Choosing a D-Handled Router
I am looking at purchasing a D-handled router. I have been looking at 5 models:
Porter Cable 891
Porter Cable 691
Is there any recommendation or particular models to stay away from?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Bosch, no question. Powerful, smooth, accurate and reliable. I have had mine now for 10 or fifteen years, in a commercial application and it is my "Go To" router.
A carry over from the one handed (switch-in-hand) Skillsaw design, still just as unwieldly.
X default, your hands on these routers are high & situated around the center of mass for max instability. You can't negotiate 90 degree turns without wrist calisthenics. They don't accept nor handle edge guides well and I don't like them either. Of all castings the dee-handle is the least sold and most difficult to make, therefor either sold at a loss or they are more expensive.
Notwithstanding, people love them!
I adapted Smith & Wesson grips to mine. Great for shooting rabbets. ;-)
I agree with John. The Bosch 1618 is my favorite router and I have 6. I like it when doing dadoes and rabbets especially. I would stay away from anything Porter-Cable because you don't know which items Black & Decker are going to discontinue. My local tool supplier has been a PC and Delta dealer for years and he says B&D are running them into the ground. Getting parts can be an adventure he says.
Edited 11/13/2008 10:54 am ET by terrylee86
I had the PC 691 for a while; sold it some years back. Recently purchased a DeWalt kit which has 3 bases, a d-handle being one of them. I prefer teh DeWalt motor and the PC base-sish there was a way to combine them.
And notwithstanding what Pat said above, I find the d-handle base to be quite enjoyable to use. To each their own.
Most nights are crystal clear, but tonight it's like he's stuck between stations.
Thanks to everyone for your replies. my next move will be to physically hold each one and with the info above, I'll make a decision.
I have had the 691 for years and like it a lot.
There is a plunge base available for it which makes the combo very versatile.
I've got a big PC under the router table and a Bosch Colt for smaller stuff. The PC690 gets all the rest of the jobs.
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