I've got that set that came with a plunge and fixed base, and man is
it a pain to switch back and forth between them. As such, I just
bought another 690 router body (6902) for $69 on Amazon. I haven't
even used it yet and it's worth it already.
Yep - I've got a dedicated motor for each of the plunge base and fixed
base. I also just picked up an HNT Gordon rabbet plane off of eBay.
It was actually a deal at 1/2 the price of new, and it's new. Not a
nick or a ding, and the previous owner knew how to sharpen and lap the
blade. Looks unused. I really like it. It's my first wooden plane
and my first to adjust using a hammer. It's really quite easy to
adjust. Pefect shavings right out of the box after I set the blade.
On Mon, 7 Jul 2008 17:12:34 -0700 (PDT), Jay Pique
It can be a PITA to get the motor out of the plunge base. What I have
learned is that if I leave the base about 1/8" shy of fully seating in
the plunge base, then after the lock screw is loosened (a lot), a
quick tap on the router motor will slide it down in the base and
release the locking clamp. Give the locking screw a qiuck tap to make
sure the clamp swings free and the base will easily slide off the
I added a D-handled base to the set, and leave the standard base
attached to my router table. I also cut the cord on the router to
about 18" and put a new plug on it so that it isn't in the way when
the router is in the D-handle base. An in-line socket can be added on
the cut off router cord to make it in to an extension cord.
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