Though I am pretty set on purchasing the PORTER-CABLE 690LR 11-Amp Fixed-Base Router, here are some other models that landed on my shortlist.
1. Hitachi KM12VC 2-1/4 Peak HP Variable Speed Fixed/Plunge Base Router Kit
This model from Hitachi is my second favorite one, mainly as it both fixed and plunged-Based.
Also equipped with an 11 amps motor able to produce up to 2-1/4 horsepower, this unit will be able to handle everything you might throw its way. What makes it my favorite is the fact that it’s incredibly silent making only about 79.5 dB in noise.
Its speed control is quite high-performance and easy to use, allowing you to maintain whatever level of speed you need for a particular project at a constant level. Another great perk is the fact that the Hitachi comes equipped with a variety of much-needed accessories. From a centering gauge and some wrenches (16, 23 mm and a 4 mm Hex Bar) to a centering gauge and 2 collet chunks (1/2’’ and ¼’’).
2. Bosch 1617EVSPK, 12 Amp Motor 2-1/4 Horsepower
Another pretty powerful option is this router from Bosch. Both fixed and plunge-based, this unit comes equipped with a 2-1/4 horsepower producing motor that is able to deliver up to 25,000 RPM.
Also coming with some much-needed accessories (collet chunks, chip shield, wrenches, plunge and fixed bases) like the previous Hitachi model, this one is has a very sturdy construction. The high-quality aluminum it’s made of will help the unit in lasting for a very long time, if properly used of course.
3. DEWALT DW616 1-3/4-Horsepower Fixed Base Router
Much like the porter-Cable one, this model from Dewalt is also only fixed-based. The 11 amps motor it is equipped with is able to produce 1-3/4 horsepower, allowing you to smoothly route through even the hardest of wood varieties.
The steel motor cam lock, fully adjustable and tool-free, makes depth adjustment and base changes quickly and solidly locks everything in place. The micro-fine depth adjustment ring will provide precise depth adjustments in 1/64-inch increments, and the included sub-base concentricity gauge will provide the best bit concentricity in the class.
4. PORTER-CABLE 892 2-1/4-Horsepower Router
Also from Porter-cable we have the 892 model. This unit is equipped with a 12 amps powerful motor that has an incredibly soft start. As a plus, there is a variable speed option that allows you to better optimize bit speed for very specific applications (10,000 – 23,000 rotations/ minute).
The dual-position switch will allow you to cut the power while still maintaining ca control over the unit. For a plus of comfort, especially needed in the case extensive use, the over molded grips will ensure you can easily hold the router.
Another great feature is the spindle lock that enables single wrench bit changes. All in all, this last unit is also quite a nice choice to keep in mind.