The single speed is a negative but hardly a show-stopper. There are a lot of combination and even toss-one-in-free deals going on with the 690 as it is rumored to be retiring (which would also not be a show-stopper).
As far as power, they are a stout, small, hand-held router and in that arena they have been almost a standard for decades. I would see no problem using it in a router table. He probably won't care for 3 1/2" cutters but how often would you do raised panels?
I've seen the large Freud which is much better suited to the table for $120 or so but don't know if this is online only. http://www.ptreeusa.com/edirect_101207.htm
Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-17-2007 at 01:41 PM.
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