PC 690 Router History

Can anyone tell me how recently Porter-Cable sold a 9-amp fixed-speed version of the 690/693 router?
I found a 690/693 combo kit at an estate sale for $100 that looked as though it had never been taken out of its case. A friend of mine has been looking for a good buy on a router, so I went back with him the second (50%-off) day and he bought it for $50.
The amperage (marked prominently along with 1-1/2 horespower on the outer cardboard box) seemed low, so I looked in some books and magazines dating back to about 1993 and I couldn't find any reference that showed it at less than 10 amps. I know they made that model for many years, so I assume a 9-amp one must predate my references.
I'm starting to think that my friend has an almost 20-year-old brand-new router!
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Are there any dates printed in the owners manual?
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I had asked him if he could find any dates and he said no.
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I'm not sure how you'd find out, but is the date somehow integrated in the serial number?
Sounds like a fun little mystery.
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I must have a copywrite date ...a good place to start?
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On 1/15/2010 9:54 AM, ded_kenney wrote:

If it helps to extrapolate, I have a "90th Anniversary" 90690 body that, IIRC was purchased in 1996. Makes sense because I believe PC was started in 1906.
This particular 690 says 10 amp on the plate.
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Keith Bohn over at http://www.owwm.org will have a good bit of info on older PC routers.
Of course Porter Cable would be a source of info also.
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