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  • Yet Another - Why Did I Wait So Long Story

    I have always been basically pretty happy with my Porter Cable 690 Series Router. However, one aspect of it that I really hated was the position of the on/off switch. I have small hands so whenever I needed to turn the router on or off I had to release one hand off one of the knobs. I always felt that this was kind of unsafe especially with the little jerk the router would give at start up.

    I finally broke down and bought a D-Handle base for the router. The difference in operation is pretty significant IMO. I find that I have much better control of the router with this base and the jerky motion at start up is totally eliminated. Unless I need to use the plunge base that also came with this router for some particular application I doubt if the D-Handle base will ever be separated from the motor again.

    For hand held routing jobs, again IMO, a D-Handle can't be beat. If you have a router that has a D-Handle base available for it I highly recommend looking into getting one.
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    Re: Yet Another - Why Did I Wait So Long Story

    Good thoughts and observations. Thanks Dave. I'm sure others will appreciate the suggestion.

    I myself have bear claws, so I'm good to go.

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      Re: Yet Another - Why Did I Wait So Long Story

      Dave, just got a PC 690 a couple of days ago. Where did you get the D handle?

      Thanks, Big G

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        Re: Yet Another - Why Did I Wait So Long Story

        Big G, I bought mine from an individual but here's a listing of a few places that sell them. You might want to try a "Want To Buy" listing on craigslist.
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          Re: Yet Another - Why Did I Wait So Long Story

          I have 5 routers (looking for #6 right now) all set up for different applications. I find that for furniture and other critical work I prefer the 690 with two knobs over the d-handle. I feel that having both hands on the machine real close to the body gives more precise control. But again, it's all in what you're comfortable with.

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            Re: Yet Another - Why Did I Wait So Long Story

            Dave, what did you do with the cord? Doesn't the D-handle router have a switch on the handle and the router motor that comes with the handle have a short cord? Maybe I am thinking of another make router. I have a pair of 690s and I often wondered if the D-handle would be worth the money.
            "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

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            • #7
              Re: Yet Another - Why Did I Wait So Long Story

              Bob, for the time being at least, I'm just using a Style B Cable Clamp to shorten up the motors cord. So far it's working out but eventually I'll more than likely just cut and shorten the existing motor cord. If I do that it would be no big deal to just hook up an extension cord whenever I need to use the plunge base. HTH.
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