for dovetails. It was great to find it on sale. My only regret is that it doesn't come with a case and Rockler doesn't offer one: even for an additional price. I was able to find a Porter Cable case online, but that was a bit of a pain because you can't easily find the part number for an internet search.
November 7, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
I liked the router enough that I bought a second one
I liked the router enough that I bought a second one.
I liked the router enough that I bought a second one.
November 5, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
I am very impressed with the router.
November 2, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
PC router
The standard of routers. I have several.
November 2, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Tried and true. The PC 690 continues to exceed expectations.
October 31, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great price
Needed to ad an additional router to my kit. The price on sale was great. arrived right on time and I am very happy with my purchase. Mike B
October 28, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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it is a great product
Ruben M on Oct 24, 2019
I needed a second router for hand-held work, and creating dovetails. Took advantage of the rebate and free shipping. Great deal.
Chris M on Oct 23, 2019
it is a great product
Ruben M on Oct 24, 2019
Adding a second identical router to my collection for multi-bit jobs and for times when I want to leave one set up in the router table.
bill l on Oct 24, 2019
I needed a second router for hand-held work, and creating dovetails. Took advantage of the rebate and free shipping. Great deal.
Chris M on Oct 23, 2019
I would like another router and the price is right.
Thomas R on Oct 23, 2019
I have one of these as a D handle and have loved it. besides this is the best price anywhere by far
Rus M on Oct 23, 2019
Have one on router lift and needed one for free hand work.
RYAN D on Oct 23, 2019
I needed a router that would take both 1/4" and 1/2" bits and work with my CNC machine. This one will check all the boxes.
K E on Oct 23, 2019
Great router for the price.
RAMIRO M on Oct 23, 2019
I need a router with 1/2” collet
Shawn C on Oct 19, 2019
An old standby was on sale. Can't have too many routers.
Joe Stoddard O on Oct 19, 2019
old one broke,cost to fix was more than new one
johnchief on Oct 19, 2019
I have about a dozen, and can always use a few more... on Oct 18, 2019
Great sale price ($99.99 + free shipping) on an excellent quality router! This will be 690 LR #3 for me.
Bruce M on Oct 17, 2019
Needed a router for a table and it was on sale
Tim S on Oct 15, 2019
This was the best price on this router I could find on any website. It definitely sold me on ordering from Rockler.
Amanda F on Oct 13, 2019
good price
Mike O on Oct 12, 2019
I am a professional cabinetmaker and Porter Cable routers are the best quality and value especially the 690LR which has been around forever. Don't buy routers with plastic motor housing they will not last and are not accurate to adjust.
Kay A on Oct 11, 2019
have had a 690 made in USA with great service for many years, hope this one, probably not made in USA will last as long with the same good service. Plus I hope the plunge attachment will fit.
randall t on Oct 10, 2019
After reading reviews that this item works with the Rockler router table lift, decided it would be a good purchase for my son. Got him the table last Christmas, so with this good sale price this will be his gift this Christmas.
Donald R on Oct 8, 2019
Great price for a known brand name. This will be my 1st router.
CHRIS M on Oct 8, 2019
A friend recommended
Jerry B on Oct 7, 2019
I need a 2nd router, and have one just like it that is 25 years old and still working fine.
BOB B on Oct 6, 2019
Price and brand reliability.
Daniel R on Oct 5, 2019
the price was right
Robert K on Oct 5, 2019
The standard of routers. Very versatile. I own several.
john k on Oct 4, 2019
Excellent price, great router
Ellis V on Oct 4, 2019
own one and love it.
BILL G on Oct 3, 2019
I already have one and like it.
Elbert L on Oct 2, 2019
Great router. Have used this router for several years under heavy use. Simple but<br />reliable
JOE PAFFOON A on Oct 2, 2019
Quality tool, excellent price
mike m on Oct 2, 2019
to use it with my Leigh dove tail jig
Dale S on Oct 1, 2019
Great Price
Louis F on Sep 28, 2019
Excellent tried and true router!
William D on Sep 27, 2019
Good quality brand router
Norm P on Sep 27, 2019
Brand that I trust and a great deal.
Dieter H on Sep 27, 2019
median size router for hobby jobs
Ernesto O on Sep 16, 2019
To compliment my new Rockler Fence, and this router has a great reputation
William W on Jul 6, 2019
Have owned probably 20 PC routers over the past 30 years and they are by far the best.
Larry S on May 24, 2019
It's a great router, and I only have laminate trimmers.
Stephanie Salem - P on May 6, 2019
It is the industry standard. A very lean machine.
J L on May 1, 2019
I have used Porter Cable routers for years. They are very reliable and easy to use. I gave my old one away to a theater set-building group and need to replace it.
Beverly P on Apr 17, 2019
I have ordered this router before - very comfortable to use and is made extremely well.
Jim L on Mar 27, 2019
I have other Porter Cable tools also I have ordered them from Rockler. I have good results with these tools.
Ronald M on Feb 14, 2019
I was told to order that by Steve in Product Services to cut dove tails.
Mike M on Feb 1, 2019
I have used porter cable products and one of this they good products.
Leonard J on Jan 25, 2019
I have used PC Routers for years commercially. Work Horse Tool<br />No fills , just a good router.
DS in Texas on Jan 9, 2019
I've been wanting to upgrade my old Craftsman 1/4" router for ages. I've considered this router before, given the level of praise it's received, as well as the price. With the $50 gift card thrown in, I had to make the plunge.
Roger L on Dec 8, 2018
Really good router good deal with the 50$ giff card
Jose R on Dec 5, 2018
Simplicity. Plus depth adjuster ring.
Thomas C on Dec 1, 2018
Price / quality brand
Tod H on Nov 27, 2018
Adding a second identical router to my collection for multi-bit jobs and for times when I want to leave one set up in the router table.
bill l on Oct 24, 2019
I would like another router and the price is right.
Thomas R on Oct 23, 2019
does this work well with the Leigh dovetail jigs?
R B on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it works very well
What are the options for dust collection? Thank you.
michael on Dec 21, 2015
Does this router work with a variable speed control ?
Rex B on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I use this motor in my router table, I have a variable speed control mounted on the outside of the cabinet which is very convenient. I back off on the speed when using large bits, you know you're going too fast when there is vibration.
Do 1/4" and 1/2" collets come with it? 690LR router
A shopper on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they do
Do the PC templates fit the sub base of this router directly or do I need another sub base to use them? I'd like to get a dovetail jig eventually and need to use them
John T on Jul 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I believe that you are talking about porter cable guide bushings. At least I think you are. If that is
indeed the case then the answer is yes. The Porter Cable 690 base has the opening size to fit the
Does this router have soft start?
Matthew W on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is single-speed, no soft start. However, there is minimal jerking at startup because it is only 1-3/4 hp.
Would this router be suitable for use in UK ?
John K on Nov 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This has been a great router, but it runs on 110vac. I can trembler if you guys are 110 or 220 if you are running on 220 then you need to check if porter cable makes one rated for your voltage if not I would look into a trend router, I believe they are a uk company, I have one of their plunge routers and like that one as well. Good luck, hope this helped.
Are wrenchs included with purchase of Porter Cable router?
Ray B on Nov 18, 2016
I'm using the
1" D x 1-3/4" H x 1/2" Shank Rockler Pattern Flush Trim Bit
Item #: 37348 to pattern shape two pieces of 3/4" thick Marine plywood that will be laminated together to build an inflatable boat transom. Which router would be the best choice for this bit and job? I plan to cut the 1.5" thick transom plug about 1/4" proud of the transom template on all sides so the bit will be trimming about 1/4 of stock 1.5" thick. The transom plug is of such size, shape and weight I figured it would be best to clamp it to the work table and hand hold the router. two concerns are that I want a router powerful enough to do the job without bogging down and rippling the edge yet I want a router that's not to big that I can't control it with two hands. I'm looking at the Porter 690LR or the Porter 7918, is the Porter 7918 to large and powerful to hold two handed? on bench clamped stock? Is there a better choice than one of these routers?
Jim K on May 3, 2016
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BEST ANSWER: I have the 3 1/4 router and I love it It has 5 speeds just take small passes and take your time I think you will get better uses with this router down the road
does it come with a case
William B on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No it doesn't come with a case. I have other routers that have cases and I find I never use them.
can I buy the 3/8 collet for the 690LR?
Joseph Demski on Mar 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. 1/4 and 1/2 are included, but 3/8 (not included) will also work.
What router table is compatible with the 690 or?
S A on Mar 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I mounted it on a Rockler monting plate. It seems to be a generic fit but I don't have a full list.
will this router work on the rockler router table #51281 that has the pro-lift?
Paul T on Oct 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, This should fit your table. Jerry
Can this router be use to flatten wood slabs using a router sledge jig?
Enrique D on May 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have not used it in that manner. I would believe it would do the job as mine has done everything I have asked it to.
RICH B on Jul 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I do not know the answer to the question however I Porter Cable can give you the demention of the screw then any hardware store can get them for you. Hope this helped.
My porter cable router did not have the line scribed on the motor base for measurments. I returned it and that one does not have a line either. Do i have to add my own line ?
Stephen D on May 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Stephan - Not sure what you mean by a line on the router base to measure from, but i can tell you that the brass set up bars they have are great. The bars or magnetic plastic stacking shims work great for me and are quite fast for set ups. They are great for your router table as well.
Is a plunge base available for this router?
Thomas S on May 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: What is the part number for the plunger base. I have been looking for this. Called rockler surprisingly they had no clue????πŸ˜–πŸ˜₯
where is it made?
WYATT S on Mar 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The router itself is made in Mexico. The accessories are made in China. I have purchased over 50 of these routers over the years for my high production wood factory and they are excellent. RPM are very high, the cut is smooth and they last under heavy, daily use. Also, they are not as loud as many other routers.
Will this router work with the Rockler dovetail jig?
Brian H on Dec 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes worked very good
Does it come with 230V or can it be switched to 230V ?
Arild A on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 120 volt
New kid on the block, just started wood working for bed headboards dresse,out door chairs,ext. which router would you recommend for amateur?
Bill A on May 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is a great choice for a first router. I've got a number of routers in my shop, but the 690 is the one I use most often for general tasks - you really can't go wrong with this one.
Will this work in the UK? we run on 230volts
El Tel on Dec 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Lol this is the second time I've gotten this question. My answer is still the same .... If you guys are running 220-250v then see if you can get one rated in uk for that. The ones here are built to run on 110v. Your other option is to look at one from trend I believe they are a uk company I have a plunge router from them and am quite pleased with it ..... Good luck hope this helped
Will the moter of the PC router 690LR fit into the D handle of an old PC router 691?
Steve B on Dec 1, 2018
A porter cable 690 is supposed to fit my tab le. What is a 690LR?
Roger D on Dec 27, 2017