Router Kit routs 3/4 in. thick stock flat on workbench.

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Model 693VSPK's design combines plunge router and standard router by offering swappable fixed and plunge bases. Kit includes 1 3/4 hp variable speed motor, router edge guide, plastic carrying case, ¼ and ½ in. collets, and two collet wrenches. Model 9690VSK kit includes same tools as model 693VSPK except plunge base (not included). Each incorporates model 690LRVS, 11 amp router which features variable speed range between 10,000 and 27,500 rpm.

Original Press Release:

Porter-Cable's New Router Kits Combine Value and Precision

JUNE 20, 2002 - NEW YORK CITY, NY - Porter-Cable Corporation announced today the introduction of two new router kits - models 693VSPK and 9690VSK - during a press conference at New York City's Hotel InterContinental. "We've integrated our new variable speed router into two convenient cost-saving kits," said Product Manager Mark Woodlief. "Combining the latest router with a precision edge guide into a complete kit creates added value for both the professional woodworker and the practical hobbyist."

The model 693VSPK's unique design saves big money for woodworkers wanting both a plunge router and a standard router. It offers two routers in one. "It's simple," said Woodlief. "The fixed-base comes off and the plunge base slides right on." The 693VSPK truly takes the sacrifice out of choosing between a plunge router and standard unit thanks to the motor's unique interchangeability. In addition to the 1-3/4 horsepower variable speed motor, the kit includes a model 1001 fixed base, model 6931 plunge base, model 42690 router edge guide, plastic carrying case, a ¼" collet, a ½" collet, two collet wrenches, and an operator's manual. Available in mid-June, the model 693VSPK kit is expected to retail for approximately $249.

The model 9690VSK kit also includes the model 1001 fixed base, model 42690 router edge guide, plastic carrying case, a ¼" collet, a ½" collet, 2 collet wrenches, and an operator's manual - the same tools and accessories as the 693VSPK kit, without the plunge base. Also available in mid-June, the model 9690VSK kit expects to sell for approximately $189.

The most important element of both kits is the model 690LRVS router. This recently enhanced router is currently the most commonly sold professional router in the United States. Upgraded to 1-3/4 peak horsepower, this 11-amp unit features a variable speed range between 10,000 and 27,500-RPM motor.

"One of the most attractive features of the 690LRVS is its highly popular interchangeable base system," Woodlief said. "It is fully compatible with Porter-Cable's standard base, plunge base, D-handle base, and router table." The unit also features a lever base motor release for quick and convenient height adjustments and bit changes.

In addition to the model 690LRVS routers, Porter-Cable has included the model 42690 precision router edge guide in both kits. Unlike unstable edge guides attached to rods, Porter-Cable's edge guide offers smooth movement up and down and extruded, single-track assembly.

Both of the anodized aluminum edge guides feature a precise adjustment scale that moves in 1/16" increments for each complete turn of the knob. "The edge guides are precise, easily adjusted and compact - all important elements to users," Woodlief said.

Another important benefit of Porter-Cable's new edge guides is the ability to attach larger fence extensions to the existing fence. They also are compact enough to rout ¾" thick stock flat on a workbench. Porter-Cable's 6931 plunge base, included in the new 693VSPK router kit, offers a 2-1/2" plunge range with fully enclosed springs, a depth rod & 6-position step turret.

Porter-Cable Corporation (, a subsidiary of Pentair, Inc. (NYSE - PNR), is a leading manufacturer of portable electric and cordless power tools; air nailers, staplers & compressors; generators; pressure washers; and related accessories for the professional woodworking, commercial/residential construction, plumbing, and electrical markets. With its manufacturing operation centralized in Jackson, TN, Porter-Cable operates a second manufacturing facility in Steinheim, Germany, where its products are produced and sold throughout Europe under the FLEX brand name.

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