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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