I've used Porter-Cable routers for more than 20 years, so I was looking forward to checking out the newest version, the 890 series. Besides a more powerful motor, Porter-Cable claims the router has a number of improvements that make it easier to use. The new routers are offered with plunge, fixed, and D-handled bases. I tested the combo kit model number 894PK, which contains a D-handled and plunge base, and I think it's the version that makes the most sense for builders and remodelers.

The whole setup is intelligently packed in two plastic cases that lock together, creating one large carrying case. The first case contains the new 891 D-handle router, manual, wrench, and 1/4- and 1/2-inch collets. The second case contains the plunge base (model number 8931).

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